“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25).
A smile for an often-invisible worker or clerk . . .
A happy tone, or a “God Bless You” to a telemarketer . . .
A bright and hopeful “thinking of you” arriving in a mailbox . . .
A ten-minute phone call with a person who is lonely . . .
An acceptance of help from a friend who’s been offering . . .
A sweet, chatty email sprinkled with fun images . . .
An honest, “How are you?” to the person at the drive-through . . .
Paying for the person in line behind you . . .
A heartfelt gift arriving just in time . . .
Laughing on Skype . . .
Praying together in a text . . .
Asking and then truly listening, no matter how long it takes . . .
Saying, “Me, too.”
A friendship like yours . . .
It can make all the difference.
You are a swig of iced lemonade. That first gust of air-conditioned air. The smell of a refreshing rain in the near future. A dip in the pool on a stifling day.
Reaching that tiny bit of shade just as a breeze stirs the leaves.
Let’s get out there and refresh others. I know we’ll be surprised at how we are refreshed in return.
Prayer:Dear God, thank You for friends who refresh. Thank You for strangers who do the same. Help us to remember how big of a difference the little things make, in our lives as well as others’. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
About the author:
Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension and Essential Tremor, among a myriad of other issues mostly stemming from these two. She had brain surgery in 2012, to install a VP Shunt, and had a revision in January 2014. She now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is learning to walk again. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at http://reneweddaily.com
Will you tell us about a refreshing time you’ve experienced?
Shelly asked me to share this video, “Extraxtraordinary” by More Than Rubies. A beautiful song to go with a thought-provoking devotional on how easily we can change the lives of those around us. -Lisa
This is an image that we shared for Invisible Illness Awareness Week on our Facebook page last week. Between our 2 sites we reached 416,000 people. Wow! A little grace and kindness really is desired by all! Interestingly, our Rest Ministries FB page just reached 11,000 people while our Invisible Illness Awareness Week Facebook page reached over 411,000. -Lisa
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