Crown Him With Many Crowns 2014 Ladies’ Retreat

IMG_2586IMG_2703IMG_20140324_202641_088We had a wonderful time at our retreat, great fellowship, fantastic speakers, and our ladies were downright amazing!  Most of all, none of this would have been possible without God.  Our ladies had been praying for God’s will to be done and for Him to outshine everyone and everything.  We dedicated the retreat to Him, right down to those who were there.  We know there were those who just could not make it this year and wanted to very much.  Those ladies were missed.  No one knows, but we know our Lord is ALWAYS in complete control.  Friday evening’s highlight was a play entitled “…But After This…” , which pictured the entrance into Heaven for our saved “victims” of the plane crash in our previous retreat.  While we know that no one here on earth can even imagine the beauty we will behold, let alone replicate it, our ladies put together quite a scene!  The imitation of Heaven, however, was just the beginning.  Our characters stood at the judgment seat of Christ and received their rewards – along with the wood, hay, and stubble.  They found in the end it was not their busy works that earned them their crowns, but their sincere, humbled works as they surrendered to the Holy Spirit. Their motive to do God’s will and not their own, their desire to please God and not men were acceptable offerings.  I’m sure we will be surprised when we get to Heaven just what our work here on earth has earned us; I pray that we will not be ashamed.

Saturday consisted of presentations from our speakers Jan McDonald and Elizabeth Ogdie, and we finished off with a character trait exercise by Trish Shifflett.  We had a wonderful time, and look forward to meeting again April 17-18, 2014.  Mark your calendars!