The Secret to True Refreshment

True Refreshment Comes From Jesus

Lately, I've been feeling overwhelmed and worn out. It seems there are so many things I want to get done in a day and never enough time to do it. I know all the answers to this problem. Learn to delegate, cut back where I can, the art of saying no, etc. This weekend I was looking forward to going to a dance with my husband. After a day at work, appointment with our accountant and submitting our tax return, I really wanted to spend some time with nothing to do other than enjoy our friends, some good music, food, and dancing. My husband came down with a really bad head cold and the last thing he wanted to do was stay up late and have the pulse of a live band match the pounding in his head. Disappointment settled in my gut.  … [Read more...]

Are You Running From God’s Call?

There is something about bedtime stories I've always loved. Books are my transition from the crazy paced land of day to the slumbering world of night. The other night, I read the story of Jonah to my children. I love the pictures in the Read with Me Bible from Zonderkidz and the easy to understand wording. Both my kids, at three and seven years old enjoy this book. Most of us know the story of Jonah. God told him to go to Nineveh to tell the people there to stop doing bad things and to believe in God. Jonah didn't want to obey, so he literally jumped on a ship that was traveling in the opposite direction. A storm blew up, a storm so severe the sailors knew it was from God and asked Jonah what he'd done to anger God. Jonah knew in his heart he'd ran away from God. He told the sailors to throw him in the ocean. When Jonah told the sailors this, he had no idea that God was going to send a whale to save him. Jonah only knew he'd gone against God. This story made me … [Read more...]