Surrendered Heart is the next step in the Captivating Heart Retreat Series. Stripped down, focused and intimate, this retreat is a weekend away with other women seeking deep healing and deep communion with God. Taught by Marilyn Hodgin, Judy Turner of Christview Ministries and Strings Attached’s own Cari Kaufman, we are incredibly excited about what God is inviting us to. Surrendered Heart takes place at St Scholastica Retreat Center in Ft Smith, Arkansas, May 13-15, 2016. For more information go to www.captivatingheart.com. This event is designed for those ladies who have attended Captivating Heart or a similar Captivating based retreat or who have been through the Captivating:Heart to Heart DVD series.
Ya’ll, I can’t hardly wait! Captivating Heart this year is going to knock your socks off! God has taken this team down some new roads to some new experiences. We hope to facilitate an amazing, life-changing encounter with the living Lord of lords in October and I. Can’t. Wait!
Would you come?
Oh….ladies…Jesus is tenderly inviting you….Would you say yes?
For all the details, hit the Captivating Heart site at www.captivatingheart.com/events. Scholarships are available if finances are an issue, simply send and email requesting a scholarship application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s been too long since I’ve haunted these pages. I am sorry. I do have reasons…good ones…but I promised consistency, didn’t I? And I love this place here that we’ve created together. A place where I can turn raw sentiment into flowery words; where I can share the things God is teaching me; where I can ask hard questions and maybe sometimes get answers, but most times just get support. Most of all, a place, where you can find these things too (I hope). But I haven’t been around much lately….I kind of fell off the wagon, eh?
This year’s Captivating Heart was the best yet. Sixty women from 5 states joined us in Oklahoma for our second year. We’ve already begun to plan our third- perhaps two events next year. And, what I’ve found is that there is “Administrative Leader Cari” and “Creative Writer Cari”, but they don’t tend to inhabit the same time and space well.
I did have moments when God’s beauty was just so breathtaking that I wanted to pick up my pen and write…
Like this one…
and this one…
I have long wanted to capture in words what my heart has been learning in real time, but the words don’t come…and the time is short…and I’m real sorry ’bout that. Now that I am exiting this very busy speaking season, I hope to experience a flurry of writing! I hope to regail you with wise (and maybe even some funny) stories. So stay tuned…there is so much more to come!
Oh my! Has it really been over a month since I posted? So much for that commitment to consistency, eh? Can you ever forgive me?
I have been crazy busy preparing for Captivating Heart 2013. What you haven’t heard about it? You absolutely MUST join us on Oct 11-13 at New Life Ranch…it is going to be amazing! You can read about what IT is, over here at www.captivatingheart.com.
I promise someday soon I will get back to regular posts, but it probably won’t be until mid-October!
Grace and Peace,
Life is zooming by at the speed of light (or faster at times it seems!) Can you believe that it is already mid-March? As we head into Spring Break, I just wanted to take a day and let you know what kind of (good) trouble we’ve been getting ourselves into here at Strings Attached.
Many of you know that is often feast or famine….and this year is no different! I will have seasons with no engagements and then times when I am speaking somewhere new every week. Now that I am teaching family caregivers of folks with Alzheimer’s and other dementias at Home Instead Senior Care, I find myself perpetually in the preparation cycle for the next presentation. I am currently neck deep in one of those feast seasons and speaking nearly every weekend in March and April. I still have dates available in summer and early fall! Go to the Contact us tab to request a date!
Planning for our big conference, Captivating Heart is underway and running smoothly! You should come this year! Last year’s event was a phenomenal experience and we can’t wait to do it again! Registration is open and space is limited, so register today and don’t miss out!
Go to www.captivatingheart.com for more details.
In preparation for Captivating Heart we a couple of events coming up to raise both awareness and funds, and can’t wait to tell you about them!
Don’t let the name throw you, this one is open to warriors of all types, but we specifically want to celebrate the Princess Warrior in all of us daughters of the King.
Strings Attached has partnered with Modern Mission Outdoor Laser Tag (think paintball without the pain!) for a Sunday afternoon full of embracing your inner warrior! Several missions will be run with an all-Princess game at 3pm. This event is open to the entire family and I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon! You must purchase your tickets in advance for this event and space will fill up quickly! Get your tickets today!
We had so much fun last year, we’re doing it again!
So maybe taking out opposing forces on the battlefield isn’t your thing….perhaps you are more dresses and tiaras kind of gal. Or maybe you are like me and like to hold your pinky up when you drink tea one week and shoot at folks another….this event is for you.
Join us for morning tea in the garden with the ladies. ..crumpets, delicate tea cups, ummm….cupcakes….a silent auction full of lovely items and an opportunity to dress in your prettiest sundress and hat and enjoy the company of other ladies. Tickets must be purchased in advance, so get yours today!
And much more…
We have a couple of other events in the planning stages…stay tuned for more information about those, but until then, get your tickets today for these great fundraising events!
Do you want to donate to the Captivating Heart Retreat, but can’t make one of our awesome fundraisers? No worries…you can donate through paypal just by clicking here. Every little bit helps to make Captivating Heart better!
I hoping to be back on schedule with consistent posts coming in the next couple of weeks….this month has been NUTS! (but no worries, I’ll keep ya updated along the way!)
There were 31 of us….women from all walks of life….beautiful women who came for rest…who came for restoration…who came for redemption.
And after a year of planning and and working….the weekend was amazing!
We had adventure..
We had friendship….Join us for the rest at www.captivatingheart.com…
We’ve just returned from our leadership retreat out at New Life Ranch in preparation for Captivating Heart! What an amazing place! We cannot wait for you to join us out there!
Can you believe Captivating Heart is only a month away? Crazy how fast this year has gone…
So on the eve of the end of early bird registration, NWA Motherlode has featured Captivating Heart in an interview….why don’t you check it out?
How often do you really take time to refresh your spirit and renew your mind? If that sentence makes you sigh, you might enjoy a retreat coming up the first weekend in October called Captivating Heart. It’s going to be held at the awesome New Life Ranch just outside of NWA in Colcord, Oklahoma.
In fact, this event sounds amazing…read the rest of the article here…
Oh! It was beautiful!
The day…the garden…the tea cups….
Simply a beautiful, elegant Saturday morning.
We had lovely entertainment:
We had lessons on the proper way to “take tea.” The most important? “Always speak with kindness.” I think we will add tea to our daily routine just for that.
We had wonderful give-aways and gallant young men to serve us. We had sweet babies and beautiful music….and cupcakes…did I mention we had cupcakes?
But the most breathtaking thing of the whole beautiful garden party? The most captivating thing….was all of these beautiful women…women in their finery and sundresses….women in their fancy hats and tiaras….women in their Captivating Hearts. They were stunning each one.
On Saturday, June 9, we had our first fundraiser for Captivating Heart. We had a wonderful group of ladies in attendance. We raised over 900 dollars! This will provide partial scholarships for several women!
Where to begin….there are loads happening around here (with me…and with the ministry!)
So I will sum up the goings on!
First, Captivating Heart is coming to life!
Captivating Heart is a retreat ministry based on the bestselling book, Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge. Captivating is based on the message that there are core desires of woman’s heart- to be romanced, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, and to be the beauty of the story- and that unlocking and understanding these desires are the secret to the feminine heart. The core message of Captivating is this:
Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. The desires that you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman are telling you of the life God created you to live. ~ Captivating
I have felt a strong desire for several years to bring this message to my community in a way that is affordable and accessible to women locally, so a team of twelve other faithful ladies and I have been working diligently to provide just that…and it’s coming together! I am so excited! AND I so want you to join us! There are tons of ways to register:
1) You can go to the events page and click on the “register now” button under Captivating Heart…
2) Check out our online home at www.captivatingheart.com. You can find out all the information and register right there online! Special shout out to Madwire Media for donating design hours to create our site!
We’re hosting our first fundraising event!
To raise funds for Captivating Heart and provide scholarships to those who could not otherwise afford the retreat we are hosting a Garden Party on June 9 from 10-12. We would love for ya’ll to come out….you can purchase your ticket to attend and find out more about the event here:
Fundraising has begun in earnest!
So if you can’t make our awesome ladies tea (I’m super excited to wear my new garden hat!) and you want to donate to our cause (please, please, please consider it!) then, we have a way for you to do that as well through our totally secure fundly site…We’d love to partner with you to help make this happen!
Hmmmm…I think that those are all the exciting updates I can think of right now, but the truth is I’m super tired and I need to rest up for a brain scan tomorrow….beauty sleep for pictures, you know? (beneath this false bravado is a girl secretly asking for your prayers…I really detest having someone inject radioactive dye into my head, strap my head into a cage and stick me into a really noisy, very tight-quartered tunnel.) Thank you so much in advance for your prayers and love! Hopefully, I will have more to share this weekend!
Grace and Peace,