In March, the ladies of AT3 hit the road and went to Wales for a weekend retreat.
We stayed in a beautifully converted, traditional old stone barn on a 20-acre small-holding above the tiny village of Felindre. Surrounded by the rolling countryside, speckled with lambs, sheep, cows and horses, we were all ready for a weekend of rest, encouragement and a change of pace from everyday lives. With our little cottage to ourselves, we cooked meals, did times of devotion together, watched movies, explored the towns and enjoyed the most beautiful hikes.
Our times of devotion were so encouraging. It was so great to be surrounded by like-minded women who know what it is like to be a part of the AT3 team. Together we prayed through Ephesians 1, Ephesians 3 and Psalms 148.
For those of you who have difficulty praying through your scripture, or don’t even know where to begin, I would like to share with you the outline we used. It was so helpful for myself and I hope it will be to you as well.
Outline for Praying Scripture.
- Read the passage through several times for understanding.
- Write out one sentence/bullet point of the main point.
- ADORATION– Respond to God in heartfelt praise by reflecting on how the passage describes him or his actions.
- CONFESSION– Respond to God in confession for any sin you’ve committed mentioned in the passage and any other unconfessed sin.
- GOSPEL THANKFULNESS- Respond to God in thankfulness and how Jesus provides forgiveness for the sins you just confesses, and in thankfulness that Jesus is the beast example of how to live out this passage.
- ASPIRATION– Ask God to help you live out this passage. Then pray for anything else on your mind.
Just behind our cottage was a path that you could take to walk through the hills. We saw stunning scenery, fluffy sheep and two groups of wild ponies. It was such an incredible experience. The ponies walked straight up to us, most likely to search for something to snack on, and we were able to pet them.
Looking out over the small town of Felindre, the white stone homes were a lovely contrast to the dark green of hills. We had a lovely walk, and the weather held up just long enough for us to get back home.
We spent one afternoon in Hay-on-Wye, a small market town often described as “The town of books.”
These “Little Libraries” are covered shelves or large wooden boxes, similar to bird houses, which hold books you can take or exchange. We left that evening with happy hearts and delicious homemade fudge in hand.
The morning of our departure back to our respective homes we prayed over all the churches represented between us women. It is so incredible to see how God is working through his people across the UK. As AT3 women, our jobs and rolls all look different, but our goals and hearts for a revival in the UK are very much united.
A common theme we found amongst all our churches was that while we have excellent and willing congregations, the work is still great and the workers are few. There is a huge need, and it is such a blessing to play even the smallest part in filling this need beside such wonderful woman through AT3.
Join us in praying for a revival in the UK, and for all the gospel work that is happening across the country.