I was going to skip this post and just get to the next one that was on my list because let’s face it, I am behind again. Robbie and I head home tomorrow…tomorrow! How did that happen? I am so excited to get back to the States, see family, have a break. I am thrilled.
Before that, however, I want to reflect back on Base Retreat last month. It was the culmination of a very busy season, and I went into it thinking that I needed to just “get through it.” I was so tired going into Base Retreat this year. That being said, I was so thankful the way God quickly showed me that this wasn’t going to be tiring. It was going to be refreshing, and refreshing it was!
For the past three years, I have planned our annual Base Retreats, and I love doing it. We’ve gotten into a great system, and it’s a lot of fun. It is a lot of work, though. This year, with the ship, I knew I wouldn’t be able to be the main organiser, and I also knew I had a new staff on my team who is, well, brilliant! She’s so diligent, creative and reliable. I met with her before the ship got too busy and basically downloaded my entire brain on Base Retreat.
There was a moment on the Friday night of Base Retreat where we all gathered under the ::HUGE:: meeting tent, and there were announcements and all that jazz. I sat in my little camping chair, and I listened. It was amazing. I listened to the announcements, and I observed Lauren kicking butt! She did so great. I nearly cried. With that, God really showed me to take a deep breath and just soak it all in.
Another thing that was quite different this year was that we didn’t have one main speaker, but rather we had the privilege of hearing from a few people…Tom Hallas, David Stephenson, Sarah McCutcheon…basically a line-up of legends. It was so good!
I could probably write posts on each of the teachings or days or break it up somehow, but I am going to write the bullets, the nuggets, instead. So read on for all my little nuggets from Base Retreat this year! I’ve also included the base’s video, which my good friend Scott Berry put together. He did this huge campaign a few months back for all this top of the line camera gear so he could take his skills to the next level. You really see it in the video! (How beautiful is the picture of the cows?!?! Never thought I’d say that but it’s true!)
My Base Retreat Nuggets
- Sarah opened the Saturday morning session and said she felt like God was wanting to whisper to us. To hear a whisper, you have to lean in close – it’s intimate. That was such a great word to kick it all off. Intimacy with God!
“Nothing that you do out of a pure heart and an obedient faith will go to waste.” – Tom Hallas
- Tom Hallas on ‘Hope”
- “Faith and love are fed from the stream of hope.”
- “Faith comes from hearing. Faith comes from hope. How can you be sustained when you’ve lost hope? Hope is facing forward – it’s looking at the future and believing for better things.”
- “What is the seed bed of hope? GRATEFULNESS IS THE SEED BED OF HOPE”
- “Steps that lead to hopelessness – refusing to acknowledge God’s worthiness, not giving thanks, becoming vain…”
- “One of David’s worst moments was when his son rebelled. When you observe the challenges that some men of God went through in the Bible and then see what they wrote about after that, you don’t see bitterness. You see GRATEFULNESS.” – Tom Hallas
- David did a session on Bloom’s Taxonomy, which is a tool for understanding. Generally, when we are looking at something, we only stay at the lower level of Bloom’s. (See photo)
- Bloom’s Taxonomy
- Remembering – taking something at face value; defining; listing
- Understanding – being able to explain it another way; paraphrase; “put it in your own words” test
- Applying – putting it into practice; choosing
- Analyzing – dissecting; how do medical students understand the human body? by dissecting it. They understand all the parts/pieces. Being able to separate the pieces; creating distinctives
- Evaluating – taking a position; making a decision; forming an opinion
- Creating – taking an area of truth and reapplying it in a different context
“We will continue to struggle with the same thing until we change our view of God.” – Sarah McCutcheon
- “Obedience is about our love for God, not our approval.” – Sarah McCutcheon
- David Stephenson on Worldview and Holiness
- “Circumstance has nothing to do with whether or not something was a sin. Truth is truth.”
- “We get the freedom to choose, but we do not get the freedom of consequence.”
- “Dualism – posturing a Christian lifestyle but being totally different/sinning on the other hand.”
- “Fear of the Lord requires transparency with God and with others.”
- “Integrity – what we say we believe is what we do. Dualism – what we say we believe and what we do are two different things.”
Even as I look back at some of this, I feel my “nuggets”, which are really just recaps or highlights, can only scratch the surface. There’s something about being out in the middle of nowhere, among nature, not thinking about your phone or technology but just being present. It’s a road to depth and understanding, and even though I wouldn’t consider myself a “nature/camping girl” in the slightest, there is an appreciation I have for “getting away” and removing ourselves from the chaos and busyness of day-to-day life.
Base Retreat in 2009 was the first time I’d ever been truly camping, and I have to say, it’s one of my favourite things each year.