Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Weekend in the Mountains

As I mentioned one day last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Women's Retreat with some wonderful ladies from my church just a few weekends ago. I knew I wanted to attend this year as soon as I saw the information in the bulletin, and it listed Renee Swope of Proverbs 31 Ministries as the speaker.

A good friend of mine arranged it so that 4 of us ladies could share a room (2 of which I had never met). It was obvious from the moment I met S and E that the four of us would hit it off and were going to have an emotionally and spiritually full weekend. So, we packed up my Honda and headed up to the Rocky Gap Resort in Cumberland, MD. Cumberland is a very small town, but it was such a nice break to be able to travel outside of our comfort zone, and really turn the world off. We left our worries, plans and struggles behind and prepared for what would be a life changing weekend!

This year's theme was "A Confidant Heart" and let me tell you, Renee really rocked it. She was such an inspirational speaker. The way she spoke and told both intimate and lighthearted stories from her own life really made all 265 of us feel like we had made a new friend in her. The weekend consisted of worship, large and small group sessions, a bunch of free time, and lots of new friendships. We all left the retreat feeling lighthearted, loved, inspired and encouraged. I think it was a real blessing for us to bring all of those things home to our families.

I know I cannot describe the way that we all really felt after the retreat concluded in this post, so I thought that I would encourage all of you to try and be a part of of a women's retreat in your own churches, you definitely won't regret it!! And, here is a video of Renee is you want to check her out!!


Neely said...

Sounds like a great experience!

Lauren said...

How fun!! :-)