Tuesday, September 23, 2014



withdrawal from enemy forces, 
to pull back from what is difficult, dangerous, disagreeable,
a place you can go to to be alone to find rest and repair.

Sound like something you need?
I know I do.

As a teenager, I remember Fall Retreats
at Toccoa Falls, Epworth by the Sea,
      GA District Camp Adrian, State Parks
     or North Georgia mountains. 

Activities included
                                  pillow fights, food fights, A sardine fight (yes, one unplanned and unnecessary!  Never happened again!)
                                     rolling down hills, climbing hills
                                                                           (the side of Toccoa Falls 
                                                                                                    straight up, no concrete walkway!)
                                                            white water rafting, and tubing
                                                                                                                  playing UNO until 3:00 am.

            Late night talks in the hall or the staircase
                                                     chapel services by the lake or the sea 
                                                                       and most importantly, relationships built and
                                                  decisions made for Christ.

These times are forever etched in the memory of my heart.

Just a small group in a small condo, laughing, crying, 
praying and singing together. 

The Theme, Psalm 139

"Where can I go from your Spirit:
Where can I flee from your presence?

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me, 
your right hand will hold me fast."

"How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, 
they would outnumber the grains of sand.

When I awake I am still with you."

My prayer then and today is,

"Search me O God, and know my heart
Test me and know my anxious thoughts,
See if there is any offensive way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting."



  1. Sounds like a great escape. I went to my friends' woman's fellowship day on Saturday. A weekend would be much better.

  2. Your retreats sound wonderful, a good time to refresh and renew. Although I'm not so sure about the sardine fight! xx

  3. What a beautiful post, Bonnie. Your words paint pictures almost as amazing as your beautiful photos.

    Thank you for sharing. Isn't it wonderful that we can't escape Him! Such security in that!

  4. Beautiful post!
    How blessed we are to know Him.
    What wonderful treasured memories!,

  5. Hi Bonnie, I needed your little prayer myself today. I like church camps ...it was always the best for me. Always. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  6. Sounds wonderful, would be nice to go for one's soul. Blessings Francine.

  7. Sounds like heaven to me. Well, except the sardine fight. Mud pies are much more fun and stink less. *giggle*
    Speaking of which, our last vacation was a real stink burger. My usually favorite, easy-to-get-along-with SIL was snarky and rude. We haven't spoken to one another since the trip. Makes me feel so sad.
    Luv ~:)

  8. I so need a retreat right now! Your photos are beautiful ~


  9. What a beautiful, peaceful post, Bonnie. What a wonderful time you must have had. Your photos are truly gorgeous too...thanks for sharing!


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