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Saturday, April 3, 2010

i can't wait for next year!





this was the 6th year for the ministry of because of Jesus to host a weekend getaway in the tulsa, oklahoma area. every year has been in a different location with many gifted speakers sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. each year there has been a different theme, but the message has always been the same, "we are loved children of God that have been graced with abundant life and eternal salvation by our faith in the finished work of Christ and all that we are blessed with by God is because of Jesus."

this year the theme was appropriately named, "it is finished." every speaker presented the great Truth of the accomplished work of Jesus Christ and how our faith in His act of love, alone, completely brought us into favor with God. i was privileged to be one of those speakers along with my sister, connie witter, and a wonderfully funny and gifted woman named rose karlebach. i am always amazed at how God ordains in our hearts the messages that flow together so fluently and build the strength of the Truth of His message into the lives of everyone that was there. i know that I left the weekend with a fuller measure of revelation in the finished work of Jesus Christ than when I arrived. i am very convinced that everyone that was there could say the same thing because of the presence of the Holy Spirit and the powerful teaching that went forth.

this weekend, as i allowed the Lord to fill me up with Truth, i felt strength arise in my spirit enabling me to trust Him with even more areas of my life.  Scripture after Scripture came forth to reinforce the understanding of the finished work of Christ in all of our hearts. as i listened, i wondered, "how is it that we have such a hard time getting this? it is so clear throughout the entire Bible that Jesus would come and make a way for us. He would do it! He would finish it! He would accomplish for us what we could not accomplish on our own!" i asked the Lord to open my eyes and help me to see what i was not seeing before so that i could walk in more of the resurrection power of Jesus Christ in my life. i continue this cry up to Him even today.

it was a wonderful weekend. i know many people's lives were touched and changed. God is doing great things through the because of Jesus ministry as they are propelled to get the message of the power of the completed work of Jesus Christ into as many people's lives as possible. this weekend was just a step in the journey that God has for His children to shine the glory of their Father!!! one step after another makes a pathway of lives that is touched and changed by His Love!

i can't wait for next year!

 


21 comments:

MTJ said...

Hi Christy Rose,

There is a life-affirmirming quality that occurs when the Holy Spirit moves us. Jesus said, "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20, RSV).

I too believe that Christ empowers each Christian to live a life that imparts the love, grace and character of God. May the Lord continue to do great things through this ministry.

My Thought-filled Journey

Loren said...

Oh Christy! I am sooo glad you were able to be touched so deeply....I love it when the Lord sends a Rhema Word out like that and it is for each and every one! I am with you...why is it so hard to grasp the message....If we could grasp even HIS love, oh how that would change everything!! Then to know how HE will be with us every step of the way instead of seeing all that stands there trying to tear us down ....I guess that is why it is a journey as one step at a time we learn to depend on HIM instead of ourselves and we work together instead of independently!

I am soo sorry I missed you! I was so out of it when the kids ended up sick that week! One day though we will hug each others necks!!! That I know for sure! Have a glorious Easter weekend my friend! I love you

Saleslady371 said...

Praise the Lord for this special experience with Him. Bet many were blessed with your ministry as well. I think what tugs at my trust level is looking too seriously at what is seen instead of what the Word says! But I am determined like a bulldog to keep growing too!

Happy Easter,
Mary

RCUBEs said...

That sounds so exciting sister Christy! I know many are blessed by that and to understand what being "finished" means on the part of the Lord, that's truly encouraging to every one. The One Who never got out of His will. Will be the same One to be there for us as we try to finish ours. Happy Resurrection Day to you sister and God bless you and your family! Love to you.

Susan said...

Happy Easter new bloggy friend.
May the glory of Easter shine on your family tomorrow and always.
Blessings,
Susan

Laura said...

Sounds like an amazing time, CR!

Sending resurrection joy to you this Easter and always!

LisaShaw said...

It sounds like it was a beautiful and powerful time in the Lord! Awesome!!!

Blessed Resurrection Day to you and your family Christy. Much love.

Bridget said...

Sounds like a wonderful experience! Happy Easter to you!! :D

Sassy Granny ... said...

Everyone needs to experience life-changing retreats from time-to-time. It's such a great way to connect with the Lord in a concentrated way, and to fill up a cup that is, for we Moms/Grandmoms, always nearing empty.

Thank you for sharing.

Blessings this Easter, and always,
Kathleen

Warren Baldwin said...

Sounds great. I just returned from a spiritual weekend with 3,000 other Christians. Very uplifting!

Lesli said...

What a great weekend and experience, so glad you had a great time! Happy Easter my friend!

Mich said...

God blessed you with a special gift, so glad you are led to use it for His glory.

Hope you and yours had a beautiful Easter!

septembermom said...

That must have been an amazing experience!! Hope you had a beautiful Easter.

amanda said...

don't you just LOVE weekends like that!! God truly is sooooo good!! praying your easter was blessed too.

RaD said...

Sounds like you had a great time. I love it when He gives us that refreshing!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Oh how exciting! Sounds like a great weekend. I love the words Jesus spoke, "It is finished." May we know this down to the depths of our souls in every area of our lives. Thanks for the great reminder. Take care my friend!

bluecottonmemory said...

What an exciting get-away ministry opportunity! I've never thought about "It is Finished" that way before. Blessing always fills up. I am glad you were blessed!

Karen said...

Awesome , Christy...wish I could of heard you speak...maybe a vlog in your future?

Libbie said...

Hey there!

I get soooo filled up by amazing women speakers! I wish I had been there with you! It sounds like just what I could use right now! :) thank Goddness I am headed off to my Beth Moore study right now :) Hope you have a great day!!!

He & Me + 3 said...

That sounds like an awesome ministry. I love how you and your family are so involved with so many ministries. Just beautiful. You are helping get the wonderful word of Jesus out to so many too. Thank you too for sharing your faith and your heart on your blog. You minister.
Hugs,
Mimi

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

So glad you had a wonderful retreat and that God spoke to you personally. Love it when He does that!