Sweet Refreshment

Refresh the weary

Do you have a favorite refreshment on a warm spring or summer day? A glass of iced tea, maybe? A dip in the pool? A front-porch swing?

I like to walk under the oak trees in our yard and close my eyes against the wind—to leave technology behind and pause to listen to nature’s symphony.

Our closest neighbors are whippoorwills, tree frogs, cardinals and crickets. Their conversations are fascinating. 

Throw in a Diet Dr. Pepper and call it joy.

But as wonderful as these moments are, they are temporary at best. They provide a small measure of relief from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

For authentic, deep, and abiding soul refreshment, there’s only one place to retreat:

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7).

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul (Psalm 23:1-3).

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord (Acts 3:19).

Is there anything more beautiful? “Times of refreshing” will come—when we take God at His Word. When we dive deep into His precepts and promises. When we immerse ourselves in His faithfulness.

Dangling our feet in a pool of water is nice. But there’s nothing like going all-in—to shriek like a kid and nail a high-dive cannonball in complete self-abandonment.

Our Lord is waiting with a you’re-gonna-love-this smile, so don’t hold back.

Take a running start and leap into His Word.

Be refreshed!

Overwhelmed

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On Palm Sunday, I stood beside my sweetheart and joined with other worshipers in singing of the death and resurrection of Jesus. We sang several songs, but one song, one phrase, has continued to echo in my heart.

It’s from Chris Tomlin’s I Will Rise:

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

“And the grave is overwhelmed…”

We know what it’s like to be overwhelmed. Life is messy and stuff happens—sickness, betrayal, loss, financial hardship, (and the list goes on). Sometimes it seems we can’t take one. More. Thing.

But the overwhelmed Mr. Tomlin sings of is completely different. And it puts our earthly troubles in perspective.  Continue reading

Seeds of Inspiration

Happy spring! Yay, sunshine!

This week, I have the honor of being featured in an interview with historical fiction author, Elaine Marie Cooper. During the publishing process for Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace, Elaine was an amazing source of prayerful support and wisdom. She is also a fellow columnist with Almost An Author where she encourages writers on their writing journeys.

From her website:  Continue reading

A Time to Celebrate!

After almost two years of writing, praying, editing, waiting, and more praying, it’s time to have a party! You are invited to a celebration of praise to the One Who made it all possible.

The beautiful pictures are some of the giveaways at the party. All you have to do is attend (online!) and enjoy the fun. There will be wedding trivia, shared memories, and excerpts from Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace.

I am forever grateful to these dear loved ones for their contributions to the event. These writers and artists are incredibly talented and I encourage you to check out their links.  Continue reading

What to Do With an Ordinary Day

I needed this reminder today! Every day can be extraordinary 🙂

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Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in the everyday-ness of life? Do you wonder if anything you do makes a difference?

Did you know that God provides a way to take the regular, run-of-the-mill, ordinary day and transform it into the incredible?

Check out Romans 12:1 and see if it doesn’t put a spring in your step this week! There’s nothing like a little purpose and perspective to get the heart and soul riled up 🙂

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The Love of Counting

wordcloud1In The Joy of Counting, we looked at our counting habits—our urge to count everything from social media likes and friends, to calories and cash.

And how this constant numbering can be burdensome and leave us empty (remember the calories-hating thing?)

But there is good news. Our urge to count is not a defect—it’s an inherited trait from our Creator. We just get a little off track from the intended purpose.

Scripture has exciting examples of God counting and it gives us a beautiful picture of His heart.

In addition to our Creator numbering the stars, He also counts…  Continue reading

The Joy of Counting

numbersMy toddler grandsons love to count. Chairs, stuffed animals, toys, ears, toes, freckles, trees, stars—you name it—they will count it.

The joy of counting begins early. One-two buckle my shoe anyone?

But somewhere along the way the simple pleasure of numbering gets distorted.

As adults, we place a numerical value on everything—calories, steps, social media likes and follows, friends, points, wins, clients, money, possessions, etc.

Three-four I want some more.

But all this counting makes me feel like I’m…I don’t know…missing something.  Continue reading

Give Me…Less!

calendar2I turned the page in my calendar/planner and ran my hand over the blank squares. Ah, a fresh start. December’s grid was covered with notes, plans, and obligations, but January was the tip of a brand new year—unadorned with duties and responsibilities. For now.

What will I do with this fresh set of days?

There is one thing of which I am sure—I want less. 

Less worry—and more faith in the One Who created me. Continue reading