Our Necessary Quiet Retreat

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You are my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me.

Psalm 119:114 MSG

Good morning!

In a world full of distraction where do we go for a quiet retreat?

As a mom to young children it seems like every direction I turn there is something calling out to me; piles of toys, dirty dishes, spilled milk, laundry baskets overflowing just to name a few.  It’s even hard to go to the bathroom by myself, with calls of “mom!!” coming through the door.

Some days our assignments are overwhelming.

Some days our jobs are hard.

Some days it feels like we are regressing and not gaining.

Some days we struggle for air as we can’t seem to look up over the mess of it all.

But throughout this journey I have learned that as I press into Jesus, He brings my quiet retreat.  It doesn’t mean that we have to follow a set of “rules” or wake up before our children to get our bible read.

It is in the freedom of relationship with the Father that we find our quiet…

It is when we call out to Him in the middle of the mess, in the middle of the dishes, in the middle of the laundry stacked high and the never-ending clean up.  It is when we open up our hearts, our lives, and let Him be in the center of it all.

He alone will bring us quiet retreat…and He alone will renew our strength.

Blessings,

The Johnstons

 

Let Your Light Shine

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Good morning!

We have the most beautiful, thick frost covering everything here this morning.  It’s been a cold, humid, gloomy kind of morning…and then…the sun peeked out from behind the darkness to show itself in all its brilliant ways.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

No matter what we face today, let’s shine the light of the Father through our words, our actions, our entire atmosphere.  There is always someone watching that needs a little light shined for them.

Have a great day!

Blessings,

The Johnstons

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