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Welcome, and thanks for being here!
I know, it’s been a while. A lonnnng while. I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever make it back to blogging, but here I am, and I’m so glad you’re still hanging around.
I can’t believe it has been nearly 2 years since we’ve chatted on here! I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to!
After our family’s move from Southern California to Central Tennessee, a LOT happened. First, my oldest grew up and joined the military. That kept me rather busy for a bit. Then our family moved again to West Tennessee. We are finally home and LOVE it! We moved so recently that some of our possessions are not even in the house yet. I did recently find my clothes, though. So that’s a win.
The other girls of Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven/Women Bringing Heaven Ministries have been rather busy as well. But I’ll let them fill you in when they are ready. Want to keep more in touch or catch up sooner? Join us in our Facebook groups! The one we use most is Women On The Warpath – Intercessory Prayer Battalion. Let me tell you that if you ever need prayer, this group of over 430 women will pray for you. They are amazing!
Speaking of Women On The Warpath, we have some news coming up that I want to be sure you know about, so keep reading…
First of all, the blog will be returning. It may be different and it may not be very frequent, but it will be back. It may be more vlogs than blogs at times, but I will not be abandoning this part of our ministry and it has been on my heart to return to it very heavily.
Second… I want to make an announcement. :insert a drumroll here. You do it because I’m bad at making sound effects:
In April, I will be launching Prayer Warrior Boot Camp. (At one time I was referring to it as Spiritual Boot Camp, so if you are already in the Facebook group and now confused, sorry. I just slightly changed the name.) Boot Camp will be a devotional series with daily Bible reading and prayer challenges that will last a few weeks. Grow your faith, trust, and strength in the Lord! How much will it cost, you ask? Nothing. Not a cent. Completely free. But to keep up on news about it, I suggest joining the above mentioned Facebook Group.
Prayer Warrior Boot Camp will not be as involved as it sounds. You will be able to be as involved/uninvolved as you like. I hope you’ll be able to join me!
Also in April, I will be speaking in an online conference as one of 25 speakers. I am so excited about this as I know women are going to be touched by this conference and then make an impact on their families for generations to come. Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ll attempt to explain it a little better:
Do you battle daily with your faith? Do you feel like the Lord is far away and He simply doesn’t hear you or your prayers? Or you have made some decisions in your life that have made you feel less than you truly are. Or maybe you feel like your worth has diminished.
Sweet friend, if any of these sound familiar, you will not want to miss all of the incredible speakers that are going to share how their faith has helped them during some of the hardest moments in their life. And that being GROUNDED in WHO they are and to WHOM that they belong was the reason they are able to share with you.
Join us on April 6-8, 2020 at the first online conference brought to you by GROUNDED Ministry & Conferences, the GROUNDED 2020: Faith Conference where you will find the encouragement and hope that is found only in Jesus Christ.
This amazing bunch of speakers is going to bring such encouragement and hope to your life! Don’t miss out on hearing them speak on how being so GROUNDED in their faith has helped them through some of the toughest moments in their lives. Get your ticket now for this online conference, GROUNDED 2020: Faith Conference. Early Bird pricing is still available, so you may not want to wait.
SPEAKERS: Amber Lia • Sabrina Justison • Angie Schott • Tricia Soderstrom • Jena Fellers • Penny Koshiol • Anne Blanchette • Erika Hull • Terrie McKee • Katherine Newsom • Amber Durgan • Aurie Good • Melanie Krahn • Liberty Bramer • Chanda Reese • Dana Hanley • Denise Rodriguez • Vanessa Dirwai • Amiee Smith • Victoria Carline • Crystal Brothers • Ashley Heilemann • Natalie Mack • Tiffany Montgomery • Catherine Segars • Dr. Cheryl LeJewell Jackson
I do hope that I will get to see you at both of these events! I’m looking forward to what God has in store, not just with Prayer Warrior Boot Camp and GROUNDED 2020: Faith Conference, but for the remainder of the year as well. There are more announcements to come as more details unfold, but for now, let’s catch up.
How did God carry you through 2019? Was it a year of blessing? A year of only making it through because He carried you most of the way? Maybe 2019 was a year of complete change for you as it was for me. Thank God that He never changes! Let me know in the comments.
Well, let me tell you… I went up that mountain looking to receive something from the Lord and THAT I did. More than I ever imagined! I haven’t had an experience like that in years! My only regret: I didn’t take any photos. What was I thinking? I know Diania did, though… Maybe she’ll share? If we beg? Pretty please with a cherry on top?
We arrived Friday afternoon, got all settled in our cabins, and quickly went to our first service on Friday evening. The ladies of our church all rallied together to set up our common area in no time, which made me so proud to say I’m a part of this church family. When they set out to get something done, it gets DONE!
Our theme was “The Wizard of Oz” and it was perfect. Our speaker, Alisha Howard, did a fantastic job of bringing the word of God to our group. She is, in my opinion, the “ultimate women’s speaker”. We had 4 services total, one lasting from Saturday morning until about the middle of that afternoon. The Holy Spirit was not only there, He had a strong presence! The move of God that took place cannot even be explained. Everyone was free to leave if need be, but many stayed seeking what the Lord had to give them.
Time was spent with friends, also. Giggling, chatting, planning, and sharing what God is doing. Nothing compares to great fellowship with our sisters in Christ.
I took so much away from this weekend. I wish every woman could experience something like this. If the opportunity presents itself, please treat yourself to a weekend with the Lord and friends. If it doesn’t present itself, go out and find it. I really recommend it that highly.
I’ve heard a few people state over the years that they don’t understand the point of a Ladies Retreat. Some said it was an excuse to get away. Others that it was just “play time” and not truly spiritual. A few times I’ve heard “It’s nothing that I can’t find spiritually at home or at church on Sunday.”
While it is true, it is not necessary and that some might not “need” this time of interaction, I believe there is no harm in attending a retreat or conference without your husband/children to distract you. No nagging worry over what needs to be done around the house. No rush to leave once the service is over to get to the long list of errands that need to be done… Just time with God and others who are looking for bonding time with Him also.
Over the years, I’ve come to realize that there is something “different” about getting away for the sole purpose to be completely focused on the Lord. Something happens spiritually, a connection, that doesn’t seem to happen in day to day life. A refreshing of the soul, a closer bond, and the added benefit of time with “the girls”.
There are always going to be those who disagree, and there will always be reasons that keep some from attending now and then… But overall, the time spent with my Savior in a fellowship hall filled with women who are also seeking for His presence. Nothing can beat it.
I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. The next time your church or an organization you admire holds one of these functions: ATTEND! You will NOT regret it. God really moves, you really are blessed, and everything at home will be waiting for you when you get back.