Refresh us, Lord

Back in my teen days (seems like an eternity ago) I always looked forward to two events at church the most: Disciple Now and Summer Camp. This weekend I got to relive my teenage years! We had our church’s first Disciple Now in 12 years! We had such a blast, and the Lord really moved in our students…and adults! He especially reminded me of an important truth I forget often.

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I don’t usually take Psalm 46:10 to heart like I should…

“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” 

Be still. We often ignore this because it’s so much easier being busy… Filling our lives with noise. Even if we don’t have somewhere to be, the TV is on in the background or we’re jammin’ to music. Not to mention our cell phones. Opportunities to be still seem harder than ever to find!

In order to refuel a car, it must stop, right? It’s vital for us to do the same! When we only charge up in the mornings, by the end of the day, our batteries are dead. Instead, we need to plug in all day long! Jesus should be a part of our day… All day! A constant conversation. Just as 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “pray continually.

“So how in the world can we refuel in our crazy busy lives?

  1. Does it have a pause button? Push it. Pause that music (“Shake it Off” can wait). Pause that TV (so can Boy Meets World).
  2. Put the cell phone down! I know it’s an appendage. Trust me… I know. But we’ve GOT to put it down.
  3. Pull out God’s word and a journal. Write down your prayers. Read scripture.
  4. Listen. How many things have you learned by talking, anyway? (I heard that from a very wise person once)
  5. Get on your knees. You may feel silly at first. But seriously… Try it. It’s extremely humbling to get on your knees, picture Jesus on His throne, and seek His face. Sing a worship song while you’re at it!
  6. Be thankful. Instead of wearing yourself down even more by desiring what others have, complaining about everything, having a bad attitude… Be thankful. Name the blessings in your life, and praise God for them. An attitude of thankfulness goes a long way.
Oh, and grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate while you’re at it! I love having coffee with my Father, best friend, Savior, redeemer. There’s simply no one better to spend time with. He refreshes my soul.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul…” Psalm 23:2-3a

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In the craziness of poopy diapers, chasing toddlers, answering emails, doctor’s appointments, homework piling up, bills to pay (I’m getting anxious just thinking about it)…BE STILL.