Celebrating 30 Years of March Retreat, Devotional #15
We hope by now you have received your 30-Day Devotional Guide created by your Flourish Committee. If you haven't, we may not have a correct address for you. You can find a printable pdf version of the Devotional on our website www.theflourishconference.org or at www.cggcwomen.org. Over the next several months, we will be posting each devotional on our blog as well, helping us to celebrate this milestone throughout the year. Today's blog post commemorates the fifteenth year of the March Retreat.
#15 2006 Speakers: Kim Bolton Other Musicians Axia Spa for the Soul
But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands.
~I Peter 3:4-5~
Who doesn’t love a spa day? I know that I do. I am the woman that lives for a spa day. I often will make my appointments, coerce my friends to tag along and plan all the little details. What massage should I order? Should I get my nails done? What should I have for lunch? I dig into all the details to make this the best day for my comfort. Well, if you are like me and you thrive on a good spa day, COVID-19 has not been your friend. I often find myself saying on repeat: “I just need a massage.” I have looked for every black market (reputable) massage therapist, hairstylist, manicurist, etc., to tend to my every need during this pandemic. I have gone to great lengths these last nine months to find a way to obtain my relaxation that I crave.
While preparing to write this devotional and praying through these scriptures, I found myself convicted by this message. My longing for a Spa day is something that I have obsessively thought about as a way to rejuvenate my soul. My lack of being pampered and my constant complaining of how tired I am has brought me to the realization that I am a little spoiled. My job has become much more demanding of my time since the beginning of the pandemic. I am finding myself scraping and clawing for as much time as I can with my kids, time with my husband, really just time. So, I sat and contemplated how much time I have been seeking a Spa day with the Lord. In all transparency, not as much as I should be. I am often opting for naps rather than having a Spa date with the Lord. I know that women all too well know what it’s like to juggle a full-time job, kids/family, homeschooling our children, etc. I am by no means saying that being tired is not a characteristic that we women share from time to time and that a Spa day is not in order once in a while! I am saying that we must be careful not to depend on luxuries to fulfill our spirits. A Spa day will relax your mind for a day, while a spa day every day with the Lord will replenish your soul for eternity.
Thoughts to meditate on:
1. What is your spa day?
2. What do you fill your time with that doesn’t feed your soul?
3. What is God calling you to pursue to rejuvenate your spirit?
4. How is God calling you to be a Holy woman like in this Scripture?
Author: Jamie Welsh