April 6, 2013
Wow! This is beautiful! Sitting in the hotel lobby, looking out at a courtyard with a gorgeous bubbling fountain. It is quiet. Everyone is still sleeping.
This morning I got to sleep in till my body woke up… no alarm clock (which still has me up at 6am) and I feel refreshed! Like it was my first full night’s sleep in a long time.
Sometimes during the week, when I get up at 4:50 to spend time with God, I am so tired, I don’t think very clearly. Sometimes I can’t completely reflect on what I am reading. But this morning I woke up feeling God’s presence all over me!
It was because I went to sleep filled up with the Holy Spirit! We had such a great time last night! Sitting on the front row, singing and dancing for the Lord!! The worship was powerful. The worship leader, Val Dakus, spoke of chains being broken. She said God was telling her that this retreat was about being set free from some things. We sang “My Chains Are Gone” and then we finished the night off with “Shackles” by Mary Mary.
“Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance!
I just want to praise You! I just want to praise You!
You broke my chains now I can lift my hands.
I just want to praise You! I just want to praise You!”
Shauna made me get on stage and dance with her… if only these women knew the significance of this song in my life and also in my sister Ashley’s life! Her chains are being broken right now!! With God, this is possible and she will be set free from every stronghold the devil has put up in her life! Glory to God!! I see this day right now!!