September 17, 2007
I got back from a women's retreat last night with a friend's church. The theme of the retreat was "Spiritual Warfare". I am still reeling from the weekend and feel so profoundly moved by all the lessons shared. It is a fantastic thing to see women getting real - no matter what happens to your mascara in the process. We cried and laughed together... and got to know each other... despite our different churches, different walks of life, different colors of skin, and different personalities. Above all - I felt Jesus in that place. He was working on our hearts.
The photo above was taken at the retreat this weekend. Another one of God's masterpieces painted just for me. The one below was right outside my cabin door... a butterfly came to visit and stayed long enough for me to snap a close-up.
I wish that I could share with you all of the things I learned and took home from the retreat, but I don't have enough room here and not enough energy to type it all out! I have to get back to my homeschooling and unpacking. I just wanted to encourage you all to go to the next retreat your friends invite you to. Make a point to plan ahead for the next ladies' retreat at your church. Save up your money in a can on your night stand for the year so you won't have finances as an excuse not to go. It will be well worth your while.
The kids woke up this morning with sinus trouble and I let them take a long nap after they had allergy medicine and breakfast. After lunch we started doing some homeschooling and chores. We're doing a "half-day" today. I am going to grade papers and plan the next unit before dinner. Speaking of dinner... I promise to try and get over to my recipe blog this week and post something for you. Tonight we are having Zesty Baked Oregano Chicken, Greek Salad, Lebanese Rice Pilaf, Hummus with Pita Bread, and Kalamata Olives.
Everyone who has emailed me with interest in participation with the Homeschool Blog Awards website should get an email from me this week with updates. I'm working to get you all set up in the system as contributors. Hopefully we can get that project underway soon.
I'll leave you with a small fact that one of the speakers at the retreat this weekend mentioned in a sermon about prayer:
"A ship's rudder can only turn the ship if it is MOVING"
That really stuck with me. Don't let yourself get stuck in a rut. Don't be stagnant and prayerless. Keep moving forward (even if it is baby steps) and stay in the Word so you can know where to put the next foot. May the Lord bless your week!
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