Whew… I just returned home from an amazing weekend retreat in Estes. While I am exhausted on many levels, I am so grateful that God was gracious enough to meet me there.
To be honest, it’s hard for me to attend these types of events. I’m a pretty introverted person who relishes down time. While women are my ministry focus and I’ve been given a supernatural adoration and love for them… sometimes that much concentrated time (on a corporate level) is overwhelming.
The worship style this weekend was much more demonstrative than I’m used to, but in no time I was right there with them. These were wild women who were praising God out loud. The music was ridiculously moving! The worship time was long and sweet and it drew me in deeply so I could press in to my Father.
I loved it. I needed it. I’d been yearning for it…
The teaching was unpolished… but genuine. Refreshing, actually. The speaker was a small South African women… but she spoke with such authority! Her words carried such power and weight. I was moved and filled and challenged, all at the same time.
The Holy Spirit was invited in and He stirred me up. The teaching was meaty and I came away ready for battle again. My spirit was healed.
As I sit here writing, I realize I climbed a spiritual mountain this weekend and am sitting at the top enjoying the view… breathing in the fresh air.
When was the last time you experienced something like this?
Oh, please tell me you have… and let it have been recent! Please tell me it is something you experience each weekend at church, in a Bible study or in your small group. I hope you would report to me that you regularly join Him on the mountaintop!
I want it for you!
When life dings us, when relationships hurt or when we find ourselves weary in battle… do you know what we need? A head-on collision with God. We need more of Him! Look…
- if you are wounded spiritually or emotionally…
- if you are not spilling over with joy and love for God and others…
- if you are not hungry for more of what He has to offer…
… then maybe you need to check where you are on that mountain.
Think about it. Could you still be at base camp waiting for the wind to die down or for better, newer hiking equipment? Maybe you are midway up the mountain and taking a rest because the climb has been rocky and treacherous?
Get up and move! I lovingly (and strongly) encourage you to do whatever it takes to reach the top. Because when you summit… God gives you a precious prize for risking the climb.
More of Him.
Friends, put on your hiking gear. Fill up those water bottles. Apply the sunscreen and bug repellent. Pull out the trail map.
Do whatever it takes to reach the mountaintop… because it is sweet up here. Why? Because there is more of Him.
And trust me… it’s worth the climb.