I am still recovering from the weekend. Yesterday, I took a 3 hour nap during Will’s nap. And I still was tired at bedtime.

My church hosted Walking Wisely Weekend for the middle school ministry this past weekend, and it was amazing.

W3 is a weekend retreat where families in the church host small groups for the weekend in their home. They take care of the food, drinks, and place to stay. And the group is able to attend group sessions (worship service and a talk), small group sessions, and fun activities together.

Janet and I had 24 girls come on this retreat. We’re missing one in the picture below, taken before doing pottery painting at the church.

Can you find me?

Some of the eleven and twelve year old girls are taller than me. They’re taller than Janet too (she’s my height), but she was wearing her platforms that day.

This weekend focused on having and being wise friends versus foolish friends. This is such a great time in their lives to be discussing that and telling them what that looks like.

Justin Grunewald gave some awesome talks at the big group sessions, and the music was great.

During one of the songs, they raised up a huge cross that was a collage of pictures of the kids from the weekend. My girls loved that.

They also gave out streamers for the kids to throw around.

And, of course, we all ended up covered in it. It was fun.

Our high school co-leader, Skylar, had a lacrosse tournament most of the weekend, but she made it for the Saturday night session and spent the night that night. She’s awesome.

The best part of the weekend was after that group session on Saturday night, when the girls all went back to our host homes for our last small group meeting of the weekend.

The group session was about the men who carried their paralyzed friend to Jesus and about how because of their faith, Jesus forgave the man’s sins and healed him. At small group, we gave them cards and had them write anonymously what it was that was paralyzing them in life and what the small group could do to carry them.

Some of the things these girls are facing…it’s so hard.

I had tears in my eyes as we read out the cards to the group. Some of them are dealing with truly heartbreaking things in their home life, and you would never know it from how they act. Some are already feeling guilt and confusion about their faith. Some are dealing with the typical, but no less painful, feelings of rejection and longing to fit in with their peers. Some are so shy that they have trouble even making friends to start with.

The most amazing thing to me was this- although it was anonymous, these girls have friends in that group who probably know them well enough to figure out who wrote what. And they were honest about their struggles anyway. I don’t know many adults who can do that, and these sixth grade girls were bearing their deepest struggles to each other.

I think God is going to do some really big things in the hearts of these girls. And I am so, so blessed to be a part of their journey.


11 thoughts on “Tired”

  1. Meghan,

    God Bless you all and these beautiful lives & friendships!

    What an awesome post and website! First, thank you so much for investing in Taylor’s life and the lives of all the girls and their families, present and to come. Taylor had a great weekend with you and Janet, and her friends. I am so grateful to God for our church, you, and Janet.

    Meghan, you are a beaming light for God. Thank you for sharing God’s love and your gifts with Taylor and all of us, we are blessed by you, sweet one!

    Kim Ford

    1. Thank you, Kim!! Taylor is so sweet and friendly. We sat together during our pottery painting, and she told me about how she looks forward to going to the beach each year with her cousins. The coffee mug she painted is summer themed, which sparked our conversation. She’s pretty artistic!! I’m so glad she was there this past weekend. She is such a wonderful part of our group. =)

  2. Meghan,
    Thank you so very much for being God’s Instrument… You are a reflection of God’s unconditional love. We are so blessed to have you, Janet and Skylar in the lives of our girls!! Sissy had an absolutly wonderful time during WWW!!!

    Thank you again for everything you are doing for others!

    Leslie Allen

    1. Thank you, and you are so welcome! Sissy is so full of fun and energy. She adds a lot to the group. And with poor Jordyn getting sick Saturday night, she was a real comfort to have around, since they are practically joined at the hip! =) I’m so glad Sissy had fun. We love having her in the group!!

  3. Meghan,
    Wow!! What a great blog! I am so thankful for the pictures and a summary of the weekend. Some “kids” don’t like to give a lot of information:) What an incredible weekend!! I am so thankful to have found NP and the opportunity for Kendall to experience such an incredible group of people, while building upon her relationship with Jesus Christ. We have been holding a small bible study in our neighborhood for some of the girls once a week, and I love when they expand on what we are discussing because of the wonderful talks and teachings from you all!
    We are sooo blessed to have you, Janet and Skylar in our lives! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do for our girls! Kendall had an amazing time, one I’m sure she will never forget!!

    1. Thank you, Kelly! I’m so glad Kendall came. Janet and I were talking on Sunday night about how she is such a great presence in our group. No matter who is talking, she finds a way to make what they say something the rest of the group can relate to, without even trying. She’s so good about including others and being friendly to everyone. And the best part is, it comes so naturally to her, she’s not “trying to be nice”…she just is that outgoing. We love her!

  4. Where do I begin….
    I have watched one of my girls grow up under NPC and her love for the Lord is overflowing.(age 16)
    Now my second one, Morgan……..I have tears in my eyes just thinking about how much her small group means to her. As she unfolded the events of the Walking Wisely Weekend, my heart just swelled with joy……WOW..WOW..WOW! These are life learning lessons and memories. I believe she grew up in the Lord over those three days. Her prayers became deeper and full of maturity. Thank you, so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to grow my child’s faith in her Heavenly Father. We as parents can only do so much at home and then you guys fill in those voids that we have missed.
    In His light & Grace,
    Chrissy & Dwight O’Neal

    1. Thank you, Chrissy!! Morgan is such a fun girl. We love having her in the group. She told me Saturday that she liked riding in the car with me because I’m “like a teenager.” That made smile (and laugh, later, when I told my hubs). Morgan has maturity beyond her age, but she also has this desire to make people laugh, which comes through a lot when we’re together. I was so glad to see how much closer she has grown to the girls in the group since the beginning of the year. I remember she used to feel unsure since no one from her school was in our group. After boot camp, she told me that she used to feel like she needed to bring friends to small group so she would have a friend there but that now, the small group girls were her friends. At W3, it was obvious that that was true. She was having fun with all the girls and vice versa, even when Bryanna wasn’t there for part of Saturday. I can’t wait to see what all God is going to do in her over the next couple of yeras!! =)

  5. meghan,
    I am Morgan O’Neals aunt. I too just wanted to let you know how thankful i am for your willingness to take your time out and give to this group of girls including my neice! Boy do i love that girl and so I am so greatful that she has Godly women in her life like you! thank you! thank you! thank you!

    1. Thanks, Jessica! It’s my pleasure to work with these girls. I might even get more out of it than they do!! I love seeing their families rally around them like this. Thank you for loving Morgan so much!! =)

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