Saturday Snapshot

The wildflowers are in full bloom!  The images below were taken near the overlook on top of our mountain.  We are thankful to partake in such beauty here at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina.

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Luke 12:27

Friends,  be blessed by God’s work on our mountaintop. The Trillium have bloomed and the birds are singing a beautiful song!

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Come see us!  Click here to see what’s going on at The Cove.  We’ve got something for everyone!

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

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Today is National Day of Prayer.
Please join us in prayer for our nation, our nation’s leaders and our military.
“Heavenly Father,

We come to You in the Name that is above every name—Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Our hearts cry out to You.

Knowing that You are a prayer-answering, faithful God—the One we trust in times like these—we ask that You renew our spirits, revive our churches, and heal our land.

We repent of our sins and ask for Your grace and power to save us. Hear our cry, oh God, and pour out Your Spirit upon us that we may walk in obedience to Your Word.

We are desperate for Your tender mercies. We are broken and humbled before You.

Forgive us, and in the power of Your great love, lift us up to live in Your righteousness.

We pray for our beloved nation. May we repent and return to You and be a light to the nations. And we pray for our leaders and ask that You give them wisdom and faith to follow You.

Preserve and protect us, for You are our refuge and only hope.

Deliver us from all fears except to fear You, and may we courageously stand in the Truth that sets us free.

We pray with expectant faith and grateful hearts.

In Jesus’ name, our Savior.

Amen.”

– 2015 National Prayer by Dr. Jack Graham

 

Please take a moment to visit the National Day of Prayer site.

Saturday Snapshot

We’ve got some serious prayer warriors that work and volunteer here at The Cove.  This is Betty who celebrated her 92nd birthday this week.

Betty chapel Volunteer 92 on April 30 2015

Betty has volunteered at The Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center here at The Cove for 26 years!  When she first started volunteering, she gave tours to our visitors.  Betty is now faithfully volunteering every Friday–dedicated to praying for our visitors, guests, fellow volunteers and staff.

When this picture was taken, Betty had already prayed for 481 people.  No, that’s not a typo–four hundred eighty one–all covered in prayer before noon!  How does she keep track?  She makes a check next to their name or on their prayer request card and keeps a running tally.

At 92, Betty is sweet, sharp as a tack and quick witted.  If you are visiting us on a Friday morning, make sure to stop by and say hello to her.

Fun fact: Betty earned 12 varsity letters while in high school.

Would you like to volunteer at The Cove?  Click here to complete a volunteer application.

Make a plan to visit The Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitor’s Center.  Tours are free.  Click here for hours of operation and directions.

What’s Happening at The Cove – June 2015

COMING TO
GREAT IS THE LORD!
“I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised and his greatness is unsearchable.” Psalm 145:1-3

Come help us kick off the summer season here at The Cove!   We’ve got something for everyone and we look forward to serving you on your visit!  Check out our schedule for the month of June below.

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS

Click on the link below for June dates or call 1-800-950-2092.
June Personal Spiritual Retreats

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SeniorSalt Impact Crusade Journey Hymn Sing
Ron Whittemore with David Gaines, June 1, 2015

Who Is In Control ?
with Steve Brown, June 12-14, 2015

INTENSIVE BIBLE TRAINING
Being Captured by the Passion of Christ

with Woodrow Kroll, June  15-19, 2015

An Evening at The Cove
Join us for dinner, concert and meet & greet.

with Andrew Peterson, June 20, 2015

INTENSIVE BIBLE TRAINING
How to Read God’s Word Like a Bible Scholar:
A Practical and Engaging Exploration of Scripture

with Mark Yarbrough, June 22-26, 2015

An Evening at The Cove
Join us for dinner, concert and meet & greet.

with NewSong, June 28, 2015

INTENSIVE BIBLE TRAINING
Discipleship Counseling:
Helping Others Walk in Freedom and Grow in Christ

with Neil Anderson, June 29- July 3, 2015

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Stream at The Cove.

Want to get away with God, but can't(2)

Click here for more information.

Behind The Scenes: Housekeeping at The Cove

HOUSEKEEPING TWO

If you’ve had the opportunity to stay in one of the two inns on our property, you know how clean and comfortable the rooms are.  You may even know that your bed–in fact your entire room–was prayed over before your arrival.

Today, we’d like you to meet one of the special people who are responsible for The Cove’s clean and prayed-over rooms.

Meet Linda.

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Linda in one of the inn rooms.

Linda has been a part of the housekeeping staff at The Cove since October 2004.  After working with her husband in the home improvement field for years, Linda’s daughter, who was on The Cove’s housekeeping staff at the time, asked her mom to come and work with her.  Having suffered from back problems all her life, Linda told her daughter, “My back wouldn’t take it.”   She did, however, agree to volunteer some.  After volunteering for several months, Linda was asked to join the team as an employee and she agreed.

You’re probably wondering why Linda decided to accept employment despite her history of back pain.  When asked, she replied with a warm smile, “It’s like a healing has taken place.  It’s very physically demanding, but it’s not like work.  I know this is where God wants me.”   Linda continues by sharing a Scripture that she has proven to be true: “As thy days, so shall thy strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25).

Serving at The Cove is a bit of a family affair.  Not only did Linda’s daughter work here, but her sister, Ruth, does too.  “My sister and I make beds together,” Linda says.

While Linda enjoys the time of fellowship with her sister, she says the entire housekeeping team is like a family.

“When a new housekeeper comes, we adopt her in like a little sister, and if it’s an older one, it’s another mama.  There is just a bond here that we can’t explain.”

Every Day Steeped in Prayer.

During the week, before Linda comes to work, she begins her days attending prayer time from 6 – 7 a.m. at her church.  But, the prayer doesn’t stop there.

It’s a well-known fact that The Cove housekeepers pray over the rooms as they clean.  Linda said, “It’s like the Scripture, ‘pray without ceasing’; that’s what we do, we pray as we go.”  She adds, “I also make it a point to pray for the guests when I go home, when I’m not distracted with anything else.  I pray that as they come, God would take care of everything back home for them so they can get away without anything distracting them.”

So whether it’s cleaning, stocking or checking rooms, Linda’s heart is full with anticipation of the good things the Lord has for her and each of our guests here at The Cove every day.

“Every day I come through the gate, it’s a new day and a total new world. Mr. and Mrs. Graham’s vision became provision for so many people.”

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Enjoy the warmth of a fire while relaxing at one of our two inns.
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There are lots of places in our inn lobby to sit and read or visit.

Interested in working at The Cove? See a list of job descriptions by clicking here.

Click here to visit our website and see what’s happening at The Cove.

Kendra’s Bible Study…Isaiah 53:3-4

The Book of Isaiah

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham notes from Isaiah 53:3-4

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 3a: He was despised and forsaken of men.

Verse 3b: Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.

Verse 3c: From whom men hide their face.

Verse 3d: Despised, we did not esteem Him.

Verse 4a: Our griefs He bore, our sorrows He carried.

Verse 4b: We esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, afflicted.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:
Verse 3a
: God came personally to live among us with skin on, His name is Jesus. God loved us so much that He refused to trust us to another, so He came personally to fix the gap that was in our relationship, which is sin. God refused to reject us, even though we find it so easy to reject Him. In this world there is no other name that brings such emotion than the name of Jesus. It is not in us to run to God, it is in us to hide from God and to shake our fists at God, to despise Him and reject Him… “So He came, while we were still enemies, and loved us, and gave Himself for us.” Romans 5:8 God loves us first. We were created to walk with Him, know Him and need Him, so Jesus would go the distance to make that which we were created to do a possibility…

Verse 3b: Jesus knows what it is to be broken, to feel hurt, loss and pain. Jesus understands my intense hurt and pain because He experienced it to a degree I will never have to feel. Jesus is compelled to compassion for His hurting handmade creation.

Verse 3c: No one wanted to be connected with Jesus. Even in the Garden of Gethsemene when Jesus was being wrongfully arrested, His closest friends scattered and refused to be connected with Him in any way. Jesus knows abandonment by His closest family and friends, and yet still, He went forth out of indescribable love to fix the gap that was between us. Oh the deep deep love of Jesus.

Verse 3d: It is so easy to get it wrong… we like things to look right and sound right, and play the part that we think they should play… yet Jesus did not “look like” “sound like” or “act like” those who were looking for the Messiah thought He should be and do. It is easy for us to reject those God accepts and visa versa. God Himself came and allowed Himself to be despised by the very creation He had come to save. He could have struck us dead with a word, yet instead, He died for us, loving us in word and deed. Oh! That we would esteem Him now by just spending time with Him in His Word.

Verse 4a: God with skin on, Jesus, took our pain and sorrows upon Himself as if they were His. Jesus took our grief and sorrow, but it remains so hard for us to release them to Him to carry, so we burden ourselves with which we were never designed to carry. We were created to need God to carry us. I love the verse in Isaiah 40:11 “He tends His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart…” God knows often times we need to be carried, we can’t do it, so He carries us.

Verse 4b: “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 God paid the price for sin, Himself. Jesus was smitten and afflicted so we wouldn’t have to be.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 3a: Is your relationship personal between you and God? Are you running to God or are you running from God?

Verse 3b: Have you laid out your hurt and brokenness to Jesus, knowing He understands the pain of your heart?

Verse 3c: Will you stay close to Jesus today or scatter? Did you know He loves you either way?

Verse 3d: What do you think Jesus should do and hasn’t in your life? How has Jesus looked differently in your life than you once thought He would look? Will you esteem Jesus today by spending time with Him in His Word, asking Him to lead you?

 Verse 4a: Are you needing to be carried? Did you need to know that, today, God will carry you? Did you know that God came Himself, with skin on, Jesus, not trusting you to another, so that He could bear your burdens? Will you ask God to help you release those burdens today?

Verse 4b: Will you believe Jesus came for you because of God’s great love?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Spend time today with God in His Word just you and Him. We were created to walk with Him, know Him and need Him.

Homework: Isaiah 53: 10-11

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

 

Saturday Snapshot

We have a super talented team in our kitchen that creates delicious meals and desserts for our guests every day!  Check out what they were up to one morning earlier this week.

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Melanie spends time chopping chunks of chocolate for homemade brownies.

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Natalie and Melanie working well as a team as they prepare desserts for guests at The Cove.

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Pastry Chef Natalie showing off her delicious homemade cookies!

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Executive Chef Douglas expertly chops onion for a cranberry and pineapple salsa which will be used to garnish turkey burgers for lunch.

Click here to search for recipes from The Cove kitchen.

Make sure not to miss our “Behind The Scenes” feature on The Cove Kitchen coming up next month!

We’d love to see you at The Cove this year!  Click here to visit our website to see what’s coming up.

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