Monday, November 28, 2011

Bribery, Retreats, and Soli Deo Gloria Party!

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This is me and the lovely Jan Johnson trying to pose for a picture while holding a phone camera a foot or so away.  It only took us about 4 times to figure out the pics looked funny because we weren't looking at the right dot.  Anyway, I couldn't focus on my smile because I had to make sure my eyes were looking in the right direction.  Hence, the enormity of my teeth.  Oh well.  Jan is beautiful, yes??

So, a few weeks ago, Jan drives down to see me and take me out to lunch (I told you she was cool).  She pays for mine (yep, she just gets better and better) and I say "Thank you!" of course.  And then she says, "Well, it's kind of a bribe..."

oh?

"Remember that blog post I wrote about my summer vacation and one of the SDG girls mentioned a SDG retreat?"

sure...

"Well, I want a retreat." (okay, so she was pretty much this bold, but I am paraphrasing here)

And, if you would have been there, you would have seen my mouth drop open because (and I so love it when God works this way) because God had just been putting on my heart that, yes, it might just be time for an SDG retreat.

And so, I am 99% sure that our theme is:  Lost in the city, Found by God, which means, we are not retreating from the city, but still relaxing and reveling nonetheless in downtown Austin, Texas in October 2012.

Yes, less than a year.  LESS THAN A YEAR!

I'm thinking October 19-21, 2012, but I am currently in the process of getting bids from area hotels and scoping out meeting spaces.  My heart is to make this as inexpensive as possible and it seems like perhaps, the more people we have, the less it will be per person.  Plus, we will have options of rooming, like how many people per room, etc.  I'm also hoping that Friday night will be super cheap (pizza, wine, and soft drinks??).

So, details are fuzzy, but the heart and the mission are becoming clearer by the minute.  God is in charge and I am simply following His lead.  It's an adventure for sure because I am not an event planner!

What can you do to help now?
1.  Pray.  Please pray for the retreat, pray about if you can come, pray, pray, pray!
2.  Let me know if you are considering coming and how much you would be able to spend without including your personal transportation costs (include lodging, helping with meeting room costs, and food).  You can either email me or let me know in the comments.
3.  Be thinking about others who might want to come and join us.  What an exciting way to build our community!

SDG Community Builder:  Pray for our retreat.  Start talking about it as you visit other blogs to make sure people know that they are welcome, loved, and important.

P.S.  I'm on a fun family adventure, so I won't be able to visit around this week.
P.P.S.  If you missed last week, I've started selling my art. If you are interested, please click here.

28 comments :

  1. a RETERAT!!!!! i would save for this. i would carpool with someone else from NC - AMY - to keep from buying a plane ticket....

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  2. Kendal,
    Done, but it's not just us in the car. Bring Carrie too. Oh, and Amanda D. and Melody.

    You think I'm kidding, but we have a Pilot. Translation: Load it up!

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  3. I'm in :) Save me a seat Amy and Kendal

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  4. I might fly to NC just to ride in the pilot!

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  5. A retreat! How cool would that be?! Will be praying for it and for you Jen. :) Love the picture too!

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  6. Sounds awesome. I think I'd like to come to that!! :) Have fun this week!

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  7. Wow, what a great idea! I'll consider. Have a wonderful time in Disney World!

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  8. A retreat? I know I am new at this, but I love the idea! :)

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  9. What a blessing to have a friend like that!! This is my first time linking up to SDG but I know it won't be my last! :)

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  10. Hmmm...Perhaps. Love the idea but that is the weekend right before Relevant. I'm not sure if I'm going or not which is why I say perhaps. We will see! Hope you are having a great time on your adventure! :)

    Natalie at Mommy on Fire
    http://www.mommyonfire.com

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  11. Such a fun idea! I will have to see what happens financial but it is such a grand thought!

    Hope you have a lovely time on your grand adventure! <3

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  12. i would LOVE to have a retreat! oh my goodness, what an answer to prayer. money is VERY tight for us, however...that would be a thing to lift before the Throne.

    have fun on your little family adventure this week, dear one!

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  13. Wow! A Retreat! What a great idea. Bless you as you have fun with your family this week! Thanks for a great link up! ~ jen

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  14. Hi Jen, Don't you just love it when God confirms through a sister in Christ what's been on your heart? I'll pray for the retreat, and may you have a blessed family time this week!

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  15. Praying Jen... wish I could come, sounds wonderful!

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  16. Wow! Fantastic idea. Praying . . .

    And, I hope you are enjoying your family adventure!

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  17. What fun! I will pray for you. I would like to come, but I can't tell you, yet, what I'd be able to contribute. Have fun on your family adventure.

    Kendal and Amy--could you come down to Georgia before heading to Texas? You could strap me to the roof. ;)

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  18. I am sooo in! And I'm so excited it's going to be in Austin, so I can drive or take a short flight, as opposed to all of the retreats I'd love to take a million miles away! I'm also so excited to experience a retreat with this incredible community of blog friends! I'm praying, and I'd love to help if I can!

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  19. Jan is beautiful, yes, but so are you, Jen.

    Praying for your retreat. What a beautiful mission you have.

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  20. Praying that this plan blooms beautifully!

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  21. This. Is very very exciting. Maybe I have another reason to visit Austin, no? :) I love seeing how God has built this whole community from the first moment you said, "hey, I have an idea...." Linking up this week for the first time in eons. Thanks for being my friend even through silence. ;)

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  22. So excited about the retreat! I have thought several times this year about planning something for my area as well...so go ahead, inspire me even further! :) Praying God's perfect plan, supernatural provision and open doors...favor, favor, favor!

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  23. How exciting! I might be able to go if I'm able to travel by then. Austin is on the way to my in-laws', too, so maybe the husband could drive me and then spend the weekend with his family... If this idea is from God, it will happen. Enjoy the ride.

    (On a side note, my computer was acting funny about the linky list and wouldn't ever finish the process, so now my link shows up twice. I'm sorry about that. If you can remove one of them, please do so. Again, sorry!)

    May God protect you and give you joy in your family time this week. Grace to you in Jesus.

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  24. So jealous that you got to have face time with the lovely Jan!!

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  25. Get to gethers are always fun with sharing how Big is GOD!

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  26. Thanks for allowing me to share today at your great site. I will pass on the retreat though.

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