Monday, June 3, 2013

ATKT with Jennifer Camp, Retreat & Giveaway, and the Soli Deo Gloria Party

Welcome to the Soli Deo Gloria party!
This is a place where women gather to encourage each other to live authentically,
sharing our heartbreaks, our joys, and the wisdom from God that sustains us.
Please, link up your heart with ours and encourage other's before you leave.  Only have time to read one?  Choose your neighbor -- no one wants to leave a party empty-handed!
If you would like to be a part of a Soli Deo Gloria small group, now is a great time to join.
Click here for more details.
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Today is a fun day.  Why do you ask?  First, it's the first Monday of the month, which means it's time for Across the Kitchen Table (what is this?? I'm so glad you asked.  Here are the FAQs.)

But today is a special ATKT because we are sitting across from Jennifer Camp.  

Which leads me to the third really fun thing about today.  The Soli Deo Gloria Retreat registration is OPEN!
Now, before you start asking all your retreat questions, let's listen to Jennifer, and see what God is teaching her about restoration:

First, her written word:

Let’s go away together . . . and be restored

Restoration brings to my mind the image of an old car, rusty and neglected and in need of loving care. This car was dreamed up by someone—its design, its engine, the color of its paint, the particular fuel it needs for the mechanics to run well . . . It was created for a particular purpose, and it needs attention and care to keep it thriving.

When it isn’t cared for properly, it begins to fall apart, bit by bit. Just a little, at first.  Nothing too noticeable. But every few thousands miles it needs an oil change. The wiper fluid needs to be checked, along with the water. The tires need to be rotated, or the brake pads replaced. It takes a lot of effort to keep this car looking beautiful and running well. Wear and tear, after a while, begins to show.

Now this may not be the best analogy to introduce what I am excited to share today, with you awesome gals of the Soli Deo Gloria community. In the video below I don’t talk about how we are each cars that need to be fixed up. I don’t talk about how thankful I am that God, as our Creator, has the manual for each of us and knows just how we each need to be restored. (Although this is true.)

Instead, I talk about how restoration is still a word I am getting used to. It is a word that I think is one of the most beautiful words I’ve ever heard—a word filled with hope and newness and life. (It is the new engine for the once broken down car.) Restoration makes me think of something once lost and forgotten made beautiful again.

But sometimes, I have trouble seeking restoration because I don’t know what it is supposed to look like. I don’t know where to find it.  Oftentimes, I don’t know what I need to be restored and rested and revitalized and made new.

Sometimes all I know is that deep down, I am tired, I am weary, I am suffering, I am weak  . . . and I need a change.

In the video below I share how, while I didn’t know what God had for me and my family regarding restoration this past week, we know we needed it. And in the pure act of seeking restoration, in God, we found it.  And we found, Him, too.

Picture steep canyons and rushing water and community and adventure and time away from routine.  . . Where would you go to be restored? Restoration, due to the unique way in which you were made by God, may look completely different for you.

As I talk about over at You Are My Girls, where I describe my restoration adventure in more detail, restoration happens in the midst of beauty. Restoration happens when we look for God to show up. Restoration happens when we know this truth: we can't be restored on our own.

I wonder how He is calling you to be restored, my friend. I wonder how, in your weariness, in your suffering, the Father is uniquely calling you to Him?

"The God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you "(1 Peter 5:10).

Let's look for Him. Let's see how He calls us away. Let's notice how He beckons us to turn. Let's notice how He comes running . . . Oh, sisters, He just can't stop running toward you.

Let's see, together, what He has.

I am excited and blessed to be joining up with my friend, and Soli Deo Gloria sister, Jen Ferguson November 15-17, at a beautiful ranch outside of Austin, Texas for the Soli Deo Gloria retreat, a retreat where women can gather and be restored.

We are seeking God, knowing He is the one who restores.  Want to come?

We would just love to meet you, be with you, pursuing His restoration, together.

For all the retreat details, please head over here.  You'll find {I hope} everything you need to know and the registration link.  There are only 40 spaces total, so if you know you want to come please register and pay as soon as possible.

Now, what is a retreat launch day without a giveaway.  Enter in for the Restoration Package, which includes a $50 SpaFinder gift card (I've received these before -- they are awesome because you can use them at a spa near you!), a $10 iTunes gift card, a beautiful DaySpring Journal, andelovely scented candle.  Just reading these prizes makes you feel restored, doesn't it?  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below.

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40 comments :

  1. Congrats on another retreat. Yay.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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    1. I missed the fun the first round, Glenda. This is so exciting that Jen is getting a second one going!

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  2. Oh the retreat sounds fun! I love the quote that restoration happens when we look for God to show up, and that we can't be restored on our own. Beautiful! We can look for pieces of restoration every day.

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    1. Yes! I want to do that . . .looking "for pieces of restoration every day"! Thank you, Amelia!

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  3. So excited for you, Jennifer!

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  4. Love this theme. Love the passage from I Peter 5. Love that 2 Jen's like to dream big for Jesus! Praying for you both tonight. :)

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    1. Lyli, your enthusiasm and encouragement is such a blessing! Thank you!

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  5. Hi Jennifer,
    Oh, how exciting...funny, I wrote about beauty in my post, and I love the theme restoration...Praying God will bless you both :) XO

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    1. Huge hugs, sweet friend! Looking forward to reading your post! Love you!

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  6. I am in a restoration phase right now - lots of changes, pulling things out, new things in - and I so am almost ready to do something like this - I couldn't have said that 2 months ago. What an awesome time 40 ladies will have!

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    1. Oh, how He works on us . . .so gently, so perfectly. Yes, leaning in for more of Him, with you, sister.

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  7. Love Jennifer Camp. Love Jenny from the Block (that's you, Ferguson). Love the way God moves you both to act boldly and you follow!

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    1. You, bold sister, are beautiful in how your go forward, with Him. Thank you!

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  8. I feel like I am constantly going back into the shop for more restoration, although that's not surprising, since we are all life-long projects.
    I do love the image of myself as a sleek classic car in need of help. :-)

    How nice to see you here, Jennifer. Congrats!

    Jen-Another retreat? Wahoo!

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    1. Hi Kim! I am so blessed by this community, knowing we are all in the "shop" together! :) Thank you!

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  9. Awesomesauce! Thanks for sharing this... And someday when my season of life (and the army schedule) cooperates, I pray God opens a door for me to attend a SDG retreat for continued restoration :- Blessings!

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    1. That would be, yes--awesome, Sharita! Bless you!

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  10. Thank you for such a lovely and encouraging message about restoration!

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  11. "Restoration happens when we look for God to show up. Restoration happens when we know this truth: we can't be restored on our own."

    Love those truths, We have such a propensity for "do it yourself" projects, but God says no. He's already done it and is continuing to do it. We are blessed! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Lisa, your words today remind me to lay down, again, what I want to do on my own strength . . Thank you!

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  12. Love this!

    In my life, I need restoration in finances and relationships. Praying diligently for this restoration to happen!

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    1. Jennifer, yes, you remind me of the ways in which we call out to Him, with these particular aches in our hearts, to be restored. I am so thankful He hears us . . .and knows what we need. Praying for you right now, sister.

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    1. Amber, I just visited your new blog! Way to go! Love seeing you here!

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  14. My heart did a deep-longing sigh as was reading the retreat details. I will be praying about the possibilities... Blessings!

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    1. Hi Katharine, how fun it would be to be together in November! Praying with you!

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  15. How just thinking about God, His Son, and all that has been done for one such as me, for me, is so very restorative. I loved Jennifer's video message for it reminds me that doing something, almost anything, out of the ordinary can bring rest and restoration. My husband and I have a small fifth wheel trailer. We love those times when we are away in unknown places filled with the beauty of the LORD. He restoreth my soul. Oh, how He does. Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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    1. Hi Linda, Oh, how it must make Him smile when we slow and let Him come in and give us the rest He knows, more than anyone, that we need. I am so blessed by thinking of you and your husband, in His beauty, Linda. Thank you.

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  16. Gosh - I wish I could come see you girls in person. It's right in the middle of a busy travel season for our family. And we'll be in Texas in December so I don't think I can justify another trip ... although you two (and I'm sure others!) would be so worth it!

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    1. Kristin! Texas. . . in December!? One of these days, girl. XO

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  17. Praise God that He renews our minds & restores our spirits! Thanks for the great post & for hosting & God bless!

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    1. Hi Laurie, yes, praise God! Praying that for us right now. I need His renewal, I need His restoration. This moment. Thank you.

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  18. I love to go to Austin to restore, I have some peeps there that I love and the best place for some yummy food!!

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    1. Hi Jennie, you used to live in Texas, right? I've never been to Austin. . . can't wait! I hope to see you there in November!

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  19. love this whole concept. It's so interesting how we have such a hard time when we feel we need restoration actuall seeking it.. but Jesus portrayed that by getting away .. Jesus! thank you for this awesome post

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    1. Jenn, you remind me how Jesus did make that choice . . . He made that choice. I need to watch more how He did it . . Bless you!

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  20. Jennifer~It would be wonderful to be restored. To not feel weary and weak. I like how you pointed out that we need to look for God for restoration to happen. "Just turn" and find Him there. I will be looking~and praying about the retreat. Sounds wonderful.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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    1. Hi Janis, I just needed to read this yesterday: "In returning and rest you shall be saved;in quietness and in trust shall be your strength" (Isaiah 30:15, NRSV). It is that word "returning" that makes my heart leap. Yes, let's just return to Him. Bless you!

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