Monday, October 30, 2017

Retreat and Randoms

Our family, along with a bunch of our house church family and some other Christians from the area, had the opportunity to go to a weekend CMDA (Christian Medical and Dental Association) retreat October 20th and 21st.    It was at Camp Horizon, in Ark City, KS, near the Oklahoma border.   It is a beautiful camp and the accommodations were fantastic!

The pretty sunset the first night

Moriah helped a lot with the little kids over the weekend.  Here she is with a little buddy, Hope

Caleb and this guy (Brian) had met back in the summer at a VBS program and instantly bonded again at the retreat! =)

How cute are they?

When we got there, we had a delicious dinner in the dining hall and then headed over to a smaller meeting area for the speaker parts.

The kids dug out this retro, "hungry hungry hippo-type" game called "Stuff Yer Face!"  It was Hilarious!

On Friday evening, a guy named Dave gave a great talk on discipleship and the importance of putting God before all else.   (The scheduled speaker, Rick Donlon's flight got delayed so he didn't arrive until the next morning).   I was really encouraged in a small group discussion with two couples (more mature in their faith than Philip and I) that discipleship doesn't have to look like "meeting with one person every Tuesday at 2:00", but that the way I'm raising my kids, pursuing relationships, and reaching out to others in my path in obedience when I feel lead by God are all ways of discipleship.

Worship time at the beginning of the session on Friday night

Our room!    There were enough beds that we could each have had THREE!  Haha!

Caleb "teaching" Brian how to draw a spaceship after breakfast on Saturday morning.

There were two fantastic sessions before lunch on Saturday by Rick.   He spoke about two parables:  The virgins and the lamps, and the three servants entrusted with the money while their master was away.    His question about the first parable was:  "How am I making sure that I have enough "oil" until Jesus returns?"   and the question for the second was: "What am I doing with what I've been entrusted with until Jesus comes?"  (How am I "investing it for the best return?)  Such good, convicting topics.  We had several small group times where we discussed these and other questions with those at our tables.   The worship (lead by our friend, Drew) was wonderful too, and one of the songs that really spoke to me was this one:

"The Cost" (by Rend Collective)

I'm saying yes to You
And no to my desires
I'll leave myself behind
And follow You

I'll walk the narrow road
'Cause it leads me to You
I'll fall but grace
Will pick me up again

I've counted up the cost
Oh, I've counted up the cost
Yes, I've counted up the cost
And You are worth it

I do not need safety
As much as I need You
You're dangerous
But Lord, You're beautiful

I'll chase You through the pain
I'll carry my cross
'Cause real love
Is not afraid to bleed

I've counted up the cost
Oh, I've counted up the cost
Yes, I've counted up the cost
And You are worth it

Sing with me now

I've counted up the cost
Oh, I've counted up the cost
Yes, I've counted up the cost
And You are worth it

Take my all

Jesus, take my all
Take my everything
I've counted up the cost
And You're worth everything

Jesus, take my all
Take my everything
I've counted up the cost
And You're worth everything

I've counted up the cost
Oh, I've counted up the cost
Yes, I've counted up the cost
And You are worth it

On Sunday, the 22nd, we drove out to Santa Fe Lake, hoping to see a lot of water rushing over the water fall (after a huge rain that previous night), but unfortunately it wasn't running at all since the lake was so low!  =0/  Oh well, it was a beautiful day and it was fun to be out together in it. =)

Family selfie by the lake

A portrait Caleb drew of me =)

Moriah made this for me <3 p="">

Despite having pulled back from doing photos for others, I somehow agreed to an engagement shoot this past Saturday.   It actually was fairly stressful and I wasn't pleased with a lot of the results, so it further cemented my decision to not pursue photography for others anymore.   Here are a couple of my favorites:




On to Laura's visit!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This retreat looks awesome! I love all the beds too! You could sleep in a different bed each night �� Looks like a sweet time of fellowship, friends and family ❤️

The words of that song are so convicting. I will look it up.

Love you,
Rebekah

Mom W. said...

The picture by Caleb (of you) was so flattering ;)

Moriah is good, hers is pretty sweet!!

The retreat looks like it was awesome, so glad you could go!!