|Variety Show Dancers (yes, I'm the gangsta')|
I came home full of gratitude to my Father in Heaven for placing in my path the people I needed to get me to this spot in my journey. Deinse sponsered the 8th Annual women's retreat this year. She truly has a gift and I was honored to be a guest speaker at this year's retreat. I met Denise thorugh a mutual acquaintance. She had no clue who I was when I approached her with my own message to share, and yet she took a leap of faith and gave me this opportunity. There is so much more that went into this experience, I can't even put it into words. I am just truly grateful to have been there.
The theme this year was Choose to Become. We had a hike with challenges to overcome. We had Zumba and a very funny variety show! I was able to provide the devotional on "Choosing to Become Spiritually Minded" and there was another speaker/workshop on "Choosing to Nourish." As a finale we had a team-building activity which led to tears on my part as I recognized yet another weakness of mine. :-)
As I said though, the weekend really wasn't about the activities so much as it was about how the women came together in love and unity. I look forward to seeing these and other beautiful women in the future because I think I have discovered where I need to be and what I need to be doing with my own desire to strengthen and uplift women of the Church and in my community.