Rest in Recovery
We know that recovery is not simply a matter of abstinence, nor is it an event, but a lifelong process. I like to call it a brand new lifestyle based on a new identity. Biblically, we might call it a lifestyle of grace and truth as opposed to the natural lifestyle of law and lies. This new lifestyle is lived day by day through the exercise of our authentic faith in who God has made us to be in Christ and how he wants us to love others like Christ.
No matter how far along we are in living this new lifestyle we all encounter times we need to be renewed and refreshed in our own recovery. It is for this reason that we have planned a series of Rest in Recovery retreats at Freedom Ranch. Sponsored by Alpha Ministries these retreats are available to anyone desiring to enter into God’s rest while learning to live a new lifestyle of recovery. Regardless of the life-controlling issues you are struggling with, you can experience a much needed personal renewal and a refreshing time of encouragement in the serenity of Freedom Ranch. Gracious teaching and small group discussions along with good music, food and fellowship will go a long way to enlighten, encourage, and empower you in your recovery.
This year’s retreats are planned during the winter months around an overnight camping in the woods experience. These “rustic” retreats will require participants to provide their own shelters ranging from tents to RVs. While showers, meals, drinks, and snacks will be provided in the training center; attendees will be responsible for their own sleeping accommodations. Limited electric and wi-fi access will be provided for those of you who cannot live without Facebook for the weekend. Each retreat is scheduled from Friday evening through Sunday at noon and is limited to a total of fifty (50) participants. The dates are set for: December 2-4, 2016; February 3-5, 2017; and March 31-April 2, 2017.
Pre-registration is required for each retreat through the Alpha Ministries office and is on a first come first serve basis. The cost will be ($100/person) for the weekend.
I am excited about offering these “rustic” retreats for our recovery community and look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for each person he brings. There is no question that he will fulfill his promise of rest to the soul for all who take his yoke upon them and watch him work. Come expecting to learn what God has and is doing for us that we could not do for ourselves.