Monday, June 13, 2011

A TIME OF REFRESHING

 June 7-10, 2011 - 3rd Annual Holy Ghost Conference at Prayer Mountain near Branson, Mo.  Speakers Joe Jordan and Ron Smith. 

Wantha was going to attend this conference and her daughter and son-in-law have a time share in Branson.  I had been given a gift by my forever friend, Joan, who said "go and celebrate Suzette's life".  I knew of no better way to celebrate than to attend this Holy Ghost Conference.

Joining us were Sandra, Norma and Norma's daughter, Wendy.  I won't go into all the details but we did not get away from Coweta until 5 p.m. on the 6th because Wantha had taken her car in to have the tires rotated and after picking up the car something was wrong.  She went back and the shop worker assured her everything was ok.  We load up the entire back end of the car with luggage and more luggage and all of us and off we go. 

Not too far out of Tulsa, Sandra who was driving said, "Did you hear that?" as we heard a kind of pop sound.  Sandra later told me she was concerned the entire 225 mile drive because she felt things were not right.  At 9:30 we finally pulled up to the condo office with the sound of metal against metal.
 Our guardian Angels had worked overtime is protecting us on that long and at the end very mountainous drive.  Also, in sending us to the repair garage where these 2 gentleman put Wantha's vehicle, and our situation, above their other work.  We spent the entire morning of the first day of the conference waiting at a convenience store across the street, where we could get a booth to sit down and be out of the 90+ degree heat as new brakes, etc. are put on the car as extensive damage had been done the day before at the other shop.   (We laughed as these booths were off to the back of the store and behind mountains of liquid boxes and bottles!!!!)  We finally arrived at Prayer Mountain, 25 miles and about an hour later, as we had difficulty finding the turn off, at 2 p.m.  

Satan tried everything he could to hinder us from attending this conference.....BUT our God is greater and his schemes did not work.

The conference went from 10-noon. From noon-2 we had a wonderful catered lunch under a large tent outdoors and time to visit the bookstore.  The afternoon session was from 2-4.

The Lord did such a wonderful work in ALL of us during this time of teaching and refreshing.  And at the condo each evening as we shared, laughed, cried, and were blessed and touched beyond measure.  Norma and Wendy were especially blessed and I received the refreshing I so badly needed.  Yes, celebrating Suzette's life!!!!
Taken at a steak house in Branson. On the left-Wendy & Susan.  On the right-Norma, Sandra & Wantha.

Wantha, Sandra, Norma & I are all original attendees of a Bible Study Sandra held in her home for a couple of years called "Third Day Sisters".  Now these 3 woman, plus 9 other regulars and various visitors attend the WOW Woman Bible Study which I began holding, every Tuesday, in my home on January 18th of this year. WOW stands for Woman of the Word. WE ARE!!! 

Wendy, Sandra, Wantha, Norma
We marveled each morning that 5 woman could all get showered, make-up on, dressed and out of the door by 8 a.m. each morning.
                                                       Susan, Wendy, Wantha, Norma
                                        Waiting for our table at Olive Garden the last evening.
                                                        Norma, Sandra, Wendy, Wantha
Wendy, Norma, Sandra
Wantha & Susan
As you can see we had plenty of time in the evenings to have a lot of fun.  This is the special treat that Sandra & Wantha made possible to me as we became Southern Bells!!!

What a blessed, wonderful time.  Thanks to ALL those who made it possible for me to attend.  Most of all, thank you to Jesus who meets all our needs and loves us beyond measure.

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11 comments:

Sharon said...

Oh what blessed friends you have.
I was so sorry to hear about all the troubles you had but glad to hear that God delivered you safe.
What a great photo of southern bells.
Hugs

Joy said...

I'm so thankful you have these sweet Godly woman surrounding you and supporting you. I'm glad you were able to get away and be refreshed. What an ordeal with the car. She knew something wasn't right. I believe God gave us those instincts. Glad you all arrived safe.
♥ Joy

Mari said...

Satan surely did try to stop you. I'm so glad he didn't succeed and am thankful you were blessed.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

I'm so glad you all got to your destination safely. Someone was watching over you! What a great group of friends you have, it looks like a marvelous time. The last photo is so cute!

Jillian, Inc said...

Loved reading all about it! And so glad you were able to go on this wonderful retreat!

Mountain Mama said...

A well deserved gift for you. I'm so glad you were able to attend and have such a good time. God bless you dear Susan.
Love & Hugs!

retha said...

Like the dressed up photo.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Perfect timing for your to attend! A wonderful gift!

Katherine

Barbara said...

So glad you got to go Susan. Great refreshing for you.

Kathy said...

Love the pictures! I especially love knowing also, that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus, our Lord. I love being able to leave a conference and know that really, the Holy Spirit's work is far from over. How wonderful, how comforting! Soooo glad you were refreshed in the Lord!

Brenda said...

How refreshing that had to be for you, Susan. It's so neat to see how the Lord has you safe and 'abiding under the shadow of the Almighty'. (Ps. 91)
God bless!