Why We Need the Nurturing Presence of Christ (A Retreat for Women led by Joy Cofield)
What was your relationship like with your mother as you were growing up?
Was she emotionally present to you or did she feel mostly distant? Was life typically all about her? Were you neglected or abandoned? Did she pass away during your childhood or young adulthood? These are only some of the mother wounds that women have suffered all through history.
Wounds from our mothers can come to us as children, as teen-agers and as adults. Many times, the wounds that our mothers pass on to us are what they experienced themselves. In fact, these kinds of wounds can also come from other matriarchal figures such as grandmothers, aunts, teachers, and mother-in-laws.
If any of this resonates with what you have experienced or are experiencing now in your adult life, I invite you to come to this Women’s Retreat:
The Mother Wound: Why We Need the Nurturing Presence of Christ. It is an experience of being mindful of your wound in a safe place in the company of other women who have their own stories of mother wounds. If you have attended before and would like to attend again, I encourage you to do so. We all pray for continued healing of our individual mother wounds as Christ continues His work in us to be more like Him.
Like it or not wounds are a part of life and often the people that we are closest to wound us the deepest. This was definitely true for me and my relationship with my mother. I appreciated the tenderness and care that Joy demonstrated throughout the Mother Wound Retreat in addressing hard areas, asking thought provoking and helpful questions and providing the space to address our hurts. I highly recommend the Mother Wound Retreat whether you have a lot of hurts or not, whether this is your first step in addressing your hurts in this area or not. With Joy’s tenderness, openness and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, I am confident that God will meet you and bring you further along on this healing journey as a result of this experience. E. W.
The 2014 Mother Wound Retreat was a great experience for me. It was good to make space to attend to my heart in this specific way. It was very moving to be with other women who were grieving and pained and bringing their wounds to a Savior to understand, forgive and continue to be made new. I am planning on attending the retreat again in 2015 and excited to see what new invitations the Lord has for me as I continue to learn more and more about mothering myself, mothering my children and the deep impact my mother has had on me. S. R.