The last time we were all together was 5 years ago.

An impossible wish was shared: time together, face-to-face. Time to share, worship, celebrate, encourage, pray, laugh, eat, cry, and dream. We watched as slowly God made a way for six women from five states to leave their families, jobs and ministries behind for a weekend of retreat and fellowship.

In every single picture of me from last weekend I look exhausted; probably because I got a total of six hours sleep. Not wanting to waste a minute of my precious time with these women, I stayed up way too late and got up far too early.

It was totally worth it.


It’s been a week since I got back home, and my overnight bag still sits in our bedroom half unpacked. Clothes, toiletries and random items spill out of it; I’ve pulled things out as I’ve had need of them, but haven’t taken the time to really finish the job.

My brain feels the same way.

Conversations, prayers, memories, jokes and words of prophecy are all jumbled together.

I’m sure that what God did there will slowly leak out of me over the next few weeks.

For now, this blessing from Paul seems to sum up what I’m feeling…because I am strengthened through His Spirit, feel His love for me in a way I never have before, and saw Him do more than I asked or imagined.

Today, this is my prayer for you as well!

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fulness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. {Ephesians 3:16-21}

How has God shown His love for you recently?


8 thoughts on “{unpacking}

  1. What a precious time that must have been! I like the idea of slowly unpacking your thoughts and understanding, as well as slowly unpacking your stuff (that always takes me forever, too!). In our culture, it’s so easy for me to get caught in the trap of “just get through it and forget it”. Even in the good times, I’m so quick to jump to what’s next that I don’t take time to reflect on what I’ve been through or am learning. (That’s part of the beauty of the intentionality of blogging.) Like savoring a bite of dark chocolate, it’s good to really reflect on time spent with others and what God is speaking to me. I pray that you will continue to see His work unravel in your heart as you reflect on your time of fellowship.

  2. Those kinds of times are so amazing and impact us far more than we usually realize. You’ll get unpacked in the physical, but the spiritual will probably take a little longer. :) You make me want to something like this again–right now actually! Thanks Melissa.

  3. Confession: My suitcase is sitting on my living room floor. Still unopened.

    Do I get credit for taking my toiletries bag out to so I have my toothbrush?
    Maybe my goal for today should be to unpack…

    Miss you!

  4. recently the Lord has shown His love for me through the words of encouragement and faithfulness of those walking this journey with me. through His Body. through simple bits of blessings scattered amidst the pain. through His messy love that is full and complete. a joy that defies my circumstance.

    so so thankful for your girl time!!!! what. a. blessing! hugs!

    1. Sometimes God knows that we need the encouragement and support of others. Like Moses having others come alongside him to raise up his arms. When you’re weary and feel like you can’t go on, that’s when God shows you that He has backup ready for you. :) Looking forward to seeing you this summer!!

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