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Spiritual Dimensions Weekend

I was able to attend a Spiritual Dimensions Retreat this last weekend. A group of 12 adults spent 2 days and 2 nights at Western Hills Lodge in Sequoyah State Park.

As in the situation mentioned in my Darkforce post, there was opposition from spiritual forces around me to prevent me from going to the retreat. I did not cave, however, and did attend (with the help of some strong medicines).

Before I went, I mentioned to my husband that it had better be a great weekend because of all the pain I was enduring as Darkforce tried to deter me.

It was a phenomenal weekend. Speaking of it on Sunday with my father-in-law brought tears to my eyes; thinking of it on my way to work – trying to keep it fresh and real – brings tears to my eyes.

Did you know that God will show up, if you position yourself in such a way as to see and hear Him? Have you recently experienced His still small voice (audible or inaudible) or His Word breathing with life as you quench your thirst or “a peace that passes all understanding”? Have you “asked, sought, knocked”, and “received, found, and entered”?

Because of my amazing and awesome God, Who is never taken by surprise, Who will never leave me or forsake me, Who gives good gifts to His children, I have the amazing privilege of saying, “Yes, my God has shown up for me recently.”

For the sake of time, let me give a brief synopsis: during structured prayer time, I realized I live in fear ~ which means I’m not trusting my God; during solo prayer time, I asked a specific question and, through His living Word, I received a specific answer; when doubt of that answer reared his ugly head, the scheduled Bible reading for that evening confirmed that I had heard my answer correctly.

It leaves me speechless (audibly at least). It leaves my heart singing:

Amazing love, how can it be, that You my King would die me?
Amazing love, I know it’s true, and it’s my joy to honor You.
In all I do, let me honor You.

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken,
I’m accepted, You were condemned.
I am alive and well, Your spirit is within me,
Because You died and rose again.
by Chris Tomlin

and

Empty Hands held high
Such Small sacrifice
If not joined with my life
I sing in vain tonight

May the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to you
Let my lifesong sing to You
Let my lifesong sing to You
I want to sign your name
to the end of this day
Knowing that my heart was true
Let my lifesong sing to You

LORD, I give my life
A Living sacrifice
To reach a world in need
To be your hands and feet
by Casting Crowns

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I live with my college sweetheart and our three lovely (most days) children. I'm still discovering divine relationship with my Savior ~ learning about parenting and marriage ~ trying to become what I'm meant to be. Join me ~ if you will ~ and walk this journey with me.

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