One thing I love about Northwestern is how many opportunities they offer to build into our lives spiritually. A couple of weekends ago, I attended Northwestern’s annual women’s retreat with one of my wing mates. It was awesome. We arrived early Friday evening at President Greg and Michelle Christy’s home and enjoyed a really great meal of tacos from a local restaurant. We were divided into small groups with whom we ate and answered some ice breaker questions.


Our first session followed the meal. A couple of students led worship, and then Michelle Christy shared a lesson with us about busyness. We had some personal reflection time and the opportunity to discuss the lesson with our small groups.              

The evening ended with warm cookies, popcorn and other snacks. Some of the women played games and some of us watched a movie. It was a blast.            

The next morning, Michelle led a session about Jesus examining our lives and our being intentional about sitting and worshiping at the feet of Jesus. This was followed by more personal reflection and small group discussion time, and a question-and-answer session with staff attending the retreat.

Our final session followed lunch. We worshiped together and Michelle led a discussion on encouragement. We then shared communion together and had more time for personal reflection.       

All too soon, it was time head back to campus. We all received mugs that were printed with our theme word, “Embrace.” My wing mate told me that this was our much needed “Sabbath” in the midst of all the busyness of the beginning of a new semester. She was right, and I’m already pumped about next year’s women’s retreat.