Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Isaiah 41: 9,10
I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Hello guys and gals.
As most of you know I was gone for a few days to a Men's Retreat with my church. First off I want to say, I had a blast.
Day 1: As I was riding I pulled out my guitar and started worshiping God, and the other men that knew the songs sang along. I think I slept about half the way and played my guitar the other half, lol. That's ok. I needed the rest anyways. When we got there we registered and went to our bunk house and claimed our beds. The trek from the bunkhouse to the dinning hall was about 400-500 yards and it was downhill. We did not drive back and forth, we walked the entire time we was there. Dinner that night was Polish Sausage on a bun, grilled onions, homemade potato chips, salad, and chocolate cake. I limited myself to one Sausage on a bun, 7 potato chips, I got seconds of grilled onions, and salad, and did not eat any of the cake. Well considering it was Thursday and I needed exercise I did a jog up to the bunk house and back, with a couple of the guys that went with us. I got about 30 minutes of cardio in that day not to mention the other times I walked up that hill to get to the bunk house.
Day: 2 I got up real early on Friday. I could not sleep due to the firmness of the bed and being away from home. Breakfast was eggs, bacon, pancakes, and banana. I passed on the pancakes and didn't get any seconds. After breakfast there was a young man that had asked Jesus to be his Savior. That was great, the Holy Spirit was there and working already. Next we had a small devotional with some worship, then we were dismissed for our fun day. Many guys went golfing and fishing. We initially stayed at the camp grounds and walked to the top of the mountain for some more worship. I carried my guitar on my back and let me tell you it sure added some resistance to my upward hike. At the top we had about 7 guys just singing and worshiping the Lord as I played my guitar. It was so cold up there my fingers were getting numb. But the experience was awesome. As we were coming down from the mountain I was talking to my Pastor and asking him questions about ministry. One main question I asked him was, "How do you know if you have been called into ministry?" His reply was not to helpful at first. He said, "God will let you know and there will be no doubt." I may be paraphrasing and using my own words, but that is what I remember him saying. We went to the game room for about an hour and played some games and visited for a while until lunch time. At lunch we had a choice of chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken on a bun, tater tots and salad. I made me a chicken salad with the selection, and a ate a few tots. Our church group went tubing on the snow and we had a blast. It is funny to watch a bunch of old men playing on the snow, lol. We got back for dinner time and we had, meatloaf, fried okra, mashed potatoes, salad, and cherry cobbler with ice cream. I ate almost the whole plate of food except the potatoes, and yes I did eat the cherry cobbler and ice cream, I only had one serving though. After dinner we had worship service and a speaker gave a message. During the whole service it was amazing to watch men worshipping and praising God with all their heart. We had men at the alter praying for one another, hugging and crying. The Holy Spirit was so sweat. We even had tongues and interpretation. At the end of the service, I was in the back talking to someone when my Brother-in-Law, who is a Pastor in Childress, Tx, grabbed my Pastor and said to him that he wanted him to hear what he had to say to me. My Brother-in-Law told me that God had laid it on his heart to tell me that I had been called into ministry. This was just a few hours after I had been talking to my Pastor about it, and what Pastor said made complete sense. I now had conformation that I am to be in ministry. I now have a long road a head of me, I am scared, but I am also excited. This day ended with a game of chicken foot and me being on fire for God and just full of the Holy Spirit.
Day 3: I didn't get up early this day but I made it for breakfast. We had biscuits and sausage and bacon gravy, and eggs. All I can say about that is yummy. After breakfast we went to clean up our bunk house before our last devotional. We had another powerful worship service before devotional, and you could feel the God's presence. It is amazing to see men jumping and shouting for the Lord. The devotion that was given was a powerful message and the men were down at the alter praying and crying again. We had lunch afterwards and it was good. We had chicken alfredo with noodles, garlic toast, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, and a salad. I had double helpings of the veggies. After lunch we headed back home, and I drove the Church van all the way, about 8 hours.
I realize how long this blog is but I wanted to go ahead and talk about the scripture I added here. It goes with the experience I had at our retreat. He says it all so clearly here. He has called you from the ends of the earth; I was not a good person 2 and a half years ago, but yet I was called to go to church and change my life. I believe he has called you too. We are all called by him to do good for the kingdom of God. He tells us not to fear and to not be dismayed. He is with us, strengthens us, and will uphold us with his righteous right hand. What more encouragement do you need?
Heavenly Father I want to ask that You forgive us of the sin of not believing in You. Lord I know that Your are with us and will lead and guide us though our good times and our hard times. Lord I ask for blessings of yes and amen, over all those that read this blog. Lord I ask that You would help remind us each day of who You are. Lord thank You for Your faithfulness and Your goodness. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.