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Women's Retreat

Faith Over Fear
Fear holds a tight grip on many of our lives. It is one of our fiercest enemies when it comes to living a life of passion and purpose. The enemy is well aware, which is why he is always ready to foster and reinforce that fear. Instead of declaring, we question; instead of standing, we shrink; instead of persevering, we quit; instead of trusting, we worry; instead of resting in God, we exhaust ourselves. It is impossible to step forward in faith while shrinking back in fear. We will either feed faith or feed fear; only we have the power to choose. The four women sharing with us this retreat exude a life of faith and trust in the midst of struggle and less than ideal circumstances, many would call despairing. You don't want to miss hearing their stories and hearts as they share how God's promises have propelled them into lives of deep-rooted faith.  Plan to attend and invite your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors!

Enzian Inn, Leavenworth, WA

• Old-world craftsmanship & elegance
• Indoor pool, hot tub and racquetball court
• Daily Alpenhorn performance at breakfast in the 4th floor solarium
• Complimentary wireless internet in every guestroom
• Bavarian theme village featuring shops, restaurants and outdoor activities


Carley Gire
There are so many places where fear can take hold in my life, but I choose to strive after Christ and surround myself with people who are supportive and uplifting. As the mother of two very special disabled girls, God has stretched me into the woman I am today. I learned that embracing life with my daughters means leaning deeply on my faith. Currently, I am on the worship team and co-lead the “young” marrieds group with my husband at our church. I am a
part-time health and wellness instructor for the Fire and Police at Santa Ana College.


Jacoby Miles
God challenges me to choose “Faith Over Fear” in my day-to-day routines and for my future. I ask myself, “Do I believe God is who He says He is, and that He will do what He has promised in His Word?” I can’t walk or use my hands very well and may be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. Will I use these circumstances as an excuse to grieve and stress? Or will I believe God has given me an opportunity to show others who struggle that it’s possible to have lasting peace and joy while living with pain and adversity? I currently attend Seattle Pacific University and I am a youth group leader at my church.


Emily Benford
I have survived the trials of the music business and have been blessed with a singing career. This includes appearances on BET’s “Sunday Best” and ABC’s “The Voice.” I’m also a survivor of VHL (Von-Hippel Lindau Syndrome), a rare cancer syndrome where tumors continuously form in my blood vessels. I’ve had two brain and four eye surgeries. I will have to monitor this disease for the rest of my life. I am passionate about sharing my story through singing and speaking to inspire and encourage others. I currently work at Saddleback Church as Vocal Director/Arranger and lead worship. I live in California with my husband and three sons.


Gretchen Miles
I am passionate about truly knowing Him, my Lord and Savior, and helping others to know Him. I am challenged to choose “Faith Over Fear” every day as a full-time caretaker for my daughter, who is now a quadriplegic after a gymnastics accident. Will I trust that God is Sovereign? Perfect? Good all the time? May you choose to have faith over fear! I teach Women’s Bible study and Sunday School at my church and my husband and I lead Young Life at Rogers High School. My husband and I live in Puyallup and we have six children.

QUESTIONS? Contact Michelle Nicholson at 425-284-2609.