The first of our company has come and gone. It was a fabulous weekend.
On Friday, the girls and I cooked and baked most of the day. When the Fehr's arrived all of the children (except Rebecca) went to the Romberg farm.
So we adults (and Becca) had a candlelit dinner. Although absent, Anna was the starring chef of the meal. Our menu consisted of ribs over noodles, corn, salad and apple crisp a la mode. We lingered over coffee, catching up and sharing with one another as only true friends can.
Saturday was spent at the Romberg Farm. I had seen snippets on facebook about Winter Youth Retreat and was blessed to see the results still burning fervently in the lives of some of the youth who attended. Have you ever met someone who was so enthused about their job that they sat down to eat, but forgot about their food because of relaying what they do? Well, that's how it was when they started talking about WYR! They talked about the Lord and what He had done in their lives for hours!
The service for the Young People was very moving. Bro. Dwayne had the youth look up scriptures regarding the heart. After each person would read their scripture he would talk about it and how it related to their lives. He also asked them to share something they struggled with. As each young person shared his/her struggles, he asked the older people present to raise their hands if they had ever struggled with that issue. After the service the young people stood around the kitchen and shared testimonies and sang songs far into the night.
Sometimes, it's easy to get our eyes focused on the earthly things and forget that we are "pilgrims and strangers" on our way to a far better kingdom. This weekend was a time of renewal, encouragement, and refocusing for me.
Sister Connie sacrifices so much to come on trips with her husband. She loves her home, the daily routine, cooking and gardening. When she's travelling with Bro. Dwayne, she can't be home, doing the things she loves. But, she's willing to sacrifice her own wants to be a true helpmeet to her husband, and to encourage people like me.