Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What God has Done

WGM Uganda Field Retreat: April 2012
Thank you for praying!  God moved in some mighty ways on retreat this year.  One person said "It is the first time in a long time that I've felt this spirit on retreat."  And that's a praise- the spirit was positive, open, and responsive to the leading the Holy Spirit.  Another team member said, "All the teaching was beneficial, but what I'm really taking away from retreat is a renewed hope for our team."  Praise Him!  He is still in the business of changing lives, and He is starting with us!

In the coming weeks, we hope to post some more testimonies of what God did on retreat. For now, I'll leave you with mine:

As a young mom, I listened to Dr. Coppepdge's challenge to discipleship and hours with the Lord with a bit of discouragement.  Hours?  How can I spend hours alone with the Lord with two little boys needing me constantly?  It was something I had been wrestling with since the beginning of Lent.  As I sat with the Lord during one of our quiet times, He led me to the story of the Woman with the Alabaster Jar.  What is my most prized possession?  What is my costly treasure?  My time.  My agenda.  My energy.  Could I pour all these things out at His feet?  These hidden years of mothering little ones can seem like a "waste" to outsiders: a waste of my talents, a waste of my time.  But pouring my time and heart into precious souls who could become Kingdom Men?  How can that be a waste?  God asked me on retreat, "Are you willing to surrender your time and your agenda to Me?  For Me?"   And it struck me: I had made "quiet time" an idol  On retreat He challenged me to make all of life my worship to Him- to walk with Him throughout my busy days- to keep up my conversation with Him- and to sit at His feet the first chance I got! 

What is He teaching you?  Are there any idols in your life?

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