Ladies’ Retreat Topics


A relationship of love, communication, and purpose in the Godhead was evident even in the Creation account. It traces God’s perfect design intention for His image bearer through Creation, the Fall, and Redemption. Our relationships in this world flow dramatically from our understanding of our relationships to God through Jesus Christ. We are no longer takers (dead in sin) but now givers and receivers because we are complete in Christ. (See Philippians 2/Colossians 3).

Loving God in Life’s Disappointments

This topic looks at expectations from a biblical perspective and tells us how we know, embrace, and love God in life’s disappointments–in all the ways our expectations don’t “work out”–from the husbands or friends who disappoint us, or the irritation of lost car keys and burned roasts, to tragic life-altering events that tear at our hearts and have the potential of leaving us helpless and hopeless, even unbelieving. Our Sovereign Father works n all the disappointments of our lives for His glory and for our good.

Conversations – Talking to God, Talking to Myself, Talking to Others

God’s speech to us in His Word sets the foundation for our conversations. God’s Word then models for us talking to God, meditation for our own mind and heart, and counsel to others in the home, the body of Christ, the community, and the workplace.

The Proverbs 31 Woman

What is God exalting in Proverbs 31? An accurate translation of verse 10 tells us- “A wife of noble character, who can find?” In this beautiful passage, God is praising Godly character. Women often judge their success by what they do, not who they are! The personality profile in Proverbs 31 is character oriented. What a relief! Inner qualities determine outward behavior.

The Whole Picture – The True Nature of Reality

All of God’s Word provides us with illustrations of the unseen world of spiritual reality which God inhabits and which He calls us to see and know with out spiritual senses. Then we can interpret what we see with our physical eyes.

God’s Way – Not Mine

Scriptures have been given to:

  • Confront us with God’s sovereignty
  • Attest to His duty and right rule
  • Encourage/exhort/and give hope in all circumstances
  • Have the Holy Spirit witness to our souls the truth of God’s Revelation
  • Confirm the truth of testimony about God
  • Demonstrate His ability and faithfulness to His people

Scripture is filled with people who faced problems and chose God’s way or their own way. The fall-out of their choices is very instructive!

You Never Know What a Day Will Bring! – Proverbs 3:5 & 6 – Trust in the Lord

This short term and long term uncertainty can leave us feeling vulnerable, even frightened. We need to know something for sure, to be able to have confidence in something that we know will work out as planned. There is one such truth we can be sure of. It’s taught in many ways in the Bible. It’s summed up in Proverbs 3:5 & 6.

Everyday Struggles with Sin 

Biblical solutions for our struggles with sin are found in understanding God’s holy and perfect searching of our hearts, in knowing God and the nature of reality, and in knowing who God is and what he has done for us in Christ. God is faithful to feed and nurture the righteous life within which He created and brings to completion as we commit ourselves to walk in His ways, in dependence on Christ’s work for us.

James 4: Submission to God

James 4:7-10 is a profound and sobering formula for repentance–surrender to God. Submission to God is foundational to overcoming our struggle with the idolatry of our hearts–the “desires that battles within”. Repentance is the route to submission. Repentance is not popular in our culture, but it is God’s powerful and life-changing agenda to preserve His dearly loved children.

The Christian Woman and Submission

What is biblical submission? The secular culture and even the evangelical feminist movement have stereotyped the biblical model of submission. Godless people have made God’s perfect design for women’s roles grotesque because their minds are darkened to the Truth. We must once again bring godly womanhood into the perfect light of God’s Revelation and own it as whole and beautiful. We will examine the woman’s role before God in general and submission to our husbands (individually) in particular.

Childrearing – The Mother’s Role (suggested where mothers described in summary are predominant)

What is the mother’s role in “shepherding” her children’s hearts? It is based on the parenting model laid out in my husband’s book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart (Dr. Tedd Tripp), and in our co-authored book, Instructing a Child’s Heart. There are many mothers who struggle with dual parenting roles. Many are lone Christians in a family where either their husbands are tyrannical about non-Christian lifestyle choices or couldn’t care less – leaving such decisions and values to the Christian wife. Many have professing husbands who are spiritually lifeless, leaving mom to be the spiritual head. These ladies have questions. We must answer them from God’s Word.

Being God’s Woman

Out culture is obsessed with “becoming” something or someone. As Christian women, we have the same assurance of “being” someone and something in Christ. “Being God’s Woman” rests on what Christ has done, not on what I can do or what or who I become. A foundation to any aspect of my “womanhood” is who and what I am in Christ.

Other topics: 

  • A Biblical View of Manners
  • A Biblical View of Modesty
  • A Biblical View of Romance
  • Instructing a Child’s Heart: The Sowing and Reaping Principles of Scripture; Sowing and Reaping: A Biblical View of Consequences
  • What If It’s Not Too Late? Help for Parents of Rebellious Children
  • I Just Don’t Fit In: A Lament of Members of the Body