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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Retreat (as in quiet time away) (08/01/05)

TITLE: Refresher Course
By c clemons
08/03/05


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I love the quiet times with Jesus. I love the getting away to be alone with Him. I feel as though I come alone but I never leave alone. I go on a retreat as often as the Spirit leads. The funny part is my retreat is as close as the garden in my backyard. Sometimes I come early as the songwriter said, "while the dew is still on the roses." I just sit and let His creations speak to me. The birds sing praises of His awesomeness, the Morning Glories trumpet about His holiness and the roses remind me of His piercing by their thorns.

I think about two gardens that are mentioned in the Bible. The Garden of Eden, where God would come to talk to Adam in the cool of the day, and the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus went to pray. In the first garden, man lost his direct relationship with God, but in the latter, because of one's man obedience the relationship was restored.

I tend to my garden often, by pulling weeds that try to spring up among the beautiful things that I plant there. The earth yields both good and bad growth. Some of the weeds come willingly with just a small tug while others require some digging out. It is the same with man, out of the earth He made man and while His creation is good, it too can yield both good and bad. He reveals to me in our time together areas of strongholds or anything that could keep our relationship from growing.

I give the flowers in my garden food and water which allows them to flourish. The Master Gardener tends His garden by instruction from His Word. This kind of food allows for more growth in Him and His way of doing things. As the Lord waters I am refreshed and built up again.

When I leave my garden it always looks better because of the care I give it. After spending time with the Father, not only am I refreshed by His tender care but I am reminded of His love for me.


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Brandi Roberts08/09/05
Beautiful lesson! I enjoyed! Thanks for sharing.
Gloria Laroza T.08/09/05
I like the simplicity, clarity and sincerity in your article. Like you, my garden is like my sanctuary, my retreat where I can spend quiet time with Jesus. Blessings, Gloria
Debra Brand08/10/05
Good lesson.
dub W08/11/05
Interesting personal comment.
Beth Muehlhausen08/11/05
A sweet and simple take on the topic of retreat. I used to have a huge vegetable garden, and found retreat there, too, even though it also required lots of hard work! ;-)