Hello FINE Sisters!
For the past couple of weeks we have taken the time to dig deep into the meaning of our acrostic for FINE. (Free, Influencer, Normal and Empowered) We hope that by now you realize you are a FINE Woman. Not like the old FINE, but the new and improved FINE. You can hold your head high when someone asks you, “How are you?” You can answer them with a confident smile and say, “I’m FINE.”
So, here’s a question: Are you really FINE? One of the fastest ways we grow is when we personally apply something we have learned. It could be useful for you to take some time to re-read each FINE blog post and journal these questions:
FREE: Are you free to live, love and walk out your purpose? What is one thing holding you back from being completely FREE to do what God has called you to do?
INFLUENCER: Who do you influence on a daily basis? Write out some specific names. You have the power to influence for positive results, or for negative results. Are you being a good INFLUENCER? Check yourself, and the fruits of your engagement with those around you. What is one thing you can do to change your influence for positive, productive results, using your specific gifts, talents and experiences?
NORMAL: What movie scenes (example: Hallmark Christmas Movie) are you playing over in your head that are making you question why your life doesn’t match up to everyone else? Are there some feelings that are hidden within you that make you doubt that you AND these feelings are NORMAL? Write yourself a list of qualities about you or things that you do that you are self-critical about or where you compare yourself to others. Re-phrase those things to confirm to yourself that all of it is normal. Add an affirming statement to go with it. For example, “I am normal when I lose my patience with my children. I will forgive myself, apologize to my child, and begin again.”
EMPOWERED: Are you starting to discover that God created you on purpose, for a purpose? Think about your past, good and bad. How can God use those circumstances to EMPOWER you to influence the world around you? Write a list of three things to start today that only you can do, that will share your unique and individual power with the people and the world around you.
Take some time to pray and ask God where He is taking you on this FINE journey. Open your eyes and heart to hear the common message. We know God has amazing things in store for you as you dig deep and experience Him on a daily basis. He wants to use you, your experiences, strengths and weaknesses and join Him on His Kingdom adventure!!
Step Away Getaway!!
We would like to provide you with an opportunity to spend time with God, with us and some other FINE Sisters to explore what God may be saying to you on this FINE journey.
Recently, we went on a 24 hour Spiritual Getaway. It was a time to unplug, rest, read, pray, be silent, write, draw, laugh and eat. We would like to offer you the opportunity to do the same with us. We are extending an invitation for a 24 Hour Step Away Getaway!
Thursday, May 2nd, check in after 2 pm. Supper is at 6 pm
- Depart, Friday, May 3rd, any time after we eat dinner together (12:30 pm)
- *Stay on the grounds to continue your experience for as long as you like. (When we went we stayed until about 4 pm....we spent more quiet time exploring the grounds, reading, setting goals for our “re-entry” back to our lives!! It really feels like another world there!!)
Holy Cross Monastery
West Park, NY 12493
Why: All of us need some solitude and silence. A spiritual experience to be with God with no distractions. To connect with other women to laugh, cry and share our hearts. We all need accountability.
Cost: $85.00 includes accommodations and 3 meals (the food is simple and delicious, prepared by chefs from the Culinary Institute)
How: This is a first come, first serve opportunity for 18 women only (space is limited and our desire is that this be an intimate, relational retreat). Contact the Monastery directly (845-384-6660) to reserve your spot and let them know you are with Better Than Fine.
Deadline: April 1, 2019
What: Plan to arrive at your leisure after 2 pm on Thursday. We will have supper together at 6pm and a dessert fellowship immediately following. You will receive some basic ideas on how to connect with God and make the most of this spiritual experience. We can provide you with some suggested materials to use to guide you and perhaps a couple optional “group activities” such as a soulful art experience, a guided journaling time, a prayer walk. Participate in the “great silence” from 8 pm to 8 am and enjoy it! Worship with the monks (their traditional chanting is something to experience!) during scheduled services throughout the 24 hours. Stroll the grounds and experience God in nature.
Once you register you will hear from us personally with additional information. We are praying for you and that God will grab your attention to STEP AWAY with Him and allow Him to pierce your heart in these 24 hours. If you have any questions, please contact us via email at: Info@betterthanfinewomen.com.