The Women’s Spring Retreat, held March 15-17, drew more than 300 women to Cohutta Springs Conference Center for a weekend that reminded each one just how much God loves her—that she is His precious daughter.
In her messages, guest speaker Elizabeth Talbot used earthly relationships—between parent and child and husband and wife—as examples of God’s intense and unfathomable love for each of us.
“It’s reminded me of who I am in Christ,” said Avonda Worrell, member of the Atlanta Southside Church. “Sometimes we get lost in the politics and religiosity, and she’s reminded me that we’re loved by Jesus no matter what.”
The theme was “God’s Greatest Random Act of Kindness: Love,” and it not only spoke of God’s kindess, but also encouraged the women to practice acts of kindness toward each other during the retreat and in their lives at home.
The weekend also brought together 57 teens for their own program with guest speaker Camille Brace, who discussed God-centered dating.
Jasmine Smith, member of Hamilton Community Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., said she attended the teen retreat with several friends and has enjoyed “talking to other people about their relationship with God” and appreciated that Brace could relate to the girls and “understands where we’re coming from.”
For adults and teens alike, attendees went home with renewed energy and deeper confidence in their Heavenly Father.
“We may think we’re not worthy or we may be trying to please other people, trying to get acceptance,” said Linda Abercrombie, member of the Douglasville, Ga., Church, “but just knowing that we don’t have to do all that, knowing that He loves us regardless of how we are. He wants us to do better, but He loves us regardless.”
Written by Britni Brannon, Communication assistant director
Photos by Britni Brannon, Communication assistant director