September Women's Weekend
Ladies – join us for a beautiful fall weekend!
You invest a lot of time and energy into your families, churches, communities and work…retreat from the daily routine and set aside some time to recharge emotionally and spiritually. Enjoy a weekend away with your girlfriends…laughter and worship and relaxing and talking!
Living Strong: You Are What You Think
Many of life’s battles are won or lost in the mind. With every test we stand at the crossroads of being bitter or better, broken or built up, victim or victor. This weekend series is for every woman who is ready to break the cycle of toxic thoughts that contradict God’s promises of life and abundance. Renewing your mind is not just a childhood memory verse to be tucked away for safe keeping, but divine, commanded instruction for daily victorious living. Living bold. Living strong. Living free. God has made freedom available to each of us…starting with making the mental choice to choose life and choose it abundantly. Then creating intentional daily habits from the Word of God that shift our perspective, strengthen our faith, and give purpose to our story. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he…” Proverbs 23:7
Sessions with Veirdre Jackson
Session 1: You Are What You THINK
Tested by fire
Healed for a purpose
Influence to others
No matter what faith
Knowing you’re enough
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
No, everything may not be ok; but to still be able to say “it is well with my soul”, breathes a God inspired truth into all of our situations. Challenging us to shift our focus and align our perspective to one that is higher, greater, and more insightful than our own. Unpack the destructive power of fear in order to embrace the life giving truth of love from a Way Maker who has captured every tear, thinks on you daily, and promises that His ways will turn ashes to beauty…trusting with a no matter what faith that “everything” will work together for my good in the end.
Session 2: What’s Your Mindset? : Warrior or Worrier
“For me to get here and die… Tell hell NO!” ~ TD Jakes
The Israelites got to the edge of the promised land and decided to trade their promise for a 40 year journey that should have taken 11 days. They were trapped in a “wilderness mindset” that lacked dreams, ambition, promise, or courage for a new vision of life that was a part of their inheritance. In the up and down seasons of life, there are elements of this mindset that we each carry with us at any moment and the Lord is saying to you, “You have stayed at the mountain long enough.” What do we need to let go from our past in order to embrace victorious opportunities in our future with a “no matter what faith”?
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7 MSG
Session 3: Get Your Bounce Back: F.I.T.T. Backpack
Starting today, each one of us can live knowing that our lives do not have to be based on what the world has said, our past has revealed, or any label someone has placed on us, but, instead, on what the Word of God says about us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and God has an incredible plan for our lives.
But as the saying goes… “Knowledge isn’t power until you act.” ~ E. McManus
Let’s create a Bounce Back action plan crafted from the pages of scripture. Trading past baggage for a F.I.T.T. Backpack of tools for instruction on living Free In TheTruth of who you are meant to be!
Session 4: Finish Strong
“Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 Are there trials, pressures, burdens that you feel the weight of? Athletes use weight vests during training season to build endurance for Race Day. Recognize that training has a purpose, and it is for a season… Where you are today is no accident. Our Master Trainer is more concerned with your potential than your comfort. God is using this training season to shape and prepare you for your “Race Day”. When the weight has been lifted and your strength, endurance, stamina, and speed are fully revealed and you are at the finish line in the place you were destined to be. Run. Soar. Be Free. Finish Strong!
Dr. Veirdre Jackson
Dr. Jackson is an award-winning educator, entrepreneur and ministry leader. She garnered the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award and has been recognized as a Professional Development Champion by the Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System’s Southeast Regional Key.
Dr. Jackson is a veteran educator with 20 years of experience. She is the Founder/ CEO of Living Strong Consulting, LLC. As the former Director for MELC Professional Development Dimensions, a regional training and consulting nonprofit, she impacted organizations in the area of education, organizational leadership and community collaboration. Her specific expertise is in the area of cultivating leaders, developing community partners, and implementing relationship based programs that deeply impact people. She is an experienced keynote speaker who had the honor of presenting at the national 2016 SHE Leads Conference in Reading, PA. There, her trademark style of motivating others through her visual object lessons, comedic whit, and charismatic nature brought participants to their feet.
In addition to her work as an educator, Dr. Jackson is also the Co- founder of Fresh Fountain of Life: Counseling & Wellness Ministry. The ministry uses a non-traditional method of small group counseling sessions, Bible studies and healing approaches through creative expression and dance. Its focus on mind, body, and spiritual health encourages women impacted by adverse experiences to live an abundant life.
She holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation. She is married and the mother of two daughters and GiGi to one grandson.
Gwen Smith is a speaker, author, songwriter, and worship leader who inspires women toward the heart of God through stories, songs, and Scripture. Her fun, enthusiastic, and relatable communication style puts audiences at ease and bridges generational, denominational, and racial divides. As a co-founder of the conference and devotional ministry Girlfriends In God, Gwen has helped thousands of women experience how the Word of God and the power of grace, through Jesus Christ, rejuvenates faith and enriches lives.
Gwen has shared her stories and songs on The 700 Club, The Good Life, The Harvest Show, Atlanta Live, and many other television and radio programs. She is the author of a book titled Broken Into Beautiful – which shares the same title as the heart-stirring song that she co-wrote and recorded.
Today, Gwen and the ministry team at Girlfriends In God encourage more than 500,000 women daily through their online devotions. The “GiGs” have co-authored a book, Trusting God: A Girlfriends in God Devotional. In addition, Gwen was a recording artist with Great Worship Songs and a staff songwriter for Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing from 2008 – 2011. She has written for Sunday Best Music Publishing since 2004. Her newest CD, Uncluttered, was released in early 2011.
Aside from all this formal bio information, those who know her best would tell you that Gwen is just a car-pooling, coffee-loving, chocolate-craving, Jesus-loving wife and mother who struggles like the rest of us with dirty dishes, everyday life, messy piles, mountains of laundry, complicated relationships and cellulite.
Though she travels regularly, Gwen’s top ministry priority is, and always will be, her family. She and her husband Brad have been married since 1993 and have been blessed with three cool kids (named Preston, Hunter and Kennedy) who are now officially: two tweens and a teen.
In her spare time, Gwen loves to cheer loudly at her kid’s ballgames, play guitar, relax at the piano, and chat with her girlfriends. Her other interests include bargain shopping, hanging out at local coffee shops enjoying the dark roast, writing new songs, and studying her Bible. Gwen and her family reside in North Carolina, and are members at LIFE Fellowship Church
Pricing / Packages
NO INCREASE FOR TRIPLE OR QUAD RATES FOR 2017!
All rates are per person and include two nights lodging in the Chesapeake Lodge, six meals, snacks, program and activities. Some optional craft workshops and activities require a modest fee.
Purchase Online (Credit Card)
starting at $229 quad occupancy
- 1 Room
- 4 Registrations
- 4 Guests Per/Room
*Price subject to change via room choice. Total is owed at checkout within 30 days of the event. Over 30 days prior, the first night for 4 people is owed at checkout.
starting at $279 triple occupancy
- 1 Room
- 3 Registrations
- 3 Guests Per/Room
*Price subject to change via room choice. Total is owed at checkout within 30 days of the event. Over 30 days prior, the first night for 3 people is owed at checkout.
starting at $349 double occupancy
- 1 Room
- 2 Registrations
- 2 Guests Per/Room
*Price subject to change via room choice. Total is owed at checkout within 30 days of the event. Over 30 days prior, the first night for 2 people is owed at checkout.
starting at $449 single occupancy
- 1 Room
- 1 Registration
- 1 Guest Per/Room
*Price subject to change via room choice. Total is owed at checkout within 30 days of the event. Over 30 days prior, the first night is owed at checkout.
Purchase Individual Registrations
If you need each registrant to purchase their own registration you will need to call and have one of our reservation assistants assist you.