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Hobart Above Rubies Camp 2010

Above Rubies is a ministry devoted to encouraging wives and mothers, with a free magazine that is always exciting to receive! I was happy to be able to go to the camp here in Hobart last weekend. I met lots of interesting and encouraging people, including the ladies pictured above. There was great diversity amongst both organisers and attenders, they certainly didn't fit any stereotypes that people may have of the magazine! This is testament to the fact that women from many walks of life want and need encouragement in their roles of wives and mothers. We may not all agree on education, day care, birth control, the gifts of the Spirit, or countless other issues, but we all want to grow as women of God. I felt that there was a spirit of freedom and love at the camp, and we were all encouraged to take away one thing we could put into action.

Nancy Campbell (pictured left) is the founder of Above Rubies. Originally from New Zealand, Nancy now lives in the USA. She had not visited Tasmania for 20 years prior to this camp. Nancy is pictured with Val Stares (Australian director) and Heather (NZ director). Nancy spoke about our vital building project - building our families. She explained many of the things that Satan can use to hinder us, including discouragement, "help" that undermines the family, self pity, fear, accusations, doubts, and false counsel. I am vulnerable in each of these areas and found the reminders helpful.

When I was seven months pregnant with Elnathan in March last year I was a bridesmaid and wore this dress. The dinner was a fun opportunity to wear it again . . . 7 months pregnant again! We were asked to come dressed to represent one of the seasons. I sat at the Spring table. There were tables for the other seasons as well, and they were all stunning. I was impressed with the work that had been put into the night. It was a treat to go away and be served! We also all received numerous gifts over the weekend, which were donated.

One of my favourite aspects of the camp was talking with other ladies and hearing/seeing what God was doing in their lives. I was affirmed in many of our convictions, and have a renewed sense of the importance of bearing and raising children. I am so grateful for my wonderful husband who cares about building the church, Christian education, welcoming children, having family devotions, etc. God is good! I came away desiring to grow in building our marriage, to look to God's word as our light, and to love being a mother.

Deb  – (September 11, 2010 at 11:06 AM)  

Oh, wow, Sherrin! I'm SO glad you were able to attend!! It sounds like a fun time. look beautiful in pink!

Faith  – (September 12, 2010 at 11:56 AM)  

You look radiant!! LOVE that mo must be getting so excited. I think it is great that you had this opportunity to be with this group of women. It sounds wonderful...such a blessing from the Lord.

thorney  – (September 13, 2010 at 1:11 PM)  

What a wonderful retreat for you to attend. You look radient in your beautiful dress.

Blessings, Mari

Linnie  – (September 21, 2010 at 6:34 PM)  

Hi Sherrin
It is the first time I visit your blog and how exciting to read you had the privilege to attend an Above Rubies Retreat with Nancy Campbell herself!
We are earnestly praying for the opportunity and finances to bring Nancy to South Africa.
You look absolutely beautiful - 7 months pregnant, so soft and proud of the new life you are carrying!
May the rest of your pregnancy be blessed - I will pop in regularly!

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