These last few weeks of summer seem to be an ideal time for refreshing and restoration. Most of us will squeeze in our last few trips to the beach and family barbecues before gearing up for back to school and the hustle-bustle of the work world.

In a similar fashion, there is a sense of growing spiritual refreshment—from large conferences taught by renowned ministers like Joyce Meyer to small and simple women’s retreats in your hometown. Each offers a wonderful time for calm, community and communion with God.

The Psalms speak of a God that "refreshes and restores my life [myself]. He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him- not for my earning it, but] for His name sake" (Psalm 23:1-3 Amplified). This refreshing and restoration is a sure promise if you have already made the Lord your Shepherd.

If you don’t know Him in a personal way, you can pray today and ask Him to become your Good Shepherd—one that will care for and watch over your soul all the days of your life.

As the countdown to summer’s end begins, remember to take time for refreshment and restoration. It is the pathway to spiritual renewal. Below, I have posted a few lines for reflection from our Meditations of The Heart Devotional. The devotional is designed to help you pause daily to reflect and meditate on the goodness of God. Consider these words in your moments of refreshing….

LORD, restore my soul and let me see,
The child that I was meant to be.
LORD, restore my soul and let me walk,
In Your perfect liberty.
LORD, restore my soul,
And let my thoughts rest solely on Your Word.

Be Blessed,
Joyce]]>