Need a Little Refreshing? Me too.


I feel like Spring is so close I can taste it.

I guess technically it's here, but its having a hard time making up it’s mind.
My happiness shouldn’t be contingent on the weather—but it just might be
There’s just something about a little sunshine, going barefoot, playing in the dirt, and having the windows open that makes me a whole lot happier. (I'm not alone in this, I'm certain).

But if I'm honest, I can't blame it all on the weather (or that Spring needs to hurry itself up). I've needed some major refreshing and renewal in my heart, my home, and just about every area of my life. I just keep thinking Springtime will (magically) kickstart all the refreshment and rhythm I need.

The season I'm in has caused me to put a lot of things on hold and slack in areas that need a lot more of my care and attention. Getting used to life with two, preparing for a huge transition (that has had some unforeseen hiccups), and just trying to get everyone fed, dressed, and happy each day has some how worn me to the bone. And though I don't mind hanging out with Miss Ruthie a couple times each night, the lack of Zs is catching up with me.


My purpose for writing this is not to be whiny. I truly am loving our life right now. I’m loving figuring out my ever-changing role as a wife and mother. I'm loving where and what God is leading us to next. But I’m not loving that I can’t quite figure out how to keep my head on straight most days.

And we all know when Mom’s out of rhythm… everyone suffers a little, right?

Last week, I was frazzled to the core and just COULD NOT pull it together. I was having lots of not very proud mama moments (if you will).  Everything in me knew I needed to make a HARD STOP, get on my knees, and ask God for His renewal. His guidance. His peace. His rest. But I kept pushing and barreling through on my own— just hoping I could figure it out, and the frustration and yuck in my heart would magically go away.  I struggle with that a lot. (Striving out of my own strength that is).

I eventually got on my knees and did some major business with the Lord. I made a quiet space in the midst of a crazy, half-way boxed up home (a made-up bed and cup of coffee magically turns into a sanctuary if you let it.) I let the mess and the to-do list go, took a much needed break, and realigned me really yucky, thirsty soul. I needed a FAT dose of renewal and rest that ONLY comes from Jesus. And He is always SO ready to give it.

Why do I wait till I am worn the heck out to do this? Anyone else really bad at that?


I'm holding on tightly to this: 


"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10 

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
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I’ve been trying to get around to reading a little e-book, by Hayley and Jessi  for a while now. Its called Refreshed. In my desperation for a little shot in the arm, and a little inspiration— I soaked up ever word during Jacob's nap time (its a quick read). Its not so much a list of things to do better as it is practical ways to care for your home, your marriage, your relationships, and even your wardrobe (I needed that one), and of course, yourself.  I'm always ready to glean a little wisdom from other women. (Click Here to check it out)



And yes, I know that ultimate refreshing and renewal comes only from Jesus. I know the only way to truly find my rhythm and keep my head on straight is to seek the One who created rhythm. Who created me, who loves me and SEES ME. The One who is better than sunshine, and fresh air, and SPRING TIME.



I'm giving a copy of this to someone who needs a little refreshing. Just comment below to enter! I'll contact the winner Friday, March 28.




23 comments

  1. I could definitely use a little refreshing in my life. I don't have kids yet but I feel like I'm being pulled in a million different directions and not really focusing on the "right ones". Thanks for posting about this!

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  2. LOVE your words and encouragement!

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  3. I'd love to win! Man I need some renewal too

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  4. Hayley Johnson WhittenMarch 25, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    The verses you posted above are just what I need to hear right now! I just happened upon a like to this page through someone's post on twitter. I believe that God gives us what we need to hear when we need it. I need to find strength and peace I'm him and allow him to provide the refresh my soul so desperately needs. Thank you! I would live to read the book!

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  5. Oh that makes me so happy! I love how God works like that! I feel like he does that with books too, don't you? Blessings, friend!

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  6. Hayley Johnson WhittenMarch 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Absolutely!

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  7. I know the feeling, Friend. Kids or no kids—whatever phase or "season" you're in, we can very easily become pulled in so many directions, we can't quite figure out up from down. Praying the Lord will focus your heart and mind towards "the right" things and ultimately him FIRST :)

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  8. Lets get renewed together, shall we?!

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  9. Thanks, girl! Loving your blog by the way. Glad you were encouraged. Sometimes thats the blessing of blogging. I'm encouraged by just writing the words I need to hear myself!

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  10. This book looks wonderful! We all need a little burst of energy to get through this transition of winter to spring....it actually snowed in Tennessee today! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. Just what I needed today. Thanks!

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  12. Great post lady! I could certainly use a little refreshing in my life - new job responsibilities, seeking community, renovations to our house, and fighting health issues with the husband have just worn us out completely these days!

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  13. Great post! Spot on in our house!
    Love you!!!
    xoxo,
    ko

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  14. This is a really beautiful post. This piece of scripture hits home: "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Sometimes when I'm having one of *those* moments I remind myself of this line and tell my heart to rest easy and look to God for strength. Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful line :) Very inspiring!

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  15. girl PREACH. I had the same week :) loved reading this!

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  16. Whoa! That is a LOT! Worn out is a great way to say it my friend. Praying for lots of refreshing and renewal in the MIDST of crazy town right now!

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  17. So fun getting to see you last week. Wish we could have chatted a LOT more ;) love y'all!

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  18. I know, right? Winter to Spring... Pa-lease hurry up! Looks like its just about here!

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