Rachel Browning, our guest speaker from Emmanuel church, Hastings, presented a challenge to ‘read the symptoms of our spiritual heart condition’ such as impatience, stress, anxiety, dissatisfaction, irritability and procrastination, and ask what idols might be lurking. What might be more important to us than God? What might be giving us our security and fulfilment? Examples shared included work, family, relationships, homes, exercise and what other people think of us.
She went on to explore just how much our hearts matter to God. He wants us to love Him with all of our heart. (Deuteronomy 6:5) He wants to remove our hearts of stone and give us a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26) Can we say with David, the Psalmist, ‘One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.’ (Psalm 27:4) God is the only one who can truly satisfy our thirst.
We came away encouraged to see and treasure God more, to put God back at the centre, and to guard our hearts. Also to cherish the freedom Christ has secured for us and to live by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:13)
With Rachel’s gentle but challenging teaching, some beautiful worship, chance to share with others and a delicious lunch, it proved to be an uplifting day. Do join us at the conference next year in June.
Gina Griffin and Antonia Easley