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Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 17, 2021

Monday, May 17, 2021

May 17, 2021 REFRESHMENTS NEEDED

We all enjoy refreshments. The best get-togethers always have good refreshments. There is just something about getting together around a table or at a party that brings us refreshment. After a good time together and good food, we are full and we are refreshed. We are so refreshed that we are relaxed and happy and content. Enjoying the company of others and eating together are good for minds, bodies and souls.

We can experience refreshment every day when we choose to spend time and listen to God. He can refresh us like no one else can. God can refresh us and bring us back to Him when we are stressed, feeling out of whack, or wiped out. His Living Water will refresh us, give us a new focus, and a new strength. So next time we feel like things just aren’t right and we are off track, we can turn to God and open our ears to hear what He tells us in His word. True and lasting refreshment comes from God.

With that same thought, we can help others. When we hear them talk about their issues and their problems, we can point them to God by sharing what He has done for us. We can tell them about His refreshing word and how He can give them new hope and strength despite what they are going through. God’s word is able to refresh us and others but we have to be willing to listen to Him and to share His word with others.

SCRIPTURE:
Psalm 19:7a “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.” (NIV)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write what you do to be refreshed by God’s word.
2. List ways you can help others enjoy His refreshment.
3. Know God wants you to be free from burdens and to be refreshed.
4. Seek ways to stay in God’s word and to share His word with others.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we get tired at times. We get lazy. We get bored and we stray from You. We sometimes feel like something in this world could help us. However, there is nothing in this world like You. There is no refreshment we can obtain from the world that will give us the strength, the power, and the love that You give. Help us remember to listen to Your word so we stay refreshed and so we can help others as well. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

REMEMBER:
Psalm 23:1-3 “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” (NIV)

Matthew 11:28-30 “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’” (NLT)

FOCUS:
Psalm 42:1-2 “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?” (NLT)
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