April 20 Retreat Devotion

Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Prayer Starter:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we prepare for our Ladies Retreat, many of us are weary and burdened.  We realize that we need you.  Please help us to begin now to prepare to be ministered to by your Holy Spirit.

Oh Lord, I ask that you will prepare the hearts and minds of every retreat participant, that we will lay all our worries and cares upon you. Give us the assurance that YOU have everything under control, according to your will and purpose for our lives, and that YOU are willing to carry our load if we will only ask for your help.

Mountain Oasis -Retreat Devotion Guide Letter

Good evening Ladies!  As we prepare again this year for our upcoming retreat, we invite you to prepare along with us.  Over the next 2 weeks, we will be publishing our retreat devotion guide.  We hope it will be a useful tool in unifying the retreat attendees but we also welcome those not attending to read and pray along with us and for us.

Dear Sisters Loved by God,

We are honored to serve as Prayer Coordinators for our Ladies Retreat again this year.

We hope that this Daily Devotional Guide we have compiled will be beneficial to you as you prepare spiritually for the upcoming retreat.

Within the Daily Devotional Guide, we have selected scriptures for you to read each day.  However, we ask that you not just read them; we ask that you reflect on their meaning, and ask God to speak to you through them.

A daily Prayer Starter follows each scripture reading.  The first prayer starter focuses on your relationship with God.  And the second prayer starter leads you to pray for specific needs related to the retreat.

We are looking forward to our time together with you to Rest, Refresh, and Renew in the presence of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior at The Cove (our Mountain Oasis).

Praying for you daily,

Vicki Lewis

and Judy Childress

Ladies Retreat Prayer Coordinators

 

Ladies,

In addition to these devotional scriptures and prayer starters, I would like to invite you to join the Retreat Team in participating in a fast.

Before you panic, this is by no means a complete food fast.  Instead, all we ask is for you to fast “something of value or importance” to you beginning Monday, April 20, until you arrive at the retreat.

In prior years, ladies have fasted things such as:  social media (Face Book), Diet Coke (or sweet tea), breakfast or lunch, dessert, a favorite snack or candy, a favorite television program (soap operas), games (candy crush), etc.  You get to choose.  Or, even better, you may want to ask God what he’d like for your to give up during this time.  Then, each time that you desire this “something,” we ask that you use this desire as a reminder to pray and ask God to prepare your heart for what He wants to do in your life leading up to and during the retreat.

I promise that you will not be disappointed if you prepare for this retreat ahead of time by participating in this daily devotional time and with this fast.

Can’t wait to see each of you very soon!

Prayers and blessings,

Lisa Hill

Praise Ladies Ministries Pastor

Painting Class

Join us Thursday, September 4 at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Center for a fun night of painting.

Whether you are a creative -wonder or you can’t even trace your hand-print, this event is for you!  An instructor from Uptown Art will be teaching us to paint our own masterpiece.  Canvas and all art supplies will be provided, along with refreshments.  It is sure to be a night of fun and lots of laughs as we get our creative juices flowing.

We will be painting BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL (how appropriate!)

Tickets are $35 and must be purchased by August 31

Tickets will be available at the Connection Center (in the church foyer) August 24 and 31 or through Angela Dillard or Erica Chastain

Preschool age childcare is available by reservation

Contact lhill@praisecathedral.org with questions or for more information

We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Mom-to-Mom Movie Night

Let’s have some fun for our May Mom to Mom gathering!!!

How’s that?  Let’s go to the movies together to see the LifeWay comedy “Mom’s Night Out.”

What’s it about?  Watch the trailer here: http://www.momsnightoutmovie.com/

 

Date:   Tuesday, May 13

Time:  meet there about 7 pm - movie starts at 7:20

Place:  Hollywood Theaters on Woodruff Road

Cost:    One Movie Ticket (approximately $11, but the fun, laughter, and fellowship will be priceless)

 

Then, let’s go to Yogurt Mountain afterwards for some additional fellowship time.

You may want to purchase your ticket early here: http://www.fandango.com/momsnightout_171072/movietimes?location=29607&date=5/13/2014 OR send me your name, and I’ll be happy to purchase advance tickets for us.

Please tell your friends, and invite them to join us too!  Hope you can make it!

P.S.  This would be a great Mother’s Day gift – a night out for you… to relax…  to laugh…

Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide childcare for this off-campus event.

Wednesday, April 23 Devotional

Wednesday, April 23

 

Isaiah 40:18-26 (NIV)

18 With whom, then, will you compare God?
To what image will you liken him?
19 As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,
and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
and fashions silver chains for it.
20 A person too poor to present such an offering
selects wood that will not rot;
they look for a skilled worker
to set up an idol that will not topple.

21 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23 He brings princes to naught
and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
24 No sooner are they planted,
no sooner are they sown,
no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.

25 “To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.

Prayer Starter: 

Dear Heavenly Father, surely there is none like you.  I praise you today for you and you alone are the creator.  You, dear Lord, are mighty and majestic, yet you made a way through Jesus Christ for me to spend eternity with you.  Surely, NONE CAN COMPARE!!!

Lord, once again, we ask for you to anoint our guest speaker with the words you would have her share with us.  Speak to her heart and lead her by your Spirit in the direction you would have her go.  Protect both her and her family while she is away from home and keep her from anything that will distract her during this weekend of ministry.

Tuesday, April 22 Devotional

Tuesday, April 22

 

Romans 8:1-17 (NIV)

 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

 

Prayer Starter: 

Precious Heavenly Father, I thank you again for the blood of Jesus Christ shed for me.  I want to live by the spirit each day so that I may live.  Truly, Jesus is the truth, the life, and the way.  Help me to be led by your Spirit in all I do.

Lord, we pray you would protect each one of us and give us traveling mercies to and from the retreat.  Be with our families during our absence, protecting and providing for them as well.  We thank you for all that you have in store for us during this time we are investing in “Spiritual Restoration and Growth.”

Monday, April 21 Devotional

Monday, April 21

Colossians 2:6-15 (NIV)

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self, ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

 

Prayer Starter:

Oh, Lord, I am so thankful for the blood of Jesus Christ shed on Calvary’s cross for me.  Thank you that I am whole and complete through Jesus Christ.  I am cut free from the bonds of sin and shame.  You have made me new!

Lord, we know that each lady is at a different place in their journey to serve you.  Help us to be compassionate, sensitive, and understanding of everyone’s needs in developing a closer relationship with you.  Help each one of us to uplift each other in love and be a positive influence not a stumbling block to our sisters in Christ.

Saturday & Sunday, April 19 & 20 Devotional

Saturday and Sunday, April 19 & 20

Psalm 52:8-9 (NIV)

But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you
in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
for your name is good.

 

Prayer Starter: 

Dear Heavenly Father, I trust in you today to help me to grow and flourish in your house.  I trust in you to help me to reach out to others in the love that you have bestowed in me through Christ Jesus.  I want to be a useable vessel for your work to be done.

Lord, we pray you will clear fogs of doubt, open all hearts, soften hard hearts, heal all hurt in our ladies so that you can prepare us for the work you have for us to do for Your Kingdom.

Friday, April 18 Devotional

Friday, April 18

 

Ephesians 3:14-21(NIV)

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 

Prayer Starter: 

Heavenly Father, I kneel before you today.  I pray that out of your glorious riches you may strengthen me with power through your Holy Spirit in my inner being, so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith.  I also pray that being rooted and established in the love of Christ, that I may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge and that I may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within me, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!

 Lord, we pray that every chain of bondage will be broken in every heart and mind of our ladies attending this retreat.   We thank You even now for all you have planned to do in us to bring glory to Your Name!

Thursday, April 17 Devotional

Thursday, April 17

Zephaniah 3:14 (NIV)

14 Sing, Daughter Zion;
shout aloud, Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
Daughter Jerusalem!

 

Prayer Starter: 

Heavenly Father, I will sing today!  I will shout today!  I will be glad and rejoice today!  NONE CAN COMPARE TO YOU!!

Lord, we pray that you will anoint the prayer team.  Fill them with your Spirit as they prepare themselves to be a willing vessel you can work through.  Protect them and their families from all evil.