Something New

by Tracy Johnson, OHM Executive Director 

Recently several members of the OHM Lead Team gathered at my home to work on our plans for the upcoming RESPITE at Maranatha.

My first question for them was, “What do you think of when you hear the word respite?”

Webster’s defines respite as “a short period of time when you are able to stop doing something that is difficult or unpleasant or when something difficult or unpleasant stops or is delayed.”

As we discussed our plans for the weekend we each realized that this is very different from what people typically expect from an OHM event.  When people think of coming to an OHM event they often begin considering where they want to do more “work” in their stories.  Specific scenes of abuse that need to be told in more detail, difficult relationships that need to be talked about in a confidential setting, places they feel stuck and want to explore more deeply are all brought with them to share with their small group in hopes of experiencing more healing and freedom.  These types of stories are absolutely what we welcome and encourage people to bring.  However, for the upcoming RESPITE event the focus and purpose are different.

The goal for this weekend is to provide a context that will help equip you to care for those places inside of you that don’t experience rest.  The focus of the weekend will include attention to your physical body and how the story you carry inside of you is impacting your wellness in mind, body and soul.

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The goal for this weekend is to provide a context that will help equip you to care for those places inside of you that don’t experience rest.  The focus of the weekend will include attention to your physical body and how the story you carry inside of you is impacting your wellness in mind, body and soul.

While there will certainly be story telling that is part of the weekend our focus will not be on digging into that story, instead we will be seeking to help you explore what kindness and acceptance look like for your wounded self in some very practical, daily ways.

Life is hard and every day each of us is faced with the story we carry inside of bodies being impacted by the world around us.  It can feel like work to just get through the day sometimes.  The RESPITE will be a time to focus on how to grow in your capacity to stay at rest, care well for yourself, and experience God in comforting ways each day in the midst of living your life.

We have many creative and wonderful things planned for the weekend all designed to help you expand space inside of yourself, experience play and rest in new ways, and hear God’s blessing over your being.

Starting next week those who have signed up will begin to journey towards the RESPITE with some intentional assignments designed to help enhance their experience of the weekend.

I hope you’ll think about taking some time out to provide RESPITE for your body, mind and soul and join us for this new weekend we are offering.

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  • Rebecca Massey
    May 29, 2016 (9:06 am)
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    What clarity is in your reading today. I did not know u existed. Glad that I stumbled across your name and cause.
    I would love to heal permanently. Many would I know. When you reach 60 & up, and u r soooo used to burying, covering, hiding, and these mechanisms have become somewhat permanent, to really WANT to shed these crazy “garments of past”, it sounds so hard

  • Rebecca Massey
    May 29, 2016 (9:08 am)
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    Your parents are usually gone. Family across country… friends or you in ill health and not traveling.. Major health issues, buried abused etc


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