When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they...
The heat of summer on dry land is a fantastic time to think about my favorite way to vacation: cruising! I’ve been on three Royal Caribbean cruises over the past couple years, and just can’t wait for my next one… and you can come too! Each year, a special cruising opportunity for women who need to recharge, and connect with one another and with the God who loves and comforts us, is made available by Cruise Chics. To find out more about this super blessed time, and the next cruise booking now for April 2013, be sure to read this post by guest blogger Michele Harkins of Cruise Chics. And, stay tuned ’til the end to find out how you can get a special discount using the exclusive BeckyBoyland.com code!
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A Proverbs 31 Woman Speaks Out
by Michele Harkins, The Cruise Chic
I am a mom, a business owner, a wife, a home manager, director of fun, room mom, Bible study facilitator and child of the King… so that makes me a Princess, too!
Stop what you are doing and pick up your Bible, yes, right now! Read Proverbs 31:10-31.
WOW! That is exhausting! How many feel, “Yes, that is where I am—a Proverbs 31 woman”? How many feel, “I would like to be, but I’m still in training”? How many think, “When my kids are in school, I will read that again”?
If you are a mom, like me, it is the most exciting and most exhausting—emotionally and physically—thing you will ever do.
How many agree with the statement… Women are the fragrance of their home? Or as we say here in the south, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Hmmm, let’s think about that for a moment… what does a day look like in your home? What fragrance or tone are you setting in your home?
Women are natural givers and doers and I believe the fragrance of their home, their community and their churches.
That is why Cruise Chics was created. I was striving to be that Proverbs 31 woman, but I was exhausted. It was all going out and very little coming in. Can you relate? As a new mom, I went to dinner with two of my “mentor moms.” They said the most shocking and liberating thing I ever heard. One said she goes away by herself at least 4x a year. One said she goes about 2x a year. They go for a weekend or just a night. Sometimes just by themselves and sometimes with girlfriends. I thought WHAT!!! You can do that????? I was so busy trying to be June Cleaver or Proverbs 31 that I never dreamed I could take time for myself; why, that would be selfish. Well, it is not selfish! That is a lie from the enemy meant to guilt and wear women down to keep them from all God has meant them to be. You are “on” 24/7—you NEED a break. I needed a break. You need time to regroup, reconnect to God and most importantly—sleep. In fact, the first time I tried it myself, I went away for one night. When I came back my husband saw a different woman. He supports my “time outs”! It benefits my husband, my family and myself!
Ladies, multiple times in the New Testament Jesus went away to pray! It was usually around the time of some of the greatest miracles. So, if Jesus needed to take time out from the crowd, or his disciples even, and go and be alone with God, how much more do we need to take time and leave our homes and responsibilities and pray and reconnect/recharge our batteries?
At Cruise Chics we desire those women who are giving tirelessly in their homes, churches, schools and communities to come away and be served, pampered, to have quiet time with the Lord, to enjoy worship, teaching and the fellowship with other Christian women. We desire for the women to walk away from the retreat with their love tank filled so they can go back to their homes, churches, schools and communities and continue giving, serving and doing—out of a FULL fuel tank, NOT fumes!
Ladies, imagine no cooking or cleaning for 5 days! Imagine, if you are a mom, taking your time while eating. Imagine getting a FULL night’s sleep. Imagine being encouraged, loved on, made to feel special, beautiful, loved… that’s Cruise Chics!
Cruise Chics is in our fourth year. We have women join us from all over the country. The first day of the retreat/cruise you could almost light Times Square with the energy and excitement. Women come ready to receive all that God has for them. It is exciting to hear the stories of how God lends them to us and how God uses that time in their lives. God has done many miracles in and through this ministry!
We have a lot of women that come every year. This is an annual event and we bring top speakers, authors, and worship leaders. We really try to create a balance of free time to lay by the pool, go to the spa, enjoy rest and our scheduled events. We have a lot of fun with our games, getting-to-know-you activities and we do A LOT of giveaways!
You can come with your mom, sister, daughter, friend or come by yourself and make a new friend! There is something for all women age 13-100+! In fact, we see a lot of multi-generational women coming together.
There are other Christian cruises out there, but none at this price. We keep our prices way down so the average woman can afford to go. We make it very easy to afford by offering monthly payments when you book early.
Followers of this blog can get FREE Pre-Paid gratuities by using PROMO CODE BB13. Plus, if you book by August 15th, you go into a drawing to win your cruise HALF OFF! Deposit is only $50 and monthly payments as low as $79. Call (toll-free) 1-888-388-0038, and be sure to use code BB13!