Eight of us departed yesterday and returned safely home from our Spring Women's Retreat and Refreshing. But before leaving Oswego County yesterday, we started our weekend adventure of "sister" time with a stop Tim Horton's "Cold Stone Creamery" for ice cream. I must say it was delicious...my pocketbook screamed at me yet the "Birthday Cake Speciality" was oh so yummy. I can feel it on my hips still today! LOL
We traveled half in one vehicle around Noon and the other half around 4 p.m. With two cars we divided to start the weekend yet were unified with one goal once we were all seated around our table for the weekend. We gathered to have our hearts, minds and souls refreshed with God's love for us. The speakers were wonderful again this year! The first break-out session started with Submission! Can you believe it...women and teen girls escaping for the weekend to be refreshed and it started with the topic of submission. All joking aside, it was a powerful message and an blessed reminder for each of us.
We are all called to be submissive to another - whether it be our spouse, our parents, our employer, our friends and most importantly, God. We laughed, jotted down notes and carried the message into our hotel room as we checked in between sessions. Only God would challenge over 200 ladies with the topic of submission at a weekend get-a-away and be successful in delivering a message in love with success! Kudos to the speaker...
We laughed until after Midnight and were awakened to the chiming of my alarm at 6:00 a.m. We awoke in the same manner in which we went to sleep...laughing! A great and uplifting time. During the breaks we enjoyed fellowship with each other, friends we had yet to meet and our sisters-in-Christ. Some of us enjoyed moments of silence while others worked out in the gym. Books were read, notes taken and books written. Camera flashes could be seen throughout the hotel both days with smiles captured with each click.
On April 3rd, 1994 I lost my one and only sister yet in November of 2004...I gained an immeasurable number of sisters-in-Christ! Thank you Jesus! I was also blessed this week with the knowledge of one of Heidi's dearest friends testimony and her relationship with Jesus...First Heidi's friend and now, one of my sisters-in-Christ.
As lovely and precious as each of these ladies are...none will ever take the place of my sister yet their friendship, love and sisterhood are a priceless tresaure in my life!
Thank you girls!
Today's photograph is from our visit to Cold Stone's Cremery before leaving Oswego County. Three empty cups with one half-full. The significance ~ while some of us might empty our dishes in anticipation of getting back in the car so we can reach our destination, others savor the fellowship and laughter with each bite of their ice cream with no concern for the time or destination.
When we are with our sisters and friends,
time has no limit and the ice cream can melt!
Savor the time with your sisters this week!
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323