My body is fatigued and my mind is fuzzy.
Oh, how I’m looking forward to sleeping in my bed tonight!
But, my soul is uplifted and my spirit is renewed.
This not so young woman played hard and laughed long this weekend as about 30 of us
gathered at the Salt and Light Retreat Center in North Topsail Beach
to love on one another and love on our precious Lord.
Have you ever put a pair of pantyhose (that had a tennis ball in one of the feet)
on your head and have to knock over water bottles with the leg that’s dangling down,
all without using your hands???
Neither had I.
But, turns out I’m pretty good at it!!!!
Maybe that’s my new calling!
And the fashion statement – well, what can I say!!!
We ate really well.
At meal time, we just walked over to the dining room
where the chef had prepared us a delicious meal.
I could get used to that!
Our hearts were fed with good words as well.
We were challenged by our speaker, Tara Furman, to find a place in our homes where we
meet daily with God;
a place where we can have a fresh encounter with the sovereign God of the universe.
God has the only real answers to whatever we are facing,
yet we run to everyone and everything else searching, but falling short,
of the strength, wisdom, and discernment we so desperately need.
Tara encouraged us to run to our “quiet place” first.
It is there in the presence of the King we will find what we truly crave.
Do you realize just how much He loves you and desires to be in relationship with you?
This weekend was a spiritual feeding for me.
Psalm 81:10 says “I, the LORD, am your God……open your mouth wide and I will fill it.”
We shared our “war” stories; many filled with tears and heartache and disappointment.
We overflowed with thankfulness for who God is.
We were awed by His creation as we watched the sun rise and the ocean roar onto the shore.
We sang of His amazing grace.
Our hearts swelled with love as we “ate” of the richness of His words to us and for us.
God was at work all around us and in us.
I watched as women discovered a real hunger to know God more intimately.
I watched as hearts were renewed.
I discovered anew that we all have a story.
What we see isn’t always the way things are.
Some people SEEM to have it all, yet the truth is often quite different.
Hurt and heartache knows no boundaries.
I stood amazed as God seemed to be revealing to me part of His plan for my life.
I was humbled by how He is using me to speak life into others.
I trembled at the realization of just how people really are watching us as we walk out our faith.
I am thankful for the privilege of this weekend retreat
and for all the “sisters” who shared it with me.
I am thankful my own sister, Debbie, was among them.
Can’t wait until next year!!!!
Wonder what God will be up to until then?
Lots of love, Sharon