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Exploring Refreshment By Ed McDowell

Embrace & Experience Generous Refreshment

The sweetest refreshment experienced is always associated with generosity.  Stop and think about the times that restored you in your own life, examine the details of what gives it to you and you will find generosity flowing through the experience.

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

~ Proverbs 11:25

Refreshment!

In faith, it is the generous love of God through Jesus Christ that gives us forgiveness.  Ultimate Refreshment!

In creation, it is the generous creation of God that renews our spirit and rests our soul as we take in the grandeur and majesty God provides.  Creative Refreshment!

In relationship, it is the generous giving and receiving that brings joy and constant renewal to relationships. Relational Refreshment!

In resources, it is such joy to help others, to share, and support meeting needs and giving good things.  There is refreshment in giving. Resource Refreshment!

A key part of the path is found by providing help to each other.  Words of encouragement, gifts of money and prayer on behalf of others provides generous refreshment.

Be aware that the opposite is also true.  When we live a life focused only on the preservation and provision for ourselves, without concern for others, we become selfish, stingy, and our spirit begins to dry up as if a pandemic of famine had hit our soul.  There is no refreshment in selfishness.

Encouragement

The amazing truth in this verse is that generosity provides abundance  Be intentional about being generous today.  See God’s abundance and experience His life-giving power.

Prayer

Dear Jesus, thank You for being the example of ultimate generosity for us. Thank you for teaching us that generosity is the baseline for what you want us to experience and embrace.  Help us to live generously today in a world that is starved and yearns to be restored.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

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Ed McDowell is the CEO of Warm Beach Camp. He has extensive experience in overseeing and directing ministry organizations, including stewardship development, personnel and organizational management.


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