At the Holiday Inn Alexandria - Carlyle
2460 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, Phone: 703.960.2000
2 minute walk from Eisenhower Ave Metro station
For info/tickets, call Patti: 703.971.3633, Kathleen: 703.451.5737, or Edelmira: 703.266.4850
Cost: $15 - Includes Buffet Breakfast and all tax/gratuities. If you wish to stay at the hotel on Friday night, ask for the CWIA discounted rate (for the breakfast meeting). Bring a friend. Great speakers, fellowship, praise & worship. Men and women are invited. The Lord is waiting for you! There will be a healing service afterwards.
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,
A new month, a new year of the Lord - 2017! How many of us ever thought we would reach this far? And how many of us will be here another day, none of us knows, only our Lord knows when our time here will be no more!! So I write to you, those that are called, to hold to the precious gift, which is irreplaceable and irreversible. Because it's always with us, we sometimes take it for granted, waste it, or use it foolishly. But what we do with it determines the direction and fruitfulness of our entire life. This amazing gift is our Time.
All of us have been given 24 hours a day, which soon turns into weeks, months, and years - and eventually adds up to a lifetime. Although the Lord has ordained the number of our days (Ps. 139:16) we generally have the freedom to choose how to use our time. God's desire is that we would invest it in a manner that allows us to accomplish what He's planned for us. However, in order to achieve this goal, we need a balanced schedule.
Although some people may consider a schedule restricting, it actually frees us to pursue God's will without being hampered by other distractions. It's simply a way to allot increments of time for our various activities and responsibilities. The goal is summed up in Ephesians 5:15-17, "Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men-women but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."
Remember, we're not just making a schedule to help us get things done but are organizing our time to achieve what God wants us to do. We live in a pressurized society that can overextend us in some areas while causing us to be neglectful of others. That's why we need to establish God's will as our foundation when we plan our days.
The first priority is time alone with the Lord. Before facing the day, we need to spend time in the Scriptures and prayer, seeking God's direction, aligning our thoughts with His mind, and deepening our relationship with Him. Even Jesus considered this essential. Mark 1:35 says, "In the early morning, while it was still dark. Jesus got up left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there". If the Son of God needed time alone with His Father, how much more do we?
Next, we must reserve time for relationships. When we enter into marriage, parenting, or friendship, we also assume the responsibility of investing time. Relationships never thrive if we let other activities crowd them out, Jesus always had time for the people in His life, whether it was family, or friends, His disciples, or those needed His help (Mark 6:34).
Work is the means by which we provide for ourselves and our family, and we are to do it to the best of our ability as unto the Lord (Col. 3:23). However, if our ambition is to gain approval or riches, work will begin to dominate our time and throw our schedule out of balance.
Fourth, we require time for rest and recreation. God didn't design our bodies to function without adequate rest. If we short-change sleep, we'll lose productivity and creativity throughout the day. King Solomon said, "It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors: for He gives to his beloved even in his sleep" (Ps. 127:2). Another essential element in life is recreation and fun. We all need time to be refreshed and enjoy the blessing God provides.
And finally, we should set aside time for worship and ministry. The author of Hebrews admonishes us with these words: "Let us consider how to stimulate one another with love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another" (10:24-25). God is exalted, our hearts are encouraged, our minds renewed with the word, and our bond of love is strengthened. We see this every Monday at our prayer group, and our bi-monthly Breakfasts.
A Blessed, New Year, Your Servant,
UPDATE: This CWIA movie viewing was a tremendous success and many were touched very deeply. Consider continuining the journey and travel with us to Medjugorje in July of 2017. Details to come.
Join us in viewing this life-changing documentary film which follows seven strangers on a journey to Medjugorje, a place of miracles. We encourage all CWIA members to attend.
Place: AMC Hoffman 22 Cinema - Auditorium 10.
Synopsis: From the acclaimed director of The Triumph comes a powerful new film that chronicles the incredible journey of 7 strangers who embark across the globe to investigate one of the greatest mysteries of the modern era. Apparition Hill is an emotionally charged "cinematic pilgrimage" to the little-known village of Medugorje nestled along the Croatian-Bosnia-Herzegovina borders. Discover this shared miracle as two atheists, a skeptic, two terminally ill patients, a widower, and a recovering addict learn about life...and what comes after it. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements. Click HERE to view the movie trailer.
Our annual CWIA Catholic Charismatic Conference on August 12-14, 2016 was a huge success! If you missed it or would like to listen again to any or all of the phenomenal talks, order the CD recordings from RonArt Associates by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 703.362.5373. For a brief summary of conference highlights, click HERE.