Monday, March 26, 2012

Abba's Girls retreat

God sometimes works in surprising ways. He uses us when we feel the weakest. He answers our prayers and He knows what's best for us. He plans things ahead of us so that we can step right into those perfect plans.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to lead a 24-hour retreat for the lovely girls of BMA. Really, these girls are wonderful! This is the first time I've led anything like this, but this group made it so much easier. And on top of that, I didn't feel like I was really leading at all- I more felt like I was the messenger- just passing on what God wanted the girls to know and experience!


 "Abba's Girls" was the name of the retreat, because "Abba" is the word for Father in Aramaic. Amy Ellenwood came and taught us more about who God is as our Father, and how we can grow closer to Him. I think we all felt His love in a more personal way and I'm so glad I got to share in this with my sisters in Christ.

"And because you are sons [and daughters!], God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”" Galatians 4:6

I'll never forget how I felt before the retreat. There is no reason to worry when you know it's God's plans anyway, but I never knew all the details that went into planning a retreat! I am so thankful for this experience, and that He entrusted me with it, but it wasn't easy the whole time. But He did come through (as always), and took it all into His hands. He even cared about little things that made us smile, which I love.

The big takeaways for me from this weekend?

1. The Father loves us SO SO much...He really wants us to know that!

"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" 1 John 3:1

2. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the called...which means there is no need to worry. Ever.

3. There are things that each of us longs for, a place in our hearts that can only be filled by our Heavenly Father. We need to allow Him to come into those places and be our all. We can receive the gift of being adopted into His family- He has already made a special place for us!

 "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12

We even got to make flowers for our hair- I loved it! It's a small thing, but it's great girly bonding time.


4 comments:

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Claire i am so glad to see what God has done in your life cant wait to see what else will happen wish i could be there to see
grace

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So very proud of you Claire for listening to the Father and passing on what He wanted you to!

Janel said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks for sharing point number two. :) It's just what I need right now...do not worry!

I'm not exactly sure how I stumbled across your blog, but I'm glad I did. :) (I don't want to assume anything, but something makes me think it was from the Wissmann's blog?) I so enjoy your photography too!

Claire Patty said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Janel
I'm so glad you found my blog! I don't know who the Wissmann's are, but maybe it was just God who led you here. :) Philippians 4:6-7 is like my life verse (about worrying)!