Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Gift of Joy- Women's Retreat

    A Saturday with some teachable heart women in Stafford, Virginia.
A women's retreat at Living Hope Lutheran Church.
Time for sharing and growing and maybe a new lens to see their own lives.
How does God show faithfulness- when I forget to be faithful?
Why is it so challenging to remember His Goodness to me?
Why does He seem so distant sometimes?
Can I begin to see Him everyday?

Some frost on the grass and a chilly start to the day.

We spent some time viewing two sessions of the Ann Voskamp Counting gifts videos.
Opening the door to some beautiful life framing.
Ann- a woman who just speaks normally in poetry.

A wonderful lunch and getting to visit with old friends and some new friends.

Then some time for crafting after lunch.

Some friends from a book club that had read
 1000 Gifts and came together to the retreat.

All sorts of materials for creativity
And a successful project to leave with - 
to start the journey of Counting Gifts

Some of the Joy in a Box embellishments from Ann Voskamp's blog-

Talking and Sharing
Singing and Worship

The retreat was a gift from the Pastor's wife - Nancy Rueter-
 to the women of the congregation and community
in honor of her mother.

That she could pay it forward-
 to be an encourager and equipper of women
 to live their mission here on earth.

I give thanks for Nancy--
her heart for women-
 and the families and friends they love and serve.

Another community of women with a shared experience-
coming together to see something out of the ordinary
 in our ordinary days.

Revelation 7:12
 “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, 
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, 
Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

What is your "take-away"-
 from a shared group experience lately?

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