May 1 Retreat Devotion

I Peter 5:6-11 NIV

6 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

Prayer Starter:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we begin our Ladies Retreat, we trust you to give us rest, refresh us in spirit and body, and renew our minds that we can stand strong as we continue our walk with you.

As all our participants prepare to make their journey to The Cove, prepare our hearts and minds to not only receive the blessings you have in store for each of us, but to also prepare us to bless others with kindness, friendship, and acceptance.  Bind any feelings of judgment, mistrust, or insecurities.  Remind us, Oh Lord, that we are all sisters in Christ traveling on a journey to become more like YOU.

April 30 Retreat Devotion

Isaiah 40:31 KJV

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Prayer Starter:

Lord Jesus Christ,

You have been faithful to me everyday.  You have given me strength when I didn’t know how to get through another day.  I pray for you to continually renew my strength that I will not faint.

Oh Lord, I pray that each of our ladies will return home following the retreat full of your strength, well rested with a renewed relationship with YOU, and well equipped to continue their personal journey.  Let them soar as eagles with triumph over the load of burdens and trouble they now have entrusted to YOU.  We thank you Lord, for your peace, strength, and guidance.

April 29 Retreat Devotion

Romans 12:1-2 KJV

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Prayer Starter:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for renewing me as I present myself to you.  I am not able to renew myself, but you have promised to renew me if I’m willing.  I come to you today asking that you transform me by renewing my mind.

As we prepare ourselves in prayer and daily devotions, make us aware of the areas in our hearts, minds, souls, and lives that we have not yet fully submitted to you.  It is through this act of total surrender, that you can work miracles in us!  We praise you in advance for all the wonderful blessings you have in store for us this coming weekend!

April 28 Retreat Devotion

I John 2: 15-17 ASV

15 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vain  glory of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”

Prayer Starter:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I want to abide in you and do your will.  Renew me through the power of the blood of Jesus Christ and your Holy Spirit that I might abide in you.

As we prepare ourselves to experience a time of refreshing and renewal.  Create in all of us the desire to invest more of our time and effort in heavenly riches, and less time in worldly matters.  Remind us, Lord, that although we live in this world, our priorities must be aligned with your Word and the plans you have for us.  Bless us with more determination and discipline as we set aside time to rest in your presence while being renewed by the consumption of your Holy Word.

April 27 Retreat Devotion

Philippians 4:4-9 NIV

4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Prayer Starter:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please guard my heart and mind today.  Refresh me and help me to not allow anything to enter into my being that would not be pleasing to you.

Father, as you create pure hearts and minds within each of our ladies, I pray you would also create a heart and mindset of service to one another.  Give us the boldness and confidence to step forward to minister to the needs of others, not only during these few days of our retreat, but also in our church body and community.  We are confident that you will equip us for ministry, knowing that our service is truly unto you.

April 26 Retreat Devotion

Psalm 73:23-28   KJV

23 “Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. 24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.  25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”

Prayer Starter:

Lord Jesus,

You have proven time and time again that you are all I need.  I am refreshed by your Spirit daily.  You comfort me and give me strength for each new day.

Father, I ask that from the first footstep we place on the grounds of The Cove, our retreat destination, we will encounter your presence.  As we remove ourselves from the world’s distractions for a few days, let us experience a greater desire to walk closer with YOU.  Fill us with a refreshing of your Spirit as we take time to rest in your presence and commit ourselves to worship YOU.

April 25 Retreat Devotion

Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP

5 “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.  6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.”

Prayer Starter:

Oh Lord,

How I lean on this scripture.  I can rest knowing that when I trust in you, you will direct my path.  I might not always understand, but I can always trust you are directing my life.

Father, I pray you will work in the midst of each attendee’s final preparations to attend our retreat.  We know that you can orchestrate every event and make a way for all things to be possible, even when they seem impossible.  Help us to see the working of your hand in every situation through Spiritual eyes, and praise your name for all your blessings!

April 24 Retreat Devotion

Isaiah 43:2 KJV

“When thou passes through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

Prayer Starter:

Dear Father,

Your Word refreshes me.  I thank you for each promise.  Your protection gives me peace throughout the day.  I never want to take your awesomeness for granted.

Oh Lord, I pray you will break the chains that may bind our dear ladies with fear, anxiety, and insecurities.  Fill us with the assurance that no matter what unpredictable event we may encounter or struggles we may experience, YOU will lead and protect us.  YOU will supply every need in time of trouble.  Use this time of refreshing to empower us with confidence, as we trust YOU with our families, marriage, health, jobs, homes, and future.

April 23 Retreat Devotion

Psalm 32:7-8 KJV

7 “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”

Prayer Starter:

Oh Lord,

I am hiding in you today.  I know that you will keep me safe and guide my way.  Keep me, Lord from temptation and deliver me from evil.  Refresh me through your Word.

Father, I ask that you will bless our worship team and altar workers with a special outpouring of your Spirit.   I pray that even now you will fill them to overflowing with your power and love.  Strengthen each one physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as they prepare themselves for your service.  I ask that you will remove each doubt, fear, or obstacle of any kind that would hinder their commitment in fulfilling their leadership role and service to YOU.

April 22 Retreat Devotion

Psalm 46: 1-5 KJV

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 4There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.”

Prayer Starter:

Dear Lord,

I am thankful that I have nothing to fear today.  No matter how much the devil rages, you are my refuge and strength.  You are and will be my help.  I rest in you.

I pray that you will anoint the Retreat Leadership Team with wisdom and discernment as final decisions and plans are made.  Remind them that all things are possible through the anointing of your Spirit.

Help them, oh Lord, to remain focused on being a vessel you can work through to minister to each dear sister in Christ.  I, personally, anxiously wait to witness the miracles you have in store for all of us at this retreat!