Monday, May 4, 2009

Women of Grace

What a perfect title. Women of Grace. That was the group I was priveleged enough to speak to last weekend. And they were indeed "Women of Grace".

I typically look forward to what God has in store for events that He brings me to. But I have to admit, that this event took me by surprise. I was unprepared. I was distracted. I've been very busy. I've been very concerned about my Mom's health, cancer, and condition...and my son, Hayden's spine defect/injury, MRI, and prognosis. I've been concerned about my Dad and the fact that he's been lonely, depressed, and hopeless. I've been saddened about the prayer requests that have come through the Proverbs 31 prayer line. So many lonely, sad, and lost women.

But God. Yes. But God.

This event, Women's retreat, was amazing. God showed up in a huge way. It's like it was all orchestrated and arranged so that just the right healing would take place. I feel so blessed that God would allow me to take a front row seat to observe what He would accomplish. Hearts stirred, burdens lifted, questions answered and questions unanswered but addressed, transformed lives, and salvations. Oh Lord, I love you so much. I don't doubt you, but I never thought You'd show up like you did this weekend. Those "Women of Grace" really got to experience how cool, real, and awesome you are. Thank you.

Women of Grace at the retreat, please let me know how God met you this past weekend. You blessed me more than I can say. I pray that the message God gave you followed you home. You are "blutiful"!!!! I love you. I miss you. And thank you for welcoming me and taking me in like a friend. I had a great time with you!

Much Love,

Melissa

6 comments:

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Still praying for your Mom...I know you have a full plate right now....

Joy in The Truth said...

Hi Melissa! Sounds like He refreshed you and all the women of grace! :) How beautiful!

"Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints." Philemon 1:7

Chef Diane said...

Melissa,

It is great to hear a renewed voice.

Praise the Holy One,
Diane

Joyful said...

So glad you had such a wonderful time! God answered prayer.

We have "Women of Grace" conferences here in Ontario that travel around doing events in various locations, much like "Women of Faith", only not as large. The word "grace" is an acronym for women who are growing, rejoicing, abiding, commiting and encouraging! (I won the contest many years ago that gave the conference it's name.)

Continuing in prayer for you and your family.

Joyful said...

*oops*

Forgot to say...

Hugs,
Joy

Anonymous said...

Dearest Melissa <><
You are beautiful in Christ !!! God loves you and HE uses you to help His princesses ! I love you !God uses people who suffer and I am always reminding myself that our Savior came to SUFFER <><
By God's grace I am praying for your precious Mom <><
I will never forget your willingness to share your life in Christ without a mask <><
You are His treasured possession Exodus 19:5 <>< I will keep you in my prayers and do not forget to ask seek and knock for yourself every day and every hour GOD listens to your heartfelt cries <>< HE CARES !!!