Monday, October 20, 2014

We Know How

Day #20

There is something about a church women’s retreat.

We certainly know how to make things pretty.

How to put out a spread of food.

And how to eat it.

How to keep the coffee brewing.

How to take the conversation to the next room when it dives deep.

How to laugh.

How to laugh hard.

How to laugh at ourselves 
and then share it with others 
so they can laugh too.

We know how to talk.

How to share our feelings,

our hurts, 

our misconceptions 
and what God is doing with all of them.

We know how to hear when a word is being spoken

and when to notice when someone in the corner 
is being split wide open from that word.

We know how to hug.

How to stay up too late talking

and laughing

and playing games.


We know how to ask for prayer and when to offer it.

We know how to make a mess

and how to clean it up.

We know how to encourage.

We know how to cheer.

We know how to celebrate that we are 
fearfully and wonderfully made.

And we know that that looks differently on every single one of us.

We know how to lead

and when to follow.

We know when to acknowledge the struggle

and when to suck. it. up.

We know when to look up

and notice all the beauty around us.

And we know that sometimes it takes leaving

what’s comfortable 

and close 

and tidy

to find what we’re really made of.


  1. Oh, how I enjoyed this post! You speak my mind. Love this! Beautiful! Thank you xxx

  2. I love all your words of what we as women know...
    And we have our womens retreat coming up in about 3 weeks and I am on the planning committee, so this was especially fun to read!

  3. Such a fun post. Love it! It's funny we have our annual men's retreat coming up next week and my husband is on the planning committee and while I'm sure they will have a wonderful time I know it won't be as "pretty" as our women's events. :)

  4. I love this...what a beautiful way to sum up a lady's gathering. Love your way with words and pictures!

  5. While I love all the pics your fun, it's the last one that got me in the heart. How I love to get away (with my sweet friends from church) and enjoy God's beautiful countryside. Lovely! Blessings!

  6. This reminds me that I am WAY overdue for some sort of retreat!

  7. I haven't been on a retreat in a long time...miss it...thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!


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