It's been exactly one week since I drove away from the Emerald Mountain Lodge at YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park feeling filled with the goodness of God and tuckered out from all the fun.
Last night Kat and I chatted about the things that inspired us at The Great Adventure in Christ Christian Women's Retreat. We loved the bigger gathering space as it was twice the size of last year’s, hence we could set up for art therapy and yoga at the same time. It felt nice spending more time out of doors, enjoying God's creation, with the Bible Point hike and campfire s'mores. Hearing elk bugling and locking horns was commonplace and a unique treat. Seeing new friendships develop softened our hearts. What stuck both of us as number one was God's perfection in putting together our special sisterhood of leadership.
In His infinite wisdom God called Lorie, Denise, Kat and I to come together as the Sole to Soul Colorado team. From the calling he has given us purpose to Go! into the world as a collaboration of Christ-minded women, offering healing of body soul and spirit through inspirational day and weekend yoga retreats. Kat and I marveled at the way God continues to orchestrate our individual skill sets and mutual desire to serve the women throughout these events. None of the team views any of the others as power hungry, overbearing, controlling, lazy or difficult to work alongside. Where one of is lacking, the others step in with ease and grace. I am blessed to call these ladies true sisters in Christ: God knew what he was doing when he put us together!
The theme of our retreat was a journey into Jesus’ commission of going out and proclaiming the gospel. Our hope was to ignite and equip each attendee with the tools necessary to make disciples of every nation as a telling of our personal stories in light of sharing the gospel. Mark 16:15. With Kat's snappy tune to verse memorization, each of our 15 minute devotionals, 3 yoga classes with rotating teachers and unique modalities, art therapy and free time, the commission came to life in all of us.
As a thank you to everyone who attends each Sole to Soul Colorado event we offer a parting gift. This retreat’s present was a piece of jewelry we came to call “Go! Beads”, a long strand of natural colored stone beads with a tan tassel at the end.
Why are they called Go! Beads? It's a triune, 3-part meaning: 1. The metaphor for stones (the beads), as referenced in the Bible, signifies strength, steadiness and durability; 2. If your children ask you about the necklace (or anyone for that matter), give an account of how God does great things (Joshua 4:21-24) and; 3. Obey the Lord your God with the wearing of tassels (Numbers 15:37-21). The intention is to go into the world, adorning these beautiful stranded stones and tassle, being reminded to feel strong, steady and durable so as to overcome any fear of sharing the gospel to anyone with ears to hear.
If someone looks at the strand hanging around my shoulders and compliments them, asks where they came from or what they mean, I can reach and grab-hold the tassel, and reply “I’m glad you asked. Can I tell you my story?” Let the Go! Beads be the confidence booster to go and tell all about our love of Jesus and his saving grace to all who inquire.
Just as the crow reminded Dumbo of his ability to fly with a feather for his cap, if you weren't able to attend retreat, get yourself some Go! Beads to wear and share! In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus commissions us to "go and make disciples of every nation, baptizing them in the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit. Go and teach them to observe all I've commanded. And I'll be with you until the end of the age". Let your Go! Beads be your starting point and see how they can help draw others to having a faith in God.
2nd Tuesdays Red Rocks Sports class is changed to 2nd Thursdays at 7pm. Same room in the basement but you must enter the front doors now. Register here for this Thursday's class: https://redrockssports.com/yoga-2
Wednesday's Weekly class is still meeting at Veile Lake South Boulder at noon. So long as the weather holds..I hope you can join! Expect a gentle flow of breath, moving meditation and a focus on God's word. Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ is where you will find us always and at noon on Wednesday.
Stay tuned for more from Sole to Soul Colorado team events.
Wear and Share!