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This morning I am at a loss for words while organizing my thoughts into anything worthy of the value from what I experienced the last 3 days.
I have just returned from a Christian Women’s Retreat with my new church and I am just smitten with MY JESUS! These women that I was with this weekend were just…REAL and SOLD OUT FOR JESUS!
We laughed till we wished we had brought our Depends! We sang to our God with such Passion. We loved on each other and even those around us with every fiber of our being! But more than anything… we SURRENDERED so much to our Savior and left it, I pray, at the foot of the Cross for Him to deal with it.
“Surrender is not the surrender of the external life, but of the will. When that is done, all is done. There are very few crises in life; the great crises is the surrender of the will.” ~ Oswald Chambers
“Surrender” was the topic for the weekend. I knew that was the theme before I went and prayed many days prior to going – asking the Lord what was it that He wanted me to Surrender – I am no dumb chick – I knew that question was going to come face to face with me at some point during the weekend.
I tried really hard not to have any preconceived expectations about what the weekend would hold. God said – let me do what I do best…Seriously!
I am here to tell you one thing my sweet friends…God Blew it out of the park!! This weekend went WAY beyond my thoughts of what HE could accomplish – it was simply the most amazing thing I have been apart of in a long time!
I was able to witness many new friends become HEALED, REDEEMED, and ANOINTED for what He desired for them. That was the first part of the fireworks then…
He spoke to me (boldly like He usually does) and brought my heart to a new place in my surrendering to Him and His authority in my life. His plans, His desires.
YEP! My heart has a new address in Glory! I am loving this new address of a new place to worship with my new friends and my heart’s new place in my relationship with Jesus!
Don’t you just LOVE that place where God steps in and sweeps his robe of Glory all around you and transforms your ordinary into His EXTRODINARY! Whew! I am still babbling through all of this.
I did want to share a picture with you of my very own view out my hotel room window. God’s beauty abounds! There is something scriptural about the tree that is planted near the healing waters….I just can’t pull up that verse today – my brian is still trying to catch up with the overload it received.
I heard THIS song by Hillsong last night as I returned and it totally summed up my weekend….I hope you can relate to it as well.
If you are looking for me this week, (as my friend Lisa put it) I will be face down on the floor sucking the fibers of the carpet PRAISING MY LORD for the Great and Mighty things He DID and is GOING TO DO!
I love that quote! This is something that I struggle with a lot. It is so hard to “completely” surrender, b/c it seems I seem to leave just a little ‘piece’ of myself. It sounds like it was such a blessing to you! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
loved to hear your excitement and to hear you share all you learned. I am so glad you were able to go and also have such great new friends from your new church. BTW, you have to hear louie’s message from PCC last nite. Wow.