Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Vol. 16 No. 3          
March 7, 2017
Dear Friend,

Countless demands can claim our attention and absorb our energies.

One businessman told me he was living in a "pressure shell" in which requirements of work, home, and community service were constantly pressing down on him.

He was in danger of being tired mentally, physically, spiritually.

It is easy to relate to his experience. All of us cope with various concerns that can leave us weary and in need of refreshment.

Finding sources of refreshment, renewal, restoration are essential for life and vitality.  True refreshment is not a soft drink or a beer! It is that which inspires your spirit and strengthens your heart.

Where do you go for renewal? How do you receive refreshment and revitalization?

Our two greatest sources of refreshment are God and God's people.

David said of the Lord, his Shepherd, "He restores my soul. "The Apostle Paul wrote, "Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day [II Cor. 4:16 NIV].  Refresh yourself in the love of Jesus Christ and know His love and encouragement in your life.

Of his friend Onesimus, Paul wrote, "you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints [Philemon 1:7 NIV]." Spend time with fellow believers who will refresh your heart and send you back into the thick of life with new strength and vitality.

Joy to you - 
E. Stanley Ott