I’m a Believer

…blessed is she that believed… -Luke 1:45

Beach Retreat 2008 May 10, 2008

Some of my favorite people, the ladies of River of Life<————- These lovely ladies are some of my favorite people in the whole world!  Aren’t we cute in our matching tshirts?  🙂 They are the girls from church who were brave enough to accompany me to the beach for a time of relaxing, refreshing, renewing, and restoring reSNORING.  We had such a great time again this year, and as always, God was faithful to bless our time together.  I told someone regarding the retreat  that if I can just go once a year and have God reveal His plan and His hand as plainly as He has to me for the past few years, my faith will continue to increase in ways that I never knew it could.  He has had such divine appointments for us each time.  I’ve enjoyed building a retreat team that works together as smoothly as we did this year.  I’ve got great friends and ministry partners!

You may not be able to tell from the picture, so let me clear up any doubts you may have…these ladies are NUTS – Absolutely crazy about Jesus & crazy about each other, and just plain crazy! 

All ages, shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and life-stages were represented in our group of 16.  Our unifying factor was the fact that we all belong to the Body of Christ.  There were times of laughter, times of tears, even a few tense moments when I wondered “Ok, since I’m the ‘leader’, what am I supposed to do about this?”  It was at these times that these ladies, my sisters, proved themselves to truly be followers of Christ as they prayed, embraced, forgave, encouraged, interceded, and showed humility and tenderness.  I’m so grateful and awed at the provision that God makes in placing us in His family.

But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. –John 1:12-13

I’m so glad I’ve been born of God.  If you’ve not become a son of God, it’s my prayer that you will receive Jesus, and believe on His name, so that you, too, can be born of God (and I can be part of your family!).

I’m a Believer!

Laura

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9 Responses to “Beach Retreat 2008”

  1. Rena Says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, woman! Awesome testimony…..

  2. […] Bible, Devotional, faith, women’s ministry I’m off to the beach for a few days for our Ladies’ Beach Retreat.  I’m really excited to share what I’ve learned in preparing my messages.  I’ll […]

  3. Preacherman Says:

    I want you to know that I have been blessed to have come across your blog. I look forward to reading more of your posts as much as possible. I would love for ya’ll to stop by my blog and leave a prayer or an encouraging comment for a family who needs it to say the least. Please….It will make a difference.
    May God’s richest blessings fall upon you this week and the weeks to come.
    In Him,
    Kinney Mabry
    Aka,
    Preacherman

  4. Laura Says:

    Hi Preacherman

    Thank you for the encouraging comment…I’ve loitered on your blog several times from Deanaland’s link. 🙂 I’ll be praying for the family on your website.

    Laura

  5. Courtney Says:

    I am delighted to hear that the retreat was a God honoring time of fellowship and learning. I have been out of town on vacation, but I did remember to pray for you and the ladies. I am also rejoicing in being a part of the family of God. HE is my treasure!

  6. Ety W. Says:

    Laura, it delighted me to read this post. This is what the body is supposed to be about. It sounds like it was a wonderfully refreshing time in the Lord. .

  7. carla Says:

    we are crazy aren’t we?? i love them all!!!

  8. […] under: Uncategorized — Laura @ 11:01 pm This is part of the first message I taught at our ladies’ beach retreat during our first session. Sorry it took so long to get it posted – I know I’ve disappointed […]

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