Today something has been evolving in my mind and on my facebook page. So I figured I might as well bring it over here and share it with you. After all, it is all about "YOU", my friends in blogland and elsewhere.
Someone posted this picture on facebook, and it triggered a whole lot of dreaming on my part, although I already had the dream...this just put more meat on the bones of the dream:
|I don't have the credits for this photo. Sorry. It was on facebook. I saw it and I liked it.|
So here it is. Please forgive me if I've taken something that is copyrighted. I didn't know.
But let me explain myself. For many years my husband and I have dreamed of owning our own retreat center. It started way back when we were serving in the pastoral ministry, and we went through some very difficult times of stress, family illness, pastoral struggles, and general burnout. Our dream was to create a place where pastors and wives could get away for a while to rest, recuperate, be ministered to instead of having to minister to others, and that it would be provided for them absolutely free. Then, when our teenage son became ill with a brain tumor, we experienced what it was like to have a seriously ill child and all of the fear, anguish, financial burdens, and heartaches that go along with that kind of a traumatic event, and we wanted to provide a place for families, caregivers, broken hearted parents, suddenly alone individuals...where they could heal, receive counseling, hide away for a while without worries about how they could repay us. At one time we actually created a non-profit organization for this very purpose, but it never developed. We still had too many of our own battles to fight...and although the dream was born out of our own need for such a haven of rest, we were never able to realize the dream and had to shelve it along with so many other wonderful ideas that appeared to be impossible. Now that same son of ours is enduring cancer as an adult, and we are living this nightmare again...even though he is far away from us with a family of his own...and we wish we could do something more to help them.
|The view from my laptop|
|Hey, where did THAT bird come from?|
|There I am dreaming and writing about my "dream cabin"|
|There is a tiny yellow warbler in there somewhere. See if you can find him!|
|Another view from my secret hideway|
I just need to build the cabin. It won't be fancy. It may not even have electricity...but that would limit it to fall and winter use in Florida. Summer would be brutal without air conditioning, even in the forest. So I guess we will have to have some conventions if we really are serious about helping people relax and rest. It will need some kind of "facilities" for you know what, so that will require a little extra planning...but it is not impossible. We already have an extra septic tank on the property, running water, and electricity is easily attached. We just need the means to provide the cabin. So I am praying. I spend my Sunday afternoons in that spot, praying, dreaming, and speaking the dream before the Lord. Maybe He can see that I am really serious this time. Maybe now IS the time to make it happen. Perhaps that is why He brought us to this place in the first place!
|When you come to visit us, we can sit on our front porch and have a cup of tea|
(or coffee) and watch the birds together!
|How about a "s'more"? You gotta have some more s'mores!|