Abby Shields
Dear Friend,

The word, retreat is defined as “an act of moving back or withdrawing.” Retreating is a very biblical principle but for more reasons than you would probably think. Yes, retreating gives us the opportunity to rest physically, and when we live at a busy pace, rest is the chance to rejuvenate and avoid burnout. But it is far more than that. Rather than simply recharging so we can accomplish what we need to on our busy schedules, retreating gives us the ability to refocus. We see a great example of this coming from Jesus himself. Mark 6:30-32 says:

The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.

Now to give you the context of this passage, a little earlier in the chapter, Jesus had sent out the disciples to cast out demons, heal, and preach. One can imagine the amount of activity and business that this mission caused for the disciples! With all that had happened, upon returning to Jesus, the disciples were eager to talk about all the things they had done. You can’t really blame them for the things they were doing were truly miraculous, and up until this point, they had spent their time following Christ; observing him, assisting him, and learning from him. However, now they were on their OWN mission and one can’t help but wonder if Jesus picked up on the fact that his disciples had begun to focus on the wrong things, thus the need to rest and refocus.

Just like the disciples, when we are on our own “mission” tackling the commitments and responsibilities that come with life, there is a danger that we take our eyes off Jesus and begin focusing on what we’re doing. Our day-to-day routine becomes more about activity and what we are able to accomplish rather than relationship with God or with people. So as the Good Shepherd that He is, God encourages us to retreat; not just for physical rest, but for a time to refocus and gain a renewed spiritual view on life.

For this reason, we are excited every year to offer women the opportunity to retreat. Once again, we would like to invite you and your friends to our annual Women’s Beach Retreat at the Phoenix VI in Orange Beach, AL from September 22nd through the 24th. Our speaker, a local, beloved Adult Bible Fellowship teacher, Kelann Sigl, will lead us into the depths of the endless riches of the Word of God. It will be a weekend to relax and refocus through the teachings of Kelann, beautiful gulf views, fun with friends, and time spent connecting with your heavenly Father.

For more information or to register for the retreat, visit our events page on our website or copy and paste  the link below into your browser. Spots are filling up fast. If you would like to attend, one half of the deposit is due by July 30th. Full payment is due by September 5th. We hope that you can join us, and ask that you would begin to pray in advance for all that we believe God is going to do in the hearts of the women who attend. God Bless!

Registration link:

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=yepqhbxab&oeidk=a07ee6xvf2nf464b972

In His Grip,

Abby Shields