Whew! It's taken me a few days to recover from our awesome Women's Retreat this last weekend. But it was such a wonderful success and as often is the case, I have been on a mountaintop (literally as well as figuratively!) and I am slowly descending back into reality. We had an inspiring speaker, an incredible hotel to stay at, and wonderful fellowship with each other. Two words I keep hearing over and over again to describe the retreat are "restful" and "peaceful". Our speaker has been a spiritual mentor to me for many years. I always hang on her every word. She always inspires me to be a stronger Christian. She talked to us this year about a word called "truthiness". Pronounced truth-I-ness. The definitition of this word is: things that a person claims to know intuitively or "from the gut" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts. In other words, it is what we "feel" is truth, regardless of fact. She taught us about what a dangerous state of mind this is and how by making up our own truth without checking it against scripture, we are creating a world of chaos. There is only one truth. His name is Jesus. I don't think we can know this enough.
One fun thing I did at retreat this year was open each session by reading a post from different blogs. I chose some serious ones and some funny ones. I have enjoyed blogging so much and I wanted to expose my ladies to the wonderful world of blogging. It went over really well - and many ladies asked to have copies of what I read and wanted to know more about blogging in general. So I hope to see many of the women that I appreciate begin their own blogs soon!
And my sweet ladies gave me such a wonderful gift. They gave me fabric to make a prayer quilt. I will blog more about that in another post - but I can't tell you how thrilled and touched I was. We serve the most awesome people in our church - we are so very blessed. As I like to say, life in the ministry is a life of privilege.