For those who read here and who don't know what Cades Cove is let me give you a quick answer, it's an 11 mile loop in the mountains that you can either drive your car around OR your bicycle and look at old homesteads of years ago, waterfalls, deer, turkey, black bears, old churches and of course mountains and flowers etc... you are allowed to picnic anywhere you can find a spot.
Right before you enter Cades Cove they do have a separate picnic area and campground and a little store that you can buy anything from batteries to ice cream BUT it's expensive. As I found out because I forgot to bring extra batteries and I needed them so I could take pictures driving around the 11 mile loop. :)
My other happy place is anywhere down 30-A in and around Destin, Florida. I would move there is I could or at least vacation there more than I do. I love the ocean and palm trees as much as I love the mountains.
When life is hectic and when we go through dry seasons in life, we need a place of quiet rest and peace. While the two places I mentioned above offer temporary peace and relaxation and fun the reality is that you eventually have to return home or back to reality. ;)
The kind of peace we need during hard times is the peace that only comes from God. The place of quiet rest can only be found from God. It's an everlasting peace and an everlasting rest that the world can't give us.
Too many times we rush to friends, the mall, food, anything but rushing to the only one who can help us, relieve us from our cares and burdens. God should be the first person we run to and He gives us rest and peace but He also has the answer to every single problem we face and has the provisions for every thing that we need.
This is yet another lesson God has been teaching me. Run to Throne, not the phone. God was teaching me to go to Him first and then to friends and family for prayer support.
I am thankful for the times of refresment that God gives that come in the form of vacation or a quick retreat to the mountains and we will be going to soon to my happy place in the mountains. I plan on taking my camera and plenty of batteries to share with you when we return. :)
Until then, feast on these verses this weekend and I hope each of you enjoy your weekend and as always do something fun. It's important to do something fun whatever your "fun" may be, I plan on doing some reading, relaxing and cooking and relaxing and going over my Sunday school lesson.
"I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid (John 14:27) NLT
Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:7) NLT
The LORD replied, "I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest--everything will be fine for you." (Ex. 33:14) NLT
that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, (Acts 3:20) ESV
"For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes." (Jerm. 31:25)
Thank you for stopping by. I will be back for our Sunday Chit Chat.
What is your Happy Place?