It's high time that I posted about the ladies' retreat I was blessed to attend at The Wilds of New England back in early September. In fact, if I don't post about it today I am very likely to forget just how much of a blessing it was.
I went as part of a group of seven: five friends from church, plus my daughter. We had a cabin to ourselves, which was a fun time of fellowship. As an added blessing, we were so close to the bathhouse that we didn't even need flashlights to go there at night. (We did need flashlights to get back into the bunks without disturbing anyone too much, however!)
|Our cabin is the one on the left. Just visible beyond it is the bathhouse.|
There are amazing times of laughter, singing, and sharing. There are uplifting times of hearing music that praises our Savior. There are edifying times of being taught from God's Word -- not to mention God and I Time, where each individual gets alone with God and focuses on what He is teaching her.
|This campfire is in the area I chose for my God and I time.|
If you are wondering what the different creatures can teach us, read Proverbs 30:24-28 and see what lessons you can find. I can't take time to write all that she shared (and she pulled out an amazing amount from each illustration) but, briefly, from the ants we learn foresight. From the conies, which are a "feeble folk", we learn that we also are "feeble folk" in our own strength, and so must live protectively. From the locusts, we learn the importance of community, and from the spider we learn diligence. Such important lessons!
One thing that is always a blessing at The Wilds of New England is the beautiful surroundings. I didn't get a lot of pictures this year, but did get some of the flowers and of the fall decorating.
|A tangle of late-summer flowers|
|Aren't these beautiful? How can anyone not believe in a great Creator when they see such intricacy?|
|Display on a doorstep|
|A fall display in a corner|
|The Sweet Shoppe|
|The fireplace in Cool Beans|
The wall art in some of the buildings is lovely too. Even the art is edifying. I love these.
|Sorry about the glare, but isn't this beautiful?|
|The mission statement of The Wilds|