The Big Canoe Retreat and Piedmont Park Service
In the thriving EDGE (singles and professional) ministry we have experienced a lot of “firsts” in this past week. It was our “first” time at the beautiful Big Canoe resort for our leaders retreat, and our “first” Piedmont Park service.
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, and our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” — Psalm 126: 1-2
This Scripture goes right to the heart of this past weekend. Calling us to dream God’s dream and to depend on God to faithfully fulfill His glorious promises to us.
This past weekend at the leaders retreat, we were challenged and inspired to dream God’s dream for His kingdom and not ours; God is calling everyone to go “all in” for Him, which simply means to dethrone yourself and enthrone Him, surrender all of you to Him, recognizing that every second of every day and every ounce of energy is devoted to Him. To truly live, you have to dream of something bigger than yourself.
In the morning we shared stories, coffee, food, prayer and laughter on the veranda, which overlooks a beautiful lake, nestled within the mountains of Georgia. We enjoyed fellowship and singing and a heard a message on dreaming God’s dream.
In the afternoon we ate lunch together, danced together, and sang together. We discussed in groups how to prepare individual lessons from the book Eight Habits of Highly Effective Family Groups. The groups had the opportunity to share powerful principles from the Scriptures describing a dynamic healthy family group.
We ended our weekend with a Sunday service at Piedmont Park. We attracted a lot of guests, as our singing and laughter was heard throughout the park. Many were intrigued by such a diverse group as we celebrated communion together, played together, and enjoyed fellowship until the sun went down.
I want thank everyone who made this weekend so special. Especially, Lin who organized and planned the entire weekend at Big Canoe; and Mark, her loving husband, who tirelessly serves the EDGE ministry. They open their home and their hearts again and again and again.
To God be the glory.