Saturday, August 15, 2015

Encouragement to NOT Worry!

Carol Hopson has been a good friend of mine for a while. She is a godly woman and loves to mentor women in the ways of the Lord. I would consider her an evangelist; wherever she goes, she asks the Lord to use her to reach others for Him. She gives retreats all over the United States, writes books and goes out to coffee with women frequently to teach them God's ways.

I have been to many of her retreats. She gives inspirational stories that encourage us in our walk with the Lord. When I have gone to her about marriage or mentoring advice, she gives solid, biblical truth. She never waters down the Word of God to make it more acceptable in today's culture. She attracts others to Jesus by the way she lives her life and the kindness she shows to all by using every opportunity to share the love of Jesus with others.

She's been married for many years. Her husband was the Headmaster of the Christian school my children attended in high school. They all loved him as their Headmaster. He would frequently pat them on their heads and tell them what a good job they were doing; always encouraging them. He would speak in chapel and teach them the ways of Jesus. He modeled a life wholly given to pleasing the Lord by the way he loved his wife, his children, the teachers and students. Many believe the years that he was Headmaster were the best years of this school. We sure do!

He adores his wife! Everyone loves Carol. She is included whenever my Mom or sisters have a birthday. Since none of her family lives around her, we have adopted her into our family. Every birthday, we go out for a luncheon and celebrate together. She brings little party favors to make it even more special.

She puts on two retreats every year in San Diego near us. It's such a fun day! We each get our own notebook to take notes on her words of wisdom. There's a goody bag full of fun things for each woman. They give away gorgeous baskets full of wonderful items in a drawing that are usually worth hundreds of dollars. There is always a wonderful lunch and time to meet the women at your table. If any of you live in the San Diego area, I encourage you to come!

Here is what she wrote me about this year's conference about NOT worrying!

You are invited to attend a fabulous one day mini-retreat on September 26 at the Lomas St Fe Country Club where Carol Hopson will be sharing three inspirational messages on how to truly live “Worry Free”! It’s an amazing day of sweet fellowship, great food, unbelievable door prizes and great encouragement from God’s Word! It’s from 8:30-2:30 pm and you will leave refreshed, challenged and hopefully free of the worries and thoughts that weigh you down.  You can register on her website at or email her at if you'd like to attend. Sign up today as the conference is almost sold out!

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; 
for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
 yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41:10