Weeks of rain this winter has refreshed the Arizona desert and the beauty of the wildflowers scatter the mountain trails. As an avid hiker it’s amazing to see the changes in the landscape with just a little bit of rain. A few weeks ago while hiking I wanted to take time to soak in the beauty of the desert that was in full bloom and so green. I began to consider the refreshing work of God in our lives. We go to a women’s conference or a retreat, a worship service or prayer meeting, we meet with a friend or spend time alone; whatever refreshes our souls and we look like the desert in springtime. But just like the heat of the sun begins to dull the desert colors and the flowers wilt; life can do the same to our soul if we do not consistently experience refreshing. We can’t rely on conferences, retreats, or other people to keep us refreshed; rather refreshing comes from spending time alone with God. There is nothing that can take the place of the presence of the Lord as we come face to face with Him we experience the renewing of our soul and spirit.

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19

Prayer: Lord I need you so desperately, renew and refresh me today with your presence and your word.

From my heart to yours,

DaNetta Fernandez


Author: DaNetta

I'm a woman who loves God, married to my best friend, a mother of 3 amazing adult children and a beautiful daughter-in-law, the proud Nana to Luke and Amourie. I love travel, audio books, hiking, and just having fun!!! I enjoy working at USAA insurance company. I have been blessed to partner with my husband Mario in ministry for over 34 years; currently we are the campus pastors at VCNPs first Multi-Site in NW Peoria.

1 thought on “Refreshing”

  1. We definitely need the refreshing Spirit of God at all times but especially now with the hot summer looming ahead of us. Some of God’s greatest artistic beauty is found in our desert.

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