A'nesis Retreats and Counseling Sabbaticals

Come Away to a Quiet Place and Rest Awhile ~ Christian Retreats with Intensive Counseling

Sanctuary near Buena Vista, Colorado


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“God is Before All Things That Touch Me…”

The most powerful Truth I encountered in 2014 was the concept of “God is before all things that touch me” taken from the verse in Colossians 1:17 that says, “He is before all things and in Him all things hold together (NIV).”

Reflecting on all the “Life-stories” I’ve heard this year it is hard to imagine that God could actually be “in those things and even ahead of those things” that touched my clients. Deaths of babies, deaths of children, cruel and unusual suicides, horrible abuses by fathers and mothers to their own children and horrible transgressions and betrayals by husbands and wives to each other.

If one is not careful to stay close to and in constant touch with the Truth, a helper in my field of counseling could easily lose their way. All I can do is hold on to the attributes and character of God. It is necessary for me everyday to keep on reminding myself of God’s goodness, of His plans, His purposes and His ways.

I reflect back on the year and hang tight. The God of the Universe makes no mistakes. He has ultimate plans and purposes that are beyond our wildest ability to imagine. Even in the nitty gritty ugliness of the ways of the world and what it deals humanity, God is sovereign and He is able.

I rest in the assurance that no matter what touches me, it is no surprise to Him. He’s already walked ahead of me and removed absolutely anything that would have the ability to destroy me. In His love He leaves the rest of the obstacles. The ones that will make my trust level stronger, the ones that will draw me closer to Him.

There is solace in knowing He’s cleared the way for the most terrible of things. All others He knows about and He brings me comfort in the midst of the trial. I carry this hope for those who are hurting over what last year has dealt them. I hope that they can receive comfort in This Truth. God allows in His wisdom what by His power He could prevent. Yes we are a few hours into this new year, and already He has gone before us.


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OK, so Yesterday I Got a Speeding Ticket

My friends laugh because I spirtual-ize EVERYTHING. So here goes my take on the speeding ticket I received yesterday as a gift from the county sheriff. The day started out so beautiful! No way to imagine my drive to work…small country road…very little traffic…an occasional antelope or bicycler on the side. I’ve had a break in work so I was SO excited to get back out to Sanctuary. My praise music was blaring and life was good! I was flying HIGH…literally…a mere 16 miles ABOVE the limit!

Then it happened. I crested a hill and there he was!. A handsome and very young man in a uniform. He made a quick u-turn, lights on…I knew I was b-u-s-t-e-d!!! I turned down the praise music but did conveniently leave it on just a little bit. I guess I secretly wanted him to know the REASON for my speeding …as if that would influence his decision in some way.

He was a pleasant fellow. Apparently he liked me also, because he said, “you seem like such a nice lady, I’m going to go easy on you.” (Oh good…no jail-time!). He reduced my fine from what would have been $190.00 and 4 points to $106.00 and only 1 point! WOW! Since this was the FIRST EVER SPEEDING TICKET I’ve ever gotten I had no clue they were so very price-y! I of course thanked him profusely as I pulled away. So much for the new dress I had been eyeing!

As I process through the event I think of the gift of grace and how God extends that to us every single day. Seriously, I do see why I shouldn’t be driving that fast on that road. At any given moment any sort of wild animal could dart out in front of you. Additionally, there are dips and bumps in the road. Hitting one of those too fast and you could go airborne pretty quick. Who knows if just over that hill I wouldn’t have encountered any number of situations that could have —God forbid—caused me to wreck or hurt someone or something else.

When God slows us down we should listen. While my motivation was completely pure I wasn’t following the rules. Praising the Lord for my life while breaking the law…hmmmm. Something tells me He can’t bless that! Yes, He does want us to love the life He’s graciously given us; however,we do need to take time to stay safe. If He slows us down, it’s because He has our best interests in mind.

He so many times lets us off the hook and sometimes He graciously gives us lesser consequences than we deserve. I love how kind He can be…even when we don’t deserve it! Who knows maybe…it is possible…that $106 moment saved my life. Puts things in perspective. And that my friends is my spiritual lesson for the day.