Are you planning a women’s retreat? If so, pray these scriptures for encouragement:
A few weeks before our first retreat, moments of fear set in and the conversation in my head went like this. “What if no one comes?” What if only one person comes?” What if we do all this work and nobody shows up?”
I felt confident God had put it on my heart to hold a women’s retreat. If only a couple people came, did that mean I heard him wrong? Or did it mean that I’m not good enough to share my faith?
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Putting these fears in writing scares me. It embarrasses me. But I’m sharing with you in complete transparency because I know you’ve probably felt the same way. Worried that what you have to say isn’t enough. Afraid that you’ve made a huge mistake and heard God wrong.
I know. It’s not easy, is it?
But ladies, I firmly believe you heard Him just right. Just the fact that you’ve moved forward enough to begin planning lets me know you are answering His call.
What I’ve discovered in my quiet, still conversations with Him is this: whether two or 100 show up, each individual will truly be blessed as we share His love.
And that is what it’s all about. Listen, move forward, give your fears and worries to Him, and spread Christ’s love to any who need it!
When I feel discouraged or unsure about my call to women’s ministry, I hold tight to these scriptures (download these directly using the link at the bottom of the post):
Scriptures to Encourage Retreat Leaders
Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Hebrews 13:7 – Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
James 1:12 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
James 3:1 – Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
James 4:10 – Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
John 3:30 – He must become greater; I must become less.
Matthew 7:12 – So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 20:26 – Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
Philippians 2:3 – Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
Philippians 2:4 – not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows
Proverbs 22:29 – Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.
1 Timothy 3:2 – Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
Psalm 37:5 – Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Proverbs 27:23-24 – Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.
John 13:13-17 – 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
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Click here to download all 20 scriptures. Pray each scripture any time you get overwhelmed or discouraged throughout the planning process.