Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | June 25, 2014

Peace & Quiet

cb devo jun 25“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul….” Psalm 23:2-3a (NIV)

Sometimes we need to get away and that’s what my husband and I did for Memorial Day weekend. We didn’t have laundry done; nothing packed, just grabbed the bag of dirty laundry and took it with us to wash later. We headed to Maryland to visit my husband’s mom. No schedule or plan. I sat on the swing in the backyard, listened to the fountain bubble into the pond, and looked out over the pasture as the sun was setting. Just letting the stress, frustrations, and everything else ease out of my body. Three days of doing nothing but visiting with his mom, enjoying watching the birds in the backyard, and an entire day of no TV, not much talking, just relaxing.

This was worth more than any vacation money could buy because it gave me time to refocus my heart and mind on God. To spend precious time with family and friends battling major health issues was a priority. We’ve seen a lot of sudden losses, illness, accidents, and so much hurt in our church that just being still and letting God refresh my soul was just what I needed.

Busyness, stress, and hurts can quickly overwhelm us. We have to make time to be still and seek the peace of God when things start piling up. Otherwise we will physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhaust ourselves. Sometimes we need poured back into us what we give to others. It’s not a weakness – it’s actually a sign of strength to be willing to let others bless us back.

“Dear Heavenly Father, How thankful we are that You are the peace that passes all understanding. In the middle of our world falling apart, You are there to put things back together. Give us the courage to seek help when needed, be obedient to help others, and willing to be still at times.”

For His Glory,

Katrina Redman
TRBC Coffee Break


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