Our church held its annual women’s retreat this weekend.
It is one of my favorite times of the year.
I file away mental notes throughout the year and piece them together like puzzle pieces as the event draws near. Focus scripture, theme, workshop topics, presenters, ice-breakers, activities etc. seem to fall into place at just the nick of time.
Planning the retreat requires teamwork strategic planning, and execution of the plan. It’s working for weeks and months to see those plans come to fruition over two days.
I’ve seen God year after year take my feeble effort and do the supernatural!
This year, during our early Morning Prayer time, we had different sisters pray for various needs. One sister prayed for those who were in need of salvation. One of the ladies in attendance had requested prayer for her granddaughter’s salvation. We had just made it back home when she received a call that her granddaughter had confessed Christ as her savior during vacation bible school earlier that day.
We rejoiced with the angels over her entrance into the kingdom of God!
I plan our retreat with an outcome in mind. I have envisioned what I hope God will do, all the while knowing that his ways are not my ways and his thoughts are not my thoughts. He has a much better plan than I.
God showed us the power of prayer! How sometimes, he answers our prayers immediately so that we don’t lose faith.
Faith is how Abraham responded to God when he promised him that he would become the father of many nations. Here was this lady far beyond child bearing years and her husband too early for the discovery of Viagra. They didn’t even dream of having a child. However, the scripture tells us that when God made that promise, Abraham believed him. God accredited his belief as righteousness and called him his friend.James 2:23
Can you imagine the creator of the universe calling you his friend?
Abraham and Sarah’s belief landed them a place in the Hall of faith where we find this record,
“Even when Sarah was too old to have children, she had faith that God would do what he had promised, and she had a son. 12 Her husband Abraham was almost dead, but he became the ancestor of many people. In fact, there are as many of them as there are stars in the sky or grains of sand along the beach”. Hebrews 11:11-12
When was the last time you believed God?
He is not a man that he should lie, and he will do just what he promises! Numbers 23:19, Jeremiah 1:12