Through Refreshed Eyes

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I will refresh the weary

The New Testament Greek word for refreshment is “anapseucho”. Ana- means again and -pseucho means soul. Put it together and the Biblical meaning is to restore the strength of the soul.

I don’t know about you, but this shaken up, stretched thin, upside down homeschooing mom needs the strength of my soul restored quite often. Sometimes hourly.

The problem is, I don’t always purposely make time to allow myself to be refreshed. There is no time for that. As the schedule becomes more full, the quiet moments become fewer and farther between.

I can keep up this pace for a while. I can put on the pretty smile and fake it for far longer than I would like to admit.

But eventually it all comes crashing down.

I was close to that crashing down moment. Scarily close. Emotions were running wild. Time management was out the window, and every person in my path felt the impacts. Especially those in my own home.

Moms, we have to make time for the Lord to refresh us. He tells us in Jeremiah 31:25, “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint”.

But we have to allow Him to work. We have to quiet ourselves so that we can hear His calming voice speaking to our innermost parts.

Sometimes it takes something drastic before we are finally able to step back and let that happen.

For me, it was winning a ticket to Apologia’s Real Refreshment Retreat in Atlanta last weekend.

God knew just what He was doing when He awarded me that ticket. It was no coincidence.

Everything about last weekend was divine intervention. From the car ride there with my sweet friend who poured God’s truth into my heart, to the awesome Godly women I was finally able to meet face to face, to the speakers that God used to speak directly to me, to the incredibly powerful prayer sessions. He didn’t let one single minute go unused.

Real Refreshment Retreat

From the very first minutes of the retreat, I knew God was up to something big. Anne MacCallum, our incredibly talented worship leader for the weekend had barely gotten the first words out of her mouth, and the tears were already flowing.

I stood there completely broken, arms lifted high, and allowed myself to find real refreshment in the One who died to save me.

Mom, where are you today? As the homeschooling year begins to wind down, are you finding yourself needing some encouragement to keep going? I know how you’re feeling because just last week, I was there too. I would love to share with you just a glimpse into what I learned this weekend in hopes that it will be enough to keep you pressing on.

  • The theme of the Real Refreshment Retreat was Philippians 4:8, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.” What if we applied this verse to our lives every single day. How would it change your homeschool? I speak from experience when I tell you that in the three days I’ve been home from the retreat, I’ve put these words into action and it has made a world of difference. It truly is all about perspective. We can choose to think about stressful, negative situations, or we can think on these things.
  • “In that desperate place is where God always shows up.” ~Rachael Carman. Are you desperate, Mom? If so, be encouraged, because God is there with you. Listen closely, you’ll hear Him.
  • “Claim your joy each and every day!” ~ Elizabeth Smith. The homeschooling journey isn’t easy. As a matter of fact, I’ll go ahead and admit that it is hard. Really hard. But, no matter how many times you explain long division and your child still doesn’t get it and how many piles of laundry are covering your bedroom floor, your joy cannot be taken from you. Are you having a hard time feeling that joy? Go ahead, right now, claim it! It is yours!
  • “God loves diversity! You are made unique for a purpose.” ~ Debra Bell. That one speaks all on its own! So, you don’t have it all under control like every other mom in your homeschool group {they really don’t either}. Who cares?! God made you, YOU for a reason, and you are beautiful because you are His.
  • “Jesus never runs out of resouces and answers.” ~ Zan Tyler. Trust Him!
  • “God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary acts.” ~ Sherri Seligson. Moms, homeschooling is an extraordinary act. What you are doing matters, even when it seems like no one notices, God sees.
  • “The opposite of criticism is encouragement.” ~ Elizabeth Smith. Mrs. Smith encouraged us to take a criticism fast, which my husband and I have decided to do. I would also encourage you to take a criticism fast. I’ve realized just how critical I can be, especially toward my husband and my children. A critical spirit will snuff out the light in your home, and we can’t afford anymore darkness.
  • “If you are looking for time to spend with the Lord, you’ll never find it. You have to make time.” ~ Heidi St. John.

Homeschool moms, our families can not afford for us to not take the time to become refreshed.

No matter what fancy vacation we take or how many days we spend at the spa, we will never find true refreshment outside of Jesus. His refreshment is free and is waiting for you right now.

Will you allow yourself refreshment? Real Refreshment. Restoring the strength of the soul-type refreshment?

That is what Real Refreshment Retreat did for me.

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. It was a blessing to sit and pray/praise with you this weekend! Your post is beautiful and I love the way God is using you to encourage others!

  2. What a beautiful post my dear and you summed it up perfectly. We do have to make to time to refresh in Him. I was a blessing to finally meet you.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing how God met you at R3. May God continue to refresh you as you seek Him, serve others and submit to His will. Much love and grace-r.

  4. I’m so happy for you Heather that you were able to attend this conference and be refreshed! Thanks for sharing the wisdom you picked up and reminding us all how important this is.

  5. Girl- it was wonderful to sit with you and share. God met us there for sure. I find my words are just more gentle, my heart and soul refreshed, and my burdens lighter from the experience. I loved meeting you IRL – look forward to many years of encouraging each other through this homeschool journey! God bless!

  6. I am so glad you had such a fun refreshing time! It was truly a blessing for me to go to Baltimore.

    see you soon! (giggle)

    1. Can NOT wait, Stef!!! 🙂

  7. This scripture has been on my heart a lot lately and reading your post was encouraging! 🙂

    1. Hi, Alicia! I am so glad you were encouraged. It really is such a great verse! Happy Easter!

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