Since Kelly and I finished increasing the size of our rental home at Black Butte Ranch, Oregon, God has planted a new dream in my heart for retreat ministry. October 24-26 was the first women’s retreat at our house and God filled the place with laughter, tears, and deep heart-sharing. Thirteen women gathered from three different churches and two states and came together as one in the Lord. It was beautiful!

Our theme topics were: The Proverbs 31 Woman, Forgiveness, Grace, and Surrender. Each of the four Table Talk sessions were rich in discussion and encouragement from God’s Word.

In between sessions we ate delicious food and enjoyed free time walking or biking at the Ranch or shopping in nearby Sisters. They all agreed it was a perfect balance of deep introspection and time to visit, reflect, and get out in the sunshine. They also enjoyed the balance of healthy meals and yummy desserts!

God blessed our time with unusually warm weather and spectacular fall colors. We all left feeling like we had connected with God, each other, and the beauty of His creation. I’m very excited for the two retreats coming this spring and for whatever God might bring about in the future.