Sunday, February 5, 2012

Recharge


Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."
Matthew 6:31


We just returned home from a weekend getaway, and it was just what the doctor ordered! I don't know about you guys, but Brian and I start feeling restless after too many weeks or months of stressful repetition. Not that we don't love our lives and enjoy normalcy, but sometimes, life just calls us to retreat.

And, honestly, Jesus gave us a model for retreating in the Bible. He instructed the disciples to come away with Him to a quiet place to get some rest. That's exactly what we did this weekend.

We loaded up the dogs and headed north to Beavers Bend, Oklahoma. I have many fond memories of Beavers Bend. My dad started taking my sister and I there more than 20 years ago, and we've managed to go back almost once a year, if not multiple times a year since that first trip, so long ago.  It's just a beautiful place that allows us to recharge in God's beautiful creation.

Here are a few peeks into our stay...

Brian could be Survivor Man (is that his name? Not that show with the one who has braids and doesn't wear shoes, but the one with the one guy by himself.) Anyway, my man could keep us alive if we were stranded in the woods. I like that. :)

The pups. 

The back of our cabin. It sat on a beautiful creek, though it looks quite yucky in these pics. We listened to its trickling sounds as we sat by the fire and in the hot tub. Serene!

Back of the cabin.

The pups were in heaven. That water was frigid!

Our cabin. 

We decided to cook most of our meals over the campfire. By we, I mean I brought out the ingredients, and Brian cooked it. 

Breakfast!


Hot rocks on the dutch oven cobbler. 

Peach Cobbler. 

Delish!

We didn't leave the cabin. We read and prayed and studied and talked and napped and ate, of course. It was a true break. A much needed break. 

If I've learned anything in my 28 years of existence, it is that we simply MUST take care of ourselves, and I mean more than taking care of our bodies. We must constantly evaluate our mental, physical, relational, and spiritual health. For us, we needed a tune-up, so we took one. And, we are returning home refreshed, restored, and ready for whatever God purposes us to do next. 


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like an incredible place, and sounds like a wonderful weekend was had by you both, and I am glad. I loved the Bible quote as it reminds me of how, if the God of all creation Himself, needed to get away at times, then why do I, a mere human, think I don't? Blessings to you both.

the undomesticated wife said...

Looks wonderful! I haven't been to Beavers Bend, but I did live in OK my freshman year of college. Lots of beautiful places to camp and recharge as you say.

Lori said...

Looks awesome. Glad you guys got to enjoy some down time. That cabin is too cute and you made the cobbler! That is what I miss most from Kid's Camp...tee-hee! That's some good stuff! I agree with A....I've never thought of that verse in that way....very cool!

Gemma said...

I haven't seen a new post in awhile...I hope all is well with you and your family.