I’ve been silent hear for a bit, but not for a lack of things going on in our life. I feel now like my previous “creative” post was perhaps prophetic. It was of course truthful in the moment, but has proven to be so for the unforeseen future. In the middle of August, about two weeks after my aforementioned post, Adam was laid off from his job due to down-sizing. It was a pretty strong blow that we didn’t see coming. As we spoke with a few close confidants about what to do next, Adam was ready to hit the pavement Monday (the lay-off occurred on a Friday), resume in-hand, to look for a new job. This seems like the best thing and most natural thing to do after the loss of a job, but I felt strongly that we needed to take time and seek the Lord before setting out to do things in our own might. Our wise counselors encouraged us to take a prayer retreat to spend time being refreshed by the Lord, while asking Him to make our path straight. I had no idea where we could go to spend a day or two in quiet to meet with our Heavenly Father, but I knew the right people to ask. Long story short, after several recommendations were made and looked into I received a text from my cousin saying that a friend of hers wanted to extend a family cabin to us to use for our prayer retreat. I was immediately blessed in seeing God’s hand engineering this time away. 

Rewind a few months: I had been hoping to plan a get away for Adam and I around our anniversary as we haven’t had, but maybe one “non work related” vacation in our entire marriage. I looked at different bed and breakfasts within a few hours of our home, but I just kept thinking, “I don’t think we’re bed and breakfast people. We’re more cabin-in-the-woods people”. So I never made a registration. Fast forward back to the weekend of Adam’s lay-off. Our 8th wedding anniversary was the following Tuesday. As we made arrangements for friends and family to watch the kids and the dog, it worked out for us to go up to this cabin on our anniversary and stay for three days, two nights. That was a blessing we couldn’t have seen coming. I wanted to get away with my husband, but saw us in a cabin not a b&b…. and that is what the Lord gave us. What kindness in the midst of the storm!

We didn’t know what to expect of this cabin, although my cousin’s friend assured me it wasn’t rustic and was more like a house. We would have been more than happy with rustic, but again the kindness of the our Father gave us a beautiful QUIET home to stay in for three days.

Riverside Cabin via www.apaigefromourbook.com

*Excuse the poor photography. Of course I forgot my camera at home, so my phone had to suffice.*
Had it not been beastly hot, we probably would have spent much of our time praying and reading here on the porch.
Bright, but cozy space via www.apaigefromourbook.com

Instead, Adam made his place to read here in the living room…
Eat-in-kitchen via www.apaigefromourbook.com

And I positioned myself at the kitchen table so I could enjoy the beautiful view while I read and journaled.
I’ll show you a few more pics of our beautiful retreat in a bit. I knew that I had been in need of some quiet time away from my children, but I didn’t know how much until I was surrounded by the breathtaking stillness around us. Truthfully, I wasn’t ready to come home after three days. It was stunningly beautiful to me to enjoy drawn out quiet time with the Lord in true quietness. I was so refreshed by the opportunity to read the Word, pray and journal uninterrupted. I wouldn’t say that we came away with some bold declaration from the Lord of a new job and a new path to take, but I believe very strongly that the Lord wanted to refresh us and refocus our gaze solely on Him. Through our own time in God’s word and confirmed in messages from close friends, the theme of our time away became, “In quietness and trust shall be your strength”. I spent a fair amount of time reading from Elizabeth Elliot’s book, “Keep a Quiet Heart”. Occasionally I would ask Adam if I could interrupt his reading in order to read a chapter out loud to him. I will write more about the Lord’s refreshment to me in another post. 
Cabin loft via www.apaigefromourbook.com

We were able to go out for dinner on our anniversary and spent some quality time as a couple in the loft of the cabin, talking, laughing – dreaming. 
The view via www.apaigefromourbook.com

I love that God has given us nature where everything around us sings of His glory, so that in moments when we are particularly and thoughtfully seeking Him, His kindness towards us; His grace; His glory is spread right in front of our faces.
Master suite via www.apaigefromourbook.com

The master suite which combined the bests of hotel and cabin worlds.
We are so thankful to the Norwood family for blessing us with the use of their cabin. They were a large conduit of God’s grace to us when we needed it desperately. Not only did they allow us the use of their cabin, but a family member took time out of their schedule to be there to let us in, pray with us and borrow us their large six-wheeler. We were humbled by the generosity of this sweet family and pray that the Lord blesses them ten-fold for their willingness for the Lord to bless us through them.
River view via www.apaigefromourbook.com

The deck view of the Mississippi River.

In quietness and trust shall be your strength… Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice: blessed are all those who wait for Him.
Is. 30:15b & 18

Zephaniah 3:17 via www.apaigefromourbook.com

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