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Come As You Are: Don't let the past hold you back

08.11.15 | Women's Ministry | by Erin Williams | by Rev. Dawn Anderson

Come As You Are: Don't let the past hold you back

    As Christian women, though, we must learn to surrender our frantic attempts to control our lives and experience God's peace and joy here and now.

    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.

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    An Introduction to One of HPUMC’s 2015 Women’s Retreat Speakers

    Our annual “Come as You Are” Women’s Retreat this year will focus on what it means to be fully present with God.

    Dawn Anderson was one of the first women I met when I came on staff at HPUMC. As the new Director of Adult Ministry, I had been charged with coming up with programming for the men and women of our church who were going through divorce. I was single, had never been married and didn’t have a clue how to address this really important need.

    It turned out Dawn has a heart for those who’ve suffered divorce. She herself has gone through one and lived to not only tell about it, but to help people through it. A few months after I met Dawn, she began our church’s DivorceCare ministry alongside her already successful GriefShare ministry and Christian Survivors of Suicide group. Her story is a powerful one, and I can’t wait for you to hear it.

    Here’s just a glimpse into Dawn Anderson and her message to not let our past keep us from enjoying a full and happy life in Christ.

    What does it mean to be fully present with God? – Rev. Dawn Anderson

    It’s hard to imagine. We women are natural multitaskers. We may be doing laundry while cooking dinner and overseeing homework while talking on the phone. Or at work we may be sitting in a meeting or on a conference call while sending an email or reading. It seems we have to double up on tasks just to get everything done, and before long, we’ve become addicted to that "productive" feeling.

    As Christian women, though, we must learn to surrender our frantic attempts to control our lives and experience God's peace and joy here and now. In my talk at the Women’s Retreat, I will take a look at the various obstacles and ways of thinking from our past that hinder us from being new creations in Christ. I’ll share stories from my own life about times when feelings of pain or regret held me back. I’ll also talk about how even sometimes our past successes falsely dictate who we are and how we see ourselves in relation to God. The challenge will be for us all to not let our past keep us back in faith, and one of our key Scriptures will be 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, she is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”  

    Come as you are… and get ready to let go!

     


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