She Found Joy Tour – Coming to Woodstock, GA

Hey there friend!

I am so excited to be part of the speaker panel for the Woodstock, Georgia She Found Joy Event happening Sunday evening, October 7th at Venue 92. Let me tell you a bit about it.

As women, we don’t spend enough time with each other, let alone make time for ourselves to get away with God. She Found Joy provides the connection and soul care we all need by bringing communities closer to Christ in a time of food, fellowship and fun.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS // KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Each event features handpicked, prominent speakers who share a unique message based on the tour theme and their personal story.

WORSHIP & MUSIC: Music is a big part of She Found Joy! Our goal is to have worship be presented in some format, and we love to partner with local artists to feature their work onstage.

COMMUNITY: Community is one of the cornerstones of our mission statement. She Found Joy gives women the chance to connect with other women in their community through a corporate meal, prayer and intermissions, which facilitate conversation.

FOOD & FUN: We love food and we love showering women with gifts to help them know they are loved! Each event features a gourmet dinner and free giveaways and/or swag bags to give our guests something to remember the night by. Lastly, we partner with local vendors making a difference in their community to give women shopping opportunities that not only enrich their lives, but also give back to others.

TOUR INFORMATION // 2018-2019: The theme for the 2018 National Tour is Courageous Faith, and we will be hosting the event in eight cities:

Jacksonville (FL), Woodstock (GA), Des Moines (IA), Fayetteville (AR), Southlake (TX), Elkhart (IN), Nashville (TN) and Raleigh (NC). 

ABOUT THE FOUNDER LAUREN GASKILL is an author, speaker and founder of She Found Joy. She is passionate about encouraging women to fight for faith and keep hope alive. When she’s not writing or speaking, Lauren loves to cook, bake and go on hikes with her husband and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who is affectionately named Reese after Lauren’s favorite candy — peanut butter cups.

shefoundjoy.com // events@shefoundjoy.com

 

Tickets for the Woodstock location are on sale now and PRICES HAVE BEEN LOWERED. Y’all, if you are planning to attend, please purchase your tickets today so we can give the caterers an accurate number. Click the image below to purchase tickets. 

I would love to see you there.

She Found Joy Woodstock

 

 

How to Find the True Rest Your Soul Needs – Guest Post by Jennifer Lee

Hi there! Oh golly, maybe I should introduce myself?

I’m Leah and I own this little piece of the WWW. It’s nice to visit with you today.

I know it has been many moons since I posted last, and I while I probably should say, “I’m sorry for the quietness here”, the truth is, I am not. It has been a blessed rest for me….a respite from the tyranny of “I should write a post”. I have allowed myself the freedom to NOT write a post.

Today, however, I am popping back in here because I have a friend who is visiting with me and she is the B.O.M.B!

Her name is Jennifer Lee and y’all, she’s got a new book releasing this week. It’s all about CONTROL and I would just bet some of you might benefit from it…if you are a controller like me. It’s All Under Control: A journey of letting go, hanging on & finding a peace you almost forgot was possible has been such a blessing to me as I have had the privilege of reading it ahead of the release. Today, I want to allow Jennifer to pull up to my table and chat with you.

 

Jennifer Lee

 

BIO: Jennifer Dukes Lee is the wife of an Iowa farmer, mom to two girls, and an author. She loves queso and singing too loudly to songs with great harmony. Once upon a time, she didn’t believe in Jesus. Now, He’s her CEO. Jennifer’s newest book, It’s All Under Control, and a companion Bible study, are releasing today! This is a book for every woman who is hanging on tight and trying to get each day right―yet finding that life often feels out of control and chaotic.

 

It's All Under Control

 

Be sure and hang on to the end of the post because there are copies of this marvelous book being given away and I want you to win one.

Here’s Jennifer…………

 

I know how this noisy world can get in the way of me hearing God’s still, small voice. So, in the past few years, I’ve been intentional about quieting the outer noise in my life.

My biggest challenge is silencing the inner chatter.

I know the value of resting in Jesus, but it’s like my brain won’t stop moving in fifteen different directions. Corralling my thoughts is like herding a nursery full of fork-toting toddlers who just learned how to walk and are weeble-wobbling their way toward electrical outlets on opposite sides of the room.

Take, for instance, one of the places where I go to escape the noise: my bathtub. I’ll toss a bath bomb in the water and sink into the warmth. There’s no TV. No iPhone. Yet even here, my mind is running on high gear. I often receive some of my best writing inspiration in the bathtub, which is why my friend Cheri gave me a set of child’s bathtub crayons. (Yes, part of my latest book, It’s All Under Control, was written on the walls of my tub.) So while it might look like I am resting, I’m actually still working.

God is reminding me that my brain needs rest as much as my body does. I loosen my mind by simply dwelling with him: “Abide in me, and I in you” (John 15:4). If I have a lot of noise around me—even in the form of the silent iPhone scroll—I can’t hear God.

 

State of your soul

 

My friend Lindsay Sterchi, mom of twin toddlers, learned the hard way what happens when she doesn’t get the rest she needs. She told me, “Without rest, I’m not very fun to be around— just ask my kids and husband. I get irritable way too quickly. I lose perspective on the bigger picture of life, and the little things seem bigger than they really are. I get in this fog where I’m going through the motions of life but not really living intentionally.”

The answer for her: finding rest in small pockets of time each day. “Rest means that when the kids nap, or after they’ve gone to bed, I’m not going to zone out on TV or scroll through social media, which might seem restful but ends up being draining.” Instead, she does something that feels life-giving—without feeling guilty. Her escapes: reading a book, journaling, or simply being still, alone with God and her thoughts.

Maybe your escape is Netflix, and if that’s the case, you do you. But make sure it gives you life instead of draining your energy.

No matter what: make rest a priority. It’s vital.

Resting in God serves two purposes:

First, rest allows you to intentionally connect with God. God wants to meet with you, not simply to give you the day’s marching orders. He wants to be with you because he likes you.

Second, rest calms the noise around you so you can hear God’s clear direction.

Here are a few ideas to incorporate more rest into your life.

Instead of scrolling, go strolling. Everybody has time for rest. How can I be so sure? Because that’s the time we use to check social media. Put down your iPhone for the fifteen minutes you would’ve spent on Instagram and take a walk instead.

Don’t let your “yes” encroach on your rest. If you say yes to something new, evaluate everything else on your list to see what might have to go. Refuse to put rest on the altar of sacrifice.

Let your work assignments flow from soul realignments. If “everybody is looking for us,” our souls and agendas need realignment so we can hear clear directions from God.

Protect the freed-up time you have already created. God prunes all of us, but achievers try to immediately fill those pruned spaces. Protect the space that God created for you. Downtime is okay; in fact, it will make you more productive in the work you were designed to do.

Adapted from It’s All under Control: A Journey of Letting Go, Hanging On, and Finding a Peace You Almost Forgot Was Possible by Jennifer Dukes Lee, releasing this fall from Tyndale House Publishers.

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I’m so excited to be a part of a huge giveaway to celebrate the release of It’s All Under Control. Jennifer and her publisher, Tyndale, are giving away 50 copies of the book in celebration of its release! Enter below to win. Giveaway ends September 30. Winners will be notified by Tyndale House Publishers. Email subscribers can click here to enter.  

It’s All Under Control 50 Book Giveaway

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The Great Throw-down from Revelation 12

 

December 11, 2017….the last time I taught in this space from our Revelation study. Good grief! I have no idea what happened to cause me to lose my ‘Revelation mojo’, but here we are. To be very honest with you, I had not given  much thought to picking back up with our Revelation study until I received an email from a new subscriber, Dotty, asking where the rest of the Revelation 12 teaching could be found.

That sort of cranked the engine on the part of my brain that writes and I discovered that I wanted to move along in our study. So, my lovelies, I’m not sure how often I will be back here writing on Revelation, but for today, we are going to look at Revelation 12:7-12, which is a pretty easy passage to understand. In it we see the ultimate throw-down take place.

 

Throw-Down

Here it is, for your reading pleasure from the ESV:

7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back,

8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.

9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world–he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.

11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.

12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

 

In this passage, John is reaching back into time and reminding us of how we got to the point where mankind is today. He is retelling the story of the fall of Satan and his evil angels that is chronicled in Isaiah 14: 12-14 (ESV). I like to think of it as a throw-down that God smacked on Satan!

12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!

13 You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north;

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’

 

And in Ezekiel 28:12-19:

The word of the LORD came to me: 12 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared.

14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones.

15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.

16 Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.

17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.

18 By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching.

19 All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.’”

Although these two non-Revelation passages are speaking to the kings of Babylon and Tyre, there is a deeper meaning to them, and ultimately they apply to Satan.

In Revelation 12:7-12 John gives us a sweeping synopsis of the fall of Satan, which led to his banishment from heaven. This in turn led to his enticement of Adam and Eve to take a bite of forbidden fruit, which led to their banishment from Eden and the presence of God.

In order to restore relationship between God and man, AND to overcome the power of sin and death in the lives of man, Jesus Christ came to earth, died on a cross, and was resurrected on the third day. While Satan still has power on earth, he no longer has any power in heaven. Heaven is the Kingdom of God and one day, Jesus will rule and reign on earth.

Verse 11 also speaks of martyrs who have given their lives for sake of the gospel down through the ages.

I love how one portion of Scripture teaches, or confirms, another portion and today is a prime example of that. Soon we will finish chapter 12. Have a lovely day.

SDG/FCA!!

Two Minutes, One Reason, Come Away!

Come Away {retreat} 2018

Hi there! How are you????

The Lord is faithfully sending ladies to be part of Come Away {retreat} and I believe each one has an appointment with Jesus during those three day.

We are only 2 months away from the Come Away retreat and there are still spaces available. I would love for you to join me.  There are lots of reasons why you should consider attending, but here is one really good reason why you should think about attending the Come Away Retreat, ladies.

 

 

For pricing and more information on the retreat, GO HERE!

 

SDG/FCA!!

If Jesus Needed Time Away, So Do You ~ Come Away {retreat}

 

 

As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer. Luke 5:16 (MSG) 

 

The goal of every Christ-follower should be to look like Christ. To talk like Him, walk like Him, and yes, even think like Him. We should desire the mind of Christ.

In fact, you might recall that my OneWord2018 is ‘Christ-like‘. Shew-eeee, has God every been working this word in and through me. So many areas of my life that He is pushing me to be humble, patient, kind, submissive, gentle, merciful, and the list goes on.

One of the ways that you and I can be more like Jesus is to do exactly what Luke 5:16 says that He did. He withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer…for talking with His Father. Why? If Jesus is God, and He is, why did He need to get alone? For the same reason that you and I do. We hear better in the quiet. We communicate better out of the noise and activity of every day life. We rest in the stillness.

Earlier this year I attended an intensive for women. It was very small and intimate…just 11 ladies tucked away in a beautiful Airbnb in Chattanooga, TN. God was clear that I was going, not to serve, but to be served….not to minister, but to be ministered to. Wow! It was aaaaaa–mazing! I realized pretty quickly how much I needed that time away for soul work.

Guess what? You need it too, dear friend.

That is why I am, once again, hosting the Come Away {retreat} for women.

 

If Jesus Needed Time Away, So Do You

 

September 20-23, 2018 will find 9 ladies joining me to spend the weekend together in a beautiful home on Lake Blue Ridge in Blue Ridge, Georgia. There will be four sessions of worship and Scripture teaching during the weekend, as well as ample time and space, both inside the home and outside around the lake, for private reflection and prayer. As we cook and share meals together, we will pray for and encourage one another to pursue Jesus like never before.

At Come Away we will seek to lay aside mobile devices, social media and other distractions in order to fix our gaze on Jesus, Our Beloved. My prayer is that each woman will leave the retreat knowing that she is perfectly safe, deeply loved, and completely accepted by Jesus.

I WANT YOU TO JOIN ME! It is only about 2 months until the retreat, but you still have time to say ‘Yes’ to an invitation from Jesus to Come Away. Here is the skinny on the retreat.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

The retreat price will include your accommodations for 3 nights, food, materials, and all sessions. You will only need to bring your Bible, writing instruments, personal items, and a heart that longs to meet Jesus.

This year I have added an extra day to the agenda, so instead of arriving on Friday afternoon, everyone will arrive on Thursday afternoon. We will leave on Sunday morning to return home. Because of the extra day (extra night accommodation, additional meals and additional session material) the price has gone up, but only by $50.

Prices:

Guest house with 4 twin beds in one room and 1 queen ~ $350 per person (5 spaces available at this price)

Private rooms in main house  ~ $400 (4 spaces available at this price)

You may pay the entire fee at one time, or in two installments of 50% each, but all fees must be paid by September 1st. In case you need to cancel your attendance at the retreat (I hope you won’t need to), fees are refundable until August 20th, with the exception of $75.

Because I am seeking women who are serious about an intimate relationship with Jesus, registration requirements will be a bit unique.

  1. Beginning now, be willing to commit to pray over your time at Come Away, asking the Lord to give you a prepared heart for what He desires to do that weekend.
  2. In a letter or email, tell me YOUR STORY (where you have been and where you are now spiritually) and why you desire to attend Come Away. If you have attended Come Away previously, tell me what the Lord has done in your life since you were at the retreat and why you would like to return. I will need to have this piece of the registration in my hands before you pay your fee. Do not send money with your letter. I will prompt you to register and pay your fee once I receive your letter. My email address is info@leahadams.org and my mailing address is PO Box 113, Blairsville, GA 30514. YOU MAY BEGIN WRITING AND SENDING YOUR LETTER/EMAIL NOW.
  3. Registration will be first come, first served.

QUESTIONS: Email me at info@leahadams.org. I hope to see you at Come Away {retreat} in September.

SDG/FCA!!

 

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Where Did the Time Go and How Could We Have a Kid Old Enough to Get Married?

 

Did you stop by to find information about Come Away {retreat} 2018? If so, please go HERE

 

Somehow it crept up on me…the fact that Greg and I are old enough to have a child getting married. I knew it would eventually happen, but so soon?

It seems like only yesterday that Charlie was 3 years old and riding in the back of the car in his car seat.

It was only yesterday that he was playing t-ball, and wandering through Toys R Us wishing for more toys, even though he had mountains of them.

Surely it was only a few days ago that he got his driver’s license, giving him the opportunity to use them and drive to see us rather than Greg driving 4 hours each way every other weekend (for 16 years) to see him.

It had to be only a month or so ago that we watched Charlie receive his high school graduation diploma and go off to Tulsa, Oklahoma to college.

It was only yesterday that he graduated from college and began to look for a job.

Now, it is today, he is 26 years old and married to a lovely young woman who gives him strength in the places he lacks it. Hopefully, he does the same for her.

We spent four days in Texas recently doing all things wedding. Greg’s parents, his sister, Angie, our girlie, Bree, and her beau, Brooks, our nephew, Kalem, and his new wife, Erika, our dear friends, Robert and Cindy Thomas, Greg and I all flew out to watch Charlie and Morgan say “I Do”. It was a very busy and HOT few days that culminated in a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception on Saturday evening.

I thought I would share a few pictures with you. These are ones that I took with my iPhone so that I would have memories captured until the professional pics are ready. So here we go:

The wedding ceremony took place in a stunning early 1900’s church that has been restored in the past few years. Appropriately enough, it is called Old Church Restored and is located in Whitesboro, TX, which is about an hour away from where Charlie and Morgan will be living. The pics really do not do it justice, so here is a LINK to the website.

 

 

 

 

I got several pictures of our family before the ceremony, but failed to get any of us with Morgan, our new daughter-in-love. Stink!! I guess those will have to come with the professional pics. So, here are some of our family prior to the wedding.

Greg, Charlie and me

 

Greg and Charlie

 

Charlie, Bree, me, and Greg

 

Greg’s parents, Charles and Betty, and his sister, Angie Burns

 

The wedding reception was held at Morgan’s grandparents’ lake home and except for the heat, was magical.

 

 

 

Brooks and Bree. Yes, we were the table of red-necks that ate the table decorations! Here is Brooks dissecting a pomegranate.

 

Kalem and Erika Burns

 

 

 

I cannot say enough about how blessed we are to have these wonderful people as friends. We love you, Robert and Cindy.

 

Married!

 

Cindy and I had not taken a picture together in years, so we took the opportunity to have one snapped. I love it.

 

Thanks for letting me share a bit of our wonderful wedding weekend with you. I’ll be back next week with a post about a visit I had recently with a delightful 94 year young lady. Until then, I want to encourage you to consider joining me at the 2018 Come Away {retreat} for women. Click HERE to learn more about it.

SDG/FCA!!

 

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Ladies! Register NOW for Come Away {retreat}

COME AWAY {RETREAT}

September 20-23 will find 9 ladies joining me to spend the weekend together in a beautiful home on Lake Blue Ridge in Blue Ridge, Georgia for the Come Away {retreat}. Will you be one of them?

There will be four sessions of worship and Scripture teaching during the weekend, as well as ample time and space, both inside the home and outside around the lake, for private reflection and prayer. As we cook and share meals together, we will pray for and encourage one another to pursue Jesus like never before.

 

COME AWAY RETREAT Register NOW

 

At Come Away we will seek to lay aside mobile devices, social media and other distractions in order to fix our gaze on Jesus, Our Beloved. My prayer is that each woman will leave the retreat knowing that she is perfectly safe, deeply loved, and completely accepted by Jesus.

Registration Information

The retreat price includes your accommodations for 3 nights, food, materials, and all sessions. You will only need to bring your Bible, writing instruments, personal items, and a heart that longs to meet Jesus.

This year I have added an extra day to the agenda, so instead of arriving on Friday afternoon, everyone will arrive on Thursday afternoon. We will leave on Sunday morning to return home. Because of the extra day (extra night accommodation, additional meals and additional session material) the price has gone up, but only by $50.

Prices:

Guest house with 4 twin beds in one room and 1 queen ~ $350 per person (5 spaces available at this price)

Private rooms in main house  ~ $400 (4 spaces available at this price)

You may pay the entire fee at one time, or in two installments of 50% each, but all fees must be paid by September 1st. In case you need to cancel your attendance at the retreat (I hope you won’t need to), fees are refundable until August 20th, with the exception of $75.

Because I am seeking women who are serious about an intimate relationship with Jesus, registration requirements will be a bit unique.

  1. Beginning now, be willing to commit to pray over your time at Come Away, asking the Lord to give you a prepared heart for what He desires to do that weekend.
  2. In a letter or email, tell me YOUR STORY (where you have been and where you are now spiritually) and why you desire to attend Come Away. If you have attended Come Away previously, tell me what the Lord has done in your life since you were at the retreat and why you would like to return. I will need to have this piece of the registration in my hands before you pay your fee. Do not send money with your letter. I will prompt you to register and pay your fee once I receive your letter. My email address is info@leahadams.org and my mailing address is PO Box 113, Blairsville, GA 30514.
  3. Registration will be first come, first served.

QUESTIONS: Email me at info@leahadams.org. I hope to see you at Come Away {retreat} in September.

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A Wedding, A Retreat, and Compassion

What do a wedding, a retreat, and Compassion all have in common? If you said that all three are things in which my heart is deeply engaged, you would be right!

 

A Wedding, A Retreat, and Compassion

 

Cue the Wedding March!!!! Our son is getting married on June 23rd…in Texas. Needless to say, things are a bit busy at our house right now. Planning the groom’s part of the wedding from several hundred miles away is a bit of a challenge, but I think we have managed it. Our entire family will be traveling to Texas for the wedding and it will be good to have everyone together once again. We had one family wedding a few weeks ago when my husband’s sister’s son got married one county over from us. Our son and his fiancee’ came home from Texas for the wedding, as did our girlie and her beau. This mama’s heart was so happy to have all her chicks in the nest for 24 hours. Here is a slightly blurry picture from that wonderful day!

 

 

 

It never fails! When the Lord calls me to prepare a message for an event at which I am to speak, He works that message in and through me long before I ever stand before an audience to share it. As I am studying and preparing the messages for the September Come Away {retreat} for women, God is tenderly reminding me of His love, care, and detailed planning of my life.

I have sat beside Ruth and Naomi as they mourn their husbands/sons. We have journeyed out of Moab and back into Judah and seen God richly provide a kinsman-redeemer for Ruth and Naomi. I might have cried a tear or two when God gently reminded me that He did not cease being a ‘With-Me-Kind-Of-God’ when the penning of Holy Writ was completed. He is always with me, always working out the circumstances of my life for my good and His glory. I am so eager to share this and other messages at Come Away in just a few months.

Are you planning to join me at Come Away? Sister, what fun it would be to have you there! Click HERE for more information about the retreat. Click HERE to read how Come Away changed one woman’s life.

The other tender spot in my heart is for children who live in poverty around the world. As you may recall, I am an Ambassador for Compassion International. As such, I have the capability to share the Compassion message at churches, retreats, ministry events, fairs, festivals, etc. Has the Lord given you an interest in hosting a Compassion event at your church or in your community?  Hosting a Compassion event is so easy and it is FREE to the person or organization hosting. Gosh, I would love to speak with you about it. Email me at info@leahadams.org and let me know you would like to learn more about releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

Want to sponsor a child yourself? It is such a Jesus-kind of thing to do because He cared so deeply for the poor. Children who are sponsored through Compassion not only are able to get an education and learn a trade, get medical care and nutritional support, they are mentored through a local evangelical church in their community and taught about JESUS. Click the Compassion picture in my website sidebar, or if you are reading this via email, click HERE to see the faces of beautiful children who are waiting for someone like you to  change their lives.

Dear reader, this little space may be quiet for a couple of weeks as we are doing wedding things, but that will not mean that I have forgotten about you. No! You are so important to me. I love sharing my heart with you, AND I love hearing from you. Your comments bless me so. Your emails, that slip right into my inbox, are sweetness to my heart. So, even though you may not hear from me for a couple of weeks, I would adore hearing from you.

SDG/FCA!!

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Come Away {retreat}~~for Rest, Renewal and Jesus Time ~ Registration Info

To say that I grew up in a day when life was more simple would be an astounding understatement. When I picture the contrast of life in 1979 (I was 15) and 2018 it is almost as if I am picturing two different planets.

A typical day in my 15-year-old life would have included waking up, eating breakfast with my family, going to school where the highlight of the day was walking around the hall during breaks and eyeing the cute boys (yep, I married one of them.) After school there was band practice on Tuesday and Thursday nights and a football game on Friday nights. Sometimes I had a date for Saturday night. I worked at the local pharmacy on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons. Sunday morning and Sunday evening found me in church where the majority of my friends could also be found.

Talking on the telephone meant having a conversation via a phone that was * gasp * attached to the wall by a very long cord that we stretched farther than it should have been so that we could talk in private in our bedroom. We also communicated with our friends via handwritten notes that got passed during class. Awkward!

I read a lot of books, kept a handwritten diary, and did not lay eyes on a computer until my first year of pharmacy school (1984). A mobile phone was not even on the landscape of my mind until 1991, and I had certainly never heard of texting, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Snapchat.

Life was incredibly simple for me. Today, life is significantly less simple for the majority of people I know, and I believe that is one reason why most of us have a hard time developing an intimate relationship with Jesus. We simply have too much pulling at us.

Mobile devices

Computers

Social media

Kids in every sport under the sun

Activities, activities, activities.

No time to slow down and simply be with Jesus.

It does not take a degreed theologian to see that Satan has found an effective way to keep us from having an intimate relationship with Christ by keeping us busy…focused on things that have little or no eternal value. Which means that if you and I really want an intimate relationship with Jesus we must be the ones to throw up a STOP sign and say, “Enough”.

 

Come Away Retreat

 

Is your relationship with Jesus important enough to prompt you to set aside three days to COME AWAY with Him? You see, you will have to be intentional in the pursuit of an intimate relationship with Jesus. It will not happen by accident. You must decide that there is nothing more important to you than that relationship, and you will have to carve out time to meet with Him and allow Him to speak into your heart.

Recently in THIS POST I shared a teeny bit of information about the upcoming Come Away retreat on which the Lord and I are working. You were prompted to consider whether you desire a more intimate relationship with Christ. I told you this retreat would be a time of worship, Bible study, prayer, and time alone with Jesus and I asked you to pray about attending Come AwayCome Away 2018 will offer 9 ladies the opportunity to do just that. May I share with you a few more details about the retreat?

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

September 20-23 will find 9 ladies joining me to spend the weekend together in a beautiful home on Lake Blue Ridge in Blue Ridge, Georgia. There will be four sessions of worship and Scripture teaching during the weekend, as well as ample time and space, both inside the home and outside around the lake, for private reflection and prayer. As we cook and share meals together, we will pray for and encourage one another to pursue Jesus like never before.

At Come Away we will seek to lay aside mobile devices, social media and other distractions in order to fix our gaze on Jesus, Our Beloved. My prayer is that each woman will leave the retreat knowing that she is perfectly safe, deeply loved, and completely accepted by Jesus.

The retreat price will include your accommodations for 3 nights, food, materials, and all sessions. You will only need to bring your Bible, writing instruments, personal items, and a heart that longs to meet Jesus.

This year I have added an extra day to the agenda, so instead of arriving on Friday afternoon, everyone will arrive on Thursday afternoon. We will leave on Sunday morning to return home. Because of the extra day (extra night accommodation, additional meals and additional session material) the price has gone up, but only by $50.

Prices:

Guest house with 4 twin beds in one room and 1 queen ~ $350 per person (5 spaces available at this price)

Private rooms in main house  ~ $400 (4 spaces available at this price)

You may pay the entire fee at one time, or in two installments of 50% each, but all fees must be paid by September 1st. In case you need to cancel your attendance at the retreat (I hope you won’t need to), fees are refundable until August 20th, with the exception of $75.

Because I am seeking women who are serious about an intimate relationship with Jesus, registration requirements will be a bit unique. REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON JUNE 25TH FOR PAYMENTS.

  1. Beginning now, be willing to commit to pray over your time at Come Away, asking the Lord to give you a prepared heart for what He desires to do that weekend.
  2. In a letter or email, tell me YOUR STORY (where you have been and where you are now spiritually) and why you desire to attend Come Away. If you have attended Come Away previously, tell me what the Lord has done in your life since you were at the retreat and why you would like to return. I will need to have this piece of the registration in my hands before you pay your fee. Do not send money with your letter. I will prompt you to register and pay your fee once I receive your letter. My email address is info@leahadams.org and my mailing address is PO Box 113, Blairsville, GA 30514. YOU MAY BEGIN WRITING AND SENDING YOUR LETTER/EMAIL NOW.
  3. Registration will be first come, first served and I will begin taking registration payments on June 25th.

 

QUESTIONS: Email me at info@leahadams.org. I hope to see you at Come Away {retreat} in September.

SDG/FCA!!

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A Fresh Perspective on Joy

Has God ever given you a fresh perspective on an issue that you have struggled with for, oh, decades? That is exactly what He has done for me in the past few weeks with the issue of joy, and I thought someone else might need to hear about it.

I’ve written before about my struggle with JOY. I simply do not always feel joy in my heart. I’m not talking about happiness, which is very fickle emotion. No, I’m talking about joy, which is not dependent on circumstances. You know, the-JOY-of-the-Lord-is-my-strength kind of joy. I just have not always felt it very often.

 

Fresh Perspective on Joy

 

 

This past month I have been reading the newest book by Max Lucado (see link below) entitled, Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World. The book uses Philippians 4:4-8 as its anchor verses. We all know these verses. I’ve read them a million times in my almost 54 years, yet I have seen them with fresh eyes and a new perspective. May I give them to you and ask you to read them as if you had never read them before?

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

I would like to share two lessons with you that I have tucked deeply into my heart from my time in this Lucado book. The first is the crucial importance of thanksgiving. Paul admonishes us to present our requests to God by prayer and supplication, AND with THANKSGIVING. Y’all, I am so guilty of rushing to the asking part of prayer without first attending to the thanksgiving portion. If being thankful to God was not crucial to this issue of anxiety and peace, Paul would not have put it in.

So, how has being reminded of this changed me? Thanks for asking. Now when I pray I begin with thankfulness. And, before I voice any request, I begin with something pertaining to that request for which I am thankful. It might sound like this: Lord, I thank you that you have sustained my friend who is going through chemo thus far, and I ask you to continue to give him strength and encouragement. It’s really that easy and it has given me a shot of joy that I did not have previously.

The second lesson the Lord has taught me is perspective. In the book, Lucado talks about Paul and all that he endured in his life. Y’all, Paul did not have an easy life, yet Paul wrote the classic treatise on joy (the book of Philippians) from a dark, dank, critter infested hole in Roman ground. God pretty much smacked me upside the head and said, “Leah, if Paul could have joy in the midst of and after all he endured, surely you can find joy in the midst of your easy life.”

Well, what do you say to that? It is hard to continue to whine about a lack of joy when God puts it like that, isn’t it?

Anytime I share what the Lord is doing in my heart, it is in hope that you will find encouragement for your journey, as well. God will never leave His child like they are. His goal is to change us to look more and more CHRIST-LIKE. This is one way He is doing just that AND working out my OneWord2018 in my heart.

I hope you have a great day, friend. Oh, and I hope you are praying about attending the Come Away {retreat} 2018. Excitement is building and I am praying that God prompts the hearts of 9 beautiful, amazing women to attend Come Away. Are you one of those women? Click HERE to read how Come Away changed the life of one woman.

SDG/FCA!!!

 

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