What the weekend was about…
We looked at esteeming Christ in our hearts, words, and actions, and focused on using our stories as a means of sharing our hope as outlined in 1 Peter 3:15:
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
How vital it is to be prepared to give an account to others who ask us what our hope/faith is all about, as well as how really knowing our own story in Christ (unique to each of us, beautifully written by God and glorifying to Him) will guard our own hearts when difficult times come into our lives.
Saturday night, we participated in a very impactful Prayer Mosaic as we visited 9 prayer stations where we thanked and praised and released burdens to the Lord through thoughtful exercises.
Heidi Buckley – Women’s Ministry Leader
What did you like about the retreat (overall impression)?
I really enjoyed my time with my Heritage family friends. I loved the camaraderie and the time spent with ladies I don’t usually hang out with. I loved watching groups of ladies praying together, working on meals together, and playing games together. The laughter and joy was contagious. Bobbie Guice
The retreat was held in a beautiful cabin, which forced us all to be together and get to know one another. What a blessing that was! We laughed, played games, talked, fellowshipped, prayed, and got to know each other better. Not only did I get a chance to connect with the other women, but we were given a chance to connect with the Lord in a special way Saturday night. There were 9 prayer/reflection stations set around the cabin where we were encouraged to connect with the Lord in different ways. One of those stations asked us to reflect on themes encouraging thing about the weekend. This is what I wrote in my journal:
The most encouraging thing about this weekend is that I am surrounded by women who see You, Lord, want to honor You, are accepting, loving, encouraging and of course, kick-in-the-pants FUN! Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to be a part!” Elissa Goodwin
The scenery was beautiful and the company was outstanding! Listening to other women’s stories was humbling. Great fellowship! Candie Evavold
How did it impact you personally?
The theme revolved around everyone having a story to tell. This is very near and dear to my heart. Over the past couple of years I questioned why God lets bad, hard, hurtful things happen to good people. I’ve really had the impression that God puts us through these trials so we WILL have a story to tell, and that story will glorify God. Bobbie Guice
I feel that I can get closer to the Lord anywhere, but there is always a greater impact when you can get closer to Him while with others. Being around other women from all different walks of life AND having the same goal to honor the Lord with their lives is a powerful thing! Their enthusiasm, love for the Lord and willingness to be vulnerable with each other was infections. I know that the relationships that were strengthened at the retreat will help me to feel more comfortable at church and Bible studies… and ultimately give me the strength that I need to live out loud for God. Elissa Goodwin
The stations we did Saturday night were very thought provoking. I couldn’t help but shed tears over how faithful our God is to us! Candie Evavold
What specific thing will you take from the retreat and apply to your life?
I will continue to tell my story… because of God’s grace and faithfulness. He carried me through the heart break and difficult times and I may not be a better person for it, but I have become more willing to tell my story. Bobbie Guice
I loved the prayer stations so much that I took a picture of them. I would like to reflect on them periodically. They were a great tool to draw closer to the Lord and to remember the sweet time that we had at the retreat. Elissa Goodwin