This past weekend was Calvary Chapel Moreno Valley’s Women’s Retreat up in Twin Peaks. It is a yearly tradition that I go with my mom, and this year was no different. I was so excited to go and the week leading up to the retreat seemed to pass so slowly! Every day seemed twice as long as normal!
Well, Friday finally rolled around and we were on our way!
The worship was great. I sing on the worship team at my church and it can be difficult to let myself go and just worship. I am always worried about hitting the right notes, and not drawing attention to myself or being a distraction. At the retreat, I am able to let go and just sing. I learned a few new songs too that I think Mike is going to learn so we can sing them at our Bible Study.
The sessions really spoke to me. The whole weekend was about how a “A wise woman builds her house; a foolish woman tears hers down with her own hands” (Proverbs 14:1). In this instance, the “house” the teachers were talking about was actually our spiritual lives.
Robin Milhouse was the first women to teach; this was on Friday night. She spoke about how the word “builds” in Hebrew means “working on the supporting structure”. It is an ongoing process. She reiterated that if we are not consistently giving our attention to building up our spiritual life,we are in trouble.
There were also 4 essential things that a builder must have or do.
- A builder must have a plan. Eph. 2:10 – For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
- A builder has to choose a plot of land. She posed this question – What LOT in life have you been given?
- A builder has blueprints to follow. Our blueprints are the Bible. Proverbs 24:3-4- A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.
- A builder has tools and materials.
Debbie Sharick was the first to speak on Saturday morning. One of the things she said was something I tucked away and definitely brought home with me. She said, “A wise woman builds her house on the foundation of her Savior’s refuge.” Christ must be our foundation. If we build our houses on anything other than Christ, when storms come, they will fall. She gave us about 10 verses to reiterated her point. Here are just a few of them that I loved.
- Psalm 141:8 – But my eyes are upon You, O GOD the Lord; In You I take refuge; Do not leave my soul destitute.
- Psalm 9:9 – The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
- Psalm 91:2 – This I declare of the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him.
- Psalm 142:5 – Then I pray to you, O LORD. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.
- Proverbs 14:26 – In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge.
What awesome verses to declare and build your foundation on! I am planning on printing some of these out and hanging them all over my house. When I feel overwhelmed by the storms of this life, I need a reminder, right in front of me, to hold on to!
Marcia Krantz led the second Saturday Morning session. I must admit, by this time, my eyelids were extremely heavy and my page of notes is mostly doodles to stay awake, BUT! I did come away with plenty of wisdom from her session. She spoke about how wisdom comes from hearing God’s Word and being obedient to it. She gave us a few ways we can actually do the building in our life. Some of the ways were reading our Bibles daily, taking notes during church and living a Godly life. She said we must build on Jesus and not the world. Only in the Lord can we have safe refuge; if we are living in the world, acting just like the world, our foundation is not Christ, and when storms come, we will be tossed to and fro.
Robin taught the last session on Sunday morning, right before we were to go home. She talked about how we need to be willing to let the Lord do the renovating and remodeling in our lives. He is the master builder and knows what He is doing. The process may be painful and uncomfortable at times, but when we come through it, we will be closer to the Lord, living our lives according to His Word, and more in Him image than we could have ever dreamed!
Over all I loved this retreat. I suppose I went into it thinking that it was going to be more about building our actual homes, how we can be better wives, mothers, how to make our home a sanctuary for our families. I was not disappointed by what I learned, but I wish that someone would have touched on how the women is the thermostat in her home. Her attitude determines the coldness or warmth in her home. When we have a relationship with the Lord that is close and as He desires it to be, our home, whether we are single or have a big family, will be a place of refuge and warmth for the people we love. So let’s get to building!