Friday, January 17, 2014


What's that you say? You love my t-shirt? Why, thank you! I designed it me-self. For my youth group's Winter Retreat. Happening THIS WEEKEND! We're leaving tonight!!! I'm so excited! I'm so excited! I'm so... scared!

Mostly kidding. :)

But seriously, this is the first retreat I've ever planned! I'm hoping it's 100% awesome. Lucky for me, I had the pleasure of planning it with two other youth directors, as we're joining our three youth groups together for this retreat-a-palooza, if you will. They're a little more experienced at retreat planning than me, so they really helped take a lot of the stress off.

If you couldn't tell by the t-shirt, the theme for the weekend is "beloved" or "be loved." You love the double meaning, amiright?

And check out the back of the shirt...

That's the bible verse we chose for the weekend. As you see, it works very well with our "beloved" theme. 

Except, do you see the error? Yup, one huge, stinky error on the back of the shirt. And it's all my fault for not quadruple checking everything. I'll give you a hint. Look up the verse John 2:3.

Oh, alright, fine. I'll spare you a second and do it for you:

When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." John 2:3

Yup, that's right. A verse about wine. On the back of a teen retreat shirt. And it was all my doing. And I'm a little mortified. And we don't have the money to reorder the shirts, so...

Let's just keep this our little secret, shall we? 

I mean, when just looking at the shirt, you'd either have to have the bible completely memorized or reeeeeally love that verse or reeeeeally know your stuff to know that the verses don't match.

If any of the teens notice, I'm hoping to play it off like, "We did that on purpose. So that we could include Jesus' first miracle on the shirt in addition to the other verse."

Do you think they'll buy that?

Oh, and for anyone wondering, the verse "Beloved, we are God's children now..." is actually 1 John 3:2. Gah! I was so close. Yet so far.

Though, I guess if that's the only big issue for our weekend retreat, I'll be one happy camper. Or, errrr, retreatant. :)

And if you wouldn't mind, could you spare some prayers for the teens? I'm giving a talk on Saturday about encountering struggles in our lives and how to handle them. 'Cause who knows struggle better than an IFer?! Not that I'm going to be mentioning IF at all, but at least I'll feel confident about what I'm saying. I actually used this post from Infertile Minnesota as inspiration for my talk. (Thanks, girl!) I highly recommend giving it a read if you haven't yet. 

So if you could pray that my message reaches the teens and draws them closer to God, that would be so wonderful.

Thanks, friends! Catch you on the flip side!


  1. Love the short shirt.super cute. Have a great retreat!

  2. Hope the retreat goes GREAT! I remember some very formative retreats as a youngster. Love the shirt and laughed out loud about the verse. Sorry =)

    1. No need to be sorry. I'm glad it made you chuckle. :) I prefer to laugh at my stupidity than let it bring me down.

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    1. It took me a long time to post, but I'm still alive!


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