This was one of those times that I needed a retreat. I caught Paula in the hall at church one day and begged her to go with me. Tears may have been involved. How could she say no?
Upon arrival I got stuck in the revolving door with someone pushing forward and my Nikon, of all things, stuck behind me. Everyone in the vicinity laughed as we struggled. I hoped this was not what the weekend was going to look like! Paula and I registered, got settled in our room, went to supper and got back in time for the dessert buffet. Then we went to our first session with Martha Peace. I was so excited to hear her speak. I very much enjoyed her testimony. What I keep thinking about is how the lady where Martha worked and a married couple friend of hers kept witnessing to her even though she very openly rejected the Gospel and even went as far as to throw the Bible once. I am not that bold. How might the Lord use me if I kept lovingly sharing His Word even when ridiculed and yelled at?
Paula and I stayed up talking and laughing until after 1:00. It was tough to get up the next morning, but well worth the late night! After the first session I stood in line to purchase Martha’s new book. Paula and I talked about which book to get. She chose a book on parenting and asked why I chose Damsels in Distress. “I’m a damsel and I’m definitely in distress,” was the only way to answer that question. I can’t wait to read it.
As she signed my book I got to tell her that her book The Excellent Wife was one of the first books I purchased when I was newly married. My husband and I went to a Marriage Weekend conference. As we looked at all the books I didn’t know what to get. I needed a lot of help so I bought the BIG box full of marriage books. Through the years I’ve gotten rid of all of the other books. I realized that marriage wasn’t about me and my needs or how to get my husband to do, listen or be what I want. I find the focus of so many books on marriage to be self-centered. I don’t think marriage fixes that are self motivated bring lasting change. It is when God changes my heart to love Him more and obey Him more that brings lasting change. I highly recommend her book, The Excellent Wife.
Great food, great teaching, and great fun–I thoroughly enjoyed the retreat. Next year can we make it two nights?