Gather your group for a spiritual workshop that’s filled with creativity and meaning. You’ll learn the basics of mosaics while creating a unique symbol of faith – a stained glass mosaic cross. We’ll also share some great teaching on the subject of Peace!

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Arrange a 2-day retreat where each woman creates a unique stained glass mosaic cross. Jenny Spontak & Dee Everson deliver in-depth, life-changing teaching on the subject of Peace. It’s a great time of fellowship while learning the basics of mosaics.

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Discover God’s intentional and beautiful design for your life! You’ll learn the basics of mosaics as you create your own keepsake mosaic charger plate during this 8-week class. See how God uses all the broken pieces to create His masterpiece – you!

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Peace By Piece Video

About Us

We’re here to create an awareness of God’s presence, involvement and concern in every piece of a woman’s life. Learning to trust God with every little piece of your life, leads to a peace-filled life.

We show women how to color study their physical, emotional and spiritual lives. This is done through journaling and meditating on God’s Word – which is what inspires our creativity in the first place!

“God works all things (every little piece) together for the good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28

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Peace with God

Trusting God leads to gratitude, which then releases peace in our souls. The level of peace you experience is directly related to the level at which you know God. We get to know God through spending quiet time with Him, receiving His love, learning His ways through His Word and then applying that Word to our lives.

Peace with Yourself

The Christian life consists of learning to “live life loved.” Once we believe that we are forever loved by Jesus, we’re free to love others regardless of the risk – because our deep need to be loved is already satisfied by Him. It’s a giant mind switch to realize that: You’re not loved because you’re valuable, rather You’re valuable because you’re loved!

Peace with Others

How do you remain in peace when you’re being mistreated by others? In Jesus Christ, you can obtain the grace needed to rise above and forgive others who mistreat you. When someone hurts you, we need to realize that we do have a choice in how we feel about it.

Meet Our Leaders.

Dee Everson

Ministry Founder
Artist | Author | Evangelism Gifts

Jenny Spontak

Ministry Co-Founder
Speaker | Author | Teaching Gifts

Jess Olivito

Marketplace Minister
Apostolic Gifts

Lisa Ring

Marketplace Minister
Pastoral Gifts

Blog

We have three primary relationships. The first (and most important) is our relationship with God. The second is our relationship with ourselves, and the third (which flows from the first two) is our relationship with others.

The Fullness of God

Jesus says of the believers in Christ [John 17:20-23] that He has given us the glory that God has given Him.

Really? The glory that God gave to Jesus has been imparted to me?…

I have learned that God imparts a bit of Himself into each one of us. He wants to be known and expects us – as His light and glory bearers – to make Him known to the watching world around us.

In Ephesians 1: 17-21, Paul asks God to make Himself known to the believer and that we, the believer, would then know the hope to which He has called him/her to: the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.

Wait. Let me make sure I’m understanding this. My inheritance is in others whom God has called into relationship with Himself? Yes! And it is glorious! Full of glory!

Glory is defined as: a very great praise, honor or distinction, something that is a source of honor, fame or admiration, resplendent beauty or magnificence.

God’s beauty, magnificence, fame, and distinction lives in YOU! He has something to demonstrate [of Himself] that He’s put inside of you (and you alone) to show others more about Him!

Each believer we fellowship with helps us to know Jesus better! Since God is glorious and we’re made in His image – it surely would take ALL of us to equal the glory of God. Therefore, the more believers we surround ourselves with, the more we will experience His fullness!

What this means is that if we’re cut off from other believers (by choice or other circumstances) we become stifled in knowing God more fully. In small groups, we’re able to get to know God better – as we spend time getting to know each other. God gives us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so we can know Him better (Ephesians 1:17), and He gives each of us different revelations that are meant to be shared with each other. This is rich! Therefore, get into a small group of believers who love Jesus and seek Him daily; it will help you get to know God better and have a richer relationship with Him!

Now, let’s talk about Heaven’s glorious riches! Generations and generations of believers, sharing God’s glory as they share their stories on how God worked through their lives. Moses, King David, Paul, Peter, Elijah, John, [your loved ones and their loved ones, generations of your family tree that have gone before them that you have never met]…all these people up in Heaven. This alone will take us an eternity to enjoy! God is so diverse and He needs us to help Him reveal the vast dimensions of His love that Ephesians 3:17-18 speaks of, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together, with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Therefore, It’s only when we’re all together that we will experience the fullness of God, and we need to be in Heaven for this to happen! This love is immeasurable. His power is immeasurable. (Ephesians 3:20)

We will never know Him fully until we are all together – this great mosaic of the rich body of Christ. We’ll be in awe of His fullness witnessing the Church coming together – united as one glorious body – an incredible masterpiece of epic proportions! Not one piece (nor one person) that is in relationship with God will be missing! We’re all important to the overall picture. No one else can play your part!

We’re to give the glory in our life back to God. When the glory goes back to Him, His glory is made known to all those in our midst. Jesus says it this way in John 17:20-23, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in You. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

It’s our togetherness that shows Jesus to the world, not our divisiveness. His vast variety of people – all different in our ethnicities and backgrounds – coming together in Christ to bring God glory. That is how the world will take notice.

“For from Him and through Him and to him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.”
– Romans 11:36

7 Things I Learned from God

1. A life without Christ is no life at all. So what are you waiting for, Jessica? Go and spread the Good News! Based on this simple truth, how can I live with myself if I chose not to tell people about Jesus? There’s no mission more important than sharing the truth about Christ with the people that we love that need to know Him!

2. I am truly nothing without Christ. It’s only through Him that all things become possible, therefore I give Him ALL the glory and honor. Anything that I accomplish in this world is only because God allowed it to happen by giving me the tools. That’s awesome (and humbling).

3. Many Christians will fall short in reaching their full spiritual maturity because they won’t take the time to get all the healing they need. Therefore, I’m on a mission to help others know about and achieve “SOZO”, a Greek word meaning to be made whole through Jesus Christ.

4. No one accepts the truth without the existence of love. Therefore, I needed to learn how to better receive His love… so I’m truly able to love God, myself and other people with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength. When people genuinely know that we love them, care about them, and want them to feel better, then they are more inclined to accept the truth from us.

5. Be authentic and stop people pleasing. This one required that I start looking at my own motives for being involved in certain activities. I also had to learn how to prioritize according to what the Holy Spirit was showing me and set appropriate boundaries with people who tended to take advantage of me. This was difficult because I was addicted to the approval of others. I also was worried about what people thought about me if I acted like my true self. But it was well worth the effort to starting trying to only please God and not people anymore, but boy is that a mind shift! And you know what the truth is? People actually like me better now that I stopped trying so hard to impress them! (Well, most people… there’s always a few too busy criticizing everyone else so they don’t have to look at themselves!)

6. Satan is a much bigger threat to us than we want to admit. We are so quick to blame others for our troubles rather than recognize that it is the ENEMY who feeds us lies and uses other people to steal our joy. The devil patiently schemes to destroy God’s beautiful plans for us. I have learned how to overcome many negative thoughts by lining them up with God’s Word. It’s unbelievable what the enemy tries to get us to believe about ourselves so we behave badly!

7. Prayer is so powerful. Especially when spoken out loud in faith. The thought of praying for myself or others out loud used to feel so unbelievably foreign. So awkward. I felt so inadequate trying to think of the right words…and honestly, I even felt kind of stupid doing it. But by learning to “get over myself” mostly by watching others pray who I knew first-hand had insurmountable success, I decided to keep t at it. With lots of practice, courage and of course, seeing “fruit” (positive changes in my life…) I kept at it. I recently looked at some old journals of prayers and realized that first of all, God did not care about the words I was using, but what was troubling my heart, mind and soul. Secondly, he loves to answer prayers when we earnestly come to Him to communicate. Prayer is my part. By activating the words, I open up the door for God to do His part.

For My Friends Who Hate Women’s Retreats

I know you hate women’s retreats. You hate the thought of sharing a bed or bathroom with someone else. You hate that your snoring (or their snoring) will interrupt sleep. You’re creeped out just thinking about that many women in one place. And you hate picturing all those women being so emotional or worse, crying.

You hate women’s retreats. I get it. I really, really do.

“I can’t be gone for a whole weekend. Who will take the kids to their games?”

“My husband hates it when I’m gone. It’s not worth the hassle.”

“It’s out of my comfort zone, and honestly, it’s just a little too scary.”

We have a hundred reasons why we shouldn’t go. Some years the voices win out and we stay home. Later, when we hear the glowing reports from our friends about how wonderful it was, we feel a pang of regret, but it doesn’t last long. “Oh well,” we say, “maybe next year.” Other times we make the extra effort, and even after the retreat has ended, we’re unsure if the time (and money spent) was worth it.

Ladies, your sentiments and feelings are very real. However, I think it’s important to fight the feelings. You know exactly which feelings I’m talking about: exhaustion, anxiety, insecurity, awkwardness, criticism, comparison, and the big one – rejection. And I agree with you – women can be pretty rough. But instead, I try focus on what a women’s retreat would do to help me spiritually grow. Do you have a genuine desire to work on YOU? Have you been praying to hear God’s voice or for God to open new doors in your life?

We live in a world where it’s okay to make decisions about retreats at the last second, but is that what God is really calling us to do? Does He call us to sit on the sidelines and “wait” to see what happens? Do we ask God to show us “signs” that we should or shouldn’t go? Have you been praying for another woman who’s hurting or just needs a break? Would inviting someone to a retreat be an opportunity for you to witness/minister to someone else? Alternatively, could you benefit from a weekend of someone listening to your worries?

I think these are good questions to ask ourselves before simply dismissing the idea of going to a women’s retreat. I believe God wants us to stop and think for a minute here. Maybe He wants us to invite that friend who is struggling or that co-worker or neighbor who’s in a funk. And if that isn’t persuasion enough, here’s a few more reasons (based on scripture) why I hope you’ll consider going on retreat:

1. Women Need Women

I get that all women are different. Not all women are emotional or chatty or given to large gatherings. But there’s something unique about women walking out life with other women. When it’s round six of infertility – we need each other. When the loneliness of singleness is so deep we can’t seem to crawl out of the fear and pain – we need each other. When the hidden addictions become way too heavy – we need each other. When we celebrate a birth, a graduation, a wedding, a promotion and a personal triumph – we need each other. Retreats are a unique environment to form new friendships and deepen existing ones. There’s something about being together and spending the night in a beautiful space that affords us time for deeper conversations and endless laughter.

Faith is contagious. Just like a virulent virus, it passes from person to person through close contact. Today’s busy world allows little time for women to share faith stories, pray together, and hear biblical messages written with women in mind. As we consider and apply God’s Word together, we learn from each other’s varied backgrounds, experiences, and insights. The better we understand God, the stronger our faith becomes. Then, we can strengthen others. Hearing other women’s testimonies about God’s faithfulness helps me realize that God will also take care of me. Hebrews 10:25 spotlights the value of mutual encouragement and warns us not to neglect corporate worship: “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.”

2. Women Need Time and Space

Whether it’s our 60-hour work week or tiny littles that never nap (or both), we all need a break. We need to get out of our routines and let someone else prepare the breakfast. We need a place where we’re not on duty, a place to sit in one spot and not even think. We need time to take a read, to pray without interruption, and to stay up late laughing with new friends (or pop in the ear plugs and go to bed early). This is the beauty of a retreat: time and space.

Why? Because it’s hard to hear God’s voice above the noise of everyday life. When is the last time you sat before God without a “To Do” list hanging over you, a pile of laundry in the background, or family members pressing in on all sides? If you can’t remember, you may need to attend a retreat! “To retreat” means to leave our normally occupied positions and go to a place of safety, quiet, and seclusion. By going to a retreat, we physically remove ourselves from life’s distractions, the call of chores, and the demands of people in order to make space for God. If you think you’re less spiritual because you struggle to hear from God in the cacophony of your daily life, be encouraged. Even Jesus recognized the value and need to get away. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35). Jesus retreated.

3. Women Need the Church

I believe in the Church and love watching churches unite for these larger retreat events. And even with all their warts and disappointments, retreats are places where our normal, everyday, mundane faith is lived out with other normal, everyday, mundane people like me and you. Events like these draw attention to God and give the Church fresh opportunities to do outreach. Further, I believe it’s important to make time to fellowship with other women of faith – with people we wouldn’t hang with if it weren’t for Jesus: older people, younger people, people like you and people nothing like you. It’s just good for the soul.

Standing side by side with our sisters in Christ and worshipping, praying, and learning about our precious Savior makes us all stronger. When I join a group of women singing praise songs to God, I experience a taste of what Heaven’s going to be like when we’re gathered around his throne. When I sit with my sisters and open God’s Word, the insights I gain as we study together add weight and credence to its truth. When I pray for others (and they pray for me) I know I’m not alone – no matter how heavy my burden is. Some years their faith strengthens me and other years, my faith strengthens them. Together we bear each other’s burdens.

For these and many other reasons, I place a high priority on attending women’s retreats. I attended many retreats over the years that were life changing. Why? Because God showed me that I needed to stop focusing on all the people – and all the friendships – and all the insecurities – and instead, just focus on MYSELF (my problems, my hang-ups, my habits, my junk…)

But just to be real… I always fight the feelings of NOT wanting to go on retreat (for all the reasons above). There were years that I left retreats feeling disappointed because of my own expectations, only to later realize God was working on me even in those moments – revealing new aspects in my character. Some years were financially challenging for me which caused my friends and I to be more creative in finding a way to finance the getaway. I’d save my birthday money, squirrel away coupon savings, or apply for the scholarship. Other years, I’ve struggled spiritually pushing myself to go even though I didn’t feel like it. In those cases, I’d invite a friend to join me so I couldn’t back out or would commit to carpooling with friends. On every occasion, I returned refreshed, strengthened, inspired, and closer to the Lord and my sisters in Christ. I was always glad that I fought against the feelings of not wanting to go.

Bottom Line: I’ve never regretted attending a retreat, but I’ve often regretted not attending. If you’ve never attended a retreat (or you haven’t in a while) why not make plans to attend one? And better yet, make your decision today and stick to it!

Use a retreat as an opportunity to get excited about something with a girlfriend. And most importantly, pray that God helps you manage your expectations while at retreat. Who knows? Maybe God will reveal you’re supposed to get your own room with a Jacuzzi tub. Or, maybe He’s telling you to invite your whole MOPS group. Whichever the case, if you seek God (and appropriately manage your expectations) you’ll be so glad you made the investment.

What Others Are Saying About Us.

  • “One of the most innovative Bible studies I’ve ever done! The lessons, scriptures and fellowship – all outstanding! My spirit was enriched when I worked with the stained glass. I cherish my beautiful piece of artwork that serves as a memento of this experience. I hated to see it end!”

    Karen Marzano
     Orland Park, IL
  • “Great Bible study and great group of women. The facilitators are so helpful when you’re doing your mosaic. At first you think you can’t possibly do this… but as you start to journal (and select your glass pieces), a mosaic masterpiece is developed by the end of the session. Peace by piece your soul and artwork come together!”

    Wanda Draus
      New Lenox, IL
  • “I learned so much about myself during this miraculous journey! It was incredible to focus on the stained glass colors what we used to symbolize our emotions and feelings. The program was very positive and therapeutic for me; I enjoyed sharing stories with the other women in the group and allowed God to do His work through the art.”

    Amy Buss
     Homer Glen, IL
  • “God takes the broken pieces in our lives and binds them together with His love. Awesome women’s conference this weekend!”

    Linda Hanley
      Mount Pleasant, MI
  • “It’s because of this study, that I began journaling. It’s so refreshing to be in God’s Word – reflecting on the seasons of life – watching Him guide me. It’s even more encouraging when I look back at my old journals – seeing how God’s hand was in it all! My mosaic plate is a visual testimony to this.”

    Karen Rivera
       Homer Glen, IL
  • “An amazing time of sharing God’s Word while creating a beautiful piece of artwork! You will be encouraged, strengthened and challenged to continue to grow in your walk with God!”

    Cheryl Faustin
       Tinley Park, IL