This retreat was an opportunity to have a safe environment (amongst women) to be sincerely heard, truly seen and discover my story is relevant. I came away from the weekend feeling incredibly closer to God, loved by some incredible women (so you KNOW God was there for ME to say that ;) ) and less isolated.....for I saw "my story" in the lives of so many of the other women who attended the retreat. The freedom from the lies (I have believed all my life)and the beauty of the truth revealed was life changing.
I loved the retreat and I have plans to go again in the fall. God was working on me before I went but He really started showing me things while I was there. It was a great time just to spend uninterrupted time with the Lord and other ladies. With two kids that does not happen often.
The theme of this retreat for me was "why I don't trust". Though it was scary to be honest (because I don't trust people):-), to be able to share the moments of my past with my Ruth helped me to not be defined by them. These moments are not "who" I am, rather moments God allowed in my life to draw me to Himself. It was so moving to see other women set free by sharing there "moments" that had been hidden for so long and start the journey to let God define them for who they truly are....Daughters of the King....precious in His sight.
As much as an unveiling, the retreat was a refreshing and reconnecting with feelings and a sense of personal identify buried under layers of life's demands and difficulties...It was a time to allow bottled up emotions to rise to the surface because each stage offered a protected place to be honest about hurts, disappointments and discouragements...to tell the truth. It was so very freeing.