Facilities & Grounds

Facilities

Facility
Cabins
Three cabins are located in a wooded area.  They are designed for a couple, not a family unit, with an open concept.  Each cabin has a kitchenette for cooking breakfast but are not equipped for major cooking.  The kitchen has a two burner stove top, a small refrigerator, a microwave, counter top toaster oven, a coffee pot as well as pots, pans, dishes, forks, spoons, knives, etc.  There is a two chair small table.  The sitting area is a comfortable, it also contains a desk and office chair.  Fiber optic internet service is provided, but no TV.  Each cabin as a queen size bed.  All bedding linens as well as towels are provided.  The bath contains a tub with shower.  Each cabin has an elecric fire place unit.  The front porch has two rocking chairs and possesses a nice view of the pine trees that are so abundant on Abbie Lane.  We believe your stay will be comfortable and pleasant.  
Facility
The Raven's Nest
The Raven's Nest at Abbie Lane is a place where the Directors live and where the common fellowship meals are shared at noon and in the evening.  It has a spacious porch area where good fellowship often occurs.  
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The Spears Chapel
The Spears Chapel is a place for private worship.  This chapel was built in honor of the Spears family who have had at least three generations in the ministry with seemly another generation following the footsteps of the ones before them. The bell in the bell tower has been placed on permanent loan to Abbie Lane from the Lemoine and Janie Adams family.  On the inside the old wood on the platform is from the old family house of LT and Abbie Dickson, the parents of Nancy Dickson Spears.  The wood is over 150 years old.  The old pump organ, built around 1897, was an anniversary gift (#30) to Nancy from her husband Wayne.  There are six stain glass windows on the side walls.  The front and center medallion stain glass was designed and made to reflect the focal purpose of Abbie Lane - to walk on holy ground and meet God.  In front of the chapel there is a uniquely designed cross called the "Empty Cross."  The name is self explanatory.  Opposite of the cross is the "Buning Bush."  This is a metal bush that ignites with fire as you walk close to it.  Welcome to the Spears Chapel, the focal point of Abbie Lane.

Grounds

Grounds
12 Memorial Stones Prayer Garden
Remember the miraculous works of God on a personal level.  Joshua 4:21; 24 “What do these stones mean?”  “So that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”
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Calvary Prayer Garden
Return to that love relationship with the Lord you once had.  The cross has become so familiar, we lose sight of the depth of its meaning.  Hebrews 13:13 “Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured.”  We seem to have forgotten the shame he took upon Himself for us.
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Ebenezer Stone Prayer Garden
Rejoice in the Lord on defeating the enemy after prior defeat by the enemy.  Has the Lord given you victory after many defeats in certain areas of your life?  Is there an issue you are being defeated in today but you desire victory?  1 Samuel 7:12-13b 
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Emmaus Prayer Garden
Recognize the presence of Jesus in the ordinary journey of life.  How often have you  been in the presence of our Lord and did not know it?  Do you ever want that to occur again?  Luke 24:13-35
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Empty Tomb Prayer Garden
Revelation to embrace victory for all things that comes through the resurrection of Christ.  Without the resurrection, there is no hope.  He is alive!  Does He live in your heart?  Matthew 28.
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Gethsemane Prayer Garden
Resolve to surrender the heart, mind and soul to the will of God.  If Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, prayed to strengthen His resolve to be totally obedient to the will of the Father, should we?  As Jesus sought to pray with His best earthly friends, we need to do the same.  Mark 14:32-42
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Mt Moriah Prayer Garden
Renew love and faith in our devotion of service to Him.  The Lord will test our love and faith in our devotion of service to Him.  He will not ask of us more than we can provide.  When we live out our devotion to Him, He will provide a “ram in the bush.”  Our love for Him is to be a choice over everything else in our lives. Do you love the Lord more than anything or anybody else in your life?  Genesis 22
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Mt Sinai Prayer Garden
Relevance of God’s word is critical to your spiritual journey.  What the English version of the Bible refers to as The Ten Commandments the Jewish reference is the Decalogue (Ten Words).  The Ten Words represents principles.  Psalm 19:14  “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”  Psalm 119:11  “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
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Oak of Moreh Prayer Garden
Reflect in thankfulness in that God leads into new ventures of your spiritual journey with Him.   When you begin to receive the promises of God on your spiritual journey, do you stop and worship Him for His goodness?   As this tree has scars, so do you, but as the tree, you have purpose, value and are still fruitful and healthy for His service.  Genesis 12:1-7.   
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The Brick yard
The Brick Yard is where fellowship occurs outside under the trees and on the brick patio.  The Brick Yard is composed of three sections.  One section is an outdoor open fire pit.  The second section is the main cooking area under a covered roof.  The thrid section is where eating fellowship happens near a wood burning pizza oven.  This area offers an opportunity for outdoor living and eating for the sake of building friendships and deepening relationships.  
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The Bridge
In order to climb the mountain to Mt Moriah, you have to cross over a water way on a suspended walking bridge.  Crossing the bridge reminds one of how it is when you start a faith journey, it is a little shakey, but it is  secure.  Once across then you have to  climb 'the mountain,' which requires some careful steps and focused attention.  Once on top then you can clearly see an altar for worship and the surrounding isolated area, a nice place to meet God.
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The Jesus Labyrinth Prayer Garden

Refocus attention from the distractions of the world to your spirit, mind and soul in meeting Jesus.  As one moves from the outer path into the center of the maze like path design, the purpose is to prepare oneself to meet Jesus.  When you arrive at the center, you focus on Jesus and who He is to you by examining the First Century heiroglyphics inscribed on a granite stone.  As you weave your way out from the center back into the world, you take upon yourself those Christ like qualities that would enable you to go obediently into the world.  Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  COMING SOON...

Abbie Lane Retreat Center

7581 Hwy 71
Coushatta, LA 71019

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