Fall signals the return of crisp, cool mornings, harvesting of crops and meals around the table laden with food we often call “comfort” foods. Why do they bring us comfort? They are heavier, “stick to your bone,” foods traditionally served to keep us warm during cold winter months.Read More
Hi! This is Reen and I’m writing this week’s blog because Linda is preparing to teach a Bible study tomorrow. I laughed when she asked me to write this week’s blog on order, part of a balanced life. When we first were married, I was the most unorganized person. Ask me to find an important document or product manual and I would shrug my shoulders and say, “Not quite sure where that is…give me some time.” And after quite a bit of time elapsed, guess what—couldn’t find it.Read More
October has arrived! I love October…always have…always will. It may be because it’s my birth month, but I think more importantly I love when the weather itself announces a new season. I can think of little I enjoy more than awakening to a crisp, cool morning. I go out on my back porch, listen to the birds, open my Bible and talk with God…the perfect start to a new day.Read More
Talk about a rough week! This past week was a tough one. Living Your Refreshed Life doesn’t mean life will be completely pain-free and without problems. I experienced that this week.
I’d been complaining about a tooth that hurt for about 2 months. But I didn’t take time to go to the dentist. And was that a mistake!Read More
Reen discovered this story in a cherished vintage devotional book. I was intrigued. When last did YOU have an audience with the King?
The writer explains that he was going to America with a steamship captain who was a very devoted Christian. The Captain told this story as they sailed off the coast of Newfoundland. “The last time I sailed here, which was five weeks ago, something happened that revolutionized my entire Christian life. I had been on the bridge for twenty-four straight hours when a passenger on board, George Mueller of Bristol, England, came to me. He said, ‘Captain, I need to tell you that I must be in Quebec on Saturday afternoon.’Read More
The rain-drenched newscaster pulls down the hood of his navy “slicker” (as they say in New England) in a feeble attempt to fight the wind. Frantically flailing palm fronds whip back and forth against the pelting storm. Crashing waves driven by the wind’s power, batter everything in its wake. Regardless of anything else taking place last week, we were drawn to the weather channel’s report on the progressing onslaught of Hurricane Dorian.Read More
Mike Hyatt, in his book, “Your Best Year Yet” lists three types of limiting beliefs. They are beliefs about the world, beliefs about others, and beliefs about ourselves. These are conclusions created by us based on our particular life experiences and maintained with little thought or examination as to their validity.Read More
“I can’t do that. It’s just too much work…will take too long…takes too much energy…is too complicated.” When did you stop trying to do new and interesting things? Are these some of the excuses you’ve developed to fortify your limiting beliefs? If you want to live “Your Refreshed Life” to the fullest, you and I both have to begin challenging these ideas.Read More
Limiting beliefs. Everyone has them. What are your limiting beliefs? Do they look like any of these?
I can’t take this new position because I’m not qualified.
I can’t make friends because I don’t have time.
I can’t lose weight because I’m too old or too stressed.
I can’t succeed in reaching this goal because…
How do these limiting beliefs rob your life of refreshment and fulfillment?Read More
My neighbor, Kathy, stopped by to “catch up”. She bemoaned the summer heat, the remainder of August, and the lethargy she felt. “I just don’t feel like doing anything,” she said. “Nothing excites me… I find myself sitting in front of the TV completely bored. I sure wish summer was over.”
Do you have similar feelings today? The heat has finally gotten to you. Vacation is past. There’s nothing to look forward to until fall.
How can YOU beat the summer doldrums and live “Your Refreshed Life”?
Tom confessed to his wife, “Honey, I’ll be honest. I’ve really been scared lately.”
Emily looked up surprised at her husband’s admission. “Really?” she said. “What are you scared about?”
“The company is being bought out,” Tom shared. “They’re threatening a lot of layoffs. I’m not sure I won’t be one of them.”
Emily’s face softened. “Tell me more. Let’s talk about it.”
If you missed “Top 20 Tips to Your Refreshed Life” #1-15 check them out at www.yourrefreshedlife.com. Here are #16-20:Read More
It was March and Jim was already dreading the next few weeks. Tax season was bearing down hard this year. Clients were calling constantly about the tax code changes and his schedule seemed almost unbearable. This was always a tough time for an Accountant.
He noticed his wife, Carol, grew more and more withdrawn. His routine was work from 7 am until 7 or 8 pm, quickly consume Karen’s carefully prepared meal, and then slump on the couch in front of the television until he laid his head on the pillow, instantly asleep.
Successful relationships take time, nurture, and intentional care. Marriage is no exception and possibly the most difficult because it requires 24/7 attention. But there is nothing more rewarding on this earth than a marriage partnership shared with God. A wise man once wrote, “And though one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” God represents the third strand and when He is present miracles can happen!Read More
Reen and I walk hand-in-hand in the parking lot as we head to the theater for Date Night. He suddenly spins me around in a dance move until I am facing him, and gives me a kiss. We smile and continue walking.Read More
Climbing up the dune pathway to the parking lot, I reflected on the company I just enjoyed with 15 women gathered in a circle of beach chairs in the sand. “Who would have imagined ‘Bible Study at the Beach’ could be so much fun?,” I mentioned to the friend climbing the dune beside me. Sun shining overhead, ocean whispering in the background, laughter and reflections shared…how absolutely refreshing!Read More
Finding quality time as a family becomes more difficult with every passing day. A&W Root Beer is proposing a solution to the problem. Disconnect to reconnect. This summer put your devices away and share a technology-free Family Fun Night.Read More
When times get tough, it can be hard to hang on. This is a story of trust and faith that enabled one man to find encouragement in the face of rejection and failure.Read More
Yesterday I gave myself permission to do something I rarely do. It’s a summer thing I’ve loved since I was a young girl, but I rarely take time to enjoy…Read More
We’ve been talking about rest this month. Yesterday a friend called to ask me how I find time to rest, knowing my many and varied responsibilities. I told her I never find the time; I have to make the time. And that’s the truth. We all can make the time but there’s a process.Read More