In a world that is always on the go, where our lives are sometimes best managed by schedules, the need for refreshment rises to grab our attention, but we can be so caught up that we miss the whispers for refreshing of the soul, mind, body and spirit. For persons who serve and are always giving in ministry, or run a business, or take care of others, your days can be draining.
Time to recharge and be refreshed is URGENTLY needed today, so you don’t run dry.
Don't let this weekend pass and you have not taken time to refresh yourself for the new week ahead.
Your sanity, destiny, health and spiritual well-being depend on this recharge ... start today
Here are some simple ways to recharge today:
1. Go for a walk with God. Get up out of your chair, put on comfy shoes, and go for a walk. Breathe in the fresh air and let go of stress. While you’re walking, reflect on these words from Psalm 16:8: “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”
Walking with God benefits your body as well and even your mind, it gets blood pumping and your heart rate moving, fat burning and pounds shedding from your waistline. Take a walk with God today, it will do your body good, just as it will your spirit.
2. See God with you on this walk, right beside you. Talk to him as he is there with you. See God. Take five minutes to think about the past 24 hours. What have you seen God do? Where have you seen God active in your own life? It can be something small or something huge.
Take the time to acknowledge that God is alive and working in your life - not just in the lives of famous people or well-known pastors or speakers. Find joy and refreshment by seeing that God is active.
Set your eyes on God in the spirit and watch Him honor you in the natural and the spirit as in Psalm 91: 14-15 "14“Because he[a] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him."
3. Meditate on Psalm 23. Read this chapter of the Bible several times over: 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. NIV. Footnotes:[a] Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of the shadow of death. Biblegateway
Let this chapter in the Book of Psalms soak into your heart; penetrate your soul, and become embedded in your mind. Reflect on what it would mean for you to find rest in God.
You might want to read this same passage several times a day for a week or more. Add it to your daily routine as Meditation time. You can do so early in the morning or even take a 10-minute meditation time during the day.
4. Have “Me” Time like Jesus. Many times, in the Bible we see that Jesus took time away. He found a secluded place to pray, to rest, to be away from the demands of others. “Me time” is okay! And remember, it was Jesus who said (in John 16:33), “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
His desire is that we have peace in him. He is more powerful than anything that is depleting us. So find a secluded spot to rest for a while—even half an hour—and ask God to provide peace that will fill your heart.
5. Unplug. This may be easier said than done, but there’s no doubt that technology can be overwhelming (as it can be entertaining and connective).
Can you turn off your TV, computer, phone, music, and anything else that it commanding your attention even for a few hours today? The verse “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) is relevant for us today. Be still. Be refreshed.
Pray with me: Father, in Jesus Name, I come before You seeking your forgiveness for the times I did not take care of Your Temple - Me. Help me to unplug from the world and be still before You that I may hear your still voice, whispering secrets for my life's success.
Show me how to have "Me Time" without guilt for laying aside my tasks list for a brief moment so I can recharge and download from heaven fresh ideas, strategies and grace to endure what is ahead of me.
Holy Spirit, give me the correct insight and direction to add recharge time to my schedule and the discipline to follow through. Father, help me see Jesus, open my eyes to see you Aba Father God in my every day life and to find rest knowing that You have already overcome the world for me, so that I can Radiantly Overcome and Succeed Everyday! Amen.
Recharge your body, Refresh your soul, Rejuvenate your spirit, and Renew your mind -- you are a sacred temple -- have a personal Retreat today and Resurface better than you were 5 minutes ago.
xoxo - Miss JelC
By Elder Juanita E.L. Cameron of Virtuous Ladies of Light Women's Ministry
portion adapted from GROUP FOR WOMEN | October 5, 2017