We Got Over It!
I’m not even really sure where to begin in telling you how fabulous the ‘Get Over It’ Retreat was! Can you tell me anything better than lots of Bible, great worship, lots of girlfriends, lots of shopping, and lots of food all packaged in the Smoky Mountains? Can’t think of a thing, can ya? :) Me, either!
I first have to tell you that this group was a slice of the Kingdom if I’ve ever seen it. Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, and the Church of God were all represented by women from ages 20 to 80 from four different states. There were old friends and new friends as well as one of my best friends who my MIL arranged to come and surprise me. She is one of those people who, that even though you don’t see each other for a couple of years, you pick up immediately where you left off. Kelly, I treasured every minute we got to spend catching up!
My heart is so full just thinking about all these women and what each one of them adds to my life. One of the things I shared while there is how important it is to find people to surround yourself with who make you feel great about yourself – who affirm qualities that have nothing to do with externals. I find when I am with girls like this weekend, I don’t compare myself to them or wonder if they think I’m fat. I don’t even think they cared about my huge zit. I know they love me and let me just tell you the feeling is multiplied and boomerang-ed (is that a word?) tenfold!
The conference title was “Get Over It: Being an Overcomer in an Overwhelming World”. By studying the letters to the seven churches of Revelations, we learned how to live a joyful, victorious life in spite of all the stressors the enemy uses to bow our backs and rob us of Kingdom effectiveness. We grouped them into the Sick Churches, the Crushed Churches and the Dead Churches. Each session taught us to Get Real by assessing our spiritual health, Get Right by repenting of any sin and/or inconsistency, and ultimately Get Rewarded by looking forward to the promises made to those who overcome. I want to thank those of you again who participated in the survey about things that overwhelm you. It was a great help in practically applying the messages Jesus sent to each church.
I also want to give props to Kaye, Frankie, Faye, and Connie who worked so incredibly hard this weekend doing everything from preparing all our meals to making goodie bags to making sure everyone had an incredible time. These girls are the ULTIMATE event coordinators and no, you may not have them. I think I’ll keep them all to myself..:)) I love each of you…Thank you again for all you did to make this weekend one that changed me. I also want to tell all of you who attended I am overwhelmed and undeserving of your gift. I will never get over the fact you had a weekend during which you could have been anywhere and yet you chose to sit and listen to me. And yet, I do pray I disappeared and that what you heard and received was a fresh Word from God specific to the needs of each of your lives.
I discovered many fun new things this weekend too….Like I didn’t know it was Biblical to pray for shopping mercies but God blessed us abundantly in that area – so He must have heard! I didn’t know frogs could not jump backwards or why there is now no carpet in the Old Navy dressing rooms in a city I will not mention. That was for you, T! We also did not know The Rod Run was this weekend or how many hooping hollering car fanatics could converge in one place at one time. All those tricked out rides are okay I guess, but I’m pretty fond of my non-descript car, Cindy!! :)
I’ve added a few pictures here – as usual I didn’t get near as many as I wanted! If you went to the conference and have some pictures you want to add, email me. I want to be sure there are pictures of all of you!
Ok, I can not wait to get to do this study! When is it our turn?? I know it was awesome and those women were blessed to have you there. I am just a bit is the word jealous??? If anyone deserved a weekend of all the things a girl needs it was you!! Love ya!
I am glad to hear that ya’ll had a good weekend!!! Yes, they actually said I could take the twins home with me but I forgot them!!!! LOL LOL LOL
Am I ever gonna live this down? HA!
That sounds like a great time and a great topic. I love the pictures.
By the way, I do not see any zit on your face :) You just look beautiful!!
Isn’t it funny when we have to get in front of a group the enemy attacks us with zits. I had a huge one on my chin the first day of Bible study and I think I might end up with a scar -ahh!
Looks like such a fabulous time!
Sounds like it was wonderful.. I was praying for you! Glad you were able to share with so many women…God is using you in BIG ways. Take care!
I’m so glad you had such a great weekend! It sure sounds like the spirit was moving! You guys could have just invited the Rod Runners along and showered the spirit on them too! THAT would have really made for some interesting photos!
Can I come next time please pretty please? it looked wonderful. wow your girls are all so very pretty, guess it rubs off from you pretty lady. love always me
Looks like you all had LOADS of fun!
Can you email me and tell me where you had this? I’m looking for places to have a retreat…..and maybe a speaker…..hint hint….let’s pray about that one.
Yea, I’m so glad that it went well!!!
So glad to hear you had such a great time!
Wow, what a time you had. I am glad you were so blessed by this event. Fantastic!
Sounds like a wonderful time! I sure could use a weekend like that! Feeling quite burned out myself!!!I’ve been to your blog a couple times, and then couldn’t find you ….but then saw you making a comment on Christines blog! I might do this Bible study…
I am glad you all had a great time and I love the pictures. You look so beautiful. I should have driven over to see you. :o)
Thanks for sharing the fun pics! Glad it was such a successful weekend.
I am so happy you had a great weekend! Thank you for sharing your pictures!
God is SO good!
Wow!! It sounds pretty heavenly to me. I’m so glad you had the chance to escape regular life and concentrate on Him with a diverse group of women. What a blessing. Thanks for taking time to share this with me.
Lisa, it sounds like it couldn’t have been a more perfect getaway. Friends for life (Life after life)!
haha..good to know the trip was a success…oh, and the reason there is no carpet in the fitting room at old navy is b/c it is easier to clean. it starts to smell if all they do is run the suction machine we called the pig over it every once in a while…heh…in the long run it is much better for you! lol, just a little bit of useless info.