Going in the Strength of the Lord.
Report from the Pastors' Wives Retreat
On February 6th and 7th, 2015, God began a new work in my heart. I am so grateful for the gift of love that was poured out upon the pastors’ wives.
The women from Springarama gave from their hearts to support a weekend retreat for their pastors’ wives this past winter. The women from the WMI committee lavished us with small gifts, beautiful décor, and graceful, loving hospitality. Thank you, ladies, for your servant hearts.
At the retreat, we were challenged by Merrie Eizinga as we dug into Judges 6-7 – the story of Gideon. We were reminded that God is watching us, that He already knows what is happening around us and that He has a plan. “It is not necessary that I fully understand, but it is necessary that I fully obey.”
Now for me that is a powerful statement. This past year and a half God has placed my husband and myself in a time of transition. I don’t even like that word “transition”. It sounds so uncertain; it makes me feel insecure; it’s a place of the un-known. But when I heard those words about understanding and obedience God spoke to me about my fears and lack of trust. Just as God told Gideon to “go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand.
Am I not sending you?” Judges 6:14, God was telling me to just trust Him; to know that He was holding me up; that He has placed me in this situation and that He would deliver me into His moulded plan for my life and His kingdom.
It was amazing to see how God was making provisions in advance for Gideon. It was reassuring to understand that not everyone would be happy with the changes that would occur in their lives. God had surrounded Gideon with good people who supported him. (Thank you again ladies for loving and supporting us in this way.)
There are times when I am only seeing what I am losing; when I have forgotten God’s promises; when fear grips my heart and I lose all hope. But God is saying to let go of what He is trying to release in my life. God has a new plan. “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11)
My time spent at the retreat truly blessed my soul. I came in broken and left feeling loved and valued, once again full of new hope, willing to trust in the God who chose me and has a plan for me. God is moving in the hearts of your pastors’ wives. Continue to love them, appreciate them, and pray for God’s hand to be upon them. Thank you again for the gift of love that was shown through the retreat.
by Sherry Schaefer