It’s So Hot! We Need Refreshing – and Friends!

As the second half of 2012 begins with a sizzle, we reflect on our country’s heritage and our freedom. It makes me ponder with gratitude the freedom and friendship we have in Christ.  The value of friendship is a theme that strikes a chord in my soul these days as I frequently think of its blessings and challenges. This year is chocked full of so many fresh and new jewels – one of those cherished jewels is deeper and more precious friendships.

Some with relatively new people in my life and others with those who, for years, have walked near…but now we ‘decide‘ to devote more intention to cultivate our friendships toward a new depth.

In light of the extreme heat we have experienced for the last week – with the 105° weather, even I, the heat lover, require a little water action for coolness and comfort outside…and of course, so does Tahoe.



Below are a couple refreshing verses to consider….

Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in sweltering heat – refreshing!
Proverbs 25: 13 The Message

Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight, a sweet friendship refreshes the soul.
Proverbs 27:9 The Message

Stay cool and refreshed as you celebrate with gratitude – your freedom, family and friends...


‘Fresh’ Nugget

This morning I came across a verse that struck a chord in me.

May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, and enliven your speech. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 MSG

Wow, I want to be surprised with gifts of unending help and confidence. No fear. No reluctance. ‘Fresh’ is what I want in my life.

Fresh vision.

Fresh energy.

Fresh kindness.

Fresh purpose.

Lord, invigorate and energize us to speak words and do work that give life and encourage others today. Let us refresh others – for ‘whoever refreshes others will be refreshed’ (Proverbs 11:25).

Have a Fresh Friday!