Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Pictures With Friends!

Lisa and Judy now know my secret shame--
I'm a failure at line dancing! I promise to 
practice, be able to do it longer than 5 minutes,
get more coordinated,
and dress better for it next year. ;) 
Here I'm with Janice and Ann--I didn't know
they were coming but they sought me out
because they read this blog! Ann was in my
small group too and it was a sacred privilege
for me to meet them and to feel that instant
kinship we have in the Lord.
Hi Everyone! Here are some of the other widows who read this blog! I met them in person at A Widow's Journey Retreat! If you have other photos please email them to me--I'm sure everyone would love to see them. WCplace@gmail.com  
♥ ferree

It was such a blessing to meet Sandra! She lives in California 
and happened to be out east to help her parents just at the
right time attend the retreat. Her mom, Mildred, not widowed,
but graciously came along. Many women brought a family
member or friend and I think they enjoyed it too.

This special group started about 3 years ago with a lot of prayer,
using my book "Postcards from the Widows' Path," and the
faithful commitment of the lady in the front with the blue print top, 
Denise Sweeney! It was an absolute delight to meet them all
and to have Marge (back row, first on the left) in my small group.
How cool that so many from this group in
Pennsylvania could all come together!

My roommate Bettie! She's been a widow
for 19 years but you can see from her smile
that it doesn't keep her down because
of the joy and comfort she's found
in the Lord. She was also a small group
leader and has helped with the retreat every 
year since the start. Maybe she'll be your group
leader next year if you come---you'll love her!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Widows Journey Retreat with Tammy Trent

Here's another highlight from A Widow's Journey Retreat at Sandy Cove Ministries in North East, Maryland, two weeks ago. Plan now to attend next year! Mark your calendar for March 1-3, 2019 and start funding your piggy bank. Prices for a quad: $215/person; a triple room: $265/person; a double room: $315/person; single room $425. (Prices include delicious meals and beautiful facilities overlooking the Chesapeake Bay!)

Tammy Trent
graciously let me get a photo op after she spoke
and touched our hearts on Saturday morning. 
Please click here and then click the play arrow for the 5 minute video of Tammy's profound story and you'll catch a bit of what we heard at the retreat. (If you're reading this on your email and the links or photo do not appear please click the title of this page to go directly to the blog for them).

Here are a few quotes from my notes for the rest of Tammy's encouragement to the group at Widows Journey:

"God's intention is always to move us to a place of wholeness and healing."

"Things are allowed to happen when God sees it will serve a greater purpose."

"What do you need? . . . Without healing we spread brokenness."

That question "What do you need? was reiterated the next day. I always perk up my listening when I catch the same messages. God loves us and I've found He's willing to repeat things until we hear and pay attention.

So exactly what do you need? Let's talk about it.

If you've been working, working, working, trying so hard to get through this on your own, one thing I can tell you is that widow after widow I talked to that weekend said the same thing: How do people get through this without the Lord? 

If you wonder whether or not God and his promises really exist and operate like Tammy said in her video--even when we are numb with sorrow and heartbreak--add your comments here today or email me with your questions at WCplace@gmail.com. This is a safe place to examine our questions and doubts.  
♥ ferree

Friday, March 16, 2018

I Can Only Imagine Trailer - In Theaters Now

This movie isn't about widows but it is about redemption, hope and a great song about heaven---things that we love!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Widows' Tea

I wish you could have joined me and these dear ladies (and Pam who took the picture so she didn't have to be in it!) on Friday at my house. We had such a good time.

This group is growing out of a Bible study I do on Ruth using my book "Postcards from the Widows' Path." After we did it last year at my church the ladies continued to meet about once a month for lunch. At the tea party on Friday they welcomed the women who were from this year's Bible study plus two new guests.  

It's so important to meet other widows face to face. To tell your story to people who "get it," and to discover you're not as alone as you thought you were. I have so many ideas, hopes and dreams for this group and I look forward to what the Lord will bring us through together this year. I know that many of you are also starting up a widows group. Wouldn't it be great to post about our groups, ideas we can use at meetings and ways to reach out to more? I'd love to hear your ideas and see your pictures. Feel free to email me at WCplace@gmail.com

Next month the widows are meeting for supper at a BBQ restaurant. I hope to have them back to my place again, maybe for a picnic carry-in where everyone will bring something. For this month's tea party Pam brought desserts (she makes the best!), and I provided quiches, fruit salad and scones.

What are your favorite menus or ideas for a widows luncheon or tea party get together? Let's hear about them!
♥ ferree

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Pearls of Great Value Discovered at Widows Retreat!

I'm looking forward to sharing photos, quotes, and memories from A Widow's Journey Retreat this past weekend. One of the highlights was meeting in small groups and hearing from other widows. Monica was in my groups and she reminded us of the value of pearls as reminders of how God values us. (See the strand she's wearing?) We'll never look at them the same! 

Monica shared the following with the group and graciously agreed to share it with you too! We wish you all could have been there, but I hope you'll feel a part of it as I post about it in the days ahead. And maybe next year you can come too!
♥ ferree

"We are WIDOW's with a praise, a prayer, a plan and a promise"

We are women gathered here during the special WIDOW's retreat that has been designed and planned just for us.

We acquire the title WIDOW not because we wanted it but because our dear late husband, spouse, lover, and friend proceeded us in death.

There are those days we reminisce of those moments of holding hands and making all types of plans, growing older together, enjoying family and home, quietly thinking of those moments when we felt proud to be their queen and remembering the promises that were made as we recited our wedding vows many years ago.

We have those human moments when we miss making up, dressing up, being prayed up that all will be okay, knowing when to speak up, and stand up to make our husbands proud to know he was our king.

Yes, we've had our dislikes, hardships, and struggles as any married couple would have, but by the grace of GOD we've  put on our Pearls of Great Value remaining married until death do us part; and GOD honors us for that.

So as we wear our Pearls of Great Value we thank GOD for:
keeping us and giving us a reason to Praise GOD for HIS provisions.

We thank GOD for:
giving us a time of prayer for healing in our grieving moments as WIDOWS going through this journey.

We thank GOD for:
giving us strength to carry on and minister to other women of the blessings of marriage while uplifting other WIDOWS going forward when able.

We thank GOD for:
giving us a plan to live our best lives knowing WE had that opportunity to love and be loved now knowing GOD is with us at all times and HE will remain to be our comforter and wipe our many tears because now HE is our husband...and lastly;

We thank God for:
giving us a promise that HE will never leave us nor forsake us.
Because WE are Pearls of Great Value!!

Written by
Myvette-MYE  3 /2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Widows Retreat at Sandy Cove This Weekend!

Hello everyone! 
I'm really looking forward to being a small group leader this weekend! I hope you'll be able to come too, and if you do please look for me, OK? I'd love to meet you! 
This is, in fact the only Christian widow's retreat that I know of currently. It's at a great Christian retreat center within an hour of Philadelphia. Events like this can be turning points on your own widow's journey. Please pray about it and come. Click the link below for more info.  
And if you simply can't make it this year, start saving up to come next year! I hope to post some pictures and news about it next week, but for now, I've got to pack! :)

A weekend for women of any age who are WIDOWS 
and at any point in their journey.

People say, “Isn’t it wonderful he’s with the Lord,” and you want to yell, “No! He should be here with me.”

Spend a weekend with other women who have lost their husbands to death.  You will be with people who understand your journey.  Come share your heart and your hurt and be encouraged as we remind ourselves that, hard as it is, our God is able. Learn from women who are where you are, women who have weathered grief and difficult times.

Small Groups
During small group discussions, individuals will have the opportunity to briefly share the stories of their own widowhood and glean helpful tips from the experiences of others. Encouragement, smiles and tissues provided!  If you are not a widow and attending in support, please understand that the small groups are for Widows only.

Friday, March 2 - Sunday, March 4

Sandy Cove Ministries
60 Sandy Cove Road
North East, MD 21901
Email: info@sandycove.org
Toll Free: 800.234.COVE (2683)
Local Phone: 410.287.5433
Fax: 410.287.3196