This weekend, myself and three of my good friends took our daughters to the Women of the North, retreat at Ness Lake Bible Camp in Prince George. Sixteen years ago, as a new Christian, a friend of mine, Anne, took me to this retreat for the first time. I brought Carlee who was 6 month old at the time. It was there that I received great healing, was water baptized and baptized in the Holy Spirit. It was a great weekend in my life, one that I will never forget and one that I had the privilege of sharing with my little daughter. Sixteen years later, I now go with my Carlee who is almost seventeen and able to have her own encounters with God at this retreat. Truly this weekend was a taste of a little bit of heaven on earth! To be in the presence of Jesus with our daughters and so many wonderful women from the North was truly a gift.
Let’s start with our accommodation. We had a cabin with an indoor bathroom! Bonus! It had 10 bunks…girls all on the top bunks and us old ladies on the bottom. Another woman and her daughter, who we did not know were put in our room as well. It was a divine arrangement 🙂 and the beginning of a new friendship. My friend’s, mother was supposed to come from Vancouver and stay in our room but ended up not coming. However, another friend of mine from Grand Prairie, who was not registered and not coming, just jumped in her car at the last minute and drove to the retreat. She was able to stay in our room because there now was an extra bed! There was one separate bedroom in our cabin, which our pastor, Betty was in. It was a lovely room with a door that closed and no one deserved it more than Betty who works full-time and shepherd’s our church full-time! We were welcomed with a scripture and chocolate on our bed and also a bag of goodies which included a bible and more (organic) chocolate!
The music team flowed together and led us into deep worship. It was anointed and free and you could not help but dance either in the physical or in your spirit. One of the members of the worship team was Becky Thomas, a First Nations Christian artist. She was lovely. Many of the women there were First Nations and there were four women who played the ceremonial First Nations drum. So many ways to worship our God!
The girls had some fun free time; they made jewellery, went to the park and even did some indoor rock climbing.
There were many little miracles happening all around us all weekend. Physical and emotional healing was amongst us everywhere. Here is an example of a miracle: two women, who were not registered, and did not know they were coming (until they were coming). They were mother to the same child and had not seen each other in 17 years! The one woman gave her son up for adoption at the age of 3 to this woman. The other woman who had adopted her son, has been praying for complete healing for her son but knew that could not happen until he was reunited with his birth mother (they had not been in touch over the years). The Lord had brought them together to begin that healing. That was just one of many stories!
My heart was so full that I could be there with my friends and with our daughters who are also friends. I was feeling grateful that our daughters WANTED to be there. I reconnected with many women from previous towns that I have lived in. The friend, Anne, that took me to my first retreat with Carlee was the speaker this weekend. I am going to share her message in a separate post but let me just say this….WOW…words I needed to hear! It was about the power of words.
Not every year I get away on a retreat like this. However, God wants us to come away with Him every day. Today, grab a coffee, do whatever it is that makes you feel like you are taking time out…. and go spend a few moments with Him. Talk to Him. He loves you and is waiting for you to want to spend time with HIM. He wants to listen to the cry of your heart and to fill you up with His peace and love that can only come from Him.