Retreat and Breathe: Part 1

I left with far too much undone. There were bank statements to balance, special orders to fill, blog posts to write, manuscripts to prepare and – worst of all – my office and sewing room were filled to the gills with bins and piles of prospective vintage Etsy items and vendor displays screaming for my attention.

Now – I love a good hat and I own an interesting collection of vintage models.


However – it is best to wear only one at a time. For the past few months, though, I had been wearing multiple chapeaus and feeling the weight of them. I needed to stop and catch my breath with so much activity and little accomplishment to show for it.

I needed to retreat . . . and breathe.


Thankfully, the first weekend in June was marked on my calendar to do just that – in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania at the annual LYFE Conference hosted by the amazing professorial staff of Baptist Bible College nestled in picturesque mountain landscapes. #lyfeconf

This is the second LYFE Conference I’ve been to with my dear friends . . .


We arrived Thursday evening in time for the opening session at the conference center that night with Carole Wolaver, The Pottery Lady.


Carole is a storyteller and artist – something I completely identify with – and had us enthralled throughout her presentation. She worked with a potter’s wheel on the stage molding various pots and sharing metaphorical Biblical truths relating the work of a master potter to the work of God in molding our lives.


I’ve seen artists like Carol minister in this way before, but she works in the craft of “raku” pottery, which is an extra step where the pot is placed inside a can with burning newspaper creating chard designs in the motif for an ancient civilization appearance.


The harsh rigors that the clay must be put through before it is ready to show or use was summed up well in this quote by A. W. Tozer:


OUCH! Well, this little vessel knew, by the end of the first evening, I was precisely where I was supposed to be. So thankful for the gift of Retreat!

I had to take home a prize from Carole’s work and chose, not a pot, but this shadow box sheep with a Psalm 23 reference to display at home with some of my little sheep collection. She sells online so be sure to visit her at POTTERY LADY!


The next two days would see over 500 woman from throughout the nation gathered together enjoying meals in the huge dining hall for breakfast and lunch . . .



And, Friday evening at a fanciful banquet with an elegant menu . . .


Prior to a laugh filled night with Anita Renfroe and her good humor and song parodies about the things that are a part of women’s lives – and women of faith, in particular.


There were beautiful campus grounds to enjoy . . .




And a few respite teatimes to be savored at The Underground Cafe – built literally under the ground since we were in the mountains!



But, the meat and potatoes of the weekend were the two days of general sessions and workshops which I will review in PART2.


The seats are filling quickly so – check it out HERE . . .

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Sharing Retreat and Breathe: Part 1 this week with:

 Judith at Wholehearted Wednesday

Jennifer Dukes Lee at Tell His Story Link-up

Jenifer at Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesdays

Thought Provoking Thursday at 3D Life Lessons

Laura on Faith Filled Friday at Missional Women

Essential Things Friday Devotions

Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger

Still Saturday with Sandra Heska King

Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays

Sunday Stillness with Janis Cox



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"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. So glad you were able to get away, Kathryn! Resting is so crucial to meaningful work. Happy #TellHisStory Wednesday, friend!

  2. I have been writing for 6 hours without a break. I pushed the send button and came over to visit. I just melted back into my chair and feasted on your retreat! The grounds were beautiful, the buffet sounded delicious…but the potter! I want to meet her someday–it must have been such a treat to sit and listen and watch. The A.W.Tozer quote is perfect, too, and oh, so true. Thank you for sharing this experience with us. ~Pamela

  3. I’m going to comment more fully after reading Part 2. But what a wonderful weekend you must have had! I haven’t been to a women’s conference in forever – and this one sounds special indeed! Maybe 2015?!

    I have heard Anita Renfroe in person. She is hysterical!

    And the quote from Tozer? Somehow it made me cry – because it made me feel that God has a purpose in this season of *hurting* in my life right now.


  4. Oh my word!! I live about an hour from Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit!! I enjoyed reading and looking through the pictures of your retreat. Thanks for sharing.

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