Monday, April 16, 2007

Retreat?....with NO Sleep? YES!

Is if possible to fill renewed, refreshed and ready to tackle your life and family after a weekend of very little sleep? Absolutely!!! That is what I had to the wonderful opportunity to experience this past weekend. Our church went on a ladies retreat to Flat Rock, NC. It was cold and beautiful! One might have thought that because our attendance was down from years past, that it may not be the same kind of success! Wrong, the Lord said that where two or three are gathered in MY name, their shall HE BE! We had a total of 26 women ranging from the 'way past retirement age' to the early 20's. Our particular Sunday School Class sent 11 of the 26 women. We had so many that wanted to attend, but were unable. Larry and I are very blessed to have a church with a large group of friends in our age group and in the same stage of life!

To back up a little...I was unsure that I was going to be able to go this year due to what I thought were circumstances that I had control over. But as the retreat drew closer, the Lord started talking to me about some issues that I need guidance through, issues of surrender and friendships that needed mending. I won't go into detail, but I grew excited about what God was going to do in my life. The more I made the effort to be at retreat, the more the DEVIL tried to put up roadblocks in my way. I realized that this was what was happening and was more determined than ever to attend!! Friday before I was to leave, was terrible! I can't go into detail, but thanks Mom for being there when I needed a shoulder to cry on! After such a bad morning, it was tempting to forget the whole thing! I was determined to go and see why the devil was fighting so hard to keep me home.

I can only say that I am so glad the the devil was once again defeated! Not only did I get wonderful fellowship with great friends, mentored by a Godly speaker, God MET with ME! I am so thankful for God's faithfulness. Have you ever had times when reflecting on your spiritual walk with God you have no complaints? Things going along well, faithful prayer life, daily Bible reading, growing closer to God...and wham! God opens your eyes! He showed me many areas where I needed to ask forgiveness, surrender to Him, and express my love to Him in a more real way! A CRAZY in Love with Christ. Remember when dating and your every thought revolved around your "friend". That is what I want in a relationship with Jesus! I want my family, friends, coworkers to "smell" the sweet aroma of Jesus when I am around. This is not something that I can create on my own, but His Spirit through me!

We had a great time staying up late, laughing at nothing, playing games, eating pickels, and more carbs than I'd ever admit! I will try to post some pictures soon of my weekend! It has been great reading all your blogs! I am greatly encourged by your lives! Keep up the good work...for seeing His face will be worth everything!