I wish there was a way to visually capture what is happening right now. This weekend, literally all across the globe, women are leaving. We are leaving our responsibilities, our busyness, our to-do lists. We are leaving the people and the needs we pour ourselves into so that we can receive, so that we can be the ones poured into. We’re leaving it all behind so that we can get away with Jesus.
We are answering God’s invitation to “come and talk with me” (Psalm 27:8).
This is happening from Australia to Zambia. Women are retreating in hotel rooms and Air Bnb’s, in hacienda spas and botanical gardens, in hundred year-old cottages and rainforest bungalows. From locked bedrooms to jungle tree houses, we are saying, “God, I’m here to be with you.”
We are coming, many of us, with worn-down hearts. Somehow in our fervor for the Lord, in our all-out effort to help others find abundant life in Christ, we manage to miss it ourselves. We forget that the whole point of this Bible we teach, the whole reason for the cross-climax and resurrection glory is so that we can live in daily intimacy, in moment-by-moment communication with the Creator of the universe.
We whirl through our days without getting quiet enough to hear his whispers. This Retreat is about pausing to do just that, to re-center our hearts, to receive whatever it is God knows we are needing from him.
Will you join me in a prayer for this Retreat?
“Father God, as we come away with you, would you gently slide the burdens from our shoulders? Remind us they are not ours to carry.
Would you still our hearts before you?
And then, would you pour your Spirit out on us? Would you speak our belovedness into the deepest crevices of our souls? Would you wipe away every shame, root out every lie?
Would you speak directly into the heart of every woman? Speak as only you can, for only you know the intricacies of us. You created each of our innermost beings. You know our past, present and future. You made our hearts, souls, minds, and bodies. We present our whole selves to you. Would you meet us, connect with us, whisper your truth to us?
Would you shower us with your tender care? Would you renew us physically, emotionally, and spiritually? We need you so.
As we receive from you, may our response, may our permanent heart posture be that of worship. Receive our adoration, Lord Jesus.
This Retreat is yours. Guard it against the enemy. Let it be for your glory and the good of your kingdom.
In Jesus name,
Now let’s process, share, and celebrate what God is doing in this time! Maybe we can visually capture what is happening! Share with us a picture of your Retreat location. Share it on Instagram with #velvetashesretreat or in the comments below. It will be so fun to see the diversity of this global experience!
If you are heading into your Retreat time, what are you anticipating? What are you needing or hoping for from this time?
If you’ve done your Retreat, how was it?! What is your major take-away?
Join us for more Retreat Reflection in our weekend post (going live Saturday 6pm EST).
And don’t miss the chance to join the Velvet Ashes Team and Spiritual Director Jayna Gallagher for our Live Chat Conversation, where we’ll be debriefing the Retreat together and inviting you to share too!
We have two times for you to choose from (since we span ALL the time zones):
Sunday April 30 at 9:30pm EST – sign up here
Monday May 1 at 9:30am EST – sign up here
Debriefing your experience is an important part of reentering life after a Retreat, so be sure to join us.
We’re excited to hear from you in the comments below. And since this is The Grove, you can share on your own blog too and link it up here.Blessings,friends, as you get away to be with him!
This is The Grove and we want to hear from you! You can link up your blog post, or share your practices, ponderings, wisdom, questions, ideas, and creative expressions with us in the comments below.
Here’s our Instagram collection for #VelvetAshesRetreat. Be sure to add yours!