A total of eighteen sweet young ladies met at IBLP Headquarters this past week to begin their Journey to the Heart. I was very much looking forward to this time to seek the Lord along with them and had the added privilege of being a leader as well.
It was a week of teaching, seeking after God, and learning to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Saturday evening and Sunday, Mr. Gothard taught and shared Biblical principles and we enjoyed a day of fasting and prayer as we prepared our hearts to seek our Saviour. Monday morning, everyone packed their bags to take the seven hour trip to the Northwoods of Michigan. Everyone was filled with joy and in anticipation of what God was going to do.
I can testify that throughout the week, the presence of God was experienced. The girls, different in age, backgrounds, and location came together and the blessing of a one-accord spirit was felt in a rich way.
While enjoying the great outdoors and taking in the splendor of God’s beautiful creation, we studied and learned to recognize seven sinful “hearts” (fearful, adulterous, prideful, etc.). We were amazed and convicted to see the sinfulness of our hearts but had great rejoicing as we repented and looked to the Lord for His freedom, fullness, and joy. Confession of sin and a desire and commitment for life changes were deep rewards in many on the young ladies’ hearts. Times of memorization, prayer, singing, and crying out to God were very special. A day of delighting in the Lord was experienced mid-week. We took the time to fast and humble ourselves before the Lord of Hosts and experienced a richness of God’s abundant grace as a result.
We left the Northwoods with a song in our hearts, a perseverance to follow Christ’s commands, a freedom of repentance, and a deeper love for our Heavenly Bridegroom.
Upon returning to Headquarters, we worked through the commands of Christ with Mr. Gothard and learned what it is to become “fishers of men” with Mr. Garvin (Mr. Gothard’s brother-in-law). There was also a special time in the evening for certain young ladies to be anointed for greater works. God’s presence filled the room as the ladies were verbally blessed and prayed over by their fathers and two witnesses.
It was a Journey to be remembered for a lifetime. Not only did we come to know God in a more intimate way but special friendships were developed that will never be forgotten.
Praise be to Jesus for His love and for doing that which is exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think. Thank you all for your prayers. They impacted us in amazing, incomprehensible ways!
Thought you would enjoy some pics in way of a slide show! Enjoy! You can also view more by visiting Living the Journey.