A Vessel for Jesus


Preparing for a retreat
Is like marinating meat
In your favorite flavor
The aroma of Christ
Fills the room

Where you pray
To be used
In His will and way
Daily responsibilities checked off
But kept at bay
The focus of your heart
From the start
Is opening your souls arms

To faith lifting hymns
To raising your eyes
In purified praise
To closing your ears
To nay-sayers
To reading His truth
Swallowing His breath in every word ….
Loving on Jesus
Our Lord always with us


Praise the Lord, my soul,

all my innermost being, praise His holy name

Praise the Lord, my soul,

and forget not all His benefits-

who forgives al your sins

and heals all your diseases

who redeems your life from the pit

and crowns you with love and compassion

who satisfies your desires with good things

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Psalm 103:1-5)


Hello and welcome to all! I am slowly re-entering blogging. I leave Wednesday and head to the other side of PA to speak to a group of God-chosen women this coming weekend. My time in preparation has been sweet and challenging at the same time.

I pray you have a blessed evening.

In Christ,



5 thoughts on “A Vessel for Jesus

  1. Dear Julie,
    It’s good to see you back! I have missed your words, but I am so thankful you were obedient to the Lord’s call. These words today especially touched me:
    “The focus of your heart
    From the start
    Is opening your souls arms”
    Such a beautiful way of expressing those moments spent in intimacy with Jesus. I pray that you will have a time of special praise and joining together with those that God joins with you at the retreat. Blessings!

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  2. Your words are always inspiring, Julie! I just read a quote, “Prepare long. Execute short.” Using Jesus’ time spent away in prayer with the Father as an example. Long times spent with the Sender, so when you are sent the time is well spent. Bless you for living out this wisdom and truth!

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