Well there is a new girl around here! (me)....and I don't know how much I can blog about it, because I have to leave in 28 minutes to take my daughter to a doctor appt, BUT...I will write as long as I can.
Isn't that picture gorgeous. I took it with my phone this weekend at a women's retreat with my church in Lake Tahoe. I have been to quite a few women's retreats in my years, but I have to say:
THIS WAS TOTALLY AWESOME!!!
The best by far....seriously.
I went up with the only expectation of relaxing in a beautiful place and some down time from mommy-hood. God had bigger plans! (I love that!)
I feel like a new momma. I know so many women there had awesome experiences and connections and it is so amazing how God can take the same songs, and messages and prayers and activities and do a unique and personal work in each of our hearts. YEA GOD!
Our speaker was awesome, Havilah Cunnington. (If you need a speaker for a women's retreat, I could not recommend her ENOUGH!~) What was so amazing, is everything she spoke about was right what I was struggling with and it blended what I have been learning the last 10 months from Boundaries and practical help with my kids and merging it with a new intimacy and closeness with God. IT WAS JUST what I needed!~!!!!!! Desperately.
So many many other awesome things happened through the weekend, a deeper closeness with the ladies in my church, connections with new friends (I love you Serina!!!), and wonderful chats and laughs....and on the ride there and back, I was educated on food and health and have caught the fire to turn our food life right side up! (Thank you Jessica...and check out Farm Fresh to You, and the Frugal Granola).
Well I have so much more to share over the coming weeks, I hope I find time to do so... but I just have to say....
Life is good and there's a new girl around here!!!!
O God, I have tasted Your goodness,
and it has both satisfied me
and made me thirsty for more.
I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace.
I am ashamed of my lack of desire.
O God, the Triune God,
I want to want You;
I long to be filled with longing;
I thirst to be made more thirsty still.
Show me Your glory, I pray,
so I may know You indeed.
Begin in mercy a new work of love within me…
Give me grace to rise
and follow You up from this misty lowland
where I have wandered so long.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Some would gather money Along the path of life Some would gather roses, And rest from worldly strife. But I would gather children From among the thorns of sin, I would seek an ebony curl, And a wide and toothless grin. For money cannot enter In that land of endless day ,And roses that are gathered Soon will wilt along the way. But oh, the laughing children ,As I cross the sunset sea, And the gates swing wide to heaven ,I can take them in with me! ~Author Unknown~
“God wins us, not by shouting, beating us up, or starving us into submission, but by asking for an invitation to enter.
We are loved into surrender. The more we accept that he operates out of love for us, the more we will entrust ourselves to him.
Fénelon expresses this truth beautifully: "God is not a spy looking to surprise you. He is not an enemy lurking in the shadows to hurt you. God is your Father who loves you, and wants to help you if you will but trust in His goodness."