“Debra, you need to go on this retreat. You need it and you have prayed to find some answers to your questions.”
“I know, but what if…”, I retorted.
” No buts…you know that you feel God tugging at your heart. God wants you there at the retreat. I think you will find what you are looking for when you go!”
“Okay…I’ll sign up… Lord, if this is Your will, please meet me at this retreat. Amen.”
This is the conversation that I had with myself early last year.
I was debating about whether I should attend a multi-faith women’s retreat over a weekend in April in Houston, TX. I went with the expectation that God would meet me there because I was in need of answers to some very crucial questions that were stormimg around in my mind. I wasn’t sure at first, but then I began to feel God tugging on my heart, urging me to go. I had prayed for direction and answers about what I should do with my business and if I should even keep it at all. Life had changed drastically from what it had been just the previous year. I just needed to be with God and know that He was still there with me.
I don’t regret going.
I arrived late Friday night as I drove in from Louisiana and the women were already making vision boards. I jumped right in and found that I was lost in thought and felt very at home. Because of my background in art, I had longed to do something creative, yet I didn’t know it. I thought about what I wanted for myself and began cutting away words and photos that captured this perfectly. It was only the beginning.
Saturday was filled with seminars, encouraging speakers, more crafts, fellowship, dialogue, and prayers. We ended the day by doing a community “faith” walk around the labyrinth. I was brought to tears as we walked in silence, praying in gratitude and releasing all of our burdens and cares. This was one of THE most powerful moments for me. I hadn’t felt that close to God in a while. Although we were “doing” activities throughout the day, I felt that I had truly kept the Sabbath. I had never felt that before and greatly desired more.
As I laid in bed that evening, I began to experience the benefits that truly keeping the Sabbath can bring. God began to pour into me ideas for how I can change my blog and how one thing can lead to another. I must admit that I was dragging my feet because of fear, but I have worked through it by releasing it through prayer and fasting. God showed me that I don’t have to separate my faith from my photography because my faith inspires my photography.
As the retreat came to a close, we shared what we gained and are taking away from our experience at the retreat. My answer was simply, ” fullness…and vision for the journey.” This summed up my whole experience that weekend, so much so that I want to remember it and live it out in my life daily.
That’s how this site was born, “Fullness &Vision”. It is my goal to share stories of faith, photography, encouraging quotes, scriptures, and anything else that will help you to live with fullness and vision for the journey along with me. I’ve also invited one of my best friends who is my sister and fellow missionary to join me in sharing her journey and encouraging words also, Jasmyne. I’m so glad that we have a space to share and to collaborate together about all to the glory of God.
Have you ever had a life-changing moment like this? Please share your experience in the comments below. We’d love to hear your story!