This weekend my wife was part an Emmaus Walk, and I was part of one back in October. It was refreshing talking as we drove home about the things God spoke to her about this weekend. She talked about things I have been praying about as well as some things that aren’t on my radar at all.
Emmaus is a community of believers who have all gone on similar retreat. There are communities all around the United States and in other countries as well. One of the tough parts was that I couldn’t share all my experience with Julie after my spiritual walk. That is one of the things that made Sunday’s drive home that much more special. It was so sweet to listen to her talk about the exciting moments she experienced knowing that I went through some similar things.
Julie and I agree that we want to help other people in our church to go through this spiritual retreat. It is awesome and eye opening, yet it comes at a time when God is willing and ready to deal with you. In fact as we talked with our kids Julie shared how God led us on a retreat a couple years ago as a new era started for us (Julie going back to school) and how this retreat came along at a special time as well (as Julie finishes her Master’s degree).
Acts 3:19 NASV
Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
We need to repent often. I did not say we need to get saved often. We are still human and mess up pretty often. You see that in your own life as I see in mine. When life gets buys, we can forget what is most important or miss some of the things God has for us. To repent is to turn to God and to agree with Him. We need times of refreshing. God offers them daily as we spend time with Him.
Psalm 105:4 NLT
Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.
Proverbs 8:35 NLT
For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.
I love times when we can spend extended days with God like at a women’s or men’s conference or a retreat, yet there are opportunities every day to spend time with God and to seek God. As we seek Him we will be able to go deeper with God. It is at those times where we learn more about God and grow to love Him more. Don’t misunderstand this. We don’t get more of God. Really He gets more of us, more of our understanding and of our devotion to Him.
Seek God. Let Him refresh your life and your call to serve and love Him. When you seek God, you will begin going deeper. Those are sweet times with God who loves us so much!