Recap- ACTS Church Retreat

August 2, 2016 in About Me

ACTS– Adoration, community, theology, and service.

This weekend was incredible and I wanted to recap it for you all! So let’s get started.

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Colossians 3:11- Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman; but Christ is all, and is in all

~On Thursday following my shift at work, I made the drive down to leave for a weekend full of God and Jesus; I left for a retreat known as ACTS. I left my phone behind and cleansed of all social media. 

This weekend was incredible for so so many reasons. I was able to connect with such genuine, kind-hearted souls and felt very welcomed. Upon going into this retreat, I had no idea what to expect: but it definitely exceeded what I thought it would. Realizing that every person life has a story and has struggled yet are here today can give us all that hope we need. It certainly shows me that God can help us overcome any battle we face in life! 

Some pics with my frands! (new and old) 😀 

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My roommate, best friend, and the girl with the biggest heart and most gorgeous smile Jen and my thoughtful, caring, kind-hearted, loving and accepting best friend Jimmy. I am so blessed for them both!! 

My relationship with God was up and down all throughout high school and until the second semester of my freshmen year of college. I was angry at him- and I realized this weekend I carried a lot of hate in my heart. Hate for me getting an eating disorder, for having depression and anxiety, for letting bad things happen to friends and family, for allowing me to harm myself for many years. I turned away from God throughout these years because I thought I was fine alone. But boy, boy was I wrong! I turned back to God this second semester of college and I won’t ever be turning back. Having God to lean back on in times of hardships and being able to praise him in times of greatness is an amazing feeling. Being able to have faith in a greater power helps to release that sense of control we all have deep within us. Trusting that God has a plan, trying to serve God and the world in the best way possible and to provide endless amounts of love to everyone I know, and realizing that “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13) puts my heart and soul at ease. I am so blessed I was able to go this weekend and meet such amazing, Jesus loving, caring people and I am so thankful I was given this opportunity!

Now tell me: 

What did you do this weekend? 

Have you ever been on a church retreat? 

As always, thank you guys for reading and all the love and support you give me!! <3 <3 Have a wonderful Tuesday 🙂

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  • Reply Melanie August 2, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Looks like you had a great time! I went on a church retreat in high school that was similar to this. It was such a special weekend that I will never forget! Church communities have the most kind and welcoming people. I love the idea of writing prayers on balloons and letting them go. 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa August 4, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Church communities really do have the most kind people. I’m so glad you got to experience something like this too Melanie!! <3

  • Reply kat August 2, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    What a wonderful experience. I am so glad that you got to experience this retreat. I’ve never been to a retreat like this but I have done some group retreats that just involved a few people from my church and even those were life altering. Just being able to escape and focus 100% on Jesus and all his glory does wonderful things for the heart and soul >3
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    • Reply Alyssa August 4, 2016 at 3:39 am

      Totally agree that being able to escape and focus on Jesus does wonders for our souls! It’s hard to put him as our main focus in the business of everyday life

  • Reply Lynne August 2, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Happy Tuesday Lyss, sounds like an amazing weekend. I have never been on a retreat, but I can imagine it would be such a valuable experience. x
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    • Reply Alyssa August 4, 2016 at 3:39 am

      Thank you so much it really was an incredible time! Xoxo

  • Reply Caroline August 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Girl, that last paragraph was literally bringing tears to my eyes. You have SUCH a beautiful soul. My faith really grew when I got to college; I think it’s a time of self-discovery and realization about so many things.
    I’m Catholic too, so adoration is one of my absolute favorites. I’ve been on a few retreats. My favorite one was called Encounter with Christ and it was AWESOME! Filled with great talks, discussions, adoration, confession, prayer, mass…it was so what I needed at the time I went.
    Have a great day, beautiful!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 4, 2016 at 3:41 am

      Oh my goodness you’re so sweet- can we hang out now please!! I so agree- mine grew In college too and I feel like a lot of that had to do with being on my own and such! The encounter with christ retreat actually sounds familiar. Sounds like an amazing time!! Xoxo

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot August 2, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Sounds like you had a great experience! I went on a few church retreats growing up but my favorite experiences were at summer camp where i spent 1-2 weeks each summer and i loved it so much! It was a christian centered camp and i met some amazing people there!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 4, 2016 at 3:41 am

      That sounds like so much fun heather!! I would love to do a camp like that!

  • Reply Megan Hallier August 2, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    This sounds amazing. I’m currently part of a team planning a retreat for our Christian club. I really can’t wait because it is such an awesome experience hanging out and praising God together!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 4, 2016 at 3:41 am

      Aw wow that is so awesome your planning a retreat!! That is going to be an amazing experience for you!

  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It August 2, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    I’m SO glad you had an awesome time!! I’ve been on one church retreat and it was so fulfilling and nourishing for my mind and soul. I can totally relate to your relationship with God, too. Mine has been developing more NOW since I’ve been recovered, and it’s truly been amazing! 🙂 Love you and hope you had a great Tuesday <3 xoxo
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    • Reply Alyssa August 4, 2016 at 3:42 am

      Since I’ve been recovered my faith has strengthened immensely! I think it’s because our brains have more space to think about things other than food lol. I hope you’re having a great week beautiful!!

  • Reply Ellie August 3, 2016 at 12:25 am

    I have never been on a church retreat before. In high school, my parents didn’t let me, and now I work on the weekends, so my church is online. I do value having Christian friends and love my devotionals to keep me in the Word. Sometimes I miss church back in college. That was a wonderful experience!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 4, 2016 at 3:43 am

      I love my church at my college and I’m so thankful to be able to go there! That’s so cool your church is online though!

  • Reply sarah August 3, 2016 at 1:32 am

    I am so glad you got to have this opportunity Lyss! It sounds like your faith and spirituality was definitely strengthened on this retreat. I think just like anything else, we have to actively work on our faith/spirituality in order for it to truly blossom.
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    • Reply Alyssa August 4, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      I totally agree- faith is something that has to be worked on each and every day !

  • Reply Edye August 3, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! I love the idea of not taking your phone and separating yourself from the internet. It’s so easy to get caught up in the world that we forget the one who created it. Thanks for sharing your awesome experience <3
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    • Reply Alyssa August 4, 2016 at 3:44 am

      I agree that separating ourselves from the Internet allows us to really focus on more important things and life and set more time aside for our faith!! Xoxo

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law August 3, 2016 at 4:09 am

    It sounds like you had such an amazing time on your retreat! How lucky you are to be surrounded by others who know and love Jesus!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 4, 2016 at 3:44 am

      It was so incredible! Thank you so much kristy <3

  • Reply Emily August 3, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    What an awesome weekend to be with others thinking on and praising God for the amazing gift of His Son Jesus Christ. I’m so thankful that Jesus Christ came down to earth, walked among men, and took the burden of sin to give freedom.

    This looks like a wonderful weekend of celebrating all of God’s amazing works. <3 So thankful for you Lyss, and all the marvelous things God is doing through the love of His Son Jesus Christ.
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  • Reply Kate August 3, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    I loved reading this! I grew up going to camps and retreats and every time I would leave feeling so refreshed. As a youth pastor, my husband goes on them a lot. I am excited to be done with all the school stuff so I can join him in the future.
    God is SO big and wonderful. I’d be nothing without His Grace.
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    • Reply Alyssa August 4, 2016 at 3:45 am

      That’s so cool terry does that!! And that would be tons of fun for you to
      Join him on that 🙂 God is so wonderful! Realizing that more each and every day<3

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