Monday, 26 October 2015

iVow's First Picnic!!! (+ Photos)


After all the planning, contemplations, doubts, prayers, sweat and excitement, the picnic finally happened!!! This was a day that brought on so many nerves for various reasons, checking in with people every now and then to make sure it was still a good plan, and general concerns here and there. I knew it was something I needed to do as it was a goal for 2015. It got me thinking about the heart and purpose of iVow. Why did I even start this blog? What prompted me to start blogging for ladies? And the more I thought about my "why," the more I was energised to carry on the plans God had laid in my heart.

The day started with prayer. I needed to check in with God one more time to make sure it was His will. As I got the release, I went into last minute run arounds. Picking up orders, setting up the venue and general behind-the-scenes. Alas, clouds started to gather and it was threatening to rain. RAIN?! God, where was rain in the plans you had for the day? Will the first meet up be an epic fail? Was I not listening to you after all? What if no one shows up? I had so many questions, and so many reasons for my heart to be let down, but I maintained focus and kept going. I was determined to enjoy every last second of my day even if only one person showed up. After set up, one person came, then another, then two others, and so on. They trickled in bit by bit! Isn't it so amazing how God honors us when we choose to honor Him? This day wasn't about me, so God had to show up and show out. 

We had SO MUCH FOOD!!! Everyone came with something to share. We gathered together and said a brief prayer to kick off the day. Then we had ice breakers to get to know each other and loosen up, and we ATE! (LOL everyone loves this part you know!) There's just something about food that makes people excited and ready to mingle. There must be a spirit behind it! haha. People started chatting and mingling with each other. (I was secretly nervous about everyone really getting comfortable and relating with each other....because, girls! But that was thrown out the window pretty quickly). Once everyone was done eating, we played some games to keep the fun going then came my favorite part of the day. We played a game of "Spin the bottle," with a twist. If the bottle stopped at you, you had to share your "come to Jesus" story or an experience life has taught you or a weakness you have not yet confronted. What was amazing was the ease at which everyone felt as they shared vulnerable moments. The Bible verse "Where there is no guidance a people suffer, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety" (Proverbs 11:14) came to mind. It was a very powerful time as everyone huddled together in a judgment free atmosphere and spoke life into the person and encouraged the speaker with tips on how to live free in this world that makes living right tough. Nothing like friends that push you towards Christ in love.

"Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor." Romans 12:10

There was so much love around, you could feel its strong presence. There were skipping ropes and hula hoops and balls to play with but everyone seemed content with conversation. My heart could explode! God truly showed out. 

At the end, all 21 ladies took away packs of food as there was a lot of leftovers as well as souvenir mugs that had the iVow logo and a promise on the side (iVow to love/iVow to trust/iVow to purity) and everyone loved them. It made an already perfect day a bit more exciting, so I give God ALLLLLL the glory for having my back and walking with me through every step of the way. If you want to be a part of our groups that will be meeting frequently, send me an e-mail at ivow4real@gmail.com and I'll let you know how easy it is to join us.




(We were supposed to write commitments we planned to make after our discussion on the banner above, but time was far spent before we remembered to. Smh! There's always next time though)

The pictures don't even do the day justice. it was one of those days when you lay down in bed and felt like you could go to sleep feeling fulfilled, content and satisfied. Thank You Lord God Almighty for every second of the 24th of October 2015. You sure know how to blow my mind!!! May my life be a vessel you can use. I am willing Lord. Send me.

Have an awesome week Ladies and remain beauty-FULL! I love you. Mean it.

Favor O.
xx

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