11 Days from Take Off

Hey there Sisters,

Are any of you vegetarians? If so, we need to know ASAP so we can let the conference center know to provide a veg. meal for you. Unfortunately, they do not accommodate for allergies and medical conditions, but if you need to bring your own food for those reasons, then we can help you. Just let us know.  Otherwise, you can expect the food to be yummy and best of all…you won’t have to cook it and there will be no dishes for you to do!  There is also a fabulous coffee house on campus that is open early and late for those special treats and coffee drinks.

Speaking of drinks…

Psalm 68:19 tells us, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!”

He loads us with benefits.

Some versions say, “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”

Daily bears our burdens.

Some of you have burdens that are very heavy and big and yet this God we serve is so GREAT that nothing is too big or burdensome for Him.

This verse is what Robert Robinson had in mind when he wrote the hymn, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing:

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace

Streams of mercy, never ceasing,

Call for songs of loudest praise.

Teach me some melodious sonnet,

Sung by flaming tongues above;

Praise His name – I’m fixed upon it – Name of God’s redeeming love.

Hither to Thy love has blest me;

Thou hast brought me to this place;

And I know Thy hand will bring me

Safely home by Thy good grace

Jesus sought me when a stranger,

Wandering from the fold of God;

He, to rescue me from danger;

Brought me with His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor or Daily I’m constrained to be!

Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,

Bind my wandering heart to Thee;

Prone to wander Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love;

Here’s my heart, O take and seal it; Seal it for Thy courts above.

As a “fount” is a source of origin for water, so is Jesus the fount of living water for your soul.  If you’re like me, though Christ has sought you and rescued you, you may still be prone to wander.  Just recently, when hearing some angst causing news… I went straight to the internet for answers, straight to my friends rather than on my face and to the God I love who is the fount of every blessing. It’s a slow fade…a slippery slope when our hearts wander off because none of us would ever say we really want that.

So… in preparing for the retreat, take some time to pray and ask God to take your heart and give you an ability to receive the truth of His Word. Ask Him to prepare you for the times of solitude you will have, for your time in worship, for your time with friends. Ask Him to help you to receive and also to be a blessing. Remember… this is YOUR retreat and YOU have something to bring!

Because He is Great,

Suzie Lind

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