Our 2010 Daily Lily Retreat, Designs of One’s Heart, was an amazing experience. Sara did a beautiful job teaching, showing and instructing her Lilies how to design their hearts. We all worked very hard each day to grasp what Sara was teaching. Needles did a beautiful job instructing us about how the human heart works. Debi and MG were amazing playing their guitar and piano. Rena was amazing. She fixed the toilet, the lawnmower and she prayed a powerful prayer over me using her beautiful intercessory gift. Each lily played a vital role in this life changing retreat. Each lily opened their minds and hearts to the Holy Spirit and amazing knowledge and wisdom fell from their lips. The fragrance of the words brought joy to my mind, heart and spirit. One particular day of our retreat, Sara spoke to us about the Garden of Renown. For homework we were to write about our Garden’s. As I was studying this homework assignment, the Lord placed something on my heart that I would like to share…

As I walked through this wonderful Garden of Renown, I noticed a beautiful stream flowing in the center. I ran to the stream, wishing to take a drink. I kneeled by the moving waters and saw my reflection. Is that really me, I asked myself or a small child. Then I realized the stream revealed my image as Jesus saw me. A small child slowly growing. Still learning my ABC’s. Learning how to talk, walk, run and skip. Crying out for my Father when I’m afraid of the dark. Still growing…..Still learning…… He sees me as one of His Lady Slippers in this garden. “Oh Lord”, I cried, “I am growing, working, praying and studying. Oh Lord can’t I be a beautiful Sunflower, tall and strong. Lord will you help me? Will you help me transform? Lord I can’t do it without you.” Jesus smiled and said “My little Lady Slipper come back tomorrow and let’s see if you are ready. Rest now.” I could hardly sleep, so excited to grow and mature in this beautiful garden. So excited to learn more, to do more, to be more. Rushing to the stream the next day, I saw Him smiling at me. “My little lady slipper are you ready to take this step?” “Oh yes Lord! Help me plant my roots deep in the knowledge of your word and let me sprout wisdom to those that will listen and hear with their minds and hearts.” Jesus smiled, “You are ready.” Suddenly transformed into a beautiful Sunflower. So excited I said, “tell me where to start working first.” He gave me a list and said “when the items on the list are complete, then I will return and then you will be ready once more.” “Ready for what, Lord?” “When I return to the Garden, you will know. Until then work diligently, stay focused on the list and do not stop or grow weary until I return.” So this Sunflower worked day in and day out to complete the list. Never forgetting the love the Sunflower felt for the Son of God. Never ceasing. As the last item was being checked off, I saw Him in the distance, walking toward the stream. “Lord, I have completed the list. I am ready to do what you ask of me.” With compassion in His eyes He said you are ready, transforming me into a tall strong Mimosa Tree. He smiled and said, “look around you.” I looked and saw little Mimosas all around. “Oh Lord, they are beautiful.” He smiled gently and He handed me a beautiful red Rose. As it left His hand, a thorn from the stem pricked His finger. With tears in His eyes, He looked at me, the blood dripping off the steam and He said, ” SHED FOR YOU.” As He walked away, I began to cry. ” Oh Lord, I’m sorry for all I’ve done to you, for all your pain that I’ve caused. How can you love me?” He turned to look at me and He smiled, ” It’s unconditional and it will never end. I will always love you. Now do the work that was meant for you, while there is time, because the time is short.” “Oh, I will Lord. Thank You. ” As He walked out of sight, I looked down into the stream and I saw a beautiful, strong Mimosa tree swaying in the breeze, smiling up at me…

Thank you Sara for you beautiful teachings, your home, and your love of Jesus and His Lambs. Thank you Lilies for all your hard work and all your beautiful love and compassion. Thank you Lord, for touching my mind, my heart and my Spirit and for loving me. Amen!!!!

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