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Danielle
Theberge

Aug 2/2014

Young Adult Retreat July 2014

We headed out to Gregg Lake Campground, William A. Switzer Provincial Park on Friday July 25, 2014. When looking at the forecast we were concerned that we may be setting up our tents in the rain. However, God blessed us with no rain as we rolled in to the campsite later that evening to set up camp. After the tents were set up and everyone was settled, we enjoyed roasting up smores and basking in God’s beautiful creation all around.

The next morning we got up, had breakfast, and headed off to the Sulfur Skyline hike in Jasper. The intention of this hike was to learn what it is to listen to God. To hear His voice and experience Him in a new way that many of us never have. There was a short explanation given on what the common stumbling blocks are to hearing God’s voice, how God speaks, and how we can listen to what He has to say to us. So, we did the hike to the top of the mountain, and then at the top each person was encouraged to work through the “Searching For a Summit Experience” devotional booklet. The devotional worked through hesitations when it comes to hearing God, barriers that we have to hearing God’s voice, asking God to remove these barriers, asking God what He would like to speak to us about, doing listening prayer on that topic (listening for a word, thought, or picture), and then praising God for what He has spoken to us about.

In the evening, we spent some time reflecting on what God had spoken to us about, and those that felt comfortable shared what God had said to them.

Sunday we woke up, had breakfast, and then headed back. Our hope and prayer for this weekend was that this community of believers would grow in relationship with God, that they would experience a newness in relationship with Him, and that the departure from the busyness of life would give them an opportunity to quiet themselves and hear what God might have to say to them.

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