Abby ShieldsDear Friend,

As I have been sitting with the Lord and focusing on our topic for the retreat, “No Greater Love,” I have been praying for a fresh perspective, something new and insightful to share with the ladies that will be attending. As I had mentioned last month, there is a concern that we could treat a topic like God’s love with such common place that we miss the transformative power that exists in the love of Christ. However, as I have been studying and reading, I happened to come across a quote by the spiritual director of the late, great Brennan Manning which said, “Brennan, you don’t need any more insights into God’s love. You’ve got enough insights to last you three hundred years. The most urgent need in your life is to trust what you have received.”

This sounds simple enough, but these words definitely sparked a searing examination of my own life and caused me to fearlessly ask myself if I live like I trust His love. It’s easy to talk about God’s love, learn truths about God’s love, and when times are good, it’s easier to trust in God’s love. However, it is quite the other to trust the love of the Father when life’s circumstances seem hopeless, or when you are at your worst and there is NOTHING about your behavior that resembles anything pleasing to God. This is the spiritual journey that we are all on; not to merely gain knowledge of the love of God but to ruthlessly trust God’s love with the ugliest, bleakest, and most shame-filled parts of our story and be transformed by His love in a way that changes the way we live.

My question for you today is where are you on this journey? Is your most urgent need not to gain more insight into the love of God but to trust what you have already received from your heavenly father? Perhaps, if these words caused you to take pause and question your trust in the love of your Father, may I encourage you today to consider attending our retreat or sharing our retreat with a woman who could use a touch of the transformative power of God’s love. It will be a soul-refreshing weekend where we will dive into the riches of God’s love and examine the things that get in the way of trusting the love of the Father. You are worth the investment.

Whether you are able to attend or not, I ask that you would join me in prayer for those attending that they would become believers who in adversity as in joy, in tribulation and solace, unfalteringly trust in God’s paternal love. Oh, how world-changing that would be! If you would like more information or to register for the retreat, please visit our events page at Thank you and God bless!

In His Grip,

Abby Shields