The air has been dry with scorching temps in my desert town, so when my prayer partner, Glenda, invited me to a women’s retreat up in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona, I agreed to go. We were refreshed in the afternoon mountain rains and we were refreshed in our spirits as we praised the Lord, listened to wonderful teachings in the Word and attended workshops! It was a great time away and it is what is on my heart today as I link up with Shanda at A Pause on the Path.
This is Glenda and I settling in at the conference:
Here’s a tidbit from one of the teachings we received Friday morning that sparked my interest. The backdrop was Acts 27. Paul, as a prisoner, was sailing for Rome and they encountered strong headwinds. Some wanted to abandon the ship, but Paul persuaded them otherwise because he had a word from the Lord. The crew received Paul’s encouragement and when they hit land, they had to swim to shore along with non-swimmers holding on to debris from their broken ship. Some points of interest to me are:
1. Being in the will of God does not exempt us from experiencing storms; life is not a cruise ship full of pleasure. We can do all things right, yet we will suffer. God is with us and never abandons and the peace He gives us in these times is supernatural.
2. God wants to speak to us in storms. Paul, Moses, Joshua, David, Joseph and Jesus all got direction from God in difficult times.
3. Storms catapult us into a place of new authority. In this Acts passage, Paul went from prisoner to commander as he shared his insight from God and the crew followed him and their lives were spared. We choose either to be bitter or a fragrance to others at these times.
4. We impact other lives in storms just as Paul did in this Acts passage. There is definitely more to these storms we are in than we can see with our eyes.
Women’s retreats are so much fun. I was encouraged being with these wonderful ladies. I’m also encouraged at Share Your Heart Tuesdays where many share what’s on their hearts.