This is the lodge at Camp Lawroweld in Weld, Maine USA. This is where I go to the Prayer Retreat in May. They also have one in October that I try to attend. This is not like a monestary where you walk around with somber faces and just pray all day. It is a fellowship of believers and often of different denominations come to this Seventh-day Adventist owned facility to join together in a quest to draw nearer to God. For He says in His Word "If you draw near to Me, I will draw near to you."
Camp Lawroweld is located on the beautiful Lake Webb with plenty of loons on the lake - a place where you have the freedom to go kayaking, canoeing and swimming which are all pleasures that are enjoyable as well as being in nature and having the joy of finding Jesus in a special way. I went to Camp here as a child. The Camp is located in the midst of the mountains. I climbed Mount Blue and Mount Tumbledown many times as a child and later as an adult and it was there I began my love for mountain climbing.
There is a special small building that has been decorated like a chapel with a couch and comfy chairs, a water fall ceramic, white Christmas lights, and a table, large cushions on the floor for those who want to kneel or sit. When you enter, this one room building, you come in with the attitude of prayer and it is a quiet mediation spot. There is a bowl on the table with colored stones in it and index cards handy to place your prayer requests for "Prayer Warriors" who pray intercessorialy for others. There are paper booklets and tablets there for those who want to write their prayers or jot down their thoughts. A place of peace.
Throughout the day you might see a scene like this where people come together and pray for each other. Everyone has burdens they carry. Everyone needs an arm of friendship. They have keynote speakers that come from different states to this retreat and share spiritual wisdom and insights on different subjects that are not only interesting but insightful and uplifting.
This is what SparkPeople has done for us - it has helped each of us with our burdens that we carry and many pray faithfully for our team and the sorrows that we each endure. And are there for the joy that each of us needs to share and jump up and down about. Well, the Prayer Retreat does this too in a very real way.
The lodge is rustic and the facilitiess are kept updated but not loosing the rustic look and the camping style. The cabins are cots with a table a lamp and some chairs. Some have more than others depending on how out doorsy you want to be. I usually stay in the lodge as I like the indoor facility. .
In the cabins you have to walk to the facility like a rest area type and you need a flashlight at night.
The meals are a vegetarian quisine and also mostly vegan but anyone who has not tried vegetarianism really have enjoyed the food. It is exquisitly prepared by chefs that are people like you and me but have eaten this way for many years and learned what people like. They also offer cooking classes to those who want to learn. I have acquired some fantastic recipes but they do take a little preparation but also are well worth it.
As we continue this journey together in a weight loss motivational program and share with each other - it is a life style change. I think most of us on our team realize that God plays a big part in this journey and I am proud to be a part of it. God bless each of you as we walk together here encouraging and uplifting each other.