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A woman after God's heart

Today began bright and early as I got up at 6 am to get ready for the service here this morning at the women's retreat in Miami. Their theme for the weekend is, "The Heart of a Woman." This morning I talked about what it means to be a woman after God's heart. The Lord really moved and although I was supposed to wind up the service at 10:30 (it started with a breakfast first at 8) to release them to the beach and the pool - many stayed to pray. I did end at 10:30 and dismissed anyone who wanted to go and everyone stayed at first. Whether they came forward for prayer or not, most people prayed in their seats. When we were done praying probably at least half to a third of them were still in the room and had not gone to the beach yet. I know God did a real work in hearts and lives - glory to God!

I decided to come back and have lunch with Larry. He couldn't eat what the ladies were eating because of his fast. We walked down the boardwalk and he got a fruit plate and I got a grilled Mahi sandwich. (If you haven't figured it out yet, I love Mahi).

After that he came back to the room to study and pray and I went out on the beach by myself. A few ladies from the retreat were out on the beach - most were at the pool. After sitting and talking on the beach for a little while I headed out for at least an hour's walk just to enjoy the beach and pray some more and get the mind of the Lord for tonight's service. I already knew which direction to head, but he brings more clarity the more time I spend with him.

Time to come in, shower again and chill out a little bit and I've just been reading Secrets of the Secret Place, Come Away My Beloved, and my Bible. Interestingly enough the passage I'm reading in Come Away today is taken from Matthew 6, which is exactly where I'm preaching from tonight. Here's a quote that grabbed me: "Do not walk in the path of human reason, and resist the pressure that would project you into conjectures about the future. Live one day at a time! Simply striving to bring joy to your Father's heart is enough to keep you occupied. For you know that He loves you, and you will find peace as you rest in Him."

Good stuff.

Time to get myself ready for this evening - they are starting with a banquet/dinner, then service again...I'll post pictures later tomorrow if I have time to take some. I won't get out of service until at least 9 or so and then it will be 1:30, or 2:00 am when I get home so blogging will wait until tomorrow night at best. Tonight is going to be a power packed night in God. I can hardly wait to see what He'll do.

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