One of the most
beneficial things for me at these weekends is to be away from my normal
environment and spend time focusing on God. Having a whole weekend away means
that barriers break down, my heart gets melted and I'm more open to receiving
what God wants to tell me.
This year, as the weekend
went by, I felt more and more broken down. We sang a song about being broken to
ashes and that had such an impact on me - I felt totally crushed. It was
painful and hard, yet the lovely thing with God is that out of the ashes he can
bring something beautiful. If we are willing to be broken down, to see that we
are nothing without him, to be humbled, then he can bring beauty out of the
I had to spend some time
alone with the Lord and in that time of brokenness, came to a place of total
My prayer is that I've
left behind in the ashes more of my old sinful nature and what emerges from the
ashes is a new me, showing more of the beauty of Jesus.