God Met Me // Resources from [TRVA Cru Fall Retreat]

Hey sweet friends! We absolutely loved women’s time at Fall Retreat this year, and we hope you did too. Doesn’t it always feel like we could use about an hour or two more in those discussion groups?? We would have loved to have sat down with each of you, with a cup of coffee or tea in hand, and hear your stories more deeply.

Maybe you should do that this week with some of your friends on campus! Seriously, it takes someone to initiate and be vulnerable… why not you?

For those of you who weren’t there, the theme of our morning was “God Met Me” — and we highlighted a variety of topics where different staff women shared ways that God has met them in different parts of their stories. From loneliness to injustice and everything in between, we had a chance to consider what God says about those things, what He does, and how we can respond in light of that.

Here are some further resources for each of YOU as you continue to dive deeper into what God has to say – books & articles from other godly men and women, Instagram accounts to follow, and podcasts to listen to.  This weekend, take some time away, and sit down with one of these things – journal, process, ask God what he might continue to teach you! Don’t let “what happens at Fall Retreat stay at Fall Retreat…”! He’s with you now, just like he was then. Lots of love to you… and enjoy these recommendations!

God Met Me [theme//in general]

  • Book: Unseen by Sara Hagerty
  • Book: Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen
  • Book: Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman
  • Book: When Life & Beliefs Collide by Carolyn Custis James

God Met Me in My Loneliness

  • Sermon: Gospel in Life by Tim Keller, “Friendship”
  • Instagram: @soulscripts [she touches on way more issues than just loneliness!]
  • Book: Uninvited by Lisa TerKeurst
  • Book: Loneliness by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Book: Seated with Christ by Heather Holleman
  • Article: Desiring God, “Six Ways your Phone is Changing You”

God Met Me in My Singleness

God Met Me in My Dating Relationship/Marriage

God Met Me in My Shame as I Fought for Purity

  • Book: Create in Me a Pure Heart by Steve & Kathy Gallagher
  • Book: Living Free by Ben Bennett, Brett Butcher, and Dr. Ted Roberts (Pure Desire Ministries)
  • Book: Sex and the Single Christian Girl by Marian Ellis Jordan
  • Pure Desire Ministries Resources
  • I’m Living Free Resources for Accountability, Working Through Pain, Locking Down & more
  • Article: Jessica Harris, “To the Woman Addicted to Porn”
  • Resources by Joy Pedrow

God Met Me when I saw Injustices in the World

God Met Me when My Life Fell Apart

God Met Me when My Life Didn’t Go As Planned

  • Book: Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb
  • Book: Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung
  • Book: Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty
  • Any books by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Book: Anything by Jennie Allen

God Met Me Downloadable Art

  • Remember what God has done in your own life by downloading one of these “God Met Me” prints – or saving it as your background on your phone! He is the God who SEES and KNOWS you… and loves you! Be encouraged!
  • Downloadable Print 
  • Phone Background

Enjoy digging deeper & leaning into God — and comment below with other recommendations! We’d love to hear!

Stay awake, and be free! xoxo

Five Things Fridays {Fall Intentionality} // Meg

It feels like it’s been  f o r e v e r  since I’ve popped in on this blog! And it has! I think the last time I wrote was back in April so it’s been a solid six months. I like to join in on the {awake & free} conversations on Fridays with a little thing I call “Five Things Fridays” aka a list – sometimes short and sometimes with more explanation – of five things for your weekend ahead.  I think there’s something to be said about resting well, soaking in Jesus, and seeing the beauty He brings to this world.  Weekends can encompass all three of those things together & I love that about them. ((I mean, who doesn’t love weekends, though, am I right?!))
Without further ado… here’s this first installment in the 2015-2016 school year [Five Things Fridays] post with a little something about: FALL INTENTIONALITY!
Five things to be intentional with this fall:

Scripture. How can a young (wo)man keep her way pure? By guarding it according to Your Word. –Psalm 119:9– What does it look like to create in your schedule this fall a morning intentionality with God’s Word?  It’s a time to create new habits for the school year… it’d be a shame to leave this one out.  Use those cool mornings & crisp autumn air coming through your open windows to lean in to Jesus. The perfect fall date.

Reflection.  We will not hide them… but tell… the glorious deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonders that he has done –Psalm 78:4– Take time to pray, to ask God to reveal His wonders in your life to you, to begin to reflect on this past year.  Take time in the stillness to know that He’s God.  What is He teaching you? Where would you like growth? He’s worked mighty wonders.  Remember them, thank Him, & declare them.

Rest. My soul longs, yes faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. –Psalm 84:2– Our souls and our bodies are created for rest, and our hearts, for believers, sealed with the Holy Spirit, must find rest in the courts of the Lord primarily.  Nothing else satisfies us.  Rest in Him this weekend, rest in Grace;  take time to slo o o o o w down and find refuge in God alone.  Rest is good.  Sing for joy to the living God.

Friends. Who doesn’t love a good apple picking adventure or pumpkin patch or feasting around the table full of fresh fall goodness?  Even I – a spring & summer lover through and through – can appreciate the richness of fall.  And what’s the fall richness without those deepest treasures of friends nearby?  Take a risk with them. Go deep. Open up. Share your dreams. Ask those tough questions.  Forgive & give grace.  Treasure your friends.

Creating.  Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. –Genesis 2:7– What does it look like to bring beauty into your life this fall? To create where something hasn’t been created before? To hear new music, to make your own, to be inspired by the beauty around you?  Reflect God’s heart for creation in your own life – in your dorm room or simply in your mind – and join creation in giving glory to Him.

Be intentional this autumn.  I dare you.  Hugs all around & happy fall, y’all!