"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.

10.14.2011

retreat

What an amazing time the retreat was.  God provided, met us, loved us, through this most precious weekend.

Trader Joe's supplied flowers for our tables.  Norma and Jan lovingly filled jars for each table.


Donna prepared wonderful gift bags for each lady...that of course included chocolate and tissues.


Beautiful Donna finishing up last minute stuff.


Our meeting room, with crayons on tables for coloring Friday night.


Precious, precious Tina, who prepared the facilities and cooked our fabulous meals.  She will say it was all God, and yes he provided, but used her hands, feet, and heart.


Lizzy...


more fabulous women


and more


and more, 47 in all...


visual journaling supplies


we came away refreshed, met, loved, and with deeper community among each other.  

Thank you Jesus!!!

Thank you all for praying.

Grace and Peace

19 comments:

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Looks splendid! xox corrine

jgr said...

What a wonderful group!

Bren said...

Knew you were going to have an amazing retreat. Great turnout and love all those art supplies :-)

Anonymous said...

Glad you enjoyed the retreat, looks really awesome. This is Denise, from shortybearsplace.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh thank you for sharing...what a joy, I can just see it on everyone's face. You have shared your God given talent with others. I wish I could have attended. So nice to see God's faithfulness.

Jennifer Richardson said...

that looks delicious....all of it!
I'm so glad those women got to pull up a chair
around the beauty of God-in-you!
-Jennifer

Kim Mailhot said...

Sounds wonderful ! I am so happy for you all.
Happy Weekend !

Nancy said...

Oh girl, 47.....I can't image.....I wish I could have been there as I know it was wonderful.....Are you going to show us some of the work? I sure would like to see what the girls created......

I have missed you girlfriend.....

Poetic Artist said...

Mary,
What a wonderful ministry for women..To share art,joy,pain and God's wonderful heart.
Love you,
Katelen

Bevie said...

I sure would have loved to been there too, and would love to see more...I can just imagine the excitement each woman felt as they felt God's love with every word through you my precious sister...I'm so very proud of how share your God filled heart with others...(((hugs)))

Mary said...

thanks sis, and everyone else...but i did not really do very much but bring all the supplies. most of these precious women have been to my workshops and knew what to do...and we had a wonderful little booklet that our pastor put together for us to use. there were many on this team that pulled it all together, and i got to tell you that all the wonderfulness that came from the weekend was God...

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

What an amazing time! Everything looks fantastic! So glad it was a special group. And I love how you said the wonderfulness that came from the weekend was God. Exactly! :)

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

So AWESOME Mary! It's so special how God is using you and pulled this entire retreat together using others to help you. I love those table chairs and tablecloths! So much smiling and love going on through these photos. You must be on the top of the world with how God used you here.

Big hugs Mary!
♥Lee Ann

cristie said...

Hi mary! I'm trying to leave a comment without using my google account...

Cristie said...

it worked!!!!! :-) For some reason whenever I try my google account, it says that I don't have access to the screen or something like that! WOOHOO!!!

WINDOWLAD said...

..that bring me back in a wonderful experience i had in senior high.. we had a retreat in Tagaytay and i totally missed the feeling these days... it’s been years since then and here’s hoping now for another retreat somewhere else... amazing experience!!!(:

God Bless!

~Kelvin

Marilyn Rock said...

Thanks for sharing; what a magical and meaningful retreat! xxoo

Vicki @Light for the Creative Soul said...

Hi Mary! Everything looks wonderful - wish I could have shared that weekend with y'all. Thought I left a comment before but maybe it didn't go through...just wanna let you know I'd been here:-) Awesome retreat!

Mechelle said...

Mary I would like to brainstorm with you of a somewhat similiar idea over in my area. Looks like you all had a great time.