Come Away {retreat} Wrap-Up: When God’s Plans Were Better Than My Plans

I knew, by the way the devil was fighting, that the Come Away retreat was going to be special. But, oh sweet mercy! It was so good and I am, honestly, struggling to find words to describe last weekend.

 

Come Away Retreat When God's Plans Were Better Than Mine

 

The battle over Come Away began weeks ago:

Registration lagged terribly. At the two month out point, only one lady had registered. I had sleeping space for 9 women at the retreat. One month out I canceled the retreat, then in the same week I had four ladies say they were planning to come. The retreat was back on!

Months ago God had been very specific regarding the cabin, Gleesome Inn, where the retreat would be held. When I canceled the retreat I also cancelled the cabin. So, when the retreat was a ‘go’ in August, I reasoned that I needed a smaller cabin. God said, “Nothing doing!” I had just enough ladies telling me they were coming to need the larger cabin, and guess what? Gleesome Inn was still available! I was now planning for five paid registrations, plus my helper and myself.

 

Gleesome Inn Blue Ridge Georgia

Gleesome Inn Blue Ridge Georgia

Gleesome Inn Blue Ridge Georgia

 

The week of the retreat arrived and my heart was so ready. The Lord and I had been preparing for months~~messages, music, food, schedules. I was certain it was all planned correctly….and for the most part it was. I felt such anticipation and excitement to serve the ladies who were coming. There were ladies I knew and a couple whom I had never met.

The week of the retreat one of the ladies emailed me and said that her husband was having health issues and she would not be able to come. My heart was so sad. She was new to me and I was eager to get to know her.

Thursday, the day the retreat was scheduled to begin, found me packing my car and preparing to drive the 30 miles to the city where the cabin is located. I had arranged for early check-in so we could get set up, pray over the cabin and women, and then rest a bit. At 11:15am I received a call telling me that the previous renters of the cabin had trashed it and I would not be able to check-in early. In that moment, I recognized the devil’s hand at work and knew I had a choice. I could get all controlling and upset OR I could roll with it, knowing that God had it all under control. I chose the latter and it was definitely easier on my gut and my emotions.

We arrived at the cabin around 3pm and began the set-up. The ladies were set to arrive at 6pm. Earlier in the day I had received a text message from one lady telling me that her young daughter was sick and she was likely not going to make it on Thursday night for the opening session, but that she would touch base the next day. On Saturday morning her child was still sick and she had to miss the entire retreat. This sister is a precious friend to me and I knew she was looking forward to being at the retreat, so for her to have to miss the entire retreat was a disappointment to both of us.

The Thursday night session was planned for 7pm, but God had other plans. One of the ladies had to work late and did not arrive until 9pm, while the remaining two women arrived around 6:30pm. My goal had been to share my testimony with the ladies on Thursday, but I delayed it until Friday evening, which was a much better fit with what I was teaching on Friday night.

We were privileged to be led in worship by Mike and Becca Medori on Friday and Judy Tipton on Saturday morning. Our hearts were encouraged and blessed by the worship. Even so, the struggle with this retreat was real, y’all. It was very real for all of us except God!!!!

The theme of the retreat was “This is My Story”. I taught from the stories of Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth and asked the ladies to begin writing down their story using worksheets I had created. I am quite taken with this theme and I hope the Lord will give me the opportunity to share these messages and plans in another retreat. It was POWERFUL!!

One precious woman came up to me after the Friday morning session and told me that God had been after her for over a year to tell her story. She had been resisting mightily, then, she comes to Come Away and the theme is all about creating her story. Only God!!

On Saturday night, I asked the ladies to share the stories they had been creating…their stories of how God has worked in their lives. It was such a precious time. There were tears, laughter, hugs, and prayer. Four wonderful ladies now have created their story so they can share them with other people. Y’all I could write so many words about how God showed up and showed off, but I think most of those words are for tucking into my heart. Here are a few pictures from the weekend.

 

 

One of the resources I always provide at the retreat is a list of my favorite books. This year I brought some of the books to the retreat so the ladies could look through them and read them in their free time each day. Here are some of my favs and links to a few of them on Amazon are at the end of this post.

 

 

I hope to have more to share with you about Come Away retreat in the coming weeks. This retreat is a bit different from other retreats because of the large blocks of time that I place into it for resting and spending time with the Lord and other women. I am currently seeking the heart of Jesus regarding Come Away 2019 and am hoping He gives me the privilege of hosting this retreat again…..maybe even twice in 2019.

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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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.

Sharing is caring! Here are Instagram and Facebook pictures to share. It would be such a blessing if you would let your friends know about Come Away!

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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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