I first felt the ‘Tug of the Lord’ to attend Arise 2017 when it was announced to the N3C congregation. I remember thinking, “Surely You can’t mean me? I have never been able to fully relax in the company of women for so many reasons, and not sure I ever fully relax in anybody’s company regardless of gender!” Even though I had been on the N3C prayer team for a couple years, I was only just beginning to feel safe in the meetings under the loving and watchful eye of our team leaders. Yet, nobody at N3C had ever made me feel less than fully accepted and valued like a priceless treasure! Clearly some wounds ran really deep. But the gentle leading to attend Arise persisted in spite of my objections. I finally registered and even in the wake of my apprehensions, and a wonderful anticipation began to build, “What if God would REALLY meet me there?!’
I will never forget the warfare that began as soon as I arrived, I couldn’t find the meeting rooms, was so worried about not being where I was supposed to be and at the right time. I became so intensely frustrated that I almost just left. As a prayer team member I should have remembered my earliest training that the enemy’s prime target is our mind and the more resistance I felt to being at Arise was a direct indication of how much I NEEDED to be there and how extraordinary it would be! And then I got to the check in and the most beautiful dance of fellowship began….
I can tell you that the team that creates this sacred meeting space spares no level of prayer, effort and creativity to minister to YOUR heart. Everything from the very personal welcoming notes, the little gifts that have been crafted with you in mind, to the profoundly perceptive and powerful messages from each and every speaker; you will not leave Estes Park the same! You will be a woman transformed by the intense love of your Heavenly Bridegroom. Our beautiful Jesus will love you with a passion you have never known through every facet of this encounter. The Saturday night worship session was hours in His Beautiful Presence with the veil torn down; we were truly transported to the very Throne Room touching His Beautiful Face for what seemed like an endless period of time. I felt like I had entered Eternity.
So as the Arise 2019 announcement has come out, I see our Beloved’s Hand extended to welcome you to the Heavenly Bride chamber for the weekend of November 1-3. If you have been to Arise, you know what awaits you there. If you have not, I encourage you to come regardless of misgivings, worries about finances (He IS Faithful to provide) and lay anything down that need be for an ENCOUNTER with the Pearl of Great Price. You will never be the same! From that weekend on, your spirit will declare:
“My heart is on fire, boiling over with passion. Bubbling up within me are these beautiful lyrics as a lovely poem to be sung for the King. Like a river bursting its banks, I’m overflowing with words, spilling out into this sacred story.”
Psalm 45:1 TPT