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Pastors’ Wives Retreat

“For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His” 2 Chron. 16:9

Satan does his best to distract our attention, our hearts and our commitment to His plans, but God will not be mocked!! We just finished up the first Pastors’ Wives Retreat at Sihanoukville and God was as faithful as the tides on the gulf coming in. Honestly, even on the bus ride to the retreat I was wishing I was any place else other than on my way to help teach these women how to have “A Heart Like His” which was our theme. Since I’m am still lacking in the language dept. I decided to listen to my praise music and spent the trip there in prayer. Surrendering the responsibility of the outcome and teaching over to the the Holy Spirit and just being a willing vessel to be used was a burden I should have given over earlier – but better late than never!

The three topics built on each other perfectly and the first nights devotional set the perfect tone for starting anew as we searched 1 Cor 13:4-7 to learn that in order to love like God we also must forgive like God. We concluded the night by writing down those things we need to let go of and burning them – giving them over to God; washing our hands and accepting His cleansing and then partaking of communion together. I never realized the brokenness that was so prevalent among the women here, but God stripped them to their very soul and offered them His acceptance, strength, comfort, love and forgiveness. There is a bond that only women can share and this sisterhood allows us to be real and seek the support (emotionally and spiritually) from each other to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” Heb. 10:24.

This was a whirlwind couple of days for all of us. So much was taught, shared, encouraged, surrendered. I will continue to pray for each of these women and those they have influence over. As long as we can remember that we are held in the very palm of God and trust in His sovereignty; that nothing happens without His permission; that He uses every instance in our lives to mold us more and more into His very image. As long as we don’t lose focus that He is using us to write His love letter to those around us, I know we will all be used by God in great ways. And to that He deserves all the glory!