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A poetic offering from my recent weekend in New Hampshire.

If you want to know more about my weekend retreat here, or would like me to write about it in more detail, or do a video coffee chat- I would love too. Leave a comment below.

Meanwhile, I pray this poem I wrote Saturday morning, gives you a glimpse into the beauty I experienced there.

Note: I did share two of my poems on the Saturday evening Talent Show…to keep my fear of public speaking at bay. Onward- for His glory! The poems I shared at the Women’s Retreat (April 28th- 30th) can be read when you click on the linked titles here: Luminary and Anyway .

See my Local Events page for the next public Poetry Reading I will be doing.

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Cast Down, Armour Up and Walk in the Spirit!

Never doubt in the darkness what God has shown you in the light,”
Raymond Edman
  
   I have just returned home from a *wonderful woman’s retreat in the beautiful mountains of upstate New York. These times can be uplifting and God does reveal himself in wonderful, special ways which remind us of his faithful love and unique call on our lives as women, mothers, daughters, and friends. Returning home is sweet, yet suddenly, what He spoke to us in our solitude, there on the heights, can seem distant, dim and faraway in the present light of our reality. We know He whispered a sweet word to our hungry hearts but the enemy desires to steal it away from each of the Daughters of The King.

      So this morning, as I reflected on what I heard on the mountain and long to cling to in the valley of my doubts, fears and circumstances called this life, I heard the voice of my Teacher say to me:

“Cast down and armour up, walk in the Spirit”. So I dove into His Word.
 I will share what He shared with me:
First I ask this of the Lord:
Lord, I long to walk in the valley
as if I was alone
with you on the mountaintop.
Always. 
I ask this also for all those who seek you.
In Jesus name,
Amen.
Cast Down:
2 Corinthians 10:5 ~  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
1 Peter 5:5  ~ Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility; for “God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”
Armour Up:
Colossians 3:12-13   ~ Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion,kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:14  ~ And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Ephesians: 6:10-13 ~ Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Ephesians 6:14-18 ~ Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Walk In The Spirit!
1 Peter 4: 1-2 ~ Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
Colossians 2:6-7 ~ So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,  rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Colossians 3:23 -24 ~ Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
      So are you ready for the battle, my friend?
Are you clothed with humility? Are you dressed in His
mercy? You cannot battle with the Sword of the Spirit without His Righteousness. I am so thankful that the Righteousness I claim is not my own. He took the filthy rags of my righteousness and by His grace clothed me in His Robe of Splendor! He gave His life on a jagged cross, enduring the pain, the shame- so I can live, and walk by Grace and Truth! Rejoice with me and Join in the battle!
Our King is worthy! Fight with me! Get on your knees and commune with our great King and He will prepare your heart for battle! Onward Christian Soldier! Onward. The battle belongs to the Lord! He is Victorious. He is Mighty to Save and BIGGER than all of our fears.
* I will be sharing the details of this retreat in an upcoming post!

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