DAY 5 - REFRESHING

When we go the Lord and ask for forgiveness and repent of our sins, He refreshes us. 

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.

ACTS 3:19 (NKJV)

OUR DEVOTIONAL

I remember a season when I was very focused and working toward a major life change. I was busy with many details and actions. It had to get done—and done well. About nine or ten months into the process, I realized I was tired and worn out. Emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually tired! Something had to change.

I intentionally cleared my calendar of business phone calls, coffee dates, and even time with family and took 4 days to be alone to rest and to be with the Lord. As I rested physically, read the Word, and prayed, the Lord reminded me of His faithfulness. “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! …his mercies begin afresh each morning. The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him” (Lamentations 3:22,23, 25 NLT).

The Lord showed me I had gotten so busy and wrapped up in the details that I was no longer trusting Him and relying on His strength as I had at the start of this process. I asked for His forgiveness and chose to recommit to trusting Him in all things. I repented.

The Lord refreshed me by replacing my weariness and tiredness with a renewed confidence that He is always with me to guide me and be my strength. Not just in this season, but always. He was faithful! He is always faithful.

As believers, we are to continually ask God for forgiveness of our sins and repent of them (change; turn away from our sin). Then we, too, can experience times of refreshing in the Lord’s presence. In my example, I knew I wanted a few days, but I regularly receive the Lord’s refreshing when I have only an hour or two to intentionally be alone in His presence to pray and be in His Word.

FAMILY MOMENT
Brainstorm together what different kinds refreshing might look like. What would be the most refreshing experience for each family member? Choose something tangible/physically refreshing to do, either as individuals or as a family, in the next few days. Draw comparisons on how the Lord can refresh your spirit even better than a bubble bath (or whatever) can refresh your body.

PRAYER & REFLECTION

  1. What might you be holding on to in your life that you need to let go of? Is there anything you need to repent from?
  2. Invite the Lord to bring refreshing to your spirit. Ask Him to rejuvenate you and give you strength, both for our season of focused prayer and fasting, as well as for the demands of your regular day.
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