A'nesis Retreats and Counseling Sabbaticals

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



Since September 2015 my life has been a roller coaster of change.  Not to bore you with the blow by blow details, but the bottom-line is that last fall my home and ministry moved from a quiet little mountain town southwest of Denver, Colorado to the beautiful green countryside near Nashville, Tennessee.

Not sure if any of you have ever picked up and moved across the United States.  It is not anything I would recommend if you are faint at heart.  Imagine handling every little piece, every box, every drawer, every shelf, every closet in your entire house.  After touching that item you have one of four decisions:

1). Is it important enough to put it in the 10 x 12 pod?

2). Should I “re-home” it at a very reduced price via the online garage sale?

3). Is it valuable enough to take it to the local goodwill?

4). Does it just need to be shared with the Waste Management folks?

Once here in Tennessee I began the process of finding all the new places that would be part of my daily routine like groceries and gas and such.  Then there was the Driver’s License and Car Registration ordeal.  It actually took three trips to the Car Registration office to get that done.  It has literally taken my husband and I an entire year to feel “settled” in to our new life here in Tennessee.

Change is always hard for me.  I’ve never liked change.  This is why God has to make it VERY CLEAR to me when it is time to move on.  Otherwise, I will hang around until the last dog dies and there is no air to breathe.

The one verse that got me through the entire ordeal was Colossians 1:17.  “And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  I just kept repeating to myself, “He is before all things that touch me.”  This gave me so much comfort to know that letting go of my Colorado life was something God already had gone before me in.  It was no surprise to Him.  He went to Tennessee and prepared a place for me before I even knew the plan.  He held me together through all the transition.

Looking back, I am amazed…as Paul would say, “sorely amazed” at what a good job God did in preparing my new ministry home in Tennessee.  It truly was “more than I could ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20 came to life and I’m living in it today.  He has truly done “more than I ever asked or could have dreamed of.”

It seems trite to say, but “God is good.”  God truly is good all the time.

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It Gets Worse Before it Gets Better…

Listening to 100’s of client stories over the years, I think I’ve stumbled upon a spiritual law…”it gets worse before it gets better.” Somehow this age-old saying applies to the spiritual as well as the natural realm.

Why is it that right when you think “it can’t get worse,” it does get worse. Life seems to pull the rug out from under us at our most vulnerable moment.

It is intriguing to witness our Jesus in this place of weakness. While the hours on the cross must truly have been His biggest struggle, there were other times when His day didn’t go so well.

Matthew 14 tells the story. Jesus hears the news that the one family member He’s closest to—John the Baptist—is beheaded merely because of the frivolous whim of a teen-age flirt.

Jesus was obviously “shaken.” He simply had to get away so “he withdrew from there in a boat.” Life happened though, it it was simply impossible to escape the reality of the news of the beheading of this special person in His life.

5000 men plus women and children found Him in His deepest moment of grief. They followed Him and demanded of Him…they needed His Presence, His Message, His Peace.They even needed Him to feed them with nothing. Well, practically nothing…two fish and five loaves of bread.

There were no moments for Jesus to have Jesus time. His needs, His grief had to be put on hold. The day had gotten worse. There was much work to do even though Jesus had nothing left to give.

One of Jesus’ darkest days demanded Him the most giving. He put His pain aside and went straight into reality…The multitudes needed feeding and “tag He was it.” Out of this moment came one of Jesus’ biggest recorded mass miracles, the feeding of the 5,000.

The Spiritual Law began and continues till now. Things got worse before they got better…and then the Miracle.

If you are in the midst of heartache, know that your miracle awaits. God often requires us to “dig deep” and run on fumes. The outcome of this dependence on Him is always the fulfillment of a promise. When He multiplies our “nothing left” moments, they become our biggest miracles. When we are weak, He always remains strong.

After the worse, comes the better. “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13