“The nations will see your vindication,
and all kings your glory;
you will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.
You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
No longer will they call you Deserted,
or name your land Desolate.
But you will be called Hephzibah,
and your land Beulah;
for the Lord will take delight in you,
and your land will be married.” Isaiah 62:2-4
By: Jamie Smith
Those words, so simple, have a power that is difficult to truly fathom, right? How many of us as women have a name that we’ve given ourselves, or by others that tells us who we think we are. I’m not talking about names like Jamie or Sue. I’m talking about “in the way” or “ugly” or … enter Satan’s name for you here.
The truth is, God delights in us. Did you read that? Read it again. He delights in us. He doesn’t love us out of obligation, he takes joy in his children. As a woman of God, you are a child of the King. He has many names for each of us, and they are all beautiful. Let me share some of the names God has given me recently: glory, treasure, warrior princess, mine.
I think this is an idea that I will forever be exploring, be re-believing. I first came to hear of this concept at the first Captivating Heart retreat last year. As a member of the planning committee this year, I want to invite Mosaic of Moms readers to attend the 2013 Captivating Heart retreat.
The retreat is Oct. 11-13 at New Life Ranch in Colcord, Okla. (that’s about 10 minutes west of Siloam Springs). Sponsored by Strings Attached Ministries, the retreat is based on the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge. Cari Kaufman of Strings Attached Ministries and Brenda McClure, owner of Couples Touch of Love, return as the speakers this year.
“The focus is our identity in God and how our experiences with God have shaped our view of him and how that has shaped our view of who we are and our relationships with others,” Kaufman said in a recent press release. “We will be looking at the question ‘how was I wounded and how did that shape my outlook.’”
McClure said she hopes that women will be drawn closer to God through the experience “whether that is a first-time relationship, a deeper relationship or a mended relationship.”
The retreat is designed for adult women of all backgrounds and faiths although the Christian Bible will be used as a reference point.
“If we can understand who we are and how we are created in the image of God, we can learn to walk in that. It sets us up to be free to be who we were created to be,” Kaufman said.
Registration for the event is $129 and that includes two nights’ boarding, six meals and the retreat curriculum. There will be workshops, worship and social time throughout the retreat. Sunday will focus on worship time, allowing participants to return to their home churches if necessary.
A personal invitation
I want to extend a personal invitation to any Christian woman who wants to better understand her identity in Christ to join us at this retreat. I believe you will find it to be healing, but also a lot of fun! As I research the idea of being “enough” on my own blog, the heart-healing gift that comes from what started at this retreat is a gift I would love all my sisters in Christ to share.
A Little About Jamie:
Jamie Smith usually writes over at her blog, Jamie’s Thots where she shares about faith, food, family … and many other ideas! Her ongoing, year-long blog series about learning she is “enough” was born from her experiences at the first Captivating Heart retreat in 2012.