If you feel like running away from home (and it isn’t because you are practicing for the track team) it’s probably time for some refreshing! We’ve all been there, and there’s no shame in saying “I need time to recharge.” If that’s you, then you are among friends.
Before I continue, I’d like to welcome everyone who is joining me today after reading my devotion on Proverbs 31 Ministries or Crosswalk. At the end of the devotion, I promised to include some of my favorite ways to care for myself and experience refreshment. So if you need some ideas, keep reading.
If you’re like me, it’s hard to find (make) time for yourself. And yet from the beginning of time, God has said it is good, important and a requirement to make time to be refreshed. Read His own words in Exodus 23:12:
“Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed.”
Whether we like to admit it or not, we need to set aside time in the week for refreshment. Two weeks of vacation a year isn’t going to cut it. We need regular and frequent times where we shut off distractions and reconnect with our Creator and ourselves. This isn’t frivolous, it’s a necessity.
So today I’d like to start the discussion. And admit that I’m not the expert when it comes to investing in myself. I’m a work in progress. For it the truth were told, I would just keep working. That’s not a humble brag, it’s a weakness. Way too often I’m trying to pour water out of an empty reservoir, and that helps no one.
But I am learning. I am figuring out how to honor God’s Fourth Commandment to rest. I am learning when I need to stop though out my day. And here are some of the ways I’m finding to refresh what God has given me: my physical strength and my mental abilities.
1) God’s Word. There is power in God’s Word. This book isn’t just a bunch of consonants and vowels randomly assembled. The Bible is the very breath of God which has power to create, heal and instruct. Even five minutes in the Word changes me. It’s not just good teaching. It’s life-transforming truth. Don’t think it takes hours of time reading the Bible to make a difference. Reading one verse with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit can infuse me with refreshment and perspective.
2) Love on my family. As today’s devotion said, I still have five “children” living at home. Actually, two of them are officially adults and college students. In the summer, all seven of us are home. And I LOVE it. But if I’m not intentional, the days can be filled with must-dos. However, something amazing happens when I have some one-on-one time with each of them. We usually end up laughing, or I learn something new about their lives. When my most important relationships are healthy, that brings me much joy.
3) Incorporate daily treats. Every day I have a few things I look forward to. First is my cup of French Vanilla General Foods Coffee. I’m such a creature of habit; I’ve been drinking this almost every day for over 20 years. The first thing I do every morning is put a cup of water to heat in the microwave and get one of my favorite mugs. It might be my pink one that says “Sweet” on the side. Or the one that Harvest House gave me a few years ago that has the Bible verse Philippians 4:8 printed on the side. In the winter I put on a pot of tea in the afternoon and take a few minutes to recharge with a steaming cup of English Breakfast or raspberry tea.
4) Reconnect with nature. I don’t have the benefit of a lovely stream, mountainside or ocean to look at outside my window. If I did, I might never get anything done. But I do have three dogs and a cat. So every day I intentionally take time to sit down and love on the furry creatures in our home. Receiving their thanks makes me very happy.
5) Finally, I know this might seem silly, but I like to watch House Hunters International. But I don’t watch much TV at night. So I record episodes and watch one when I need a mental break. I have no explanation about why this refreshes me. Maybe it’s the dream of travel or seeing how others decorate their homes. But it works.
That’s not all I do to care for myself, but I wanted to get this conversation started. I’d love to hear how you find refreshment throughout the day. What keeps you going? What refreshes your spirit? What fills your love tank so that you can give out?
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Thanks so much for taking the time to join me today. I pray the Lord blesses you big!
In His love,