Bed and Breakfast: Teammates in Ministry
In a previous post I discussed ways Ways to reconnect in your marriage. My husband, Jonathan and I did a weekend getaway to a bed and breakfast 45 minutes from our home in metro Atlanta. This isn’t your ordinary bed and breakfast, it is a place for couples in ministry to be recharged and refueled. Jonathan is an assistant pastor at our church and he is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Therefore he is constantly caring for others. As a mom and certified athletic trainer I am in the people business as well. So most of our time is caring for others and not necessarily each other or ourselves. We both knew that we needed to get away and just spend time with one another. So we locked down two babysitters, packed our bags and headed to our first weekend getaway in six years.
I did not know what to expect but in my mind I had so many expectations and thoughts that I was on pins and needles the entire drive. When we pulled up to the house we saw a chalkboard sign that read Welcome Jonathan and Felicia. As soon as we stepped foot out of the car, Dave and Peggy Jones were there to greet us and welcome us to their home. Dave is a former pastor and Peggy is an interior designer. They have a heart for couples who serve in ministry and they serve them with such care and love through their gift of hospitality. We were greeted with hugs and then escorted to our guest suite.
When we walked in the doors I was blown away by the decor and detail that Peggy so effortlessly put into making the guest quarters charming, inviting and simply beautiful. The music playing ever so gently in the background was soothing yet very intentional with the lyrics that floated through the air. Jonathan and I had a nicely apportioned private bedroom, living area, kitchenette and bathroom. The best part for me was definitely the robe and wool bedroom slippers. A sweet surprise to our area was the library that was stocked with books and an electric fireplace. We did not arrive to the house until 8 pm which meant that we missed dinner but they invited us upstairs for dessert.
As we took our seats Peggy began to list all of the dessert options. I finally settled on Jeni’s Brown Butter Almond Brittle ice cream with a slice pound cake. If that weren’t enough there were homemade chocolate chip cookies, vanilla ice cream and chocolate cake as well. I forgot to mention this earlier but those homemade chocolate chip cookies were in our kitchenette and they were completely gone by 5 pm the next day. Our night ended with Peggy describing what promised to be a lovely breakfast which would be delivered at 9 am. After saying goodnight to our lovely hosts we retreated downstairs and stared at one another. We couldn’t believe what we were experiencing. The level of hospitality, being served and not having lift a finger was mind blowing. That night we went to sleep knowing that the next day would be nothing short of amazing.
Breakfast was delivered at 9 am. Jonathan and I were treated to a delicious breakfast casserole, fresh fruit, pastries, jam, eggs and orange juice. Peggy opened the blinds to a beautiful garden that extended far beyond what the eye could see. I immediately got dressed and grabbed my books, ear pods and pillow and headed outside. The garden is filled with plush green shrubs, fountains, a gazebo and towering trees overhead to provide just enough shade from the sun. I found my way back to hammock, laid back and just stared at the sky. My mind was clear and I was able to read two books, listen to podcasts and just daydream. I hopped in the hammock at 10 am and didn’t leave until 2 pm with the exception of bathroom breaks. The garden is simply peaceful, serene and calming.
Jonathan and I did something that we rarely get to do……we took at 2.5 hour nap on a Saturday!!! When we finally woke up it was dinner time and this time we would not miss out on the feast that Peggy had prepared. We prayed over the meal and dove into great food and conversation. It had been a minute but Jonathan and I shared how we met and our love story. Dave and Peggy shared their story as well along with how they took a leap of faith and began their ministry: Teammates in Ministry. It was a beautiful story of love, connection, encouragement and being intentional. I could never do it justice within this blog post but I encourage you to find out more.
Jonathan and I left dinner that night with so many thoughts running through our heads. We were encouraged by this couple who had simply opened up their home, provided world class accommodations and created a space where couples can reconnect and invest in their marriage. Jonathan and I have been challenged to think about how our marriage could impact others as well because after all a God-centered marriage is a ministry. Words cannot express how grateful we are to Dave and Peggy for yielding to the purpose that the Lord planned for them. As a result their ministry continues to flourish and they have impacted over 1500 couples. We will be back next year.
Find out ways that you can support this ministry by visiting: https://teammatesinministry.org/