Awakening: Reflections from Advanced Captivating

I wanted to share this song with you….oh man, this song…this song truly moves me.

This is one of the first songs we heard at Adv Captivating. It totally captured the heart of what I came to the retreat hungry and thirsty for.  I came for awakening.  I came for revival. I came to hear God’s voice fresh and new in my life.

I was not disappointed.

“Like the rising sun that shines
From the darkness comes a light
I hear Your voice say
This is my awakening!”

Jesus, come.  Holy Spirit, we desire- awakening!

Advanced Captivating

It seems like a surreal lifetime ago, but it has only been a short month since I boarded a plan to Buena Vista, Colorado to take part in Ransomed Heart’s first Advanced Captivating Retreat.  I attended my first Captivating Retreat in April of 2010, and it rocked my world.  When I learned of the opportunity to enroll in the lottery for this retreat, I didn’t hesitate….ok, maybe I hesitated for a minute thinking about the expense, the time away from family, the difficulty on my husband and- oh yeah, how far behind I would be on the laundry when I returned after 4 days in the Rockies, but that was literally only for a minute.  I was elated when I was accepted.

I had no idea what to expect coming into the retreat.  What I experienced was far beyond anything I could have imagined.  I suppose if I had to choose a word that summed up the long weekend it would be redemption. God was about redeeming memories and breaking bondage in a big way.

I learned so much about God’s true nature, about who I had shaped God to be and about what I needed to do to line those two images up that it is still, even weeks later, difficult to put into words- and the reason that I have struggled to post of late.  So over the next several weeks, I will try to share what I experienced, some of the music that has traveled with me home and other bits of insight I picked up along the way.