Be Renewed!

I recently heard a sermon regarding the importance of “quiet time.” In our electronic age of email, texts, and other “alerts” it can become harder to experience peace and quiet. As we are increasingly connected to one another we may risk becoming “disconnected” from our Creator.

Time without digital distractions or other deterrents is vital if we are to be continually renewed.

Daily renewal requires a daily Word.

What we need today isn’t necessarily sufficient for tomorrow. As fresh manna fed the body, a timely word feeds the spirit.

When the Israelites tried to save manna from one day to the next, it spoiled and become inedible. Just like them, we need to trust God to “feed” us daily as well. Gaining God’s renewal requires that we make ourselves available to receive it.

Very rarely can I hear from God with a lot of noise going on. I admit I am easily distracted. I have to mentally hang up a “Do not disturb” so I can receive the renewal I desperately need.

It is only in silence that I hear God’s still small voice. When I prioritize time for a new Word or to simply “be still,” I am far less prone to make poor choices.

b is for blessed renew devotional 7-15  Renewal is essential for a “blessed life.”

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s     Psalm 103:4-5 NKJV

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God   Romans 12:2 NKJV

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, Titus 3:4-6 NKJV

Proactively reduce the “noise” in your life. Allocate time for God and minimize strife.

We are all weary at times but we don’t have to stay that way. Moments of peace, a new Word and a fresh perspective will renew and equip us for whatever God is calling us to do.

Don’t long for yesterday’s blessings. Rejoice in today’s possibilities.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me
.”  Psalm 51:10 NKJV

By Lilka Finley Raphael

Author, Editor, Gardner, Photographer, Pharmacist


  1. Thank you so much for your, as always, God inspired and blessed posts dear Lilka. I can’t say enough how wonderful it is to see you again after my blogging hiatus. Getting sorted, at last, phew! And did I ever need to read these scriptures and your message today. I have been sorely weary, but reading this at the end of your post – ‘Don’t long for yesterday’s blessings. Rejoice in today’s possibilities…’ really brought it home for me. So, so true. God bless you Lilka 🙂

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  2. Your blog posts are always right on time. I asked for and received yesterday, Saturday as a day away from work. I was so tired, exhausted, drained and in physical pain. That day off made all the difference. I was able to sleep late and get some much needed rest. Brooklyn is always noisy but after living here for nearly three years I’ve learned to block out much of that noise. After all New York is the city that never sleeps. There is less noise in the early dawn hours so when I can’t sleep, which is most of the time, I take advantage of the quiet and get some writing done. When I went to visit my cousins in suburban New Jersey I marveled at the quiet there. Very peaceful. Eventually when I retire I will move somewhere quiet.

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  3. Can’t agree more! There is a book I am reading now called The Divine Mentor, by Wayne Cordeiro. I highly recommended for those who are struggling to remain connected to the Vine. Pastor Cordeiro brings up some good lessons and suggestions concerning devotions.

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