As summer winds down, we look to the start of Fall and our new study in the book of 1 Corinthians. It is that time of year again where we are called to pray in “holy anticipation” of what the Lord has prepared ahead of time just for us. Please use this as a guide each day, adding to it your own petitions, as you are led, to cover our beloved ministry, in prayer for all things. Praying diligently for our ministry before, during and after each of our events, is a hallmark of the WIWM that can be credited for the favor that rests upon it all for the Glory of God.
Friday, September 1
On this, the first day of prayer, let us praise God that we will soon be together again in our Spirit chosen small groups, as the Lord has willed it. Begin to pray for all who are attending the first day, which will include new ladies, who have taken that step to join us for this study, as well as those who have returned. Let us remember to give thanks for our ministry, its leaders and Live Oaks Bible Church, whose leadership supports it graciously and wholeheartedly. “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.” 1 Timothy 4:13, ESV
Saturday, September 2
In the days ahead, may we all meditate on what it will entail for so many of our sisters to be able to attend WIWM. Please lift up those who have children, or those who are caregivers, and for the myriad of challenges that must be overcome to faithfully attend, participate and study independently at home each week. For some, this is a huge sacrifice and one that will yield blessings. May the Lord enable each one in their own situations, as they learn and grow exponentially, and as they devote themselves in mind, body and spirit through the teaching, through their group discussions and as they devote time to prayer themselves for a fruitful study. “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Timothy 1:13-16, ESV
Sunday, September 3
“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’” 1 Peter 5:8, ESV
This is a busy week for our ministry leader, Joanne! As she has diligently shepherded this ministry for many, many years, she strives to bring forth the Word in Sprit and in Truth. We know that the enemy of our souls, main purpose is to kill and destroy anything that is good and of God. As such, I pray that we would all be praying for Joanne as often and as much as possible, as she wraps up her preparations for our first day and thereafter. May we be diligent and still before the Lord and allow Holy Spirit to lead and guide our prayers for Joanne. As only our Father in Heaven can do, may He protect Joanne from the evil forces that would seek to destroy the work of her hands. May The Lord strengthen her inner person with supernatural insight and physical strength as she labors for the Glory of God alone. I pray that there be such an outpouring of prayers for our leader that she would be protected by a shield of countless angel armies, surrounding her and her loved ones during this time. I pray that Joanne would have many opportunities this week to sit at the feet of Jesus and let him minister to her in sweet and tangible ways, bathing her in his assurance of protection and peace, as he goes before her. “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.”Proverbs 4:23-26, ESV
Monday, September 4
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:1-6, ESV Although a lot of what takes place to enable our ministry to be successful and fruitful is behind the scenes, those who are sometimes unseen need our prayers as much as well. The servants include, but are not limited to, The Leadership of the ministry, The Women on the Wall, those who serve with the audio and visual equipment and all media involvement, the worship team, the hospitality team who keeps our coffee ready and available, those who are charged with the finances and resources of the ministry, those who are charged with taking care of our participants’ children faithfully for many years, the Prayer Team, whose sole purpose is to pray for the needs of all WIWM participants and any other needs as they arise. The Prayer Team has grown, to meet the increase of our groups and its prayer needs, by God’s amazing grace. They continue to be the front line, first responders to prayer needs, and are available on three sites. Let us pray that the Lord would provide a prayer partner for Allison Smith, as she embarks on her first year away from home, as she has been prompted to begin a small group representing the WIWM on the campus of USF. May the Lord be gracious and fill all the needs they will have. And if I have forgotten anyone, may our Father in Heaven, bring them to our hearts as we strive to pray over all aspects of WIWM. May the Spirit of God Himself hover over us and our ministry and keep us as one, united and in peace for the purpose of instruction and learning. Let all we say and do to and for one another be with clean hands and a pure heart. We are all equal in God’s eyes and may everything we do be for the glory of God. “Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness…“ 2 Timothy 2:25, ESV
Tuesday, September 5
We praise God that our ministry has grown over the years and that we now have two off site groups; one meeting on Thursdays, at Calvary Crystal Beach and a second one, on the Tampa Campus of USF, on Friday, August 25. God is amazing! I pray that all of us are prompted to remember these off-site groups in our prayers. We thank these Servant Leaders for their time, efforts, energies and sacrifices on these evenings as their small groups also continue to grow and flourish. It is by the grace of God that we have been witnesses to His favor upon our ministry. His plans go before us and as we walk in them, let us please give thanks and offer sacrifices of praise for His goodness, for His generosity, for His grace and for His long suffering, that makes it all possible even when we are not worthy. Praise to our King today and forever. “Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.” 1 Timothy 4:4-5, NLT
Wednesday, September 6
This morning, as we all awaken to prepare for our first day of Wednesday morning study, I pray that each of us would have a holy quickening in our spirits, gently reminding us to pray for this, our first day of our study in the book of 1 Corinthians. I pray that collectively, our voices would be raised in unison to our Father in Heaven for a day that is successful on every level. Please pray for those ladies whose children have already begun school, and who must prepare them before they can come to program. Pray over all practical and impractical needs, such as the soundness of their vehicles, their homes being in order, their time being managed well so that they would not ne late. Pray against any illness that might have beset someone, that no one would be tempted to come that first day, not feeling well, and perhaps jeopardize the health of another. Father, I pray for your perfect peace this morning for Joanne, for the AV team, for the worship team and for all aspects of this morning’s activities as they play out. The enemy being the liar that he is, will most definitely try to weave himself in and through the particulars of this morning. Let me remind us that “….He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
1 John 4:4 and that at the very name of our risen savior, Jesus, the enemy must flee. Let us use our spiritual God given weapons this morning and remember “We destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5, ESV
I look forward to another dynamic study this Fall and Spring, Sisters. May the God of all love, wisdom and hope preside over all our prayers, in the Mighty name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Amen!
Hello Ladies and Happy New Year!
What Should I Bring?
1. Warm Clothes (weather dependent), jacket or sweater for meeting room, and “walking” shoes – Casual and comfy!
3. Insulated refillable bottle for water and/or coffee
5. Folding chair (optional for time outside Saturday afternoon and bonfire Saturday night)
6. Snack/drink for your room (electric coolers are located in each room; soda ($1.00 bill or coins) and ice machines are in the lodging buildings)
7. Cash/check for two opportunities to support our ministry
a. Basket Raffles – all proceeds go directly back to the ministry and But God Benevolence Fund ($1/ticket, $10/11 tickets, $20/23 tickets)
b. “BLING” – Blessed Living IN Grace – Jewelry Sales by Sister Kiisha – 50% of proceeds go to our ministry
Optional: (1) Hair dryer (they are not provided in the rooms) (2) extra blanket (3) earphones (4) bug spray
On Friday, January 6, 2023 – Registration: Begins at 3:30pm and will remain open through 6:30pm. Dinner is from 5:30 – 6:30pm. Once on site, you will follow signs for Women in the Word Ministry Retreat which will lead you to the Raintree Education Building. If you are arriving after 6:30pm Friday, our team will be available to meet you and complete your registration in the lobby of the Raintree Education Building. If you are arriving Saturday, January 7, 2023 – Breakfast is served from 7:30am-8:30am in the Magnolia Dining Hall. Please stop in the Raintree Lobby first to complete registration.
Food Allergies: Although not every dietary request can be accommodated, LYBCC will provide meals for those that are gluten free, dairy free, vegan/vegetarian and options will be available for those with food allergies. They will certainly try to meet your dietary needs!
Sister Time: Each day will end with fellowship and fun. Bring a favorite game to share while gathering in the Maple Fellowship Hall. Also, on Saturday night we will have a fire pit and smores.
Smoke Free/Alcohol Free/Pet Free Environment: The use of alcohol is strictly prohibited at LYBCC and will result in immediate dismissal from the campus. All buildings and property are smoke-free and pets are not allowed in any area or room.
Driving Directions: If you are coming from the Tampa Bay area, give yourself 2.5 hours depending on traffic. Lake Yale’s address is below so you can determine the best route for you.
Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
Address: 39034 County Road 452, Leesburg, FL 34788
Day #1 December 31
As we begin our seven days of prayer for our annual retreat, let us give thanks for our God, who has blessed this ministry in countless ways this past year. We thank Him for the new venue, which enables the ministry to accommodate more than double the number of ladies than we have in past retreats. That is in itself a very specifically answered prayer as the ministry leaders’ hearts were prompted by the Spirit to ask our gracious Heavenly Father to increase its number in order to reach more women. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21, ESV)
Day #2 January 1
You are exhorted to be faithful in the reading of the Word this week, so that you might be strengthened to pray ever more fervently for every aspect of our retreat. Please be in prayer and fasting (if you are able), for the leadership of WIWM, as they have been gathering throughout the past year, to plan and pray for this event. Pray boldly for the team as a whole, for the individual teams and for its members individually and collectively, as we can anticipate the possibility of spiritual attacks by the enemy of our souls. Keep in mind that that our desire is to do all things for the glory of God, from whom all blessings and favor flows. Remembering that none of this will be done in our own strength, but through prayer and thanksgiving, we prayerfully petition our requests in the name of Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, whose help we enlist for all things large and small. Let us be bold and pray specifically, naming our requests and standing on every promise that is delivered through the Word. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:4-6, ESV)
Day #3 January 2
For the first time in the history of WIWM, there will be more ladies we do not personally know. We should pray then that if they are saved, that they may be experiencing the holy anticipation of retreat, with which we are familiar. Pray for each one, saved or otherwise, for travel mercies, for timely transportation and come against delays or hindrances that would keep anyone from attending. Ask the Lord to guide them and prepare their hearts for what He already has planned specifically for each one of them. Pray that the Lord would move our hearts to welcome them and make them feel comfortable, as they navigate the weekend. Pray that there would be declarations of faith among the first timers as well as the regular attendees. “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.” (2 Peter 2:2, ESV
Day #4 January 3
As the winter season is upon us, so does the usual flu and other contagious illnesses become a reality. Together, let us come against all incidents of illness! Our God is mighty to save us from every illness and malady. As responsible adults, may each of us use common and spiritual sense to guard against the temptation to attend retreat if we are in any way ill. May it please the Lord to keep us all well and supernaturally enhance our immune systems to withstand any illness that would preclude even one person from attending, in the name of Jesus! Ask the Lord to guide them and prepare their hearts for what He already has planned specifically for each one. May we have tender hearts toward the new ladies, to welcome them and make them feel comfortable, as they navigate the weekend. “…and the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up…..” (James 5:15, AMP),
Day #5 January 4
As we will be enjoying a new venue this year, be very excited about it! It is a lovely location with ample room for all of us. Please pray for the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center’s beautiful grounds, buildings, meeting rooms, guest rooms, dining hall and all the staff that is required for events such as ours. Pray that the Lord would enable and be with the entire staff of this facility, as they work to serve us on many levels. Pray that all the logistics and preparations in anticipation of our group, be in perfect order to receive us. Pray that all supplies be received on time for them to function optimally. Pray for and over the food services staff, that each would be in good health and energized as the work hard to make our stay memorable. Pray that the Lord would grace us with beautiful weather so that we could enjoy outdoor activities comfortably. Nothing is too much for our God. He is a God of order. “But all things should be done decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:40, ESV)
Day #6 January 5
Behold – God is doing a new thing! This year’s members of WIWM leadership teams and others have made themselves available to travel to the retreat venue a day early. This day, as a caravan of workers travels north to work, please pray fervently for what each of them is tasked to do. There are many components in the planning of retreat. Please pray over each worker and ask the Lord to keep them motivated, strengthened, effective and encouraged. Pray that they would be spiritually fortified, that their concentration would be keen and sharp and focused on the tasks at hand. Pray that as we all leave our homes, the Lord goes before us and behind, hemming us in with His protection. Pray that all arrangements that had to be made to attend this event, would go as planned and that plans would not be thwarted or failed, in the name of Jesus. Lift up Joanne and the speakers for this event; that they would find the time to quiet their minds and that the Holy Spirt would rise up in them and insulate them from any internal or external distractions. Pray that they would be in the perfect peace of God as the weekend unfolds.
Day #7 January 6
This morning as we are preparing to begin our trip, may we be prompted to pray once more for traveling mercies. There will be ladies traveling long distances to attend retreat. Pray over their vehicles, the arrangements they have made at home to be able to attend, the traffic, the route they take, that by the very Hand of God, there would be no detours and no difficulty in arriving safely and on time. Pray over those who use GPS devices, that they may direct them to the best and safest routes. Please pray for the registration process, as we welcome almost 250 women to this annual retreat and tradition. Pray for God’s presence among us that first evening and the subsequent days, that all that is said and done will be under the protection and guidance of the Spirit. We will need our spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10 – ….) and the prayers of the saints this weekend. Please pray Psalm 91 for days 6 and 7, as we prepare; it addresses virtually every need mentioned in this guide. May we be yielded and faithful to the Holy Spirit this week as we lift up this annual tradition and, may it be a catalyst to propel us into 2023 with our faith not only strengthened and bolstered but thoroughly and unequivocally “UNSHAKEABLE” Amen!
PSALM 91 (ESV)
(My Refuge and My Fortress)
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side, then thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place – the Most High, who is my refuge – no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.