March 14, 2011

Nourish and Refresh

I have a headache this morning; the kids aren't even up and I'm already too tired to deal with their needs today.  Our house is also a bit of a disaster from the weekend.  How will today pan out?

Well, I have a choice.  Will I grumble, mope, and complain, acting like anything that's demanded of me is the world's greatest burden?  Or will I pray, depend, and give thanks, acting like God can and will give me all I need for the demands of the day?

I want to choose the latter, but will need a lot of Holy Spirit reminding to do so!

These verses have stuck me in my reads through the Proverbs over the last few months:

The lips of the righteous nourish many,
but fools die for lack of judgement.
Proverbs 10:21

The generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25

Nourish and refresh.

What do you picture when you hear those words?  A beach vacation eating ripe tropical fruits, sipping cool beverages, and lounging by the ocean?  A day at the spa where you are pampered with massage and quiet?  A weekend in the mountains, hiking trails by day and stargazing at night?

As we approach our days - especially the ones when we're not feeling up to God's call to love Him and love our neighbor - will we be people who nourish others with our words and refresh them with our generosity?

Our words and generosity can nourish and refresh those around us.  Today the choice is ours with a God behind us who nourishes and refreshes our very spirits with Himself, right in the midst of our everyday, busy, demanding reality.

Two things for today then:
  1. Open up the Word and allow God to nourish and refresh you with His grace, mercy, and love.
  2. Open up you lips and heart to let those blessings you've received spill out to nourish and refresh those around you.

May God bless and equip you today to be a nourisher and refresher of others!


  1. Thank you. I needed that I just put my little girl down for a nap after changing yet another aciddy, runny diaper. She was literally screaming with the pain of her burning bum...I am disappointed in myself for not having enough ointment on her to keep it from burning and tense from trying to treat the bum while she is fighting me in pain. Anyway, I thought I'd read a blog or two to settle my nerves. Nourish and refresh myself and others...just what the doctor ordered. Thank you. jenny

  2. Thank you Heather and well said. I was just having this same conversation with a friend this evening. Thank you for sharing godly wisdom from the Word and not just opinions. I love how the Word cuts to the core of what I need.
    Love you, Kristen

  3. amen! well said. i have to check my attitude regularly.