Preparing for the Retreat

It is our hope to help you prepare as much as possible for our weekend away.  In the coming days you will be receiving emails with logistical details as well as some reflections for you ponder before our weekend away.

Our hope is that you would leave the weekend more able to see beyond your circumstances and with a great desire to set your eyes on our Great and Holy God, laying the foundation for a deeper, more rooted life in Christ. We pray our time together will be refreshing for your body, mind, heart and spirit.

The theme “Great is our God” is quite a wide scoping idea. In order to grasp as much as we can in our imperfect ability as humans, the Greatness of God, we need to narrow in on the attributes of God that do indeed make Him Great. Today, I want to encourage you to think about the words to a familiar hymn.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Thomas O. Chisholm)

Great is Thy faithfulness,

O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not;

As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed thy hand hath provided – Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest;

Sun, moon and stars in their courses above join with all nature in manifold witness

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love

Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed thy hand hath provided – Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed thy hand hath provided – Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

 

For us women, those last words… all I have needed thy hand hath provided are the most difficult to receive at times. Something we know in our heads but have trouble walking out.

 

What if all that you have, right now in this very moment is all God believes is what you need to have? What if just knowing God is faithful was enough?  Today, take some time to thank God for pardoning your sin and giving you peace that endureth. Yes, if you are saved, you have been promised that peace? Does it feel elusive to you? If so, then ask God to make it real in your heart and show you what is keeping you from sensing it.  Ask Him to cheer and guide you with His presence and to give you strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.

Great is His faithfulness,

Suzie Lind

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