Retreat Reflections

13064455_1084916331553999_3714092007784286105_oThrough the years I have attended a lot of Ladies Retreats.  I must say our retreat at the Cove this year was one my all time favorites.  Every aspect had been bathed in prayer.  From the beginning to the end, the presence of the Lord was there.

One of the evaluation questions asked what we liked the least about the retreat.  Trying to come up with an answer to that question was next to impossible.  My honest answer should have been, “The retreat was coming to a close.” I wasn’t ready to leave.

Lisa, thank you and the entire team for presenting a remarkable retreat.  Jeanne Harvey’s excellent inductive teaching on Mary and Martha prepared our hearts and minds to be like Mary, sit still and be fed.  Polly followed through and eloquently continued to feed us.

My take away from this retreat is that Praise Ladies Ministries is a great place to be.  Ladies Ministries is a place to learn God’s word at Bible study and a place to laugh and rejoice.  It is a place for prayer and a shoulder to lean on.  For me, it feels like home.

I’m looking forward to all that God has in store for us and to the fall Ladies Bible Study.

-Pat Dennison

How did God move in your life at the Key to My Heart Ladies Retreat? Tell us by emailing your story to mystory@praiseladies.org

Retreat Refections

ClaudiaFor those that may not know……….since August I’ve had a barrage of tests run trying to find the source of the pain in my stomach. Before the retreat I was told 2 of the 3 arteries that supply blood to my gut were more than 50% restricted and I would need a procedure much like a heart cath to insert stints. Monday morning after the retreat I had another test to confirm the diagnosis. I got a call from the Dr yesterday to go over the results. There is no restriction what so ever in the arteries my blood work is good. So glad I walked though that door on Saturday night. Although I wasn’t walking through for healing for me but for someone else, I got healed!
I’m Claudia Solesbee and that’s my story

How did God move in your life at the Key to My Heart Ladies Retreat? Tell us by emailing your story to mystory@praiseladies.org

Retreat Reflections

Natalie2I’ve been going to the ladies retreat for 6 years now. Every year I have enjoyed it and it honestly seems to get better every year. But, this year I came expecting something different.  A few months back I even debated on if I would be able to make it to the retreat. I was suffering majorly with anxiety and panic. The thought of getting in a car and going to Asheville literally stressed me out. Just thoughts of what if I have an anxiety attack while I’m gone. I know it sounds silly but it’s something that had consumed my mind. But, the closer it got to the retreat I thought you know this is probably just the enemy trying to distract me and keep me from going. Because God was going to heal me. So, weeks before I was claiming it. I said I know He is going to heal my mind. I wasn’t going to leave the retreat until He did. It got closer to the retreat and I felt a peace about going. Something I haven’t felt in a while. Saturday night at the retreat I told the Lord I was done with this anxiety and fear. I’m leaving it here and not taking this home. And that I did. I’m writing this as I’m in the car riding 4 hours away to go on vacation! Months ago I wouldn’t have done this. The Lord hears and answers prayers! You just have to trust him! And the devil is such a liar. As I was laying in bed last night I kept getting thoughts in my head. Memories of the past when I was at the beach and I would have a panic attack. I could hear the devil whispering to me that’s going to happen again. But, I fought him. I told him NO! It’s not going to happen. And I felt him leave. I’m so thankful for the ladies retreat. The Lord always meets me there. But, I’ve learned that he doesn’t just meet me there. He is with me everywhere I go.
-Natalie Hill

How did God move in your life at the Key to My Heart Ladies Retreat? Tell us by emailing your story to mystory@praiseladies.org

Retreat Reflections

CChapman2016My, my, my! I’m still brewing over the message and experience from my first Praise Ladies retreat. I had a great time with friends and tons of laughs. But most importantly, I had an amazing time with my Savior. The care, the love, the planning, preparation & prayer that went into this weekend IS NOT taken for granted. The meticulous attention to every single detail of the retreat blew me away. From the person who made the name tags, to our fearless leader, to the person who set out mints & tissues, to the one who set the atmosphere on stage, to the ones who prayed over each lady’s bed as they laid gifts and itineraries on the pillow, to a worship leader with a heart like no other, to the only man brave enough to venture into a ladies retreat and bless us with worship music. I am so so thankful to be a part of this church family. Next year can’t get here fast enough! Now sisters, let’s be reminded and encouraged to “Be Brave On Purpose”. And let us NEVER forget the encounter we had this weekend when the Lord met us in the mountains at a prayer blanketed retreat. I met many new friends this past weekend. And to the ones who were not able to be there this time, I want to see you next time! ‪#‎keytomyheart16‬ ‪#‎praiseladies
-Candice Chapman

How did God move in your life at the Key to My Heart Ladies Retreat? Tell us by emailing your story to mystory@praiseladies.org

Day 8 – Friday, May 13

Day 8 – Friday, May 13

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II Corinthians 1: 3-4 and 4: 7, 10, 16-18
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us.  We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.  Therefore, we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.    So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

“The words ‘consolation’ and ‘comfort’ come from the same Greek word in the original language of the New Testament.  The word is ‘paraclete’.  It means ‘to call alongside to help, sustain, encourage and direct.’  It is the same word Jesus used in John 14:16 when He referred to the Holy Spirit as ‘the Comforter.’  God, by the Holy Spirit, plants strength beyond ourselves and courage beyond our character into our hearts through consolation.  We face our trials and triumph over them!”  (from Dr. Raymond Culpepper, “Search 66 – A Journey Through the Bible”)

So we fix our eyes on Him!  On what is unseen, on what is eternal.  Therefore, we don’t lose heart! We trust in the power of the Holy Spirit to breathe into our lives all that we need!  With our eyes fixed on Him, our hearts can rest in the knowledge that He is our Strong Tower, our Rock, our Fortress, the God in whom we trust to overcome. In times of the storm and in tribulation, He is my Help and He is my Salvation!

Before you make your way to The Cove, we encourage you to go back to Day 1 of this Devotional Guide to review your Personal Prayer Targets, the things you believe God wants to do in your heart during this retreat.  Now, come expecting God to answer!!!

Personal prayer:
Lord truly, in humble adoration I kneel before You right now.  Thank You that You have sent the Holy Spirit to walk alongside me to help, to sustain, to encourage and to direct my steps.  Breathe on me Holy Spirit and fill me with Your power.  Lord I pray that You would search me and allow the Holy Spirit to come in and change me!  I desire to walk in your ways and in the paths You have ahead for me. I’m ready to surrender.  Reveal to me Your calling and use me now I pray!

Prayer for retreat:
As all our our participants prepare to make their journey to The Cove, we ask that You 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.  Remind us, O Lord, that we are all sisters in Christ, traveling on a journey to become more like You!

Song for Day 8:  Breathe On Me
In humble adoration I kneel before Your throne
In brokenness I seek Your face alone
Above You there’s no other Who’s able to restore my soul
Come and make me whole

Breathe on me
Power of God come in and change me
You are all I need
Holy Spirit breathe on me

I’m ready to surrender to give You all my life
No matter what the cost or sacrifice
Reveal to me Your calling
Cleanse me from my prideful ways
Use me now I pray

Breathe on me
Power of God come in and change me
You are all I need
Holy Spirit breathe on me

I will say of the Lord He is my strong tower
My rock and my fortress in whom I trust
In times of the storm and in tribulation
He is my help and my salvation

Oh breath of God restore my soul

I will say of the Lord He is my strong tower
My rock and my fortress in whom I trust
In times of the storm and in tribulation
He is my help and my salvation

Breathe on me power of God come in and change me
You are all I need Holy Spirit breathe on me

I need Thee how I need Thee
Every hour I need Thee
O Bless me now my Savior
I come to Thee

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