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Maybe It’s Time for Change

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If you’re a regular reader of Refreshher, you’re noticing a big change in the way my blog looks today!  I felt it was looking tired and needed to be refreshed.  So, with a bit of a nervous stomach (would I lose everything on my blog?!), I set out to change its appearance.  I’ve been wanting to do this for some time, and I finally took the plunge.

I have to admit that I had help! Whitney, my daughter from Come Home for Comfort was here visiting and helped walk me through the process.  She made it much easier to click the tabs that would bring about the change!

This blog is committed to helping others refresh their hearts, homes and lives..  With a brand new year before us, maybe it’s time to stop and look carefully around you and see what needs to be refreshed in your life. I’m not just talking about updating a blog’s appearance, but at the things that are at the very core of your life – your surroundings, your routines, the presentation of your home, for starters.

I remember that even the simple task of reorganizing tools in a drawer in my kitchen last year made baking so much easier! Sometimes just a small change can turn even the most simple things into pleasures! How could change in these three areas specifically help you in this new year?

  • Heart – Was last year as spiritually deep as you wanted it to be?  Did you find yourself more spiritually mature because of the steps you took to walk closely to God?  Or does your heart need to be more engaged with the things of God’s Word, prayer and spiritual growth?  If so, I encourage you to find a “Whitney” to help you.  Get a godly friend/leader at church/mentor to be your accountability partner to gently and lovingly prod you to move forward and to help you make the changes you need to make to allow this year to be spiritually fruitful.
  • Home – Is there an area in your house that you don’t love?  Is there a space that isn’t being used adequately?  A mess that needs attention?  Ask a decorating savvy friend to come over and give a hand in rearranging the furniture, organizing a messy closet or redecorating a space that’s drab!  Not only will they give you some inspiration, you’ll also have fun doing it with a friend!
  • Life – Are there relationships that need work?  Is your schedule so busy that you’re missing out on the simple joys God gives every day like cooking a meal for your family, enjoying a quiet evening at home, or reading a book just for the pleasure of reading?  Do you have goals that you can’t seem to reach?  Talk to a friend that manages their time well.  See if they can help you get some balance in your world.I remember last year talking to two people about desiring to carve out time to write.  I talked to both my husband and a close friend.  They both gave some great input.  I put their counsel into practice, and was able to accomplish so much!

Ask the Lord to bring godly, wise people into your path, and then glean from their wisdom so you can bring the changes that are necessary in 2018!

I get excited now when I open up my blog home page and see the new, fresh look!  What changes are you ready to make?

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P.S. Thanks for your help Whitney!!  You always inspire me!

11 thoughts on “Maybe It’s Time for Change

  1. Your blog looks Refreshed! Each year I go into it with a fresh start physically and spiritually asking God to renew me in both areas. I pray for you and your family each day to use you for His glory. When I open your blog each day it is as if my best friend is talking to me. I ask that you put my name in your prayer journal and lift it up to the Lord because I need Him every day.

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  2. The new look is great! Looks very updated and refreshed – change can be very nice:) Looking forward to all your blog will have in 2018. Happy New Year!

    I sure do need a Whitney in my life……

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  3. This was a great post and very thought provoking. The new look is lovely. Thank-you, Denise.

    I have been thinking a lot about my 2018 goals. I need to work on all of the areas you wrote about but my main goal is to somehow slow my “Life” down and find some peace in my mind and heart. I think if I worked on the “Life” area…….the “Heart” and “Home” area will improve right along with it.

    I follow Whitney on Youtube. She is a breath of fresh air. You did a good job of raising her, Mama.

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