Obedience, Refine Retreat

Wrapping Words Around Refine

Wrapping Words Around Refine

People keep asking, how was the retreat?

You all want to know about Refine.

I both want to tell you–and yet I don’t. Or maybe it’s more that I can’t? (It’s all still unfolding).

I’ve been struggling with how to wrap words around Refine.

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For all of my usual abundance of words I find myself staring blankly at this page without adequate words to describe the experience. You can’t encapsulate what happened at Refine Retreat with small words. God is big, and for 48 hours, we rested beneath the shadow of His wings.

How can I begin to tell you what that actually felt like?

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We went expectant.

We opened our hands.

We wept cleansing tears and made stunning art in feeble attempt to transcribe the work of the Spirit inside of us.

God did not fail us.

Refine Art

He opened heaven, and blessings poured down in steady abundance leaving us fresh-washed with grace and healing.

Art Journaling

We rested. We were restored.

We worshipped.

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We fellowshipped.

We made art that pointed right to the glory of heaven.

Broken beautiful

We sat in silence and felt the warmth of what it is to truly abide.

We opened our hands and cupped them beneath the steady stream of mercy.

We were resurrected.

Dayspring Art

We are whole.

We are worthy because He makes us so.


We are refined.



*We’ve been trying to share within our private Facebook page, and it turns out I’m not the only one at a true loss for words. What God started at Refine is not finished. We (meaning any who believe in the resurrection of Jesus for the forgiveness of sin) are continually being transformed and renewed by God’s grace. We can’t thank you enough for praying over us, and over this special experience. I am certain that your prayers carried us through, as we encountered virtually no real obstacles over the course of the weekend. It seems most of our sharing about the weekend is by way of images. If you’re on Instagram, check out the hashtag, #refineretreat to see some of the beauty of the weekend.

Special thanks to our beautiful Sponsors, and More Than Rubies for blessing us at Refine {the retreat} Also we are grateful for, Teri Lynne Underwood and Christine Hiester who generously shared their gifts. 




  1. Elizabeth Anne May

    Oh, friend! I feel the same way. It was sweet and real and beautiful. I do feel protective and tender about our weekend, and I don’t know how to explain it yet. And, I think that’s good. Really good. The more meaningful the experience, the less it eludes categorization. No tidy, neat, little boxes to put Refine in. And, that’s what I love about it…

  2. Tonya

    Perfect! Just perfect. And maybe that’s all we’ll need to say. That we rested, were restored, healed and left full of His tender mercy… Love you dearly friend.

  3. I’m still feeling this, Kris. Seems like I jumped back into life with both feet running and there hasn’t been time to ponder. Just now visiting around and reflecting on all that God did during that sweet time. I can’t thank you enough for all you did to make the weekend special. I will treasure the memories always.

  4. Amy L. Sullivan

    Been thinking about and wondering about little ‘ol you. Thanks for sharing these pictures and giving me a little peek at what you’ve been up to.

    1. Thanks for the kind words and thoughts Amy. I’m in a new place right now, and I can’t say it’s all that comfortable…. I miss writing more here… hopefully, the words will come. It’s nice to be wondered about. 😉 ((hugs))


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