“I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I have put my hope in your word.”
~Psalm 119:147 NIV
In years gone by my husband and I spent time in the woods. He liked to fish in the quiet early morning hours. I loved to sleep away from home. In the quiet, no husband and no phones, I took time to renew my energy—to spend time reading my Bible.
Often I used those hours at the campfire to write my weekly newspaper column, “Sunshine and Smiles.” By the time Gary filled the cooler with his mess of fish, I felt well rested, my spirit well nourished, my commitment for the week completed and ready for time to share coffee with him, my best friend.
Not everyone has time for a campfire, but everyone can make the opportunity to start the day refreshing their mind, body and soul reading their Bible.
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
~Psalm 63:1 niv
A lot of the US is in drought, a dry and weary land where there is no water; many souls are spiritually dry—come to the water—seek Him.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for being our continual source of refreshment. For giving us moments of peace and quiet even when we don’t have the opportunity to camp. And thank you Lord, I never had to clean a fish. Amen
Katherine J. Crawford, author of Capsules of Hope: Survival Guide for Caregivers, is published in sixteen compilations and numerous articles. Known as the Lionhearted Kat, she resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Visit Kat’s website lionheartedkat.com.Read her journal through breast cancer and the loss of her husband: www.caringgiver/visit/org.
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