Often times people get so caught up in their responsibilities, schedules, and busyness of life that God isn’t a priority. People are always on the move and when they hit the pillow at night and realize they didn’t spend much, if any time in prayer or talking with God. It is really easy to get caught up in life and just hit cruise control. To go about your day, checking things off a list. Or maybe you feel overwhelmed by life and feel like you are just in survival mode. There are so many things that occupy our time that the idea of a retreat maybe has never crossed your mind. Or maybe you’ve thought about it, but find excuses why you don’t have time to go on a retreat. Let’s be real, we’re never going to be perfectly ready to make something like this work in our schedule or be in the perfect place with God. Rather we need to make a commitment to Him and give Him an opportunity to work in our lives.
Most Holy Trinity staff is committed to providing these adult retreats because we have seen how powerfully the Lord works through them and how the lives of people have changed through attending. Here’s a testimony of Dorthy’s experience receiving God’s love.
When I was asked to share my experience at the September retreat at first I was reluctant, and then decided I would do this. I went by myself thinking it would be good to get away and relax. Friday after we checked in, we had our first speaker. I took notes and then we went into small groups. We were not pressured into sharing anything, we could sit back and listen or join in. The leader made it very easy to share. Later that night we went to adoration and had a chance to be prayed over and go to confession. I was having some anger issues with family and friends that I really wanted to get over. I started to feel better but still kind of had that empty feeling inside me. Saturday morning we had another speaker then we broke into small groups to discuss. This one was easier to share, we were all more relaxed. Saturday night is when my barriers broke down ,as I was being prayed over. I could feel God’s love for me. I still get very teary eyed when I relive that moment. So please if you have never been on a retreat, go! I would give it a 5 star rating. If you have any questions just ask, that's what I did. Thanks for listening to my story. Dorothy
When we take time for God, invite him into our day, God will show up! God is faithful, he listens to the heart of his children and desires to spend time with us, shower us with his grace. When we make time for God we can expect revival. Revival is an improvement in the condition or strength of something. That is so beautiful! God wants to improve whatever difficult situations you may be in. He wants to give you strength for those difficult days. He wants to love on you!
I really want to encourage you to pray about attending out next adult retreat, February 14-16, in DeWitt. Registration is open and available online.