It’s easy to get worn down in the busyness of everyday life.
We all need refreshing at times, especially in seasons of depression or discouragement.
Thankfully, the Bible has a lot to say about soul refreshment!
God knows that it’s important for us to refresh our souls and renew our minds.
But what does this mean for the Christian?
Whether you’re exhausted, depressed, discouraged, or just working through a busy season of life, you might find yourself in need of spiritual refreshment and recharging.
This means reconnecting with God and sparking change in your spiritual life.
If you find yourself in need of refreshment, here are a few practical ways to get started.
1. Repent of sinful habits and desires.
It may be difficult, but the first step to spiritual refreshment and recharging is often repentance.
In order to “be made new in the attitude of your [mind],” you need to “put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires” (Ephesians 2:22-23).
What are the habits, desires, and behaviors that are wearing you down and keeping you from fellowship with God? Examine your life in light of Scripture and ask God to help you identify areas of sin that are hampering your Christian walk.
Once you’ve identified these areas of sin, you’re called to “repent…and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out” by His grace and forgiveness (Acts 3:19). Repentance enables you to “put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness” (Ephesians 4:24).
Every time you repent, it’s a fresh start and an opportunity for “times of refreshing [that] come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19).
2. Set aside time for God — and God alone.
One of the best-known passages in the Bible is Psalm 23, in which David writes that God “refreshes my soul” (Psalm 23:2).
The first few verses of this psalm paint a beautiful image of a quiet, peaceful meadow — certainly a refreshing place for those facing the pressures of life!
David experienced this kind of deep rest and refreshment by spending time with God in silence and reflection. “He leads me beside quiet waters… He guides me along the right paths,” David wrote (Psalm 23:2-3).
He was committed to making space for God amid the busyness and demands of daily life. Likewise, we need to set aside time for God.
Do you make a practice of multitasking while you study the Word or pray?
Consider cutting out all those distractions and focusing on the Bible and prayer alone, even if it’s only for a few minutes at first.
This silence and focus can help you experience a deeper sense of rest in God’s presence.
3. Pray with intention.
It’s easy to slip into a haphazard habit of prayer. Maybe you simply forget who you committed to pray for, or you try to couple prayer with chores, driving, or other tasks.
Whatever the case, it’s important to step back and remember what a privilege prayer is. What could be more encouraging than to know that the God of the universe hears your requests?
If you’re in need of spiritual refreshment, take a few moments each day to do nothing but pray. Cherish the act of connecting with God and sharing your heart with Him.
“In every situation, by prayer and petition… present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
God promises that, if you make space in your life to pray intentionally, He will reward your effort with a peace and refreshment that could only come from Him.
4. Serve others in community.
When you’re tired or depressed, spending time with others can be a challenge. But connecting with the body of Christ is a crucial part of our spiritual life.
But we’re commanded to “serve one another humbly in love” (Galatians 5:14), and that service can be a path to spiritual refreshment.
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed,” God promises (Proverbs 11:25).
Focusing on the needs of others can transform your perspective and remind you of God’s presence and gifts in ways you might not expect. So, search for ways to minister to your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Whatever the reason of your need for refreshment, remember that you are not alone, and that God has put in place ways for you to be encouraged and renewed!