Friday Favorites

This was a week of many blessings! Let me start with last weekend – our Ladies’ retreat…


Carol Trahan was used of the Lord to give us Truth about the things God brings into our lives.  We may have a lament right now, but God will bring it to an end that will glorify Him!  We saw that in the lives of Leah, Hannah and Esther.  Such a joy.

Our church ladies worked so very hard to bring this retreat about!  There are too many tasks to name, but everything was done beautifully, and for God’s glory.  We had great food, good fellowship, wonderful workshops, and beautiful decorations.  It was just a fun weekend with other women around God’s Word!

Sunday brought a double birthday for me! My physical birthday is 9/11 and my spiritual birthday is also 9/11!  This year I celebrated 50 years of knowing Christ as my Savior; what a blessing!


I got to celebrate with my family, minus Paul, Whitney’s husband.  We had a grilled steak dinner at home after church.  It was topped off with White Chocolate Raspberry cupcakes, made by a talented baker at church!  We had a sweet time at the patio table outside enjoying the meal, family time, and lots of laughs!

The picture of the French Toast and Bacon was my birhtday breakfast (tradition) delivered to me by my sweet husband.  French toast is his specialty!  Birthdays are big events in our family, as you can see!

The next picture is a screen shot I took of my parents as we chatted on Skype on my birthday.  I love them both dearly and am thankful we can “visit” using this means.  It almost feels like they were here!

The bottom right picture is my gift from my husband.  It has lots of special elements to it that make it really special to me.  He gave it to me and explained what drew him to this particular print.  I will always remember that sweet explanation when I look at it!  What a great reminder, too, not to be anxious about ANYTHING, but to let the peace of God rule in my heart.  (What are you anxious about today?  Pray and thank God so you can have His peace!)

Liza Jane makes every day better.  Here are some of her cute antics I captured this week:


It doesn’t matter if she’s napping or snooping, she’s just cute!

This weekend brings another retreat for me – this one for pastor’s wives.  I need God’s help.  I cannot serve Him in my own strength.  I’d appreciate any/all prayers that the Lord will meet with us and encourage the hearts of these dear servants of His!

What was the highlight of your week?

Be refreshed,

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One thought on “Friday Favorites

  1. Your retreat looks like such a wonderful time, Denise! And happy belated birthday! That is so neat that your spiritual and physical birthdays are the same day!

    I’d have to say the highlight of last week was the mother/daughter/granddaughter retreat at The Wilds of New England! What a blessing to have my daughter and two of my granddaughters with me. We enjoyed some truly special time together.

    And like you, I am headed out to another ladies’ retreat this weekend, also at TWNE. The theme of this one is Rest which I need oh, so badly. Looking forward to it and so thankful for the opportunity and funds to go!


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