So, Grow Retreat happened this past, past weekend. And it was incredible! I’m so grateful for all that God did this past weekend.
If you weren’t there, that’s okay. To catch you up we basically focused on Psalm 23 the whole weekend. And there was snow. It was awesome!
For this HSM Devo, I wanted to do a brief recap of last weekend by reflecting on my top three favorite parts of Grow Retreat 2017.
1. Student-Led Workshops
What a joy it was to sit back and watch students teach students. It was so much fun seeing some of our senior student leaders step out and courageously speak in front of their peers and talk about what they’ve learned in their time following Jesus in high school. I believe there’s something unique about learning from a peer (even if that peer is a year or two older than you). I’m so grateful for the student leaders who boldly said yes to leading a workshop and teaching their peers about following Jesus. This is a memory I will cherish for many years. It was truly a rewarding experience.
2. The Snow
I mean, come on! The snow was awesome! I especially enjoyed seeing Morgan Morgan’s Instagram video of him and his cabin mates jumping off of stuff and doing flips into the snow. That was sick! But I got snow in my shoes on more than one occasion, and that made my socks wet and my toes cold…and that was less than awesome.
3. Worship on Sunday morning.
By far, my favorite part was worshipping with everyone on Sunday morning before we went back down the mountain. That time of worshipping Jesus was very sweet and seeing students all over the room lifting their hands in praise to God brought me so much joy. Also, I absolutely loved that song we introduced at Grow Retreat by Jon Foreman called “House of God, Forever.” This song is basically Psalm 23 put to incredible music. I’d highly recommend checking it out and adding it to your Spotify, Apple Music, or whatever you use!
I want to close with Psalm 23 (NIV):
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley, a
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
May you realize that you are truly home when you are with God,