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Opening session of our Spring Ladies' Retreat - Rested, Reconnected, and Restored. This session was RESTED and we focused on a listening prayer exercise called "The Garden of My Heart"

Opening session of our Spring Ladies' Retreat - Rested, Reconnected, and Restored. This session was RESTED and we focused on a listening prayer exercise called "The Garden of My Heart"

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  • 1. WELCOME
    Rested, Reconnected and Restored
    Rescheduled
    ^
    Friday Night: Rested
    The Garden of My Heart
    byRaylene Wall
  • 2. Need a little rest?
  • 3. DOUBT
    MISERY
    DISAPPOINTMENT
  • 4.
    • To Bless You
    • 5. To Refresh You
    • 6. To Restore You
  • Rested
    Rested
    • Being at Peace?
    • 7. Sense of Ease?
    • 8. Refreshment Produced by Sleep?
    TRUERest
    • Peace, Ease and Refreshment produced by the Holy Awesome Saviour of the World
    • 9. No TRUE rest without Christ Jesus
  • Tonight
    help connect you to our source of true rest - Jesus
    • to bring you into a restful place with Him to begin our time at the retreat together
    • 10. to show you something you can use anytime to grab a few moments of rest.
  • ♫ The More I Seek You ♬
    I want to sit at your feet,
    drink from the cup in your hand,
    lay back against you and breathe,
    feel your heart beat.
    This love is so deep,
    it’s more than I can stand.
    I melt in your peace,
    it’s overwhelming.
  • 11. Love, Goodness & Peace
    The LORD said,
    "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
    Exodus 33:14
    Presence
  • 12.
  • 13. Joyce Meyer
    “If I’m tired, weary, frustrated, or bothered about something, and I become refreshed after spending time with God, then I know the wind of the Spirit has blown on me… God wants to bring refreshing into your life. Don’t be frustrated or worn-out in your soul when the answer is living inside of you.”
    • “…learn to come away from the busyness of life to spend time with God the way Jesus did…[to] be quiet in His presence… and be refreshed in an amazing way.”
    taken from Hearing from God Each Morning – 365 Daily Devotions by Joyce Meyer
  • 14. Presence through Prayer
    Listening Prayer
    ears
    hearts
    souls
    minds
  • 15. The Garden of My Heart
    Listening Prayer
  • 16. Gardens
  • 17. Gardens
    “well-watered garden”
    Jeremiah 31:12
    Isaiah 58:11
  • 18. Gardening Imagery
  • 19. Garden Imagery
    of the Heart
    ^
    An illustration of the work the Lord is doing in your life
  • 20. The Heart
    “Watch over your heart with all diligence,
    for from it flow the springs of life.”
    (Proverbs 4:23 NASB)
    The “heart” stands for the inner being of man,
    the man himself. (Vines Expository Dictionary)
    As such, it is the fountain
    of all he does. (Prov 4:4)
  • 21. God’s Garden in Your Heart
  • 22. God’s Garden in Your Heart
    “Did you know that your heart is
    God’s Garden?
    He loves making it a beautiful,
    fragrant and fruitful place.
    Amazing, such work isn’t drudgery to Him, but a task that brings Him
    great joy…”
    ~ Audrey Jeanne Roberts
  • 23. The Garden of My Heart
    Listening Prayer
  • 24. Jeremiah 33:3 - “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
    Jesus in John 10 - “The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. … and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name
    and leads them out. … his
    sheep follow him because
    they know his voice.”
  • 25. The Lord is making a point about his voice: he has one. He uses it. He speaks. His sheep – those who have ears to listen – hear it, know it, and follow it. …
    Note that Jesus did not say, “My prophets hear my voice.” He didn’t say, “My pastors hear my voice.” And he did not say, “Only the spiritual people hear my voice.” But rather, “My SHEEP hear my voice. According to Jesus, the only prerequisite to hearing the voice of the Lord is simple membership in his flock. That means you can hear it too!
    Note also that Jesus did not say “might hear,” “could hear,” “should hear,” or “would hear, if only.” “My sheep DO hear my voice,” he asserts. It’s just a fact. Jesus claims to be the Good Shepherd who speaks and his people to be the flock that hears his voice.
  • 26.
  • 27. “Rather than ignore our imagination, I believe we should fuel it with Scripture, allowing it to step through the doors that Scripture opens.”
    “While reason is the natural organ of truth, imagination is the organ of meaning.”
    “The Christian is the really free man – he is free to have imagination. This too is our heritage. The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.”
  • 28. The Garden of My Heart
    Listening Prayer
    letting God use our imaginations to show us things
    we might not see otherwise
  • 29. Your Unique Garden
  • 30.
  • 31.
  • 32.
  • 33. The Garden of YOUR Heart
    What sort of seeds do you think God has planted in your heart?
    What kinds of decorations might you find there?
    He planted IN YOUR HEART your dreams, your hopes, the things you need to be fruitful in your life, the pieces necessary for the plan He has for your life
    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
  • 34. How this works
    Get comfortable, relax, close eyes, use imagination
    • Not imagining on our own – combined with our ability to hear the Lord, even if you think you’ve never heard from Him before
    • 35. He is our Good Shepherd, so we know the source is good!
  • How this works
    Step 1 – quiet place
    • Step 2 – pray
    • 36. Step 3 – activate our minds: “ Lord show me the garden of my heart”
    • 37. Step 4 – journey with Him
    • 38. Now it’s your turn: Pen & paper if you want, get comfy, spread out…
  • Give it a try!
    If you feel stuck – just enjoy resting during this quiet time in a safe place.
    If you fall asleep – That’s OK, too!
    Jesus will meet you wherever you are.
    Leaders and Prayer Team Members available if needed following this session.
    Join me as we start with prayer.
  • 39. Let’s Go into Your Garden
    Begin to imagine your garden
    As you sit (or lay) quietly, ask Jesus to bring you into the Garden of your heart.
    Perhaps there is a gate
  • 40. In Your Garden
    If you are carrying something (a pack, a purse, a burden of any kind), you may need to leave it at the entrance.
    Leave your thoughts and burdens outside the garden.
    You can choose to pick them back up again when it’s time to leave the garden.
  • 41. In Your Garden
    You can use all your senses:
    See, Hear, Touch, Taste, Smell.
    • Things you might DO in the garden:
    Walk, Sit, Look, Dance, Sing, Lay Down, Skip, Run, Laugh, Dig, Plant, Weed, Water… Almost Anything
    • Things you might SEE in the garden:
    Flowers, Grass, Trees, Paths, Garden Ornaments, Water, Plants, Fruit, Veggies, Shrubs, Other Objects.
  • 42. In Your Garden
    Ask Jesus what He wants to show you, where He wants to go with you.
    When he shows you things, ask Him what those things mean, or represent.
    If He asks you to dig something up, Ask:
    “Lord, do you want to put something else in that place?”
    Replace with Love of God, Replace with Forgiveness
    Mostly, tonight, Jesus just wants to show you around this Garden in Your Heart – Explore with Him!
  • 43. In Your Garden
    If you begin to feel distracted, and other thoughts start to creep in, ask Jesus to take them away, or to show you where to put them so you can focus on Him and on Your Garden.
    The Garden is bigger than you think – even when we’re done today, there’s always more to explore. And you can come back!
  • 44. Finishing In Your Garden
    As this time draws to a close:
    • Thank Jesus for meeting you here.
    • 45. Let Him know how it made you feel.
    • 46. Tell him what your favorite part was.
    • 47. You might even ask Him what His favorite part is.
  • Finishing In Your Garden
    As this time draws to a close:
    • Spend a few moments worshipping and praising and thanking Him.
    • 48. Ask what He wants you to take with you as you leave – an image or picture, a word or phrase, a feeling?
    Thank Jesus again, because He is SO very GOOD!
  • 49. Going BACK to Your Garden
    This exercise can be done in all situations:
    • Next time children or husbands tick you off – take yourself into the bedroom and ask the Lord to show you what’s in the Garden of Your Heart.
    • 50. Next time your boss is disrespectful – take yourself off to the washroom and ask God, “What’s in my heart?”
  • Going BACK to Your Garden
    This exercise can be done in all situations:
    • Next time you are in the grocery checkout and you feel irritated with the cashier – right there, ask Jesus to remind you of the restful place He’s made in the Garden of your Heart.
    • 51. Long or Short – next time you want to sit and “soak” in His Presence.
    • 52. It WILL change your heart!
  • In Closing
    Be respectful of others during this time:
    • May find the need to remain still and quiet for a while.
    • 53. May feel like sharing your experience with others.
    • 54. Everyone will have experienced something different – no one way is better than any others.
    • 55. You can gather quietly at the other end of the fort, enjoy fellowship at the fire pit, in cabins, anywhere in between.
  • In Closing
    REMINDER: Breakfast tomorrow morning is at 8:30am at the Lodge (follow the crowd!) and when you hear singing in here it is time to begin our morning session together!
    Thank you so much, ladies, friends, and bless you!
  • 56. Session / Meal Times
    FRIDAY
    Arrival
    Session #1
    Snack
    SATURDAY
    8:30 am – Breakfast at the Lodge
    Session #2
    12:00 noon – Lunch at the Lodge
    Session #3
    5:30 pm – Dinner at the Lodge
    Session #4
    Departure