Let me introduce you to my beautiful friend Sheila Atchley. Then I want to invite you to spend a week with us in Italy... because I know the Lord is going to show up during this week, and show us BIG things. Below are Sheila's words (and if you follow me on IG or read my blog, you know I'm all about WORDS lately, and these words from Sheila got me...)
"This October, in Bellagio, Italy, I will be bringing a word for those of us “in the middle”. While we are smack-dab in the middle of some of the most beautiful gardens in the world, ablaze with autumn glory, we will play with the idea of an Autumn Planting.
Gardeners do it all the time. Cold weather crops may need a little extra nurturing, and a little different mindset, but cold weather crops are some of the best.
It is never too late to plant something new and different.
God can take what you plant, right now in this middle-season of your life, even what feels like “late in the season”, and give you a “winter crop” that will knock your socks off and bless you all your days.
Through words and art, we will play with this and other “in the middle” themes, surrounded by the beauty that is Bellagio.
He makes all things new. He does all things well.
No one reaches the middle without a few regrets. Nevertheless (I love that word), we don’t have to settle for our present mid-life harvest, if it is even a little less than we hoped for. We can plant again, for a future harvest. Because our God makes and does, we don’t have to “make do” with what is. Such grace!
Come away for a little while, and let God restore your capacity to play, to dream new dreams and to plant new things."
Well here is a sample of one of the classes she is teaching that she just sent me.
We are praying the Lord moves in the hearts of those that need to be at this retreat. So pray about it and see if that's YOU.
We can't wait to meet you in Italy this Fall!