We are half-way through our 31-day challenge with Kate Matoung, and some that are up to date are just a little over halfway so our word for day 14 was away.
Last month I took a long trip to North Carolina to join up with friends I only knew on Facebook through my Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study to the Real Life Dreams Retreat. I am a volunteer team leader and was joining over 200 women from all over the United States, and a few outside the U.S.. I was a little bit afraid feeling a little bit heavy, a little bit shy, and sometimes it is hard for me to meet people because I tend to be a little more quiet until I get to know people.
Day 1 – I left a day early before the retreat to meet up with some friends in Charlotte, North Carolina so that we would have some time to visit the Proverbs 31 office and some of the staff and also to visit the Billy Graham Library there. I jumped on the airplane in Dallas and away I went arriving that afternoon in Charlotte, North Carolina. I got there before lunch and two of my on-line friends, Mary and Linda pulled up to the airport and whisked me away to the P31 office. WOOHOO! It was like we had always known each other even though I had only met one before from here in Texas, little Shelly.
We left there to have lunch at a nearby Chick- Fil- A and guess who we met going in the door – Melissa Taylor and her staff AGAIN. Melissa invited us to join them. It only took a second to say YES please. It was absolutely thrilling to get to eat with those Jesus girls, and we found that they are just like us with the same mommy issues and just down to earth.
We headed back to the hotel for me to meet up with my roommate for the night, another Debbie later going to try some North Carolina BBQ. Yep it was as good as Texas BBQ, and I had never been to a sit-down BBQ restaurant.
I loved my roommate for the evening and we left the next morning for The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina for two nights and two days and I would be spending it with another roommate, Mary and yep I was afraid again. Easy smeasy and a new life-long friend who was amazing.
Entrance to The Cove
and just times to sit and visit and rock and take in the beauty of the place.
Did I say I was never shy, never quiet during this trip? Every single one of these ladies are a a gift from God. Here are just a few of our leaders
We left Asheville on Sunday noon and headed back to Charlotte where we visited Elevation Church and heard Pastor Steven Furtick and met up with another of our sisters. What a powerful message! And what fun having dinner together and then coffee afterwards.
I cannot wait to get away with these women again next year. Real Life dreams AWAY from it all!