Two weeks ago we held our annual August summer Journey, with the theme of summer vacation.
It was not hard to do. The Sunshine Coast has been living up to it's reputation; the skies were blue, the sun was shining, the breezes were warm and the beach was calling! We packed everything we could think of that said "vacation" into three days - reading, napping, nature, a trip to the local movie theatre, the creation of memory boxes to capture all of the great moments, a bbq, and even an impromptu birthday party for Ron. But I think the best memory for everyone was our day at the beach. On Wednesday morning we packed up a picnic lunch and headed to Porpoise Bay Provincial park. We found the perfect spot on the beach, ate lunch, talked, swam, explored all of the creatures there (crabs and jellyfish to name a few!) and even napped. After lunch Bev, a great friend and Board member, roared up to the shore in her speed boat and began an afternoon of taking us all tubing! I think you could hear our laughter all the way back to the shore. For many of the women it was a brand new experience, an opportunity to step out with courage into a new adventure, to embrace an "I can do it" attitude and it was wonderful to be witness to that.
On the last morning we sat in a circle together and shared the things we're were going to take home with us and also the things we were going to leave behind - some of the burdens that perhaps we had come with, the things that were weighing us down, causing us worry and anxiety. As each woman shared about the one thing she wanted to leave behind, we wrote them on a piece of paper and tossed them into an old suitcase.
"My mind chaos."
"My old life."
"My self doubt."
"My fears about my future."
"My emotional mindfield, that causes me to stagnate and get stuck."
"My fear of failure."
"My broken heart."
Please pray for our friends, for these and the many other things that each and every heart has desired to leave behind. And may there truly be an exchange in the heavenlies that brings each woman closer to a life restored of value, dignity and purpose.