by Cindi McMenamin @CindiMcMenamin
I remember waking up one morning and thinking I don’t feel like facing this day.
I didn’t feel like doing anything on my to-do list. I didn’t feel like getting out of bed.
I was exhausted from a busy schedule, tired of all the noise, and in need of a quiet retreat.
I dragged myself to the Psalms that morning because I had nowhere else to go. In those songs of Scripture, I sensed the heart break, the happiness, the frustration, the elation, and the desperation of those songwriters – all human beings who felt many of the same emotions I did.
And there in Scripture’s songs I discovered a pattern. In all 150 of the Psalms, the phrase “I will” was sung 140 times. And that told me that despite the way the songwriters felt there were certain things they were determined to do. And I realized that there were, as well, certain things I needed to say “I will” about, whether I felt like it or not. One of those “I will’s” has stuck with me through the years: “I will not forget Your Word” (Psalm 119:16 CSB).
As I poured through the Word of God that morning, letting its words penetrate my soul, I found I was refreshed and renewed. I experienced what the Psalmist did when he wrote Psalm 119:25: “Give me life through Your word” (CSB).
On those days when I don’t feel like facing all that I have to do, I now turn to God’s Word first and not only find refreshment and renewal to get me through the day, but a place of quiet retreat, too. In Psalm 32:7, God is called our “hiding place.”
Do you need a place of quiet retreat? A “hiding place” to which you can go and be renewed and refreshed?
Then make Him and His Word your place of quiet retreat – that tower of refuge to which you can run… that shelter in which you can hide.
Hide away with Him and His Word. Listen to what He has to say to you in the pages of His book. You’ll be refreshed, renewed, and reminded of the One who’s been waiting to get away with you.
God, draw me daily to the strong tower of Your Word where I can find refuge, the green pastures of Your Word where You can feed my soul, and the spacious places in Your Word where I can find rest. Thank You that Your Word is my quiet retreat and the place where I can be renewed.
About the author: Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning writer and national speaker who helps women strengthen their relationship with God and others. She is the author of 16 books including When Women Long for Rest, When You’re Running on Empty, and Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You. For more on her books and resources to strengthen your soul, marriage, and parenting, or for more information on her coaching services to help you write the book on your heart, see her website: www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.
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