It’s been years ago now, but I remember it like it happened yesterday because it changed the course of my life. I was a young, married woman who had just given birth to my firstborn son—and had also just buried my mom, who was only forty-one. I found myself at a desperate place in life (on many fronts).
That’s when a woman at my church insisted I attend a women’s weekend retreat/conference with her. Honestly, it was the last thing I wanted to do, I didn’t feel I had the time, the money, and anyway I thought “those things” were cheesy and boring (because I was twenty-something and I knew everything!) How it all happened I can hardly recall but I do know this: that weekend away with some great women in God’s Word changed my life!
I learned how to hear God’s voice and walk with the Lord that weekend. I discovered there can be progress out of my pain and that He has a divine purpose for everything! The Lord set some things in motion that day that changed the trajectory of my life and created a relationship with Him that I have never gotten over!
The thing that caused me to remember all of that was a phone call from Dori Barber, the Director of Women’s Ministry at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. She felt led to bring a group of women to Unwrap the Bible. She is getting women together; she purchased a group of tickets; she is even chartering a bus to enhance the whole experience. This is what I know: the Lord is awaiting their arrival. He has a word for each one of them that will no doubt change a life.
Back to my mom: I am a few years older now than she was when she died. I want desperately to finish my race strong and complete God’s purpose/assignment for my life. But I don’t know how much time I have . . . and neither do you. What if you knew your time was short and coming to an end? Would you be doing anything differently?