I know this is weird, but I find runs refreshing. Nowadays, it seems like life has gotten quite a bit busier, so I take any time that God provides to just sneak out and go fill my soul up, out in His creation, listening to music, praying, thinking, smiling, laughing, crying. I am incredibly thankful for this past week being one of renewed hope, more podcast plans (stay tuned for a couple fun interviews about staying present while still enjoying some social media, learning to be still, and hopefully another personal recovery story!), refreshment, and sooo much rest. I think I’m finally catching up on many hours of lost sleep. It was a precious week of refreshment, and I’m going into this next one with excitement about what God has planned for us.
I really love that Meg does these Week in Reviews, because they cause me to stop and think about what the week held.
Monday was such a good day. – On Monday I went with my sisters to go clothes shopping. I am . . . a SUPER picky clothes shopper, so my patient sister went with me and helped me pick through shirts, sweaters, dresses, and skirts. I was able to find a couple gray shirts, a striped dress, and a black skirt. Robyn at the Real Life RD inspired me with her example of her capsule wardrobe, and I thought I wanted to really narrow down my closet to what I will probably wear throughout the whole year and vary the layers depending on the day.
We also went to see a movie together. I felt so present. I left my phone at home to just get my heart and mind re-centered. God gave me such a peace that I hadn’t had in a long time; I’m so thankful for His mercy!
Tuesday hummed by; our family has a small Christian book ministry, and we did a Cyber Monday sale! Needless to say, we spent most of Tuesday packaging books, listening to music, and taking packages to the Post Office. I think our Post Office workers were a bit shocked, since our small town rarely gets that many packages. I also took advantage of Square Organics amazing 40% off sale and got some bars and popcorn!
Wednesday: I spent a lot of time doing more packaging, thinking, and meditating on my identity in Christ Jesus. So often, I get swayed by thinking that other people define my identity or the way I eat or the workouts I do or the money I make is what defines me. Yet none of those are what define me, but this verse does.
Galatians 2:20, ‘20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.’
That is such a comfort to me especially when I’ve longed to be married, longed to be more popular, or longed for other things. God always redirects my heart to the fact that my name is written on His hands, and that’s enough. . .
Sigh… If only I wouldn’t forget that so quickly.
Thursday: Thursday was not quite the day of rest . . . yet. We packaged more, had a fun little bridal shower at our house for one of my best friends; she’s getting married next week! There was quite a bit of spiritual refreshment, as I watched an older woman from church share wisdom from 54 years of marriage, as I listened to different women from church pray for my friend, and as I got to see her face just light up as she talked about her husband to be.
Mark 10:7-9 ,’For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 8And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. 9What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.’
This might be one of the first weddings in a long time that doesn’t scare me with the wedding cake and all the wedding food!
Friday: Now here is where the refreshment came in; I was in our room for several hours, which I rarely do. I’m not really a 100% introvert or 100% extrovert; I do love alone time, alone time to pray and worship and think, to watch some videos, sleep, read, or journal, and this was such a needed day of refreshment. I lit a candle, and it actually inspired an Instagram post.
I learned that it’s OK to refill your cup. It’s ok to step back for a few hours and just say, ‘I need to step back, get some soul filling refreshment, and I’ll come back when I’m ready.
The Lord is definitely humbling me by making me realize that I don’t need to be involved in everything in order for it to keep rolling. And that’s a refreshing though.
Now…. I’ll leave you with a shot of a soft Pumpkin Spice Bagel I had this week, and ask you: (Also, can you all believe it’s December?!?!?! We’re definitely going to be talking more about Christmas in the next few weeks. I’m pumped!!! Jesus has come! Who else is excited like me?)
How do you find refreshment?
Do you think that we take enough time for refreshment in today’s culture to refill the cup?
What are your very favorite podcasts? Why?