Hello there : )
HEART (Home Educator's Annual ReTreat) was last weekend (26-28 June). It was the second year that I attended. I attended in 2008 but couldn't go last year, but I wouldn't want to miss another one. It is too good to pass up... like dark chocolate or a visit with a good friend. So, when I got home I told my dh I will most definitely be there next year.. and the next...and the next ... : )
The theme was Treasures. "He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure." Isaiah 33:6 is a scripture many of the speakers quoted.
It is amazing how all the speakers spoke on the treasure they have gleaned / gained through the dark moments in their lives!! It was a fantastic time to meet other like-minded woman who love educating their children, who have a deep love for their families and shared some of their treasures with us. We laughed and we cried. It was good to have some time to reflect and process what was being said (although not a lot of time). For me, it was LOVELY not to worry about meals. I would have loved another day with more free time to process some things, but the time we had was such a blessing.
I shared a room with one of the women who is in my co-op and again it was a special time to get to know her better.
The organisers worked so hard to make this weekend possible. We got 'goody' bags on Friday night on our arrival. It was so fun to go through it all and see the little gifts they chose for us.
The first session was about 'Finding Treasure between a rock and a hard place'. Sharon shared about some difficulties she faced in how finding something small to hold on to made a huge difference in her marriage.
Saturday morning we had a choice of workshops before delicious morning tea. I went to the Precept Ministries workshop. Barbara told us how to help our children get the most out of Bible Study. Basically teaching them how to do an inductive Bible Study! It is brilliant. The books guide the kids step by step, keeping them excited about the text and engaged... well, not just the kids : )
Sue spoke on "Where's your heart"? after morning tea and then introduced Sue from FreeSet (is a fair trade business offering employment to women trapped in Kolkata's sex trade). What an eye opener and opportunity to be God's light!
I spent the afternoon hanging out with God and doing some work on my preaching course. Other ladies attended the craft workshop and made some beautiful cards.
Bronwyn ended the afternoon session talking on the topic: "The Key to Treasure is the Fear of the Lord".
The evening session was amazing with some ladies (not the key speakers) sharing 10 minute testimonies about the treasures in their lives. Each one was unique and so honest. It was such a testimony to the fact that we all go through hard times, we all have something to learn AND we all have something to teach! In the words of Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbs) "There are Treasure everywhere!".
After the session there was an option to watch a DVD from Louie Giglio speaking about Grace. If you've not seen it, it is well worth the watch. The DVD is called "Fruitcake and Ice Cream".
Sunday we had a choice of workshops again and the last of the keynote sessions with Rosie's "Help! I'm a cracked vessel!". And yes, we always cry in Rosie's session :)
Looking forward to next year!