I really enjoyed my time, even though I am not a "retreat go-er". I appreciated the honesty and the healing that comes with that. Wendy and Francie, I think you found your calling...I appreciate your stories as well, and would recommend the experience to others!!
I'm still in awe of how God shows up when women are given the opportunity to be real, in an authentic and safe community. For me, the retreat has been used to create a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diverse body of Christ and how Jesus speaks through each indispensable part. In short: it's been a real game changer for me.
What a wonderful weekend with the Lord! Thank you for the experience and getting to meet so many new sisters in Christ! God is good and HE IS FAITHFUL!
It was a wonderful weekend to really meet the Lord as well as all the women who showed up to be "Jesus with skin on". These lyrics from the song by mercyme really describe the experience I had: "It’s the moment when humanity is overcome by majesty, When grace is ushered in for good and all our scars are understood. You take my heart and breathe it back to life. I fall into your arms open wide when the hurt and the healer collide." Came away with more clarity and insight, and a sense that God was healing my heart.
Oh how I am sad I didn’t make that picture ;) But what struck home for me after this weekend experience is how Jesus was truly orchestrating every moment. And I’ve been missing that clarity for so long. Every time I had an insecurity or doubt God spoke through Francie or Wendy to reassure that He had me there for a reason. It was divine. What a “safe” place it truly was to open our hearts to (at least for me) strangers. Never have I experienced such raw, honest & heartfelt testimonies. I am blessed and have come away knowing I’m not alone in my suffering. Thank you for expressing the seriousness of “safe” people & creating an environment where we were able to be real. How vital that is to women like me who do not have safe people in my daily life. Francie & Wendy, thank you for opening your lives, time & hearts to us. ~God Bless~