Thursday, April 26, 2007

Tell about it all over town......

Today has been a crazy hectic day (I think I say that every day!). I am the night owl - much opposite to my husband. On my way to bed, I had to stop and take a moment to start sharing some of the other pages I didn't get to share over the retreat with each of you. YES - it is almost midnight.

A reminder from Saturday morning - each one of you have the ability to profoundly effect those around you starting from our families and extending to our neighbours, co-workers, and acquaintances – allow God to shine through you as you interact with those you meet daily.

In one of our Monday evening meetings Kimberley said something like "we are cracked-pots". To me that means despite who we are, we can shine God's light to others! I encourage each of you to join us and “be a cracked pot that the light shines through”. Anyway, it’s kind of good to be a cracked pot trust me – try it!

Luke 8:38 - This is the story of Jesus sending the demons out of a man…..

“The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away saying “Return home and tell how much God has done for you” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.”

Note this man didn't just share it with one person, he shared it all over town! When God touches your life, don’t be afraid to share it - tell your neighbours, family and friends!


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I just spent the weekend with God and 0ver 90 incredible women and two very special brothers in Christ this weekend. I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun…who says Christian women are boring!

I don’t think I will ever forget almost setting the ballroom on fire during our Friday night session, but thanks to Guylaine’s quick thinking she saved the day by pouring water over the burning paper flower pot…

The highlight of the weekend for me was hearing some of the amazing testimonies from the women throughout the weekend. My heart skipped a beat when I heard a young lady (21) stand up and say that she learned that she was God’s Princess.

Saturday night we celebrated our first PJ party. There was non-stop laughter, dance and some very interesting outfits. We ended the evening with yummy hot chocolate in our very own AHF mugs with delicious cookies baked by our friend’s Montgomery & Kimberly Prior. Anita told us a beautiful bedtime story; I must say nobody tells a story like Anita. I left Sunday realizing that no idea for God is a silly idea and that He is calling me by name. He is calling each of you by name. Are you taking the time to be still, listen for His calling, spend time in His word, prayer, worship.

Be desperate for Jesus… There is such joy and freedom that comes when the only thing that you are desperate for each day is Jesus.
I miss you all already. Thank you for a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you in the fall.

God Bless,

Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Thank you!

What a blessing to have spent yet another weekend with each of you. We thank you for your encouragement and support for each of us in this ministry. We continue to pray for each one of you that as you walk the journey you would continue to be obedient to whatever it is that He calls you to. Be reminded that each of you have the profound ability to encourage and change the lives of those around you. The lasting memory I will keep with me is the circle of woman holding hands as sisters in Christ, as we bonded during Sunday afternoon's worship of our Lord. Please continue to keep in contact with us and share the bumps and hills of your journey. Check our web site and individual blogs as we share our devotionals with you. Many blessings to each of you!

Cheri & Louise

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Friendships that I have introduced our site.. I thought I'd get a bit serious. With only days left leading up to our SPring 2007 retreat, I find myself in somewhat of a bizzare state. Working, writing newsletters, preparing session notes and oh yes, starting a small business, I am finding myself in a state of hazy daze! For the first time in my life I am actually making the "Kimberley" lists. I love it... add it to the list...take one off and add three more!

This is an exciting time as we prepare for the retreat. We are spending alot of time speaking to eachother via telephone, email and meetings. I think tonight I opened 10 emails and sent 20! It's a time where we can prepare with eachother, remind eachother, and mostly share with eachother. I am praying that as we too are preparing, so are the ladies that God is bringing. I pray for new friendships, rekindling of old friendships, but mostly that all of our friendships blossom.

Exodus 33:11 "The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend".

Our most important friendship is that which we share with Jesus. Friendships require nutruting and giving. Give Him your time. Walk, talk and pray with Him.


Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Well.. today is the day!! I declare publicly that I love leopard skin print. It's wild, totally rebellious and wacky. The side to leopard skin that not many people think about is the unique pattern and the incredibly tender soft texture to leopard skin. It probably defines me to a "t"... a little off the edge, very unique, somewhat wacky (side effect of hot flashes), yet somewhere beneath the pattern is a soft, warm fuzzy woman. I often feel as though I am standing on the edge of something incredible yet often trying to hang onto my balance so I don't teeter too far into the journey some crazy idea. Maybe that is part of my personality that keeps me from jumping on the back of a motorcycle driven by my friend Louise, who I envision as being a pink bundle of the most exquisite precious satin. Thence the theme for this blog, Leopard Skin & Satin!!