Jessica returned, her spirit-renewed, not too long ago from a Retreat with PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel). Its basically the ladies ministry here in the Army. They hold the overarching principles of Protestantism, which allows a great deal of variation in denominations. (Just like a Protestant Chapel in the Army, which could have a Reformed Southern Baptist Chaplain preacher, Church of God musician, Church of Nazarene prayer for offering, and a Korean helping with communion...its just plain crazy. (in a good way).
So, keeping to basic tenets of Protestantism, we do our best to orchestrate a reasonable service for the community of faith. Those of you who are well versed in your theology know that each of those I have mentioned above have very distinctive differences, BUT by the Grace of God, and his Utmost Sovereign hand, we manage to see our purpose to get the Gospel of Jesus Christ out, as our first priority.
With that said, I must return to my wife returning with a great deal of zeal for the Lord and a renewed spirit. I was delighted to see this in her, and she has placed around the house for our memorization the passage in Hebrews 12:1-2, for us to begin to memorize. Its in the shower, the door to the house, and the bedroom mirror. Repetition is the key to learning.
Next week, we will kick off hopefully the next part of the passage.
Bottomline: Sometimes, a good retreat away helps us refocus. We oftentimes get really 'excited' and make a lot drastic changes when we return, yet that's a good thing. We need to hopefully stretch ourselves beyond normal, so that when we bounce back to normal...its not exactly the same as it was before. Some may criticize this view as, pessimistic or skeptical, but...you know if in 5 months...I have a better grasp of Hebrews 12:1-2, its better to have focused my mind there for a period of time, than not at all. I pray it sticks. (Document protectors (plastic sheets) in the shower, work marvelous to preserve notes and Scripture there.)