Finding Moments of Respite

The crazy news cycle and the deep divide in our culture over political policies are emotionally exhausting. The distortion and actual lies about my state rep’s record are upsetting. I know Tom.

I need moments of respite. Morning devotions in Proverbs with my husband, prayer and time outside are refreshing.

In prayer, we can give thanks for God’s sovereignty and pray for peace.    2 Chronicles 7:14 has instruction for our prayers.

When I work in the garden I experience joy in God’s creation. Most of my plants have stopped producing—except for the herbs.

I am harvesting and drying calendula for tea and recipes. Calendula is also known as poor man’s saffron.

Calendula

I am still harvesting thyme and rosemary for soup, chicken and potato dishes.

Thyme
Lemon Thyme

The farmer’s market also refreshes me. Today is the last market of the season and I picked an assortment of beautiful apples.

Farmer's Market

 

I stopped by the French nuns’ booth one last time and bought my favorite pastry, an apricot nest.

French Pastry

How do you find joy and respite?

It’s Friday and I am participating in Five Minute Friday, a community of writers. Today we are writing on the prompt: MOMENT

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4 Bible Verses for a Spiritual Routine

The prompt for Five Minute Friday is: ROUTINE. The goal is to write for five minutes, inspired by this one word. To learn more about the community of writers led by Kate Motaung click here.

Over the past couple weeks we have been traveling and spending time with family. We have changed time zones. The order of our day has changed, but I try to keep a spiritual routine. The following practices give me peace and joy.

Time in the Word

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

Seeking God’s guidance

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! Psalm 139:23-24

Praise

For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. Psalm 96:4,9

Thanksgiving for community

We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers. I Thessalonians 1:2

Honestly I don’t always keep this routine, but when I do my days are blessed. Do you  have a routine?

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