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Weekend Retreat – October 2015

Heading out to speak at a weekend retreat . . . and it IS a re-treat for me. Spending another weekend with women and given the opportunity to share my heart IS indeed a special experience.

I’m speaking on Refuge —  in the Regular and in the Rupture.

What a joy it has been to hide away and prepare for this weekend. I’ve said it before: the preparation of what I believe God has called me to share is the best part of a speaking engagement. It is always painful to reflect on my story but always freeing. “Remembering when” has become a time of praise for me. I desire to be for others what I needed when I was younger — Ears. Compassion. Wisdom. A safe person. And I know that none of this can happen without being real. 

Choosing refuge in God has been quite the journey. The focus of my faith has shifted from discovering ways to get a fix on God to experiencing the reality that He is the One who has hold of me. This inner shift of surrender has evolved after many years of wrestling, controlling and trying to make life work by immaturely asking God’s blessing on my plans, rather than watching what He was doing in my life and coming along side Him.

It’s been a simple but profound change in my life.

To be covered – to find shelter – to nestle under His wings is where I want to be.

Looking so forward to connecting with women, enjoying the Fall weather, learning and laughing.

It’s all good. Really good.

The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18.10


  1. Blessings as you speak, Diane. I look forward to hearing how it went.
    Hugs ~ Wendy

    • Diane (Author)

      What a glorious weekend, Wendy. Truly. Wish you and I could have sat by the water together on Saturday afternoon and taken in the beauty around us.

  2. Carolyn

    it is so wonderful to hear you speak from your heart, from your life, and from your compassion for women of all ages and stages of life… And from your strong faith in God. It is such a blessing to walk by your side through this part of our lives my friend. I know God was smiling on you this weekend!

    • Diane (Author)

      Thank you, Carolyn. So happy you were able to come and meet many of my friends from church. It was delightful to watch you speak into women’s lives so confidently and gently. Thank you so much for helping me at the book table and for praying for me all weekend. Love you.

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