A few years ago, I was cruising the Caribbean with my friends, Paula and Joan. We were on the cruise as part of a women’s ministry event being led by Kathy Troccoli.
We stopped at several ports, including St. Martin. When we docked there, we put on our Gutsy Girl t-shirts, grabbed our water bottles, and headed off the ship. The three of us were looking so … well, middle-aged.
She came, she saw, and she was in awe! God was so good to us this weekend at Fresh Grounded Faith Springfield!
Thank you to Allen Hudson, Chuck Neely, and McKenzie Robinson for the beautiful photos. To see the entire Facebook photo album, click here
. For those of you who joined the photo booth fun, you can view your photos here
The theme was “She Can” and our verse was Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” We learned to speak the three hope confessions of “She Can” women and the three actions of a “She Can woman.” Wow is all I can say!
I not only taught the truth of Philippians 4:13 from the stage, but we also saw it on stage in my friends, Katherine Wolf and Sheila Walsh. Katherine taught us that the good things often are the hard things, and Sheila encouraged us to invite God into all areas of our lives—including our past and our shame.
I travel and speak to women, as well as work with them during the week. So, I’m surrounded by women all the time. Younger ones, older ones, happy ones … uh, not so happy ones! (That last one would be me every now and then! Ha!)
And, what I have noticed is that I am not only surrounded by women, but I am surrounded by excellence!
Oh, girl, none of us are perfect. We all have our bad days. But in all of these women, I have seen some great qualities that make up an excellent woman.
Before I lost my hero dad, I had no idea grief would make me feel fatigued and hollow. There were many days I thought, “I can’t do this” or “I can’t face this.”
And then, I thought about my mom.
The strength I see in my mom is beyond what I imagine possible. Dad was her best friend. For 55 years, they did life and ministry together. Now, she is alone.