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A Versatile Giveaway

We are always on the lookout for little remembrances or “giveaways” for our women’s events.  I have mentioned before that bookmarks or magnets can sometimes be the easy way to give your women something that will remind them of the message of your event.  This year, at our women’s dessert, we used chalkboards as a decorating theme throughout the venue.  But we found this great “mini” chalkboard stand on which we wrote the theme and theme verse.  We used a permanent chalkboard pen as opposed to real chalk that would easily wipe off.  Aren’t they cute?  And so affordable!  Check out these mini-chalkboard stands! (affiliate link)

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Re-Discovering “Broken Heart”

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You never know what you might find as you go through old files!  This week I did something I have been putting off for months–cleaned out my file cabinet.  I hate to admit it, but I may be a paper hoarder!

I have a file drawer of skits–consisting mostly of those we have written over the years.  But this week I ran into a script for a one-act play called “Broken Heart.”  I first encountered this play in Bible School, over 30 years ago. I have to say that to this day it is one of the most powerful plays I have ever seen. I immediately asked for a copy of the script, which had the author’s name, but no contact or copyright information.  Back in the early 90’s I searched for the author, but my only option was calling information and trying to find a phone number.  But when I saw the script last week in my file, I thought about searching using Facebook, and voila! I sent out a couple inquiries to those with similar names, and within 24 hours I had found the author.

Because I assume that many of you, my regular readers, found this website looking for retreat skits, I wanted to make this resource known to you.  “Broken Heart” is a serious drama, unlike most of the skits found on the www.retreatinabag website.  I have excerpted from the author’s website the following summary:

 Broken Heart is a story about a young girl (representing you and I) growing up with hurts by parents, friends, a boyfriend, and others that continue to tear away at her heart.  The play makes extensive use of unique props to visually communicate our efforts to protect ourselves  from the hurts of life in harmful ways such as through anger, bitterness, busyness,  and more.

A Satan figure fiendishly supplies the young girl with “toys”  to protect her heart. All the while, Jesus repeatedly approaches her with compassion, only to be rebuffed by the girl for most of the play. God brings healing to the girl’s heart in ways that often surprise viewers and brings tears in the end.   
There is so much more to read regarding this play at her website:  She does have a download fee, but it is so worth it!  That I remember it after all these years says something about it! If you are working with hurting teens or women, this play can have a healing impact on the viewers.

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Must-Follow Women’s Ministry Leaders

contributor button must follow wmIf you found, I have to assume you are scouring the internet for women’s ministry resources. If you are like me, you are using Pinterest to find ideas for your women’s events.  I am excited to share with you a new resource for women’s ministry leaders. Ladies from two of my favorite women’s ministry resource websites, Gina Duke/Churchtown Ministries  and Cyndee Ownbey/Women’s Ministry Toolbox  (for more information, see links) have joined forces with others who have a heart to minister to women and to help those who serve women.  They have created a Must-Follow Women’s Ministry Leaders Board on Pinterest. This exclusive collaborative board features pins from a team of women’s ministry leaders that will help you better reach the women in your church and community.  Take a look at it!

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What’s New?

What's new?New and exciting things have been happening at Retreat-in-a-Bag!

I am most excited to announce our new downloadable Retreat Guide.  This is the first of (hopefully) many to come. This Retreat Guide gives you resources specific to the theme “Hidden Riches,” including theme verse, ideas and links to decorations we used, color photos, teaching sessions outline, quiet time study and skit (reproducible theme graphics are not provided).  I have to say that our recent retreat with this theme was one of our sweetest retreats ever, as we compared our Christian life to a mining expedition where we search for hidden  treasures. And the greatest treasure of all is to know the Lord!

In addition, our Retreat-in-a-Bag book series, consisting of three books, is now downloadable. Up until now, they have only been available for purchase as a hard copy.  Now you can get what you need instantly from the Retreat-in-a-Bag website. Compared to the Retreat Guide just mentioned, each of these books covers general information for those planning a retreat from start to finish, but they include theme-related resources as well (graphic, quiet time, skit).

We have been adding content to our free downloadables – with new skits, quiet time studies and even a new downloadable form or two.  So if you haven’t been to the website for a while, it may be worth your time to take a gander, especially if you are planning a retreat for 2015!

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Wounded by God’s People

UnknownSad to say, but if you have been in ministry very long, you know the hard truth that some of the deepest wounds in our hearts come from God’s people.  The women you minister to have been hurt by those in the church, and you yourself have probably not escaped the hurts, intentional and unintentional, caused by those who call themselves Christians.

I am going to take a moment to recommend a book. Written by Anne Graham Lotz (daughter of Billy Graham), Wounded by God’s People uses the biblical story of Hagar to show how a young Egyptian slave was wounded by God’s people, those she loved, respected and trusted. Like Hagar, when we are wounded in the church, our response may be to run away from those who hurt us, and even put distance between ourself and God.

This book reminds us that God cares. He sees, and He hasn’t forgotten us. He has a unique path for each of us, and sometimes He uses those hurts to prepare us for the next step. He wants to heal our hurts and renew and restore our purpose. He wants us to move forward, and Anne gives us steps to take that lead to healing and forgiveness.

This is a book you should make time to read.



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