Today I am heading to the Oregon Coast for our annual church Ladies’ Retreat. I’m riding with a dear friend and our pastor’s wife. We will have a lot of fun along the way as we chat and laugh and anticipate time away from the responsibilities of home. We are returning to the conference center where we were last year. I shared photos and told you about it here when I returned home a year ago. The conference center is just across the highway from the beach. It is a beautiful place at the edge of the forest – filled with huge trees and root formations. . .
Flowering vines. . .
And wildflowers of all kinds.
I’m looking forward to some rest and relaxation and a chance to meet new friends and catch up a bit with the ‘old’ friends. But the best will be the times of refreshing as we worship, learn from the Word of God and apply what we learn to everyday life. It will be a retreat – a chance to step back for a time. And when we come home it will be time to advance – time to move forward again.