Come As You Are: Being fully present with God
All HPUMC women (and your friends!) are invited to once again “Come as You Are” to HPUMC’s annual Women’s Retreat. Women's Retreat is always an incredible weekend of fun, worship, friendship, and spiritual depth. Find out more about this year’s retreat below and register by clicking the registration button.
If you know Candace Winslow from her staff days at HPUMC, going on last year’s Women’s Retreat, learning from one of her Bible studies or just being her friend, you know she’s special. Candace has a heart for Jesus, her family, our church, studying Scripture and the Texas Longhorns. She is an exceptional leader, parent, wife and friend.
Candace is the first to tell you she loves all her different roles in life so much that it’s hard for her to stay focused on the “here and now” in any of them. She loves to think ahead, pray and dream, so I’m excited for her to share her perspective with you.
This year’s “Come as You Are” Women’s Retreat will focus on what it means to be fully present with God. Take a minute to hear from Candace and hear how planning, worrying and/or focusing on the future keeps us from embracing what God is doing in our lives now, today…
What does it mean to be fully present with God?
I am still learning… I am a master at running ahead of God, looking way beyond Him in the present moment and considering the “what ifs” of tomorrow.
One of the first etiquette lessons my parents taught me when I was a young girl was to be gracious when receiving gifts. At birthdays and on Christmas I could barely finish taking the wrapping off a present before asking, “What can I open next?” One particular Christmas after opening the last gift, my parents scolded me harshly when I asked, “Are there any more?” They were trying to curb my selfish attitude and instill in me at a young age a sense of being grateful for each gift as I received it. Looking back, I think what was stirring inside was even deeper than selfishness.
The biggest challenge I have being fully present with God is being still in His presence. I am so future-oriented that at times, my mind is working through the events of Thursday when the calendar still reads Monday. Just like the little girl who was looking for the next present before fully unwrapping the one in her hand, I have had a lifelong challenge of fully receiving and resting in what God has given me moment by moment, day by day.
At this year’s Women’s Retreat, my prayer is that God will use our time together to explore why some of us struggle with being present with Him because we are already living in tomorrow. We will look at a very familiar passage of Scripture where we see the disciples extremely worried about a future need, and we will see how Christ meets that need lovingly. I hope you will join us for a weekend of true “retreat” from the responsibilities of life and experience what it means to be fully present with God, today.