Happy New Year from Shem the duck.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
As we are all gathering with those we love, may our hearts swell with gratitude and praise to the Lord for his never failing faithfulness and everlasting love. This is what Thanksgiving is all about.
Thankfulness: Gratitude to God for what He does.
Praise: Gratitude to God for Who He Is.
Admit it. Beneath the comfort of smiling faces, warm hugs, delectable smells, and cozy coffee cups swarming around plates of pumpkin pie, are hearts with needs. In some cases, hearts that are aching badly with hurts and pain unseen and unknown. The flip side of the rejoicing we are enjoying is still there and is, in some cases, very dark.
But there is a Light that can pierce through the most difficult situation, warming and illuminating the darkest, coldest heart, resulting in growth and eventually, fruit.
This Light is Jesus. He is Emmanuel. God with us. God with us. God with us.
We have so much to be grateful for. Yes, family, friends, food, warm houses, soft lights, soothing atmospheres, sweet relationships, are all gifts for which we ought to return thanks to our Lord everyday. But there’s more, so much more that we are prone to overlook in the dazzling delights of temporal pleasures.
We who have trusted in Christ as our Savior are assured a perfect standing before the God of Heaven (Romans 8:1). If this were not enough, when we come to the Father in Jesus’ Name, we receive the spirit of adoption whereby we cry “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15). He is Christ’s Father, and our Father, Christ’s God, and our God (John 20:17). There are unspeakable gifts laid up in store for those who love God (1 Corinthians 2:9). For those who are faithful unto death in the midst of crisis, persecution, or even just “ordinary” trials, are reserved crowns of life (Revelation 2:10, James 1:12). Time would fail us to speak of grace sufficient for every need (2 Corinthians 12:9), guaranteed rewards for perseverance (Galatians 6:9), comforts found only in the never-ending presence of God (Hebrews 13:5), life and peace that comes from spiritual-mindedness (Romans 8:6), the assurance that those who ask, will receive (Matthew 7:8), the truth that all of God’s promises are true (2 Corinthians 1:20), and the list could go on for pages. These are things God does for us through Christ. Let us now consider some of who God Is.
He is, first of all, the I AM God (Exodus 3:14). He is our Shepherd (Psalm 23, John 10:11). He is our Sun and Shield (Psalm 84:11). He is our Strength (Psalm 28:8). He is our Song (Exodus 15:2). He is our Father (Galatians 4:6). He is our Blesser (Ephesians 1:3). He is our Director (Proverbs 16:9). He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). He is our Refuge (Psalm 9:9). He is our Fortress (Psalm 91:2). He is the Creator (Genesis 1:1). He is the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 22:13). Here again, the list is endless, for God is infinite (Psalm 145:3).
It doesn’t matter where you find yourself this holiday season, whether on the mountain tops of rejoicing or struggling to keep the tears from spilling over into the mashed potatoes you are about to serve: God is enough for your need. He makes all the riches of glory available to you through Christ (Ephesians 1:3), and whoever comes to Christ will in no wise be cast out (John 6:37).
This Thanksgiving, let us all focus our hearts to seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1). We have so much for which to be grateful. May we raise continually a voice of Thanksgiving for what God has done for us, and a voice of Praise for Who God Is.
Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.
While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:
Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:
Which executeth judgement for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners:
The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:
The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and wido: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.
The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.
Autumn is here!
And peak leaf season is right around the corner! There is still some availability for the next few weeks of fall, but you’ll have to act quickly. Our records show that available sites won’t be available for long!
Contact us to reserve your site today and anticipate a lovely “RVing” experience in the cool of autumn against a backdrop of breathtaking mountains and colored grandeur.
The John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival is just around the corner! This festival, held in Brasstown, NC, is an annual celebration of Appalachian culture with activities for the entire family! Pony rides, craft vendors, music, face painting, quilt displays… the options are myriad. In addition, 30+ vendors will even be having live demonstrations of contemporary and historic crafts.
Most importantly, Peachtree Cove RV Park is located conveniently just an easy 15 minute drive from the John C. Campbell Folk School. Enjoy quiet evenings in the park after a full day at the festival. Call today to make your reservation to be sure you have a site reserved for the big event weekend!
Many people are fleeing the coming Hurricane Florence in an effort to save their lives and those of their loved ones. Large areas of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia are being evacuated mandatorily, and many thousands will be left without shelter in the wake of the storm.
Located two hours west of Asheville (which equals two hours further inland), Murphy, NC is already the proposed destination of some seeking higher ground. Peachtree Cove RV Park currently has availability to host a limited number of guests.
Contact or call us today to make your reservation and secure place of increased safety from the storm.
Fires Creek picnic area and hiking trails are a haven for many people who visit (or live in!) the mountains of Western North Carolina. The area features a creek that runs right through the woods in the foothills, and from this the area takes its name (all except the Fires part… ;)).
This beautiful and peaceful place is equipped with many eating areas located at comfortable distances from each other, making it a great place to go — even if there are several others who have also decided to come out and enjoy God’s creation!
There are several hiking trails nearby that work well for beginners as well as those who are more experienced in their hiking skills. Perhaps the most famous would be the Rim Trail. This trail is a loop measuring nearly twenty-five miles, and is rated “difficult.”
And now for the best part: Fires Creek is in Haysville, NC – only an estimated 20 minutes drive from Peachtree Cove RV Park. It really can’t get much better than that, can it? We as a family have greatly enjoyed many holidays and outings out at the creek, picnic areas, and trails. We know from experience: Fires Creek is a wonderful place for your family to just be! You won’t want your blue-light devices out here – there is far too much natural beauty to enjoy. And better yet: the fall season is right around the corner, so the leaves in the mountains will be turning to varied shades of gold, orange, yellow, red, and garnet, contributing a wealth of autumn splendor to the already-pleasing atmosphere. Fires Creek is calling; What are you waiting for?