I tend not to like women's events. Particularly Christian women's events. My opinion -they aren't particuarly well done, presentation is tacky and the food is generally poor. It conveys to me that since it's "Christian women" quality isn't an issue. I'm generally embarrassed by what happens. Which poses quite a dilema for me since I like women's ministry!
The Arizona Free Methodist world and Emmanuel Pines Camp get it right. Over the top right!
So you're wondering where I'm going with all this....
It had been a long time since I had a good laugh. A long time since I felt relaxed to just let go. And it was time for women's retreat. Great. But since I had to go I figured I would get as many of my buddies there with me. Retreat officially started Friday night but I arrived Thursday night to hang out with Christine and catch up on our friendship. It was blessed relief. Friday morning I met with another good friend - Jacquie. I thought -- it doesn't get much better than this. God knew what I needed and he met that need!
Friday afternoon Aimee & Linda arrive on the scene. We lunched and shopped and got settled into our dorm room at camp. We giggled. Linda very graciously did hair. Aimee's, Janelle's, Jeana's. We giggled some more - most of the night, in fact. (my apologies to the room next door - we did hear you knock on the wall - thus we moved our room the next morning).
Saturday was just as delightful - and giggle-filled.
Those of you who know me probably never thought I would be called a "gigglebox" - but it's true. Deep inside - it's there.
And I attribute it to God meeting and exceeding my needs. It had been years - maybe never - since I giggled. And even writing this some months later I smile. I tear up too because I miss all of you so much.
And in case you're wondering about the picture next to mine -- it is my fellow gigglebox - Aimme. Find out more about her at amioutthere.blogspot.com
I hope you get to giggle soon.