Monday, April 18, 2011

The Wilds

I had the opportunity to attend a Ladie's Retreat at the Wilds last weekend with ladies from my church. This was only my second time being able to go, and I had so much fun just laughing and sharing with friends. It was a nice reminder of how blessed I am to be able to have such encouraging, supportive friends in the women from my church. I hope I was just as much of an encouragement to them as they were to me.

My pastor's wife, Gretchen, was the speaker for the weekend. She taught about having "intentional faith." My favorite quote from her for the weekend was personally very challenging to me. She asked us, "Are you a practical atheist (meaning we say we have faith in God that He will work in our best interest, even in difficult times, but our actions don't match what we say) or are you practicing intentional faith?" I know for me and some of the circumstances I've experienced, I have (wrongly!) doubted God and His goodness towards me. It was really eye-opening when Gretchen put it in those terms. It has caused me to really take captive my every thought and fully trust God. So thankful for the Lord's conviction in that area, and for Gretchen's willingness to teach us women how to live a life more pleasing to Christ!

Here are some pictures from my trip.

The women in the "Party Van"


The women in the "Quiet Van"


Suited up to go on the Giant Swing

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TJ, my boys, and TJ's dad attended the Wilds for a Father/Son campout. They had a BLAST!! Here are some pictures from their trip.


Outside their cabin

They hiked to the waterfalls (seen in the backdrop)

Ta going on the zipline

Th going on the zipline

Shooting rifles

Lookout!! ;)

Their cabin

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