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Women’s Retreat – Women on the Way

This past weekend was the 3rd annual Women’s Retreat for The Journey North. I am exhausted, emotionally and physically – but above that, I am praising God for bringing another group of incredible women to Cozy Bay Resort.

What an experience to spend time with women I have known for years, and some I have just met. I love that some of the ladies were new to the church and dove right into a weekend experience that I know built relationships.

To spend a weekend with such a team of people who shared their ideas to make this retreat an exciting, God filled, experience – you know who you are each and every one of you who contributed through prayer, sharing a devotion, running a break our session, cooking, cleaning, check in – ALL OF YOU – God bless you!

The best part of these retreats for me is to step back and observe people who I know just met over the weekend – sitting and sharing, laughing and crying…. This is what it is all about.

So many of the women shared with me their reservations to attend – afraid of not knowing anyone, or being asked to do something they were uncomfortable with… they left bubbling over with excitement and carrying new memories and experiences.

If you were there Friday night you were able to create your own Barnabas Box. Dinner was Italian , then Ice Breaker Games, and a late comer, Rea Treat. At Midnight “Retreaters” were invited to share in a spiritual Journey as women explored several women of the Bible who had traveled to Jesus. This event and evening concluded with a banana split Bon Voyage Party.

40 some women attended on Saturday. We started with an incredible devotion lead by Bernie Finch. This was followed by an equally incredible presentation of Julie Steiff’s Jerusalem adventure. The women were glued to their seats and many comments were made about how incredible this talk was. Saturday afternoon lead to a Mexican Dinner (all meals set to music provided by Jarrid Johnson) and a skit performed by Joelle Schmidt about leaving our baggage at the Cross. Saturday continued with the break out sessions and a massage therapist offering massages from 1 – 5 pm. The break out sessions were personal Journeys (testimonies) Creative Journey (a craft where you could make a salvation bracelet), a Worldly Journey led by Sarah Lindbergh, and a Walking Journey of where you are at today with God. Supper was Hawaiian themed and followed by our Speaker Bobbie Muncey.

Thank you to everyone who attended. I loved getting to laugh and share with you all. Moments like these I count as joyful gifts from God. They are stored in my heart forever more. Blessings to you! Be sure to check out Joelle’s thoughts on the retreat as well at her blog spot: Picking Daisies

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January 14, 2008 - Posted by | Life thoughts

3 Comments

  1. Sheila,

    Those pictures are great! Even though I just went on Saturday, it was so worth it. I’m so glad I went. You just can’t get to know someone on Sundays like you can at a retreat. Thanks so much to the whole team who put this on.

    Comment by Karen | January 14, 2008

  2. God + Great Women = A Fun Weekend

    Comment by pickingdaisies | January 16, 2008

  3. Wow – What a great looking event! Way to go ladies.

    Comment by Mark Bjorlo | January 17, 2008


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