Winsome: An Invitation


[win-suh m]
from the Old English wyn (joy) and –sum (some).
sweetly or innocently charming.

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The first time I met Kim Hyland we were preparing to climb a ropes course that ended in a zipline. We were on the eastern edge of Nebraska, at the Jumping Tandem Retreat, and we were brave. I didn’t get to talk to Kim much at that retreat; just followed her hand-over-hand up the ropes. But two years later, at the second Jumping Tandem Retreat, I went to her breakout session. In that session, Kim shared about her struggle with perfectionism and finding healing through surrender. As I listened to her open her heart up to our group, I thought back to our zipline adventure and pondered how hard it must be for a perfectionist to abandon control that way she did that day.

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Kim often speaks about how embracing brokenness has opened her to joy in ways she never imagined. At the time of that second retreat I had just released Playdates with God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-up World a few months earlier. I was still tenderly testing the waters of sharing that part of my story—this discovery of wild joy in play. When I meet a sister who has lived that discovery, a kindred who holds fast to wonder for dear life … well, the heart sings in recognition. That’s how it has been with Kim.

I was thrilled when she asked me to be part of Winsome, the retreat she founded that is held in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania. I’d love for you to join us in April. If you’re wondering whether Winsome might be a good fit for you, read this. Here are some thoughts from other women about the retreat. Visit Kim at her blog to get to know her a little better. Maybe I’ll see you there? The special earlybird registration rates are going on now, until 1/29. Read more about Winsome here and let me know if you are attending. I’d love to sit on the porch with you, sip tea together, and breathe deep the joy of the Lord.


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