Thursday, December 6, 2012

Relax,Refresh, and Revive (Part 3).....

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"Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you." Psalm 116:7
Want to return to your rest, but missed a couple posts? Check out Part 1 and Part 2!

1. Find your Refuge in God
2. Examine your responsibilities
3. Recognize the blessings of God

Psalm 9:1 says,  "I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works."

That phrase "show forth" can also be translated, recount. In the busyness of our lives, it's imperative that we take time to recount His many blessings. 
I love what Ann Voskamp says in her well-known book, One Thousand Gifts (pg. 76)... 

"It takes a full twenty minutes after your stomach is full for your brain to register satiation  How long does it take your soul to realize that your life is full? The slower the living, the greater the sense of fullness and satisfaction. The body and soul can synchronize."

This last point in our series is actually fairly simple, but can also be so difficult. By our very nature, we focus on the negatives, the thousands of things that go wrong in a day.

There are times when we need to just stop and focus on His favor in our lives. Sometimes the greatest refreshment for our soul is "recounting" the LONG list of blessings in our everyday. You'll be amazed at how revived you are after just a couple items on your list!! 

I hope that this little series has been a help. All three of these lessons have been HUGE in my own life as I refresh myself spiritually and emotionally. 

How can I pray for you? Do you currently feel refreshed or drained? How can some of these principles help? 

Stay tuned for a fun post next week about some ways we can physically refresh ourselves. You will definitely need it during this crazy holiday season!!

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