by Sharon O'Neill @soulkeeping
This past week I have spent time with the mob at Kyogle.
We drove up into heaven country for a women’s soul retreat.
As I stepped out of the car I could feel the spot was magical.
It was perfect for a women’s soul retreat.
The delicious invitation to rest, renewal and delight.
I was expecting love and life to happen but what I wasn’t expecting was the beauty.
The beauty of the environment was simply delicious.
I could feel myself slowing, resting, nestling into God’s luscious palms. The flowing creek, the shafts of sunlight finding its way through the tall trees and shrubs.
The bower birds penetrating the silence with their pinging sounds.
But it wasn’t this beauty that truly captured my heart.
What captured my heart was the sound of lives turned from brokenness to wholeness; from pain to hope; from messy to life and love.
Over the coming days I was privileged as girls time and time again shared their story of surrender. The moment when they turned their will and their life over to God.
The heart sharing always began with a smile, a giggle and then the story of how God turned their hard, their broken, their messy into love and love.
I loved the child likeness, the simple delight of “I was once lost and now I’m saved.”
There was Janet who came to faith because her daughter went to youth group and then wanted to go to church. Janet recalls how her first service was filled with unexplained tears.
There was another who saw a sign advertising the church, went home and googled, saw their was a small group meeting on in the evening and simply turned up.
I love what God is doing in this church. First generation Christians. Story after story after story of families discovering Jesus for the very first time.
There was this child like wonder. “God’s done this for me and my family.”
I loved BJ who every day says to Jesus, “Okay who are we going to love together today? Who are we going to give dignity to?” I love the heart.
I want to give a big shout out to Danielle and James and their team for creating a space where people who are far from God feel safe enough to explore, to bring their broken soul and have it redeemed and healed.
May Kyogle continue to be blessed and to be a blessing.