Refresh My Heart

Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;
All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
Life is lived in practicalities. Each day we must go about our daily work dealing with matters of life. It makes one thirsty for tender moments of worship when the Lord’s presence is most felt. When your heart is turned toward God in focused devotion you may feel like nothing in the world could remove the joy and pleasure of His presence.
As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God.
I thirst for God, the living God.
Yet in the living of a day, we can easily get weighed down by trials, conflicts, illness, and the mundane work of our hands. This is why Mondays feel so Monday-ish and Fridays feel like freedom. God’s design for a Sabbath is essential to recharge our energy banks and renew the courage of our hearts.
Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God!
Reading Psalm 42 reminds us that the conflicts we face are part of this life, but our source of refreshment and renewal comes from the Lord. He alone can satisfy the longing of our hearts and nourish our parched souls.
But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,
and through each night I sing his songs,
praying to God who gives me life.
Come to the streams of water. Be refreshed by God’s love, let it wash over you. We can tell our hearts to beat again. This week we can practice some practical ways to receive refreshment and revive our hearts in the middle of the mundane.
I saw this journal prompt, and I think it is a good place to start: Journal about 10 things that bring you joy when you do them.
Here are my ten things. I’m going to make it my goal to do a few of them throughout the week.
  1. Worship
  2. Time with family
  3. Coffee/tea with friends
  4. Reading for enjoyment
  5. Writing in my journal
  6. Playing music
  7. Dance/exercise
  8. Outdoor adventures
  9. Baking with my daughter
  10. Create pleasant surroundings (tidy up, light candles, seasonal decorations, etc)
What are 10 things that bring you joy when you do them? Maybe you can make it a goal for your week to do a few of these things, and tell your heart to beat again.

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