In the Just One Thing retreat theme, you’ll find thoughts, ideas, recommended scriptures, activities, songs, and more which will help you learn to find blessings even in the most difficult of times.
Feel free to use the ideas you need and leave the rest…or use them all. As always, if you have ideas to add, please comment in the comment section below the post or send an email to julie (at) lovingchristministries (dot) com.
JUST ONE THING NARRATIVE
One of the most often-said replies when asked how your day is going has to be the word, “busy”. Life is just busy…with families, work, church, volunteering, etc.
Our days seem to be cram-packed from when our foot hits the floor as we get out of bed until our foot slips under the sheet at the end of the day.
Whether or not we choose to be busy because we want to or because we feel we are expected to do everything we are asked, the feeling often overwhelms us. Because of this, we can lose our sense of thankfulness.
And, we can lose sight of following where God is leading us. We simply can’t hear Him talking over the din of everything else that fills our day.
Let’s focus on choosing just one thing to help us refocus on God.
Whatever it is that speaks to you on that level… music, nature, reading, or something else…intentionally bring that one thing into your life even for a few minutes each day.
You will find yourself spending more of your time being thankful for God and being steered toward the path where He wants you to be.
JUST ONE THING SCRIPTURES
Exodus 33:14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Psalm 142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Just One Thing Upgrade Bundle
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JUST ONE THING ICEBREAKERS
Blanket Name Game
This Blanket Name Game from the Group Games website is a fun way to help you remember the names of your new friends at this retreat.
Having a Ball
- Have the ladies stand in a circle.
- Provide a beach ball or another type of ball that’s easy to toss.
- Start with one lady and ask her to toss the ball to someone in the circle.
- The lady who catches the ball will then share ‘just one thing’ about herself with the group.
- That lady will toss it to someone else and the game continues until each lady has had a chance to share.
JUST ONE THING RETREAT ACTIVITIES
Go for a nature walk.
Take cardboard about 6″x7″ and double sided tape. While on the walk, make a collage of things found.
Gather back together and explain what each item means and why they were included in the personal collage
20 Purposeful Activities Shared by Women’s Ministry Leaders
In the post 20 Activity Ideas, you’ll find many activities shared with me by women’s ministry leaders throughout the United States. You’re bound to find one or more you’ll love to use!
JUST ONE THING DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
- What comes to your mind when you are asked to come up with just one thing that can help you refocus on being thankful for God?
- How can you work that just one thing into your daily routine?
- What can you do to convince your family/friends and even yourself the importance of replacing some ‘busy’ time with ‘just one thing’ time?
JUST ONE THING CRAFTS
Make this body butter recipe from The Frugal Girls website to pamper yourself or to share with a friend.
Faithful Frames and Prayer Plaques
Do this Faithful Frames and Prayer Plaques activity with a focus of decorating items with the one thing you are thankful for. For example, if you love nature, use nature items or images to decorate your frames.
JUST ONE THING SONG SUGGESTIONS
JUST ONE THING DOOR PRIZE IDEAS
JUST ONE THING CLOSING PRAYER:
Dear Lord, with the prevalent expectation for us to fill every waking moment with activities, that can leave us with no extra time in the day for you. Thank you for letting us slow down while we have been here and refocusing on the goal of sharing our life with you. We have worked on coming up with ‘just one thing’ that we can do even just a few minutes every day that makes us feel closer to you. We already have a sense of peace and thankfulness as we look forward to seeing you every day. Thank you for our experiences together here and please watch over us as we head home. Amen.
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