Choosing Simplicity

The counter is clear now after being cluttered with dishes and food from yesterday's company. Looking at it washed clean and free of a mess helps me to take a breath and smile. Somehow simplicity helps us to breathe deeply and feel rest within. The same is true when I look at a week-at-a-glance and [...]

Finding Quiet and Learning to Play

Quiet... Stillness... Peace... Rest... Breathe. Such beautiful words to our busy striving hearts. We can read through this list, but when do you experience these in your life? We often are not able to find time to rest until we finally flop into bed exhausted at the end of the day. I'm a type A [...]

What’s in Your Treasure Chest?

What are you filling your treasure chest with for assurance and hope? When we feel empty within, we search for things outside of ourselves to fill us. Shauna Niequist, in Present over Perfect, tells how she filled up on busyness, performance, recognition, and accomplishments, but ended up empty. Trying to find what will fill the [...]

Sharing Your Fragility

How do you think of yourself? Strong? Responsible? On top of things? The one who can and does take care of things? The one others come to when they need the job done? Shauna Niequist, in her book Present Over Perfect, describes herself as having been all of the above. She got things done and more [...]

The Plan of Love

God, in His amazing omniscience knew, before the foundations of the earth were laid, that man would fall into sin. Therefore, He prepared in advance a plan for man to be reconciled. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not [...]

The Importance of Connection

How are your relationships with those most important to you? We can become so over-focused and busy that our deepest connections are set aside. We personally end up hidden in the charades of performance, in the busyness of accomplishing, and the real self is lost. We become people-pleasers. We work hard to get ahead, seeking to [...]

The Weight of Life

Are you seemingly sinking under the weight of life? I have been doing a Kim Avery online-Bible study titled Life Overflowing, it is on the book of Ephesians. It's an excellent study, with audio lessons and a worksheet for note-taking for each lesson. I was writing about it in my journal and inadvertently wrote "Life Overwhelming" [...]

Finding Refreshment in Being Present

My purpose in writing the SoulRefreshed blog posts is to help my readers see that the Lord's love is the soil for us to grow in. All too often we lose sight of His amazing love, we can so easily get lost in all the weeds of life; weeds of busyness, heaviness, work, and performance. I recently [...]