Monday, May 6, 2013

7 ways to spoil your retreat speaker

It seems to be women's retreat season. While I was speaking at our home church in Seattle, my sis.in.law was also speaking at her church in Spokane. And I keep seeing fun retreat pictures from other churches on facebook.

I have always loved women's retreats. (not all of my friends do)  Much of my winter was spent with my nose in the book of Nehemiah, preparing four messages. If you have not read Nehemiah lately, it is a treasure.

As I have been processing our wonderful time together, this post has been milling in my head ...

7 ways to spoil your retreat speaker.

1. Choose a retreat chairman who is fun, flexible, godly, organized and knows how to listen to the Holy Spirit. Thanks, Shannon.

2. Choose a retreat team that loves to provide an atmosphere of love for the women from the moment they arrive until they leave. Beautiful decorations, surprises in the rooms, a delightful bar filled with candy etc. ... and super sweet spirits to boot. Thanks, Ludmilla, Tina, Kathy, Dana and Victoria.

3. Choose a worship team leader that knows how to listen to the Holy Spirit and prepare the women to hear from You. Thanks, Heidi.

4. Surround the worship leader with delightful musicians. Thanks, Emily, Liz, Megan, Hannah and Cheryl.

5. Recruit a team of women that pray for your retreat speaker all year. Thanks, Becky R., Carol, Kathy, Becky M., Sandy, Jennifer and Nancy. 

6. Give your speaker a beautiful suite, with a room to meet with women, and a fireplace and a jacuzzi tub in the bedroom. (really!) 

7. Fill the room with beautiful tulips and a big gift basket filled with your speakers favorite things. Thanks, Victoria, for being a blog reader who knows what I love. Read this post to see why Victoria created a beautiful pillow case for me. 
 
Thank you, too, to my many blogging friends that were praying for me as I prepared and spoke. You guys are the best.

ps. Another bonus of my trip was that I got to have coffee and a long chat (not long enough though) with the lovely, Jody Collins of Three Way Light.

 


23 comments:

  1. I'm sure that it was a delight to hear you speak, and every lady there was blessed by your wisdom. I'm sad that I couldn't come. But I loved your artful reminder and notecard!

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  2. Loved having you here. I think all the ladies at retreat took some nugget home for later. I am glad you were able to enjoy your time. Dana

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  3. Wow, it sounds like you had a wonderful time, if your list is any indication. I love women's retreats (don't get to them often enough) and it sounds like the team that put yours together was stellar.
    I'll bet your messages were awesome, too! I love the book of Nehemiah!

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  4. This is such a great list. The jacuzzi part? That just takes the cake!

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  5. How wonderful Glenda, I'm sure you supplied them with as much spiritual encouragement as they spoiled you with! Hope things are going well for the wedding! So exciting!

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  6. It would have been fabulous to be at that retreat, Glenda. I do love Nehemiah, it's one of my favorite OT books. It's been decades since I've been on a women's retreat; perhaps that will change next year.

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  7. It blesses me to hear how well you were spoiled...and I bet they (the planners and attenders) were thrilled to do it. Been a while since I read the book of Nehemiah. Thanks for the reminder!

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  8. how about the fact that we were almost killed leaving that retreat, remember that ride home??? We're still here : )

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    1. Still thanking God for His protection that day.

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  9. What a great list, Glenda! So glad you had a great time and I know those women were blessed beyond belief.

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  10. What a blessing--you gave and you received. And meeting YOU? now that was a gift. :-)

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  11. Wow! A jacuzzi...now I never did spoil my retreat speakers like that. I did some of this...but not all...wow what an amazing weekend!! I'm encouraged just hearing about it.

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  12. And how to spoil the attendees? As Glenda to speak! Sounds like a lovely time.

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  13. Sounds like a wonderful time! :)

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  14. Sounds wonderful!! I love your list. I haven't been reading many blogs lately, but boy do I miss yours!! And I hope to meet you over coffee in person this side of heaven...so glad you got to meet with Jody, like you she is another coffee drinker I am dying to meet in person too. You both are lovely. Oh, it is a huge honor when something you wrote encourages someone else...thank you for stopping by my blog sweet friend!

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  15. Sounds like you had a very wonderful time, Glenda! And that God was at work with the perfect preparations ... and am sure that you were a sweet blessing to each one there!

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  18. what i wouldn't give to sit under your teaching. :)

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  19. Sounds like an amazing weekend--I'm so glad it went so well. And, I'm with "Between You and Me" up there--I'd love to hear you teach!

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