This past weekend I attended a four day Women of purpose retreat for the missionary women here in Honduras. It was hosted by some amazing American women who come to Valle de Angeles once a year to put this incredible retreat on for us. It was a weekend full of spoiling. The first evening began with pampering; pedicures, manicures and hair. Chocolate was flowing all weekend long. There was also a craft station set up for those who were so inclined. I actually made three items that my children will receive for Christmas. There were also gifts; necklaces, a book called I want God and a Revive t shirt.
The worship was amazing as always and it was a great time of being renewed, refreshed and revivied in my spirit.
It was wonderful being able to reconnect with friends that I don’t see all the time, as well meeting new people and making new friends. During the retreat, the Women of faith conference was also going on at the same time. They were able to live stream some of the services and we were blessed with sermons by Christine Caine, Sheila Walsh, and Lisa Terkeurst and the hilarious Patsy Clairmont.
We heard a heart wrenching testimony that spoke to my heart in a huge way of a young woman named Veronica who’s “what if “became “what was.” Her greatest fear had become an unimaginable reality. Yet even then, she chose to love the Lord even though she was completely and utterly broken.
We are weak and broken people. God wants to use the broken pieces of our life to help others through that….Steve Cunningham, husband of Veronica.
“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren, even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights”
Lately there has been a recurring theme that I have been hearing lately. At church, home group, my devotions and even on the retreat. That is not allowing your past history to dictate your future. The past isn’t who I am today. I don’t need to allow things that happened years and years ago, affect my life today. God opened my eyes to some things that happened early on in our ministry that were still hanging on in a way. People that I needed to forgive and things I need to let go. Things I thought I had forgotten but deep down there was unforgiveness in my heart. I was still walking around wounded by events in the past.
I had a dream that one night that I was walking down a lonely road, all by myself, and I was lugging all these suitcases behind me. I felt like God was saying that not only am I not meant to carry them alone…I don’t need to carry them at all. Because he wants me to be free from the past, and not bring all that baggage into my life today.
It doesn’t have to be well with your circumstances to be well with your soul…Blind 15 year old Jennifer Rothschild
All in all the retreat was amazing! Best weekend of the year so far. I was unable to enjoy all of it because I ended up getting really sick….but even in that there were blessings.
It happened at the retreat where there was a nurse who made sure I got to the hospital. Honeslty I probably would not have gone….and that would have been bad! There was a woman at the retreat who’s dad was a Dr. and he happened to know the best gastrointestinal Dr. in the country. She was able to connect me to him. I was admitted immediately. No waiting around forever in a waiting room. I had my first scope within minutes of arriving. And although my stay in the hospital was longer than I wanted, I had the best of care at the hospital, and had was able to get the rest that was needed.
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.