Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
We have been having a retreat in Gatlinburg at the same hotel (Glenstone Lodge) for several years now. We started with one, then went to two, then to three a year. We have had over 20 now. One is Memorial Day weekend, one at the end of September and one in February around Valentine's day.
This year we have been holding our breath hoping that the hotel will be open. They have been waiting on an ok from the governor, because of the virus. He said no. At first we thought, no retreat. Then we thought. yes retreat!
We have been blessed to live in a house that sits on 6 acres of land and it has a gym as well. We checked with Paul (the preacher at the church here) and he said Yes! So, we contacted everyone and told them to bring tents and campers and we were going to have the retreat.
I, for one, am looking forward to it. I am praying it doesn't rain, but if it does, we have the gym. I hope we can have a fire and sit around and sing and talk and just be thankful and bless the Lord for all the ways He "causes things to happen." He is Jehovah Jireh, our provider. Why would anyone not want to follow Him?
If you are going stir crazy, join us in our back yard the last weekend in May. I have a feeling it will be even better than Gatlinburg!