You know I cant really put into words just how amazing the retreat truly was.......I have to say for me this was the best retreat yet. It was just amazing........I have to say the favorite for me was the quiet times I am sorry I loved the rest however that was my alone time with just me and my daddy my "Abba Father" it was so amazing to just be still before my King and really hear from Him in an amazing kind of way no worries, no kiddo's in the background, no responsibilities lurking, just the beautiful hot springs and the nice weather the awesome view it was amazing. Before I left I was very overwhelmed there are many changes taking place in my life right now some in which I cannot share at this time and some a few already may know of anyhow I have been in a health battle and am to scared to go to a doctor (not with eating) I know ridiculous, then my parents were just here and left the Tuesday of the retreat week before they left they dropped a bit of a bomb on us and that gave me lots to ponder and pray as well as seek God's will for our lives, then in middle of week I sat down to catch up on the news which as for most of you .....you know I dont do the news can't it has never been my thing dont like to watch it so I was clued into Presidential things as well as finding out our bank(WAMU) has just been seized by government and bought out by "CHASE" in which my husband and I do not like at all.
So I have to say I became overly overwhelmed and scared and wanted Greg to go get any and all monies out and keep at home of course he disagrees so that was issue...... I NOW AT THIS POINT AM FRANTIC and told Greg see this is why I dont watch news I cant stand it. I finally went to the Lord in prayer and realized that it was all warfare as I was about to leave in two days on retreat so I calmed down some what I have to admit though that I was still ,fearful,
nervous, scared, and worried just not as bad. You see I wanted to have a plan of action I wanted answers........ was that God's plan NOPE it was a plan of my FLESH. As I got to the retreat the Lord was already beginning a work in my heart and it just continued to unfold as the weekend unfolded our retreat as you all know was titled "VICTORY IN CHRIST" wow how amazing is God on His timing ????? I am continually amazed at how the Lord works everything in His ways and His perfect timing ........Amber had no idea the state of our fading world and how things may have unfolded in a year however God did and He gave her the perfect Retreat for the perfect time His TIME I am thankful we are in a church in which the Pastor and his amazing wife obey the Lord's calling and seek His face for all they do. This title came at God's perfect timing as the world around us (in my opinion) is now fading away more quickly than ever before and many of us are fretting and worried at times it is hard not to..............................HOWEVER we really need not to because the battle belongs to Christ alone it is not ours to pick up and try to win it has been won already by the "KING OF KING'S" so we should be celebrating cause it is done over with thanks to Jesus. I wanted to see results and see that our monies would be ok and no one can touch it and the Lord said am not I your Father in Heaven Have not I promised to NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU I ANSWERED............................. OF COURSE LORD THEN WHY THE WORRY IN THE PASSING I HAVE PROMISED TO MEET YOUR EVERY NEED
AND THAT IS WHAT I SHALL DO ....................duh how can I have been so lame ummmmmm
my flesh, praise God He shows mercy on me, how often I forget that it is He whom is in control of my life not me, me, me ,me oh whoops. See it doesnt matter whom becomes President or what bank carries our money or what goes on in the day to day news I am as well as all His children just passing through this crazy place awaiting something more beautiful so as the world around us continually fades
away and the cross comes closer and closer to our view may we not become restless in the things that are out of our control and find peace in knowing our Lord sees our lives He knows our needs and has promised to meet each one right where we are.... does that make life easy ??? NO however it does give us peace knowing that this for us is all temporal we are just passing on through until we meet our Lord praise the Lord!!!!! Now we all have many different battles going on right now, it may be the worry of our fading world, it may be a failing marriage, or
the salvation of family weighing heavy on your hearts, it may be personal, there are 100's more
just know the way to find true "VICTORY" in any of these area's is to let go and let God just lay your battle at the foot of the cross and allow Him to care for you...... real victory is His accomplishment not our's the battle belong's to the Lord. We need to trust He will meet our every need (not greed my friends) we need to stay in His word daily to fight off the attacks the enemy will continue to throw at us and take everything to God in prayer and trust Him alone to provide.
I read this in the little book we receieved at the retreat it says this:
"THE SECRET OF VICTORY IS NOT PRAYING, BUT PRAISING; NOT ASKING, BUT THANKING" may we remember to be praising and thanking our King on a daily basis!!!
I leave you with this which was also found in this great book in which is called:
"VICTORY IN CHRIST" by Charles Trumbull
"PERILS OF THE VICTORIOUS LIFE"
In the truly victorious life, the Christian believer, having put on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:11) moves forward under the protection of the shield of faith, wherewith he is able to quench ALL the fiery darts of the evil one (6:16).
God's word is absolute on the completeness of the victory that is the experience of every child of God who trusts wholly in Christ for that victory. It's not a once-for -all victory, but a moment-by-moment victory as the believer remains "looking unto Jesus,as the author and finisher of our faith." (Hebrews 12:2)
awesome book please read if you have not already started and those who didnt get to go see if our library at CCGV can get you a copy I am sure it is possible.
Father we thank you for you the amazing "CREATOR" you are Lord and Father I ask you to forgive me of my doubt and wash me anew Father I pray that as we look to You alone and knowing that makes the enemy more fired up that you would remind us to put on that armor because as we put our complete trust in you for Victory in our lives we know that puts us on the frontline trenches of Christian warfare and the attacks it brings may you give us the strength needed to come through those attacks stronger than ever Father I pray that there is not one person reading this whom feels as if there battle is just to bad and to hard for them to get out of because we know Lord that that to is a lie from the enemy because we can do "ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHOM STRENGTHENS US"
so Father I pray you be there strength right now and give us all peace in this fading dieing world Father we love you and are so grateful that our Victory is found in you Praise you Lord Jesus for the gift of Victory and the freedom it brings
I love and praise you Jesus Name amen
Until Next Time,