I love a good dance competition. There’s a new one on right now called “World of Dance” and its been phenomenal to watch the talent. Growing up a dancer, I can appreciate the effort and commitment that goes into each practice and performance. One specific performance or actually dance battle left me cringing a bit though. It wasn’t necessary the performance but the reaction when they announced the winners and the losers. The team that lost was very well-known group and was expected to win but the other team came to battle and took it. When the judges were acknowledging the team that lost, the winners bowed down on their knees and began to worship waving their arms up and down. Now, I know it was done in fun but it did stir up something in me.
It made me ask the question, “What am I worshiping?” At different times in my life, I have worshiped popularity, status, comfort, money, power, control, family and friends. In those times, God has graciously brought me back when I paused long enough to breathe and acknowledge him.
Since the dawn of man, we’ve been wired to worship – to bring him honor, praise and glory. Unfortunately, our worship becomes confused as “things” become our god/idol. This is not a new story. The Bible is laced with God’s people putting “stuff” before him and creating things to worship. To bring God’s people back, it took a walk in the desert, a repentant heart, a song of praise, a crippled eye sight, a place of solitude and much more.
Let me ask you, “What are you worshiping in this season of life?” Maybe its comfort! I know I struggle with this one. Maybe its success or being known! Possibly you are struggling with your worth due to past hurts or abuse?
In Matthew 6:6, Jesus spoke about how to come to God in worship and prayer:
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.”
I love the idea of a secluded place – one that is free of everyday distractions of life. In this season of my life, it takes an intentional effort to break away and spend valuable time with the Lord. Sometimes, it’s a prayer walk in my neighborhood or simply being still on my workout mat. Occasionally though, I desire a weekend to fully experience his voice for clarity and growth. I can pinpoint specific retreats and events in my life that have brought me to my knees to lay my worship down and worship God alone. It can be so powerful!
God has laid it on my heart this Fall to spend some time away from the everyday to breathe in his goodness and breathe out worship back to him. You see, I have a high school Senior this coming school year and so a new season is approaching. A new set of prayers and a new role in my child’s life is soon to be.
You too may be experiencing a new season of life or one to come. I invite you to join me to a secluded place to worship God alone. Come to the Breathe Worship Retreat taking place September 22 and 23 in beautiful, serene Okeechobee, Florida at the OK Corral Club and Cabins. We will worship God through many forms but His Word will be the central theme of our weekend.
Learn more about the Breathe worship retreat on Eventbrite.com. By the way, this is a great opportunity to bring those in your life that are on “your team” meaning those you do life with often. Maybe a group of moms, coaches, teammates, spiritual leaders or co-workers. What an amazing way for every one to be on the same page and experience growth together!
Here is my prayer for the retreat from Psalm 96:1-9:
Sing a new song to the Lord! Sing it everywhere around the world! 2 Sing out his praises! Bless his name. Each day tell someone that he saves. 3 Publish his glorious acts throughout the earth. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. 4 For the Lord is great beyond description and greatly to be praised. Worship only him among the gods! 5 For the gods of other nations are merely idols, but our God made the heavens! 6 Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty are in his Temple. 7 O nations of the world, confess that God alone is glorious and strong. 8 Give him the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come to worship him. 9 Worship the Lord with the beauty of holy lives. Let the earth tremble before him.
Love for you to come, connect and join the worship!
P.S. If you are considering coming, go ahead and register as spots are limited. Any questions, message me at firstname.lastname@example.org