Advice For A Successful Retreat Experience
Have you been to a women’s retreat before? If you have, then you know that many first-time ladies are nervous. The following list of ideas can aid anyone in having a successful retreat.
Listen—How God speaks to you one day might be different from how He speaks to you on another day. Sometimes God’s message will come through loud and clear; sometimes it will be a just a whisper. The point is to listen!
- Expect God the Father to do something in your life this weekend.
- Open yourself up to God’s promptings.
- Spend time after each session in meditation, prayer, and honest talk with others.
Not everybody grows at the same speed; that’s okay—The reality is that you need to concentrate on your growth and let others be responsible for their own growth.
- Relax. Be yourself. You are already accepted. You have a role and a reason for being here. In fact, our Father meant for you to be here.
- Find the time to contemplate and to write your response(s) to each session.
- Write a letter before the retreat (to yourself) and do a self-evaluation after the retreat.
This is a perfect opportunity to build relationships—Between family, work, church, school, and ministry, there’s never enough time to devote to your girlfriend relationships. It’s important to develop a strong network of healthy relationships. Aren’t you glad you’ll have the chance to do that at retreat.
- Spend time with a woman or women you don’t know at all or very well
- Find a prayer partner for the weekend.
- Be respectful of one another’s feelings and thoughts—keep confidences, don’t judge, and believe the best about one other.
Saturday Free Time—from noon to 3:55pm (Saturday PM session starts at 4:00 pm sharp!)
- Have fun.
- Be a good sport.
- Be open to God’s leading.
- Do something you’ve never done before.
Your Turn . . . What would you add to this list?
Related Posts . . .
- 5 Benefits from Attending Retreats (FFF – 2011)
- 6 Lessons About Retreat That Will Ease Your Nerves
- Do These 3 Things to Get the Most from Retreat
NOTE: Pam and I reduced two pages of ideas into one page and rearranged them to fit 4 categories. We then included this page in the notebook we gave the women for this year’s retreat. I hope you find at least one idea helpful. Thanks for your help, Pam.