Come Away {the retreat} – Carving Out Time With Jesus

Is your relationship with Jesus all that you desire it to be?

Would you like to feel closer to Him? To trust Him more? To feel His peace in your heart?

 

You can! The thing is, you have to make the choice to feel closer to Him…to trust Him more…to feel His peace. It is all up to you.

Jesus has already done what is necessary to establish a warm, tender, intimate relationship with you. He initiated it, now you must walk into it. It will not happen by chance, I promise.

A close and intimate walk with Christ requires intentional relationship building efforts on your part. While I do not claim to have cornered the market on this, I do believe that I have learned a thing or three in my 52 years that I would love to share with a few women who are hungry for more of Jesus.

If you are a woman who longs for more of Jesus…more of His love, more of His presence, more of His peace, more of His joy….I invite you to join me September 15-17, 2017 at Come Away {the retreat}.

 

 

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At Come Away we will spend the weekend engaged in worship, the Scriptures, prayer, and tuning our hearts to the frequency of Jesus’ heart. Come Away {the retreat} will offer 7 ladies the opportunity to tuck away in a beautiful cabin in the north Georgia mountains and carve out time for Jesus. There will be three sessions of worship and Bible study, as well as ample private time and space for personal Jesus time. We will seek to lay down the distractions of daily life and social media and turn our gaze toward Christ.

A glance at the weekend:

FRIDAY – September 15th

 

Arrival by 4pm

Check in and settle in

Dinner

Session #1 – worship and teaching

Evening Assignments and Fellowship

 

SATURDAY – September 16th

 

Breakfast

Session #2 – worship and teaching

Focused prayer time (corporate and individual)

Lunch

 

Afternoon at leisure

 

Tasting Grace style dinner

Session #3 – worship and teaching

Evening Assignments and Fellowship

 

SUNDAY – September 17th

 

Breakfast

Final prayer time

Commissioning

Departures by 9am

 

Optional: Attend church at 11am with Leah at Vertical Church in Blairsville

 

NOTE: Schedule is subject to a tweak or two

 

What You Need to Know:

 

DATES:  September 15-17, 2016

 

LOCATION: Blue Ridge, Georgia – about an hour and a half drive north of Atlanta

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Tippy Canoe cabin is a lodge-style lake home on Lake Blue Ridge that features traditional mountain furnishings. The kitchen is equipped with both modern appliances and functional antique appliances. Comfortable living spaces are situated throughout the homes three floors, one of them containing a home theater. Fireplaces include a wood burning and a gas burning fireplace, as well as an outside fire ring. All bedrooms for attendees are on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the cabin.

There are six bunk-style (twin on top, full on bottom) beds on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the cabin and one private queen room on the 2nd floor. Two full and one half baths round out the sleeping spaces.

 

COSTS: accommodations, all sessions and material, and all meals are included in the price.

Bunk-style beds – $300 per person

One private queen room – $350

 

REGISTRATION:

I am seeking women who are serious about developing an intimate relationship with Jesus, therefore, registration will require a bit more of a commitment than simply paying the fee.

  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. 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.
  4. Because of the intimate nature of the retreat, we will not be able to accommodate children or babies.

 

Registration will officially open for fee payment on June 5th, but you may send your story letters or emails now. When registration opens on June 5th, I will accept checks, Paypal (info@leahadams.org) or credit cards (via telephone).

Friend, I want you to know the peace and joy that comes from a close and abiding walk with Christ. Come Away!

 

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QUESTIONS? Email me at info@leahadams.org.

When Life Looks Different Than What You Had Planned

Every week I am privileged to spend an hour or so of private time with my pastor’s sweet wife, Becca. We talk, we share, we cry, we pray, we simply do life together. She is young enough to be my daughter, and I love her as if she were. She is a beautiful, honest, all-out-crazy-for-Jesus young woman. Her heart is very much for seeing those who do not know Jesus come to Him, and she is a blessing to me in a dozen different ways.

Recently we were talking about how God’s plans often end up looking very different from the plans that we make for our life. I shared with her how true that is for me, especially in regard to ministry.

 

When Life Looks Different Than What you Had Planned

 

I told her that when the Lord called me into ministry in 2007, He made it so clear that I was to speak and teach God’s Word. He confirmed it through several avenues, and so I stepped boldly into that calling. To be very transparent, I secretly hoped I would be the next Christian teacher ‘star’….’the next Beth Moore’, as so many told me at my speaking engagements. I know….ten years into this wild ministry ride, I see how ridiculous and prideful that sounds, but I’m just being honest with you.

For about seven years all of my dreams seemed to be on track. I spoke at ladies events all over the southeast. I was blessed to write and publish four books. Ministry life was good and going according to ‘my plans’. I held on tightly to a quote I read on a flip calendar somewhere. It said something like this: It can take ten years to be an ‘overnight sensation’.

As Becca and I talked, I shared with her that when my ministry began to change, at first I was not happy with God about it. I saw other speakers going on to bigger and better things, while God seemed to be drawing down my ministry. Oh, He was not pulling me out of ministry. Rather, He was changing what ministry looked like for me. Instead of the big stage, it was more one-on-one and small group ministry. Instead of preparing messages to be delivered to a few hundred women, I was pulling together ingredients for making biscuits and pound cakes and chicken and dressing. Instead of spending time writing more books, I am spending face-to-face and shoulder-to-shoulder time loving on, mentoring, and doing life with women. And you know what, now I love it and I cannot imagine doing anything else.

 

God uses broken things

 

 

I had a choice about how I would respond when God changed up ministry. I could have been angry with Him and pouted. (yeah, that would have worked out well!) I could have been jealous over the speaking opportunities and book contracts that other people received. (hmmm, that would have been pretty!) Instead I bent my knee to God’s plan and have found incredible peace and satisfaction in ministry. Don’t misunderstand me, there were fleeting moments of ‘why, God?’ questions and green-with-envy jealousy, but those were only for a moment. I knew that God sees the big picture, and whatever He ordains for me is for my good and for His glory. I realized that to grasp for anything else is relational suicide as far as my relationship with God goes.

Sometime after Becca and I shared that conversation I received a text from her that made my heart so full of love for her and gratitude to God for how He is allowing me to serve His kingdom.

I love you so much, Leah. I’m so, so, so, so thankful God didn’t make you the ‘next Beth Moore” because our time on the porch feels like the closest thing to Heaven on earth to me. I am so glad you’re in my life. Thank you.

I do not always do life and ministry perfectly, but I love that He trusts me with it at all. Me! A woman who has made her share of mistakes and oopsies in life, but who falls so heavily on the grace and mercy of Jesus.

Part of the ‘new’ look for ministry for me is the upcoming Come Away retreat that I am hosting in September. I’d love for you to pray about attending.

 

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Come Away will be an intimate time of leaning into Jesus through worship, Scripture study, and prayer. We will set aside tweets and posts and hashtags in order to hear from Jesus about how crazy He is over us. The retreat will be held September 15-17, 2017. Pop over HERE to learn more details.

SDG/FCA!!

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Come Away {a retreat for women} ~ Finding Intimacy With Jesus

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 2017 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 and kept a handwritten diary. I 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 it is less so 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.

I do not think it takes 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 a couple of days to COME AWAY with Him? You see, you will have to be intentional in the pursuit of an intimate relationship with Jesus. 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.

Last week 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. I asked you to pray about attending Come Away. I was blessed by the response from many women. Come Away 2017 will offer 7 ladies the opportunity to do just that. May I share with you a few more details about the retreat?

 

September 15th-17th will find 7 ladies joining me to spend the weekend together in a beautiful, rustic log cabin on Lake Blue Ridge in Blue Ridge, Georgia. There will be three sessions of worship and Scripture teaching during the weekend, as well as ample time and space, both inside the cabin 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, 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.

Prices:

bunk style accommodation ~ $300

one private room accommodation ~ $350

There are six bunk-style (twin on top, full on bottom) beds on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the cabin and one private queen room on the 2nd floor.

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, fees are refundable until August 15th, 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. 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.

 

Registration will officially open for fee payment on June 5th, but you may begin sending me your letter or email now.

I am praying for you and I hope you will join me in September. For retreat schedule and more information, please see THIS POST.

SDG/FCA!!

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When Your Heart Longs for More Jesus….Come Away

My sister and I spent a lot of time with our paternal grandparents when we were children. Many Saturday nights found us spending the night at their home while our parents went out to dinner with friends. It was a Saturday night ritual that gave me wonderful memories of love and laughter.

Because of the time I spent with my grandparents, I had a window into their lives and faith. My Grandma, especially, had a deep and abiding faith in Jesus. It was not a faith that was easy-come, easy-go. No, she had seen some heartache and trouble in her life and had found Jesus to be faithfully present through it. As I circled around her life, I got the sense that Jesus was her best friend and that she really, really trusted Him. She spoke of Him in an easy, familiar way that caused me to wonder how exactly one would go about having Jesus as a best friend and confidante’.  It would be a few decades before I would understand how to have with a full-on, intimate relationship with Jesus like that of my Grandma.

 

What about you?

Is Jesus your best friend?

Do you trust Him completely with your life…with the life of your family…with your money…with your health?

Do you tell Him everything?

Are you willing to fling open your arms and say “here I am….I am yours…do with me as you will, even if it hurts”?

 

Once you have asked Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you of your sins, then you will be able to journey with me into this post. But, if you have not yet done that, you will never have an intimate relationship with Him. If you want to know more about why I believe in Jesus and made Him my best friend, please see THIS POST.

Today in our time together I am seeking to take you to a deeper place of intimacy that comes after you have established that saving relationship with Christ. A place of complete trust in Him….more trust than you have ever placed in any human. A place of obedient surrender to His desires for your life.

 

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You see, I’m convinced that an astounding number of Christians do not have that intimate, best-friend-in-the-entire-world relationship with Jesus. They have a saving relationship with Him, but that is where it stops, and that is precisely where I was about 20 years ago. I had asked Jesus to come into my heart, forgive me of my sins, and one day when I died, take me to live with Him in heaven. But, I did not have an intimate friendship with Him and I wanted one. I wanted that deep, abiding trust in Christ that my Grandma had.

And I finally figured out how to get it.

Please do not misunderstand me. I do not have it all figured out when it comes to the Christian life. God teaches me something new almost every day. He points out things in my life that need to go and be replaced with His things. There are still many days that I am painfully aware of my lack of success at this Jesus-walk.

The results of my recent survey told me that women are struggling, y’all. Probably men, too, but my heart is women. We are struggling in our marriages, our jobs, our parenting, our choices, and in our view of who we are in Jesus. I believe that I have learned some things that Jesus would like for me to share with a few somebodies who are desperate to know Him better. A few women who want like crazy to experience Jesus as their very-best friend.

 

About six months ago the Lord began tugging on my heart-strings with the idea of an intimate retreat for women where the focus is spending time with Jesus in worship, prayer, Bible study, and quiet time. At first I resisted thinking I had little to offer, but God would not give up. As I prayed into the idea, He confirmed what I sensing in my heart. He began giving me plans for the retreat….a name for it, a location, the dates, and the Scriptures that would be taught.

And so today, I am sharing a few details with you. Not everything. Not yet.

 

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I am calling the retreat “Come Away……2017”. The name is taken from Mark 6:31 where Jesus invites His disciples to come away with him and find rest. My prayer and my hope is that a handful of women will so desire a deeper relationship with Jesus that they will say ‘yes’ to His invitation to “Come Away” September 15-17. In the coming weeks I will share more about the retreat, but in the meantime, if you desire a more tender and intimate relationship with Christ, would you begin to pray about attending ‘Come Away….2017’?

Jesus longs to meet you there.

TA-DA!  Since you are reading this post a week or so after it went live, I have now posted more details about the retreat. Go HERE to find out the retreat schedule, location, registration and all that jazz.

SDG/FCA!!

 

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