Last weekend we had the opportunity to attend the fourth annual Family Encouragement Weekend. It was started by the Wilkes family whom we had met a few months ago at a hymn sing in Northern Virginia. One of the chronic disappointments my family has is the small number of like-minded godly families in our area so we were thrilled to see the invitation to the "FEW."
Contrary to the conference's acronym, there were about 200 people in attendance--quite the crowd! It was great to meet so many different families from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Georgia.
Before we began on Friday night, we sang a lot of hymns, led by the homeschooled orchestra!
It was encouraging to taste this spiritual food. I think it is great for even godly, committed Christians to hear continual exhortation toward spiritual maturity and growth. Personally, I know it is easy for me to lapse into Christian Autopilot Mode and not actively seek Christ more.
In addition to spiritual food, there was physical food as well! The doctrine of cookies was well expounded upon, to the edification of all.
There were also multiple times throughout the weekend in which families were arranged in 3 or 4-household groups for mutual prayer. Family members prayed for each other, families prayed for other families, and everyone prayed for those in authority over us, especially our federal government. These were great times; Mr. Wilkes shared, "This is the best part of the Family Encouragement Weekend."
What could be better than preaching of the Word, prayer, singing, and fellowship with like-minded believers?