Many of us have dreams of where we would like to visit or vacation. Perhaps the beach. Maybe the mountains. Or it could be somewhere ritzy.
For me… I just wanted… AWAY.
God called me to come away with Him this weekend. I had some incredible time alone, by myself, just Jesus and I in Pine Mountain, Georgia. He recharged my heart, mind and soul for doing His work. I could talk about the words He spoke to me for about a month’s worth of blog posts. But I will spare you all of the major details… For now. (Don’t worry– Thanks to this weekend, I’ve got plenty of new Jesus revelations to share AMERICA! )
But for this current moment, know that my sabbatical weekend was filled with generosity and grace.
At the risk of sounding like an award acceptance speech, this weekend wouldn’t have been possible without the following folks’ generosity:
- Thank you to my dear friend Lauren for covering my duties at church on Sunday
- Thank you to my friend/boss/mentor Kelli for praying for me and encouraging me to be obedient to “Come away”
- Thank you to my darling husband who provided the finances and encouragement to have my own “retreat” while he attended our church’s mens retreat.
- Thank you to Debby and the Homestead Log Cabins family for being so generous and making this weekend financially feasible.
How I got hooked up with Homestead Log Cabins is a long (awesome) Jesus generosity story, but I will give you the semi-abbreviated version: As of last Thursday afternoon, I still hadn’t found anywhere to “go away” for the weekend. I knew I needed to be in nature since it is where I am closest to God, but I also knew He wanted me to rest. (Which is why sleeping in a tent wasn’t legit. It’s a TON of work to do by yourself. And a lot of planning.) I was getting desperate because no where I called had availability or was even remotely affordable for a woman (that would be me) working for Jesus dollars.
God laid Homestead Log Cabins on my heart earlier in the week as I had called them a few weeks ago when my cousin was down… but I knew it still cost dinero. But I was getting desperate. I pleaded with God during CRAVE on Thursday that if He really wanted me to come away for the weekend, He was going to have to make a way.
So at the nudging of God, I called Homestead Log Cabins. I talked to Debby and pretty much word vomited what I needed for the weekend. It wasn’t a vacation. It wasn’t a romantic getaway (although it was awesome to be with the Ultimate Lover of my Soul.) I simply needed a roof. And a bed. Out of town. AWAY.
After some quick negotiation with the manager, she gave me an incredibly generous deal for the weekend. I almost cried.
It was a sweet little three bedroom chalet on the lake. She said that she firmly believe that all of their reservations “Come through God.”
Oh. Did I mention this adorable weekend home was owned by a preacher? Talk about divine intervention.
So long story still long, my weekend with Jesus was incredible. I left my laptop and iPad at home… and just sat at His feet. Thank you to Homestead Log Cabins for their incredible generosity (don’t be shy about booking them for your next Georgia getaway!) And thank you Jesus for a weekend full of grace.
Refreshed and Ready,
“My lover spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.” Song of Solomon 2:10
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