I spent some time with some old friends a while back. They were on a retreat to think through some ministry plans. I’m so glad they decided to rent a place nearby. I’m especially glad that they invited me along for some of the time together. It was a moment of refreshing.

Too often we get entrenched in a hundred different things going on in life and forget to refresh our spirits. Well, at least I forget. This week’s visits reminded me of some simple ways to refresh when we are feeling compressed and distressed. I want to think through the time spent with old friends and make some notes here about why this was such a special time. Maybe these are some ways to experience renewal when the pressure is on.

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Get outside for an hour. Yes, a whole hour. You forgot how good that feels.

Talk to an old friend. Oh, go ahead and do that for an hour also. You need the break.

Laugh about something in the past that continues to bring you joy.

Listen to someone else’s struggle for a bit – not to fix them – just to hear them. What a gift you’re giving. And receiving.

Eat some good food with friends. Practice whatever distancing you need to, but the conversation over a meal can be enlivening.

Reflect on how God has carried you through a lot of stuff just to get to today. And be grateful for today.

If a memory makes you cry, let the tears fall. They are God’s healing balm for broken hearts.

Compare thoughts, share ideas, energize your observations, get excited.

Decide now to do this again sometime soon if possible.

Thanks to Jeff, Doug, and Daniel for a couple of days that have left me refreshed. I hope I never wait this long to refresh my spirits again.

…whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. -Proverbs 11:25

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people. – Philemon 1:7

…that times of refreshing may come from the Lord… -Acts 3:19

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