Here is my second attempt to journal my thoughts and reflections from Girl Trip no.006 that took place in beautiful Bend, OR. I literally sat down and wrote for 3 hours and at a click of a button, I lost all the words that came pouring out. If you’re a writer of any sort, then you know just how devastating that was for me. To lose all the content that organically flows out of your heart onto a document.
Girl Trip has completely transformed my life and I cannot help but give it my all in trying to thoroughly reflect on this monumental event. It all started a couple years ago when I started following a beautiful local gal on insta & she had became part of the team at Girl Trip and just based off of the pictures and testimonials, I immediately knew that I need to experience it for myself. It was exactly what I had been longing & praying for.
The women behind Girl Trip literally take serving to a whole ‘nother level. It’s heavenly & unreal. From the moment we arrived, I could not help but feel overwhelmed by the amount of love, sincerity, and intentionality. Within a matter of an hour, I had an out of body experience and couldn’t help but wonder who would possibly want to hear what my story entails or held, but these girls made me feel like Jesus wanted me to speak & share of the story that He has written with my life.
This intimate gathering has me feeling all sorts of emotions.
We laughed, cried, worshipped, created, feasted, & prayed together for 4 days and 3 nights.
Prophetic words spoken.
Walls broken down.
Transparency & freedom.
Encouragement poured out.
A sisterhood was forged, community built.
My spirit was indeed in need of this renewal.
For years, I’ve led in ministry, served people, and have poured out everything that I could give— (I’m an enneagram 2 if its not obvious.) I’ve attended numerous women’s retreats, but have yet to experience anything like Girl Trip. It was evident that rest was priority the entire weekend, whatever that looks like for you. I got to finally experience for the first time in a long time, what it meant to slow down, be present, to live a life of worship in communion with the Lord and the community that I had around me.
Little did I know, that this collective of women that I was surrounded with for 1 weekend would become a safe refuge for my heart & soul. I believe every gal felt the same way. We came together as strangers and left with an unforgettable sisterhood. Raw stories of vulnerability were told each night followed by spirit-led prayers and prophetic words for e v e r y woman. We laid hands upon each others bodies and blessed, interceded on their behalf, and proclaimed truth.
I could go on and on about this retreat but I’m going to leave it here. If you’ve been searching and longing for healing, for love, for a miracle, search no further. Girl Trip, is for you. It’s for the young & old, the colors of all mankind, and for you wherever you are in your walk with the Lord or even if it hasn’t even begun. Let this be an encouragement to you: “There is a place for you at the table. You belong & you are worthy.” No matter how long it takes, know that the waiting is worth it.
Photos credits Girl Trip