A CHURCH FILLED WITH WOMEN WHO PURSUE GOD
The women of Sovereign Grace gathered last Saturday to be encouraged to draw near to God through spiritual disciplines. They did more than talk about it. As part of the retreat, they put them into practice. There were times of private prayer and reflection, small group prayer and Bible reading, and large group thanksgiving and singing. Not to mention lots of good food, making new friends, and enjoying a day away from regular life.
God is not impressed with our spiritual disciplines
But he does want to bless us through time with Him. And God was eager to bless the ladies on Saturday. Read what a couple of them had to say:
"God is not impressed with our quiet times." I was taken aback by this truth at the women's retreat. It is so easy to get caught up in thinking that somehow quiet times and spiritual disciplines will earn God's favor, yet this is so far from the truth. At the women's retreat, I was reminded that quiet times are means of grace, not means to grace. How much more delightful it is to draw near with confidence knowing this!
I appreciated Saturday so much. The event was well-organized and well-executed. I felt like the time spent on each aspect of communing with God was appropriate and encouraging. I was most excited about praying through Psalms. Oftentimes, I find my reading is disconnected from how I feel in my day-to-day, but that is something I feel like I can do to connect God's word with my daily life and see where my struggles match those of the psalmists. I loved everything about the day, and can't wait till we have another ladies' day!
Looking for some resources to follow-up from the retreat? Here are some recommendations:
- Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus Through the Spiritual Disciplines by David Mathis
- The Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent
- Sing a New Song: A Woman's Guide to the Psalms by Lydia Brownback