As we stepped out of the car by the ocean, my husband spotted a seagull in the cold wind enjoying the wave of victory. Just before the wave came crashing against the rock, the seagull rose, allowing the wave time to withdraw and then calmly settled down on the rock. He was having the time of his life.
This little seagull had learned to rise above his challenge. We watched this for about fifteen minutes and he just kept repeating it over and over again. It wasn’t until I got our photos printed that I saw a picture of joy. The seagull had turned his challenge of facing the wave of adversity into the joy of rising above.
Most of the time we would ignore the typical scene of seagulls by the ocean. For some reason this time it caught my husband’s eye. The more I processed this, the more I realized the view of the seagull held a valuable life lesson. The seagull was not carrying any past baggage, therefore was able to lift himself up every time a new wave appeared so he could soar to victory. As I learned to let go of the baggage of guilt, shame, unforgiveness, sadness and so much more, I experienced a new freedom, more laughter, more joy and a deeper peace. I began enjoying the life of abundance God had for me. Psalm 31:7 (NASB) says, “I will be glad and rejoice in Your lovingkindness, Because you have seen my afflictions; You have known the troubles of my soul.”
Max Lucado says,
“It’s time to let God’s love cover all things in your life. All secrets. All hurts.”
At Wow, Women of Worth Christian Retreat on November 2 you will learn
just how to do that. Come and be refreshed through praise, wonderful
teaching and experience God’s serenity.
WOW, Women of Worth Christian Retreat, began as the hearts of four inspired women, Yvette Emard, Terilee Harrison, Nancy Burroughs, and Linda Olson came together to share their dreams. It became clear that this was God-inspired and He continued to confirm His hand upon it. One of the confirmations came as the Painted Turtle graciously opened up their doors to this event. It is the perfect environment of serenity and healing.
Each of the featured speakers, Terilee Harrison, Nancy Burroughs and Linda Olson have climbed a rugged terrain over many years and found the peace, serenity and love that only God can bring. Their stories will inspire, uplift, and empower you to rise to a new level.
WOW, Women of Worth Christian Retreat is presented by The Kids Charities of the Antelope Valley. The inaugural WOW Retreat will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 9:00a.m.- 4p.m. at The Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes, CA. It will be a day of teaching, healing, serenity and praise with featured speakers Terilee Harrison, Nancy Burroughs and Linda Olson.
Tickets are only $29.00 and include an experience of serenity, healing, lunch, teaching materials and a goodie bag. Proceeds benefit the Painted Turtle.