Renewing Refreshing Restoring

Ever feel like you’re existing on the fumes of Jesus’ presence alone? Relying on the sips (or drinks) of Living Water you had a while back? That’s pretty been much my life lately.

My ‘summer’ hasn’t been much of a summer.

Life has been back-to-back busyness.  I said ‘yes’ to a friend’s plea to take over his MWF teaching job, which started the day after we had houseguests for 3 weeks. It was an answer to prayer for extra finances this summer–thank you God–but oy–the stress.  If I’m not teaching, I’m driving. If I’m not driving or teaching, I’m studying.

The stress is bearable–I love what I do–I’m getting paid to read books and teach from them–woo hoo! and there is a trip to the beach in sight. Double Woo hoo!

But in the meantime the ‘fumes’ I’ve been living on are the heavenly language God has given me to pour out my unspoken prayers and cares on a minute by minute basis.  I haven’t had a devotional ‘quiet’ time in about two weeks because there has been NO time. 

I do  a LOT of praying in the car. 

Can you relate?

When I feel dry and thirsty, far from the Vine, listless and lacking energy, I turn to the fountain of living water called Jesus.

He just says, “Come.”  That’s it–just come.
Don’t DO anything, don’t try to produce anything, or try to feel anything.
So I turn towards Him and pray in the car.

And sometimes there’s another way of refreshing.

This verse below talks about turning around and walking away from sin…a necessary frame of mind when you’re making daily mistakes (as I am wont to do during this season.)

And the promise? A time of refreshing.

 “Repent, then, and turn to God, 
so that your sins may be wiped out,
that times of refreshing may come from the Lord”
Acts 3:19

How are you renewed, refreshed, restored? Are you feeling dry and thirsty?
This post originally appeared in a somewhat different format in August of 2013. 
Linking with Jennifer for #TellHisStory ’cause it’s been a while

6 thoughts on “Renewing Refreshing Restoring

  1. Gayle

    Such a lovely post! I am glad to come over and meet you. Please stop by Behind the Garden Gate as well. I am thinking about your question for NW bloggers. I am very interested!

  2. Jody Lee Collins

    Jean, thank you for your kind words. So glad they resonated. God loves us so much–I'm thankful He keeps talking even when we're super-busy!

  3. Jean Wise

    wow your first sentence really got me. yes yes. I have been pondering that summer is just a different kind of Sabbath for me. Since summer always gets so hectic, how can I work with it better instead of expecting what I normally get? I have gotten back to journaling and spending Sundays deeper in his word. That seems to have helped. More prayer time first thing in the mornings; well most mornings also makes a difference for me. I laughed at Nancy's suggestion – I too have Jesus in the passenger seat somedays and we just have a great chat. love ya Jody!!


    Oh, yes, I can relate to doing a lot of praying in the car. I used to have a long commute to school And you are so right about Jesus' invitation to just come. He understands our limitations; he made us! No doubt he is pleased when we turn to him, wherever we might be–even from the driver's seat. (I used to pretend that Jesus was sitting on the passenger side!)

    My prayer is that as you exit your car, Jody, you WILL feel refreshed–just from spending time in the presence of Jesus. Blessings to you, friend!

  5. saraspeculating

    Dear friend, you had me at this sentence: “Ever feel like you're existing on the fumes of Jesus' presence alone?” Yes, oh yes! Prayers for abundant refreshments for you!


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