Five Places to Find Spiritual Refreshment

Every journey requires times of rest to regroup and restore physically and mentally. As homeschoolers, we know this all to well: It’s easy to burn out when we don’t pace ourselves and take necessary breaks.

It’s no different with our spiritual journey. If we’re running full steam ahead ourselves and constantly pouring out to others without being refilled, we can quickly run out of gas and find ourselves depleted and empty. Sometimes daily refreshment is enough, and other times I’m so drained that I need a more deliberate break for spiritual restoration.

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MYB-ContributorI’m sharing five ways that I reconnect with the Lord for spiritual refreshment over at Managing Your Blessings, where I am a monthly contributor.

My complete post, “Five Ways to Find Spiritual Refreshment,” includes scriptures that point out places to seek spiritual refreshment, as well as ideas for daily refreshment and those occasions when you need an intentional retreat for restoration.

 

What are your greatest struggles with finding time for spiritual refreshment? How do you seek refreshment on a daily basis? Do you make time to rejuvenate with friends or take an occasional retreat?

Considering Homeschooling? Trust Your Calling

Recently a good friend of mine surprised me by asking if we could get together to talk about homeschooling. I wasn’t surprised that she might consider it, but I was surprised by the timing and eagerness to get it all figured out right now — months before the school year’s end.

My friend summed up her sense of urgency about homeschooling this way:

It must be God. I can’t explain it any other way.”

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We all have “gut” instincts, and most people would tell you to trust them. But what about your “God instincts,” aka His specific calling to you? Do you trust your Holy Spirit-led instincts as completely as you trust your gut? Do you believe that He’s calling you to homeschool, and if so, what do you do about the butterflies in your stomach or the detractors that are already causing you to doubt?

MYB-ContributorI’m sharing my post “Considering Homeschooling? Trust Your Calling” at Managing Your Blessings, the new home of the Christian homeschooler’s blog “So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler.” Managing Your Blessings is a blog that encourages & teaches women how to cultivate their giftings & be faithful stewards of God’s blessings, and homeschooling is one of those gifts.

In my complete post, I share scriptures to stand on when you feel called to homeschool, as well as five ways to boost your confidence in your calling to homeschool. Click here for the full post.

Are you considering homeschooling, but anxious about the long list of questions and concerns in your head or shared by others? Are you a new homeschooler who is feeling overwhelmed and full of self doubt? The good news is you’re not alone: We’ve all been there! What concerns do you struggle with about homeschooling? What would strengthen your confidence?

My New Year’s Resolution: Seek Him First in 2014

Have you ever anxiously awaited the arrival of a New Year — hoping for that all-important fresh start — only to be sorely disappointed when your resolutions go nowhere? Or have you ever achieved a major milestone, only to find that the pure bliss you expected to experience upon its completion was short-lived? Are we setting the right resolutions? And even if they’re “good” things to do, why are we still unfulfilled?

New Year Resolutions: Resolve to Seek & Serve Him in 2014Before you start yet another New Year resolutions checklist this year, join me at Managing Your Blessings, where I’m sharing what I learned about making resolutions that matter. Jesus gave us a very different point of view about setting priorities, and I’ll give you a hint: Most of the typical New Year resolutions are not on that list.

Making Resolutions? Resolve to Seek & Serve Him in 2014. Click here to read the full post at Managing Your Blessings.

Are you making any New Year resolutions? How will you resolve to seek and serve God in 2014?