LWML Retreat

8 10 2011

Throughout my time as Miss America 2009 and since, I have had the amazing opportunity to work with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.  This group of women makes it a constant goal to extend the Kingdom of God, work that we are all called to do as children of God.  They define what it means to Live on the Edge for the Lord and I take from their example every day.

This past weekend, I was able to travel to Muskegon, MI to present to the local LWML during their annual retreat.  The retreat is held every year at the Maranatha Bible and Convention Center.  It is right on Lake Michigan and one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.  When they say that Michigan has the most gorgeous sunsets, they truly mean it.

I arrived on Friday and after immediately meeting up with the women, we were escorted to dinner.  It was so sweet having conversations with the ladies about their excitement and anticipation about this weekend’s events.  It made it a little more difficult to eat, but I didn’t mind it at all.  They were so amazing and kind and I couldn’t help but get lost in conversation with them.

Friday evening, we were able to join together for a worship service.  Then it was time for me to travel to my condo for the night.  You could honestly walk right out of the front door of the condo I was staying in and be standing in sand next to Lake Michigan.  So stunning it took my breath away.

Saturday morning started bright and early as it was my chance to speak and perform for the ladies.  Before lunch, I spoke and did a question and answer session for three hours.  After lunch, it was time for an hour-long concert.  I was able to perform six of my favorite pieces from Broadway ballads to my talent song from Miss America.

The support and kindness of the LWML never ceases to amaze me and I will forever be thankful for their generosity to me and warm invitations to join them at their special events.

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