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Set aside time to seek and hear from God
Throughout our daily lives we all need to be refreshed, (I sure do!) and it can come in many different ways. This evening I felt refreshed by a cool breeze after a summer rain shower had lowered the warm temperatures. This weekend, I felt refreshed by setting aside time to seek and hear from God.
What are some ways that you have felt refreshed lately? Here are some scriptures that show us God’s refreshing…
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed,” Proverbs 11:25.
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint,” Jeremiah 31:25.
“You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance,” Psalm 68:9.
“I will be like dew to you,” Hosea 14:5
The word “dew” in its original form means, “divine influence” or “covering”.
No matter what season we find ourselves in, what circumstances, what trials, or what joys, God will be our divine influence or covering.
We know that the times we live in are very challenging, to put it mildly, but even though the world will change, God never does! There is comfort and refreshment in that!
As we apply this message and its thoughts to our daily lives, remember that we can be refreshed by turning our eyes to Him, the lifter of our heads, and taking a few moments away from this noisy world to hear from God’s heart.
A good and deep thinking friend and I had a phone conversation last night about what actual accountability looks like. So many individuals want to “lead” and “be in charge”, but have no space or time for feedback or equality of input from peers.
When this type of behavior occurs, you can count on either being “dismissed” as an inconvenient annoyance to their agenda, or in an even more self-focused move, you will be avoided and ignored in order to not stir up their comfortable dysfunctional ways of operating and denying the need for healthy input.
Ultimately, we can’t “fix” anyone. But! WE CAN have the insights and counsel from those whom we know are not competitive or overbearing.
Our souls like to have their own way, and resist honest confrontation if we haughtily feel we are not needing perhaps a course correction or possibly a firm word of warning delivered in love.
What is real accountability? It’s the willingness to let go of our “cloaking devices” and intentionally allow godly individuals applying wise counsel the open access to our tightly confined ways of functioning and learning how to be set free from sick thinking and behaviors.
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” Matthew 16:26.
~ Mary Lindow ©
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|Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.|