Friday was a beautiful day. I was outside almost all day. I mowed the grass, trimmed the hedge, used the weed wacker, did a little painting, and just sat on the porch. I was sore and tired when the sun went down but I felt renewed. A day outside, in the sun seemed to soak into my soul.
Maybe you have felt the same way after a day in the sun. And haven’t you found yourself similarly renewed in other situations.
Is it no wonder then that we need to be renewed spiritually? Our spirits contend with the world just as our bodies and minds do. Our spirits become worn by daily life and by periods of struggle or suffering.
Wesley taught the early Methodists to employ the means of grace for their spiritual renewal.
He listed these practices in the General Rules for the United Societies (the original name of the Methodist movement in England):
He also added conversation with other believers designed to encourage us and hold us accountable.
So this summer take advantage of blue skies, family reunions, and outdoor BBQs. And do not neglect your spirit.
Here are some thoughts on prayer:
God knows our limits because he created us. He doesn’t think less of us because we have to return to him again and again for spiritual fuel. In fact, that practice is a huge part of faith. So keep the faith this summer. Renew your spirit. You will not regret it.
~ Pastor Byron
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