I had the privilege of spending last weekend on a Ladies’ church Retreat in Long Beach Island, NJ. What a wonderful time!
We stayed in a large retreat center right on the water. Our back door opened to a sandy beach and long dock over the water. The view took my breath away and gave quiet respite to my soul.
Since breaking my foot in June, my leg and foot muscles have not yet returned to their pre-injured state, so I probably should not have eagerly participated in a pickup volleyball game wherein I wrenched my right knee. It’s slowly healing, but I’ve learned my lesson. Strength training and toning for me throughout the remainder of the year.
The best part was the testimonies. Women of all ages and life stages came forward to share how God had worked in their lives over the years and how He still moves hearts and minds today. Friend after friend got up and spoke about various trials and heartaches, joys and sorrows, pain and loss. Some had lost parents or children, others homes and husbands. One woman had been raped at knife point.
Courage and strength shone through their countenances as each described how the Lord had carried them in the midst of suffering. Some stood in the midst of fire even as their shared, believing their Lord would continue holding them up by His mighty right hand, challenging me to trust Him whatever storms come my way.
I spoke about my family and some of the trials we’ve faced. Then, my friend Ivette and I sang Through It All, an oldie but goodie by Andrae Crouch. I’m pasting the link below – may God bless you through its message.