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Merry go round of life...but it's all good...

What a whirlwind few days. First, cramming all of my work into 3 days before retreat. I'm still catching up on the laptop as we travel. But I'm getting ahead of myself... 

After cramming as much as possible due to missing Thursday as an office day, I took off for women's retreat. It was awesome. Our ladies loved it. Two were filled with the Holy Spirit. We took our biggest group ever! My speaking went awesome, and we sold out of all the products, with 27 orders to mail. I never lose the wonder that people want to hear what I say and read what I write.

It was just a delightful thing most of all to be away with our ladies. God has brought us so many wonderful people to the church and I love being with them. So much of what Larry and I have prayed for is coming to fruition. The DNA of the congregation has changed so much and the "winners" we have prayed in are ever evident! I'm enjoying seeing the changes more each day. So much of what I have hung on and believed for is happening. Thank you, Jesus.

I came home and Bob and Sally were at the house. Larry had the house looking incredible. I just fell in love with him all over again. Bob and Sally came to visit a few days. I am so glad to spend time with them, at the same time completely zonked with the ministry schedule. It doesn't stop no matter what. Despite my exhaustion, we had great services Sunday and they were with us. After that Sally and I went for a long walk and both nights, Sat and Sun we just relaxed in the jacuzzi a little bit before bed. On Sunday we took them to the Dish along with Currie's. They loved it.

First thing early this AM we took off for church life cohort in Ft. Lauderdale.  I am so tired and have lost my voice from speaking for 2 and 1/2 hours Sat and a full day Sunday. But again life is good. I'm trying to edit a lot of material on the road, get a lot from cohorts and spend time with Larry. Let me say when I take my day off this week I'm going to enjoy it. :-) I need it if for no other reason than to rest and get my voice back. 

I couldn't be happier to have Bob and Sally with us but I miss sharing everything right away with Larry like we normally do. I miss having more alone time together. Although we're at cohort and have homework and early morning prayer and such...it will just be good to spend some quiet time with him and go to sleep in his arms. It's almost that time. After cohort tonight we had dinner with Coopers, Dearborns and Bro. Raburn. Great time of sharing, but I'm ready to go lay down beside Larry and enjoy the best part of the night...

Life is good. When we get back Sally is making us a special dinner and we can spend another evening/morning with them before they have to go back to Richmond. Life is not slowing down ---but at least I'm greatly enjoying the ride. GOD IS SO GOOD.

Thank you, Lord, for being the strength of my life...and for bringing me so much joy.

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