Spring by Kathryn White

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Seeds of Kindness

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
~Leo Buscaglia

This weekend was the Ladies Retreat of our church, held in a beautiful setting on Conestoga Lake.
The theme we chose was:

Sowing Seeds of Kindness and Love.
It was alot of fun to put together the ideas as well as the details, and it gave S, C, and myself joy to bless the ladies that came, with the little "goodies" that we prepared. We had the 'seeds of kindness' packets at each place setting for breakfast this morning, and inside each packet were seeds as well as ideas for how we can show kindness and love to those around us. It can be as simple as sending a card in the mail, or taking the time to pick up the telephone to touch base with family and friends. It really doesn't cost much more than our time and thoughtfulness to scatter seeds of kindness. We used the book/DVD by Joyce Meyer, entitled:
"The Love Revolution", and gave out folders for study notes.
We were challenged to think beyond ourselves to the many needs in this world: the poor, the marginalized, injustice shown to children, etc.
In the afternoon we offered two workshops which were enjoyed by the women:
Floral decorating as well as Card-making.
We had the meals catered in by a Mennonite group who did a great job of preparing a wholesome and delicious breakfast and lunch. The view from our tables over-looked the lake and it truly felt like a vacation and 'retreat' for all of the busy ladies!
We had some leisure time to stroll the grounds, go for a walk, or just sit on the deck and visit over coffee or tea. Although the skies were overcast, it was warm and comfortable to be outside: We sent home a little gift to the ladies who led the workshops and the worship time.
I think I speak for everyone who attended, when I say that it was truly a time of refreshment and renewal as well as encouragement:
"And let us continue to consider how to motivate one another to love and good deeds" ~Hebrews 10:24