"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me--watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)
No matter where life finds you, I invite all ministry wives to join us for the 2013 Psalm One “Sisterhood of the Fishbowl” Soul Care Retreat February 28 to March 2 at beautiful Green Lake, Wisconsin. Our theme is “Joy in the Journey”—Keeping Your Heart Alive Toward God.
This is a small soul care retreat where we gather around the fire with others who understand life in the ministry. Keeping priorities of God, marriage, children, ministry in their proper order can be a tough challenge. We learn tools to help us keep our heart alive toward God. We share ideas and experiences. We develop and maintain life-giving friendships. We laugh a lot. A. lot.
This is not a conference on “How to be a Good Pastor’s Wife”. This is not “fluff and pampering” or flower arranging. This is not a denominational event where I may be hesitant to share anything of a personal nature for fear of it being discussed by the entire region. This is not a “Stepford Wife” gathering where I am intimidated by perfect women who are all prettier, thinner, smarter, better dressed, and more and talented and knowledgeable than me. This is the kind of “Girls’ Weekend Out” we may think we can’t afford to take—but in reality, we can’t afford not to be renewed and refreshed and recharged! Life gets ugly when we neglect our own souls in order to care for others'.
Get away with Jesus, and rest, and laugh, and learn, and be refreshed. Just for a few days, leave behind the busyness, and the pressures, the worries, the responsibilities, the concerns, the kids, the husband, the noise… We have such a wonderful time on these retreats! This is a very special place. We have a beautiful house to ourselves, right on the lake. Reveling in God’s creation. Digging deep in His Word. Encouraging and strengthening one another.
There will always be competing events, expectations, and "emergencies" in our lives. Life happens, and there will always be places to go, things to do, and people to see. So make a decision to carve out this time for your own soul health--and its ripple effect on your marriage, family, career and ministry.
And what could be better timing: February can be awfully dull and dreary, so decide now to be encouraged and recharged after a long winter. We'll enjoy ourselves around a warm fireplace with some unwinding, sharing, input, prayer, lots of laughter and life-giving time with the Lord--all with the encouragement of others who understand life in the ministry.
The cost of this retreat will be $146. I certainly hope your church will send you, but if finances are tight, we have a few partial scholarships available. Space is limited to 12 women, so register NOW. This is open to any woman whose husband is a full-time pastor, no matter which hats she wears: pastor, counselor, mother, attorney, accountant, nurse, teacher, or chief cook and bottle washer.
The retreat runs from Thursday dinner until Saturday after lunch. We form a wonderful community of support, accountability and encouragement for the weekend, so if you cannot be with us for the entire time, we ask you to wait for another Psalm One event.
Space is limited, so sign up soon. Questions? Details? Ready to register? Contact Linda Kline, Pastoral Director of Psalm One Ministries at 513-226-0025 if you would like to get away to a beautiful house on the lake with some really fun woman to strengthen your soul, to renew your passion, or enjoy the Lord in a fresh way. You certainly don’t have to be from Wisconsin--or anywhere nearby--to attend. Sometimes half the refreshment is just getting out of town and away from it all with good people in a safe setting! Come away with Jesus to rest, laugh, learn, and be loved.