A few weeks ago the deadline was approaching to sign up for the Ladies Retreat at our church. I thought that RK's birthday was going to be on the Friday of the retreat, which would cause me to not attend. Well, I'm just going to be honest. I was going to use that as an excuse not to attend. I was just coming out of that battle with depression and didn't think I would be able to cope being around a lot of people. So, we're sitting in church one SONday morning and Pappy asked if I was going to attend. I told him no because of our grand-girl's birthday. He said, "Deb, her birthday is on Thursday." I immediately got out the checkbook and wrote the check for the cost and gave it to one of the coordinator's after church......
because I knew if I didn't go ahead and do it right then, I would back out. I had felt since I found out about the retreat that God wanted me to attend, but I had fought it.
The retreat was this past Friday evening and Saturday. A young lady from our church spoke Friday evening and on Saturday, Ms. Kari Anne Wood from Thistlewood Farms and her husband, Denny led us in song and then she spoke giving her testimony of things God had brought her through. It was an amazing weekend, one I'll not soon forget. I was able to share this great time of fellowship with over 50 other ladies, but especially my precious friend, Dawn. She drove two hours to come and go to this retreat with me. God certainly ordained our friendship from the very beginning fourteen years ago (more on that in a later post).
Ms. Denise speaking Friday evening
Ms. Kari Anne Wood and her husband, Denny leading us in song right before she spoke
Ms. Kari Anne and her hubby
The ladies at our table
Salad served out of rain gutters to go along with the title of the retreat, "Grace Like Rain"
The biggest banana split I've ever seen,
again served out of a rain gutter
I didn't get pictures of the crafts we did, but I'll post a picture of the wind chimes later. I received such a blessing by attending and I'm already looking forward to next year.
I'm so grateful that I heeded to that still small voice!
Breathing in Grace,