This month has been FULL of news, event announcements, themes/graphic teasers, etc. Well, we have a few more up our sleeves, and today we will start with one that is particularly exciting to me (Prism here).
It seems like from the very beginning of creation women have craved control. (Before defenses start flying up, hear me out!) I myself am SO guilty of this. I just want to have certainty. (Or so I tell myself.)
“If I want it done right, I have to do it myself!”
“If only they could see why it isn’t smart to do it that way.”
“I should have never asked for your help!”
Oh, I could go on. And I’m afraid it doesn’t get much prettier.
Funny thing is, this is just one more way I feel enslaved. A bit drastic? Let’s see:
It’s easy to see unforgiveness as being enslaved to the past - letting what has happened to us in the past have far to much control of our present.
It’s also easy to think that our current life circumstances control our present… “If only my kids were older I could…” (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said that one!)
But for some reason, it is harder to admit that the appetite for control is actually a position of fear. And that fear keeps us enslaved to crazy unhealthy habits and a very warped view of God’s sovereignty.
Where is all of this going? Well, we know this theme of enslavement drives at the heart of God’s gift of forgiveness and FREEDOM.
Romans 6:14 (NLT) says:
“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.”
This April, ladies, let’s study this topic together and let’s work out what it looks like to claim this freedom in our real lives.
Ladies: get your girlfriends together and join us as we pause from the demands of our busy lives for one short retreat aimed at restoring proper balance (not control) into our lives.
(Also: Since you’ve read this far, you deserve to know that the origami crane in the graphic DOES relate to the theme, but you’ll have to come to the retreat to find out how!)