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Topic: REFUGE (08/29/19)
- TITLE: Retreat
By Marlene Custer
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“I love living in Charlotte!” Janet exclaimed. She leaned in to share with her new friends, Ellen and Kathy. “We enjoy the benefits of living in a big city, yet we are close enough to the mountains to get away fairly often.”
“Where do you go?” asked Kathy. “And what do you do there?”
“It’s near Roaring Gap, about three hours north of here. We hike, find some Bluegrass Entertainment, or just sit and enjoy the scenery. The colored leaves in the fall are just breath-taking! I really feel renewed even if it is only for a weekend.”
“My happy place is the beach,” Ellen interjected. “Especially Hilton Head. There are several restaurants there that are my absolute favorites, and walking along the beach and looking out across the vast ocean draws my mind to God and His greatness!”
“Well, reading is my thing.” Kathy laughed. “And I can do that either place!”
“Oh, what do you like to read?” Asked Janet. “It’s always nice to have a backup activity for rainy days.”
“I read a lot of Inspirational Fiction, but I like a good John Grisham mystery now and then,” Kathy answered, then took a swallow of her bottled water. “I feel like I need to get away, but I don’t know when that will happen. Not any time soon for sure!”
“Well,” Janet focused on her friends, “to really be renewed, no matter where I’m at, I have to zero in on God and His Word. David talked a lot about taking refuge in God. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 91:1– ‘He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.’ (Psalm 91:1 NIV). I find that so true.”
“I agree.” Ellen joined in. “In Matthew Jesus invites us to come to Him for rest. (Matthew 11:28 NIV). We don’t even have to leave our homes to take advantage of the rest Jesus wants to gives us.”
As the class leader stood to begin the study time Kathy looked at her friends and smiled, “Thank you. I needed to be reminded that God is the One who renews my strength and outlook on life.”
Prayer: Dear God, when I am discouraged and overwhelmed, please help me to run to you!
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