He Will Hold me Fast // camp thoughts

I disappeared because I went to a Christian woman's retreat up in the north woods of my home state. It was wonderfully...peaceful. My initial thoughts revolved around the fact the they had a zipline, and kayaks, a hay ride and some pretty scrumptious food.  And, those things were fantastic. I did zipline for the first time (4 times in fact!), I learned how to paddle board, I kayaked..and I did eat. 

 But, if you asked me what my favorite thing of all was right now... I would honestly answer the singing at chapel. We had two chapel services each day all weekend...I eagerly waited for the moments when we told to sing. My favorite hymn of all was He Will Hold me Fast...each night I fell asleep humming it and woke up to it still. 

 I went down to the lake in the morning before breakfast - alone. Somehow I was the only one who decided to do it... I don't know how, but it was so special for me. The fog literally danced off the lake and I would sit on the dock listening to the quiet. 

 The speaker encouraged us all to have a small goal for the weekend, and to write it down. Then, after the message was given, she threw us a loop by telling us to tell the two people beside you what your goal was. My goal for the weekend was to cry... And, technically, I didn't meet the goal, but I guess what I should have written was SOB bc I think that's what I really meant. But still. 

 I met some wonderful ladies, adopted a grandma for keeps, learned some things, but mostly, saw that He will hold me fast. Christ will hold me. I'm precious in His sight, and so are you.

 So, these were my camp thoughts.....

did you go on a retreat this year?
what were your thoughts??

p.s. sorry for the iphone photos...I didn't want to use the camera lol

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  1. Oh, I so love that song! They sang it at our church a little while ago, and It's been one of my favorites since then. :)
    Thanks so much for sharing! It sounds like you had a wonderful time.
    The pictures are beautiful. Our God creates such masterpieces!!

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    1. Oh gosh really?? I love it so much!!! We sang it like 3 times...I was thrilled. <3333 I really did
      EEEP I KNOW!!! I could hardly stand it at the camp...it was so lovely

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  2. I want to go and zipline SO badly! I have a youth retreat coming up soon and I'm pretty excited.

    Glad you had a fun time, Julia! :)

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    1. Have you ever gone a zip line before??? I LOVED IT!! oooh that sounds like fun XD

      aww thanks <3

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  3. That sounds so lovely! <3 Everything. about. it. I'm glad you got to go and enjoy yourself! And ziplining...yes, that is definitely fun. ;) *raises hand* I would've wanted to go the lake in the morning! Why did no one take advantage of that?!? And singing at the chapel? Count me in. Gosh, sounds like you had an AMAZING WEEKEND. <3 God is sooooo good. <33333

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    1. It truly was!! I enjoyed it so much...like I can't even explain it. EEP IT WAS!!! I don't know! It was cold and I was literally like the youngest person at the woman's retreat and the hike up/down to the lake took a while...so hahaaa that's why??? lol!! OOH PLEASE COME YOULL LOVE IT!! <3

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  4. Wow we both loved the song He Will Hold Me Fast this week and went to camp. :P And the fog was beautiful at our house at camp too. Wow. :)

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    1. I know!! I thought the same thing...It made me smile to see your post. <3 Wow, really?? That's so cool!!

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  5. Ahh, that sounds amazing! I've never heard that song but it sounds lovely. :) I'm glad you had a great time!

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    1. OH MY GOSH IT WAS!! And when everyone lifted their voices high I was just like GOD YOU ARE AMAZING WE ARE PRAISING YOU TOGETHER <333333333333

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  6. Your picture of the lake simply looks peaceful. It sounds like a truly wonderful time. I haven't been to a camp in so long, but I used to love going to chapel twice a day, just waiting to be challenged and fall in love with God's word.

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    1. Oh peaceful is so the word....I felt so held by God there. <3 Oh you should go again! This was my first time, but NOT my last xD

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  7. I'm glad that you could have such a wonderful experience!

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  8. awww thanks!! <333

    btw, so you got caught up on my blog posts now, eh? ;) hehee!

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  9. You zliplined? Sounds like you had a great time.
    I've never been on a retreat, but it sounds like an amazing experience. I hope to go on one someday.
    Me and my family are actually going away to a salt water lake in three days for the last week of our spring holidays. Can't wait.

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    1. I did! It was soooooooooo much fun actually. The first three times was a blast, and the last one I was a bit more scared lol...hehee!
      This was my first...but it won't be my last. It was an experience I'll never forget. <3 OOH HOW FUN!! Have a blast girl!

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  10. This is one my favourite posts of yours Julia. :) Thanks for sharing your experiences, and the precious truth that He will hold us fast. That's been one of my favourite songs recently too. :)

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    1. aww gosh, really??? <3333 thanks. Yes, such a beautiful truth uhg, such an amazing song!

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  11. You have been nominated for the Selcouth Award!
    http://evyslittlecorner.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-selcouth-award.html

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  12. this is so beautiful, Julia. <3 asdfghjkl gosh just FEEEELS. it sounds like y'all had a wonderful time!! I live right next to a lake so I know what that fog looks like and GOSH IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL RIGHT?? <333

    eeep this post though. I love reading about your adventures bro :') ALSO I WANT TO ZIPLINE SO BAD WAAAAAAAAAAH

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    1. awww thanks <3333 OH MY GOSH IT WAS FANTASTIC. like please come sometime. YOU DO. oh gosh...every morning? how do you sleep?!?

      HAVE YOU EVER GONE ON A ZIPLINE BEFORE?!?!??!!?

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  13. This looks so very peaceful! And oh my goodness, I love this song! It really helped me through a tough time a while back ;-)

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