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Heard about a getaway that wasn't so great-- a dog, frightened of the July 4th fireworks, ran away, across a busy street, and a family searched frantically for him. In desperation, they ran an ad in the paper, someone found their beloved pet, and he's now been returned to the family fold. ALMOST a "dog CATastophe!"...THAT's not the kind of getaway I'm talking about.

Now it's true there are times I've wanted to run away from my kids, little or big (ok, so would you, admit it!), and there are also times I love my family and love my work, but I really need a break. THIS is one of those times, a special getaway that GOD has planned for me...and when HE plans anything, He does it right. This past week, I have been spending time with family on the West Coast and at my beloved ocean--it is just what I needed.

But there's something I--and you--need even more! That's a getaway with our God, a time apart from the world where we can be alone with the Lord. A time of refreshing and renewal we all need as we meet the challenges of each new day. He created us to . . .

Heard about a getaway that wasn't so great-- a dog, frightened of the July 4th fireworks, ran away, across a busy street, and a family searched frantically for him. In desperation, they ran an ad in the paper, someone found their beloved pet, and he's now been returned to the family fold. ALMOST a "dog CATastophe!"...THAT's not the kind of getaway I'm talking about.

Now it's true there are times I've wanted to run away from my kids, little or big (ok, so would you, admit it!), and there are also times I love my family and love my work, but I really need a break. THIS is one of those times, a special getaway that GOD has planned for me...and when HE plans anything, He does it right. This past week, I have been spending time with family on the West Coast and at my beloved ocean--it is just what I needed.

But there's something I--and you--need even more! That's a getaway with our God, a time apart from the world where we can be alone with the Lord. A time of refreshing and renewal we all need as we meet the challenges of each new day. He created us to fellowship with Him--to break away so we don't break apart...Let's make time in our day for the One who's waiting to talk to us, to lift us up, to love us and to give us the strength to carry on.

And someday there will be for us all a grand and glorious getaway when He takes His church to be with Himself. He's coming again--that's one getaway I don't want to miss--and neither do you, I know! Practice a getaway in His presence each day--and you'll be ready for that GREAT getaway in the sky someday. He's coming soon--believe it, and have a GREAT day!

Scripture:

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:31)."

"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17)."

Prayer: Lord, getaways on earth are great, but I know a better one's coming that will top any vacation on earth. Prepare me now by planting within my heart a deep desire to "getaway" with You each day--and then I'll be ready for the GREAT getaway for all eternity--keep me faithful and true until that day, In Jesus' Name, Amen."

All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

Copyright 2005 by Peggie C. Bohanon, Springfield, Mo. Used by permission.
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