Friday, March 13, 2009

Hola Amigos!

My trip to Mexico last week was absolutely amazing. I arrived back home with a head and heart overflowing with fond memories, and the blessing of lots of new friends!

To the ladies of the Ecumenical Society in Monterrey, thank you for your kindness, your friendship and for making my stay there so wonderful. I was truly blessed by each of your stories and your confidence to be so transparent and open, and what God is calling you to do going forward.

Before this past weekend, all I knew about Monterrey was that a lot of Mexican restaurants seem to be named after that city, but now I know that it is a beautiful, mountain terrain city filled with beautiful people who live there!

The scenery was breathtaking.... here are a few pictures to prove my point........

(Below, me and Rita, my wonderful host who let me stay in her garden room before we went to the hotel the next day.)

(Ritas backyard - wow! The garden room is top right, where I stayed. Can you say paradise?)

(The beautiful Monterrey mountains)

God showed up so big at the retreat, and we were all blessed by His presence and the fellowship that we all shared in His name. I believe hearts were healed and new amazing beginnings are on the horizon for many women - glory to God!

All in all, it was a weekend that I will never forget. The theme verse for our weekend was Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans for a hope and a future.

It was a great reminder of how God works in miraculous ways to help us see that His plan for our lives is so much better than our own. Many women were struggling with painful personal circumstances, but they too could see God at work in their lives and return home knowing that God has a plan for everything.

I love the way God intervenes in our lives and puts us in just the right places at just the right times with just the right people! Just knowing God has a special plan and purpose for each of us is a comforting, and peace-giving feeling that we can carry with us whereever we go.

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Angie said...

I have been seeing first hand how God intervenes in our lives. By sending me the right devotion on the right day, an encouraging email at the right time of the day or a song reassuring me I am on the right track. I know He has a plan for me and I have been reminded to have faith. That is the comfort that I have to have to carry me through this journey.

Joyful said...

Rejoicing with you for the wonderful time you had at this retreat.

God DOES work in miraculous ways. One of the verses He gave me this morning in my reading is "The LORD did miraculous signs and wonders before our eyes...", Deut. 6:22.

Tracie, that was true yesterday as the Lord intervened concerning my Dad's health. He still has a way to go, but it was the first day that I left the hospital and I felt like I could breathe!

I have never felt such oppression and I was struggling to hold on to hope, but God is faithful.

Thanking Him for the plans He has for me,
(PS. The word I have to write in the verification box below to post this comment is 'cling'. I really feel the Lord is reminding me to keep holding on to Him.)

B His Girl said...

The scenery looks beautiful. I'm glad your conference went well. Jer. 29:11 is a special verse for me too. His plans will come to pass. B