We started day 3 (the first day of the lead elders meetings) off with a breakfast at the hotel we were all staying at in Carlsbad Beach. The easterners were the first ones up – it helps to be 3 hours ahead!! We sat with 3 other couples from our area (Ontario) and 1 couple from Brazil. We had a great time getting to know them, they’ve invited us to come and stay with them anytime. I’ve always wanted to go to San Paulo! The first meeting was right after breakfast. The lead elder (pastor) couple from a new church plant in Hong Kong was our guest speaker, he was amazing! There were about 50 couples, mostly from the US and Canada but a couple from beyond our borders. The meeting ended around 1pm and then we had the afternoon free. The evening meeting didn’t start until 7pm. Here’s a quote from the morning session, “A healthy perspective is one soaked in the grace of God.” We are under the new covenant, which is full grace not a mixture of law (old covenant) and grace (new covenant). Under grace the supernatural increases and there is rest, under the law there is only control, frustration and disappointment.
I forgot to mention that before the actual meeting portion started we were introducing ourselves and playing some ice breakers. We won 3 Starbuck’s gift cards and 2 cards for restaurants. It was a good start to the week. The Cinnamon Dolce Latte is MY FAVOURITE!!! I won for my story on how I bought my wedding dress only after a few dates with my man – and before he even said he loved me or we even talked about marriage!!! Let me tell you – when you know…. YOU KNOW! ;-0
We spent the afternoon with another couple from a church down the street from ours, we went for lunch and did some shopping. Then we walked on the beach. It was the only time my feet hit sand all week long!! The temperature wasn’t what I was expecting and I wore long sleeves and my coat, if not a sweater, almost all the time. And yes, I know it was better than the weather everyone was experiencing back home, I’m really not a fan of the Canadian winter, -21C without the wind chill factor is – not – fun!!
The evening meeting started off with incredible worship, you could sense the sweetness of the spirit everywhere. Rob Rufus, from Hong Kong (originally from Australia then transplanted to South Africa where they pastored for a long time then onto China), spoke on Grace for most of the week. I have tons of notes and the DVD should arrive any day now. He’s a little fire ball. This night was about renewing your mind. Romans 12:2, change your thought patterns – not conformed but transformed. The mind is either a hindrance or the gateway. Our thoughts form our beliefs, when under pressure… we find out what we believe!
Take captive every thought! The devil plays with your mind and it is always to go against the true nature of God. God wants us free, to walk in the fullness and that is through grace. We all need to learn more about our true inheritance as joint heirs with Jesus!!!