I walked into a room full of in person strangers… online friends… and immediately knew I was at home. Immediately I felt welcomed into a group of sisters that little did I know, would change my life. Among them was Deborah Zoe. Her spirit and joy radiated throughout the room and I knew I’d found a friend for life. When I asked if people would share their experience from the Pursuit 31 retreat she was the first to jump at the chance. Admittedly I was not prepared for what she shared. She made me laugh, and cry, and instantly feel like I was back in that cozy New England living room. Love you girl… I couldn’t be more thankful to have you in my life.
So without further ado….The adorable Deborah Zoe ~
When my friend Alicia first told me that I needed to attended a Pursuit 31 retreat I was hesitant. Would it be worth my time away? Would it be worth my investment? Would it be right for me? Alicia had graciously offered to host a Pursuit 31 retreat in New Haven and was confident that I had to attend. I had never met Karen before and had only seen glimpses of what Pursuit 31 was so when Alicia originally asked me to go, I said no.
But no wasn’t good enough for Alicia. She persisted, and finally with the offer of free night away and some prayer, I decided that the right decision would be to go.
I remember that first night as we all gathered together for a pre-retreat meet and greet. A group of woman from all over the Eastern Seaboard, sitting around a small table in a cafe. We exchanged names, where we were from and I sheepishly nibbled on my sandwiches. I remember thinking, “Did I make a mistake? Should I really be here?” The night ended with hugs and smiles and promises to chat more in the coming days.
The morning of the retreat Karen sat in the living room of the grand home we were meeting at, greeting each girl by name as they entered. Her warmth filled the room as the women gathered around the fire place. I fully expected to jump right into the workshop but instead we began to introduce ourselves. I sat back and listened as each woman shared their heart. Their honesty, their passion, their humility, their love of Jesus, struck me to the core. Immediately all of my walls came crumbling down. In that moment, as we shared life together, I knew that this was exactly where I was supposed to be. As we prayed, worshiped and shared our faith together, I knew that this was something unique. This was something special.
I’ve attended photography workshops before, but never had I been struck so powerfully as I was by the Pursuit 31 retreat. I had never been given the opportunity to explore my faith and my gifting together. This retreat was completely different. This was a place for us to be free. Free to be unique in Christ, free to be who we truly were. God worked powerfully through those two days we spent together. I regained focus for my business and found a new confidence of the woman I am in Christ . I met some wonderful women who I now call dear friends and I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to be there.
I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason. I’m so thankful for the way that God orchestrated circumstances so that I could attend the Pursuit 31 retreat. It was a life changing event that has shaped my future as a business woman. Looking back as I asked the question “Should I really be here?”, I can confidently answer YES
We are only doing 2… maybe 3 Retreats in ALL of 2012!
I could not be more thrilled and I know that God has directed us to each of these cities this year. For more information on the retreats please visit. Pursuit 31′s website
Tomorrow the 29th is the last day to take advantage of early bird savings!!! Use the code “earlybird” at checkout to save $150! If you want to come and can’t pay it all up front don’t worry! We have payment plans! Just contact us and we will get you set up!
To make things even more exciting… we are giving away ONE seat to each retreat!!!!
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Come back HERE and leave a comment that you posted it and what city you want to win a seat at!
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Winners will be chosen Friday morning! If you sign up and get chosen for the free seat you will just be refunded!!! So get to sharing! We can’t wait to meet you!
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