A few weeks ago my lap-top battery died, suddenly I found myself looking at a blank screen and was rather relieved to find that it was only the battery and not the whole computer that had failed. This morning a new battery arrived in the post, and suddenly I am mobile again!
After a week with what feels like wall to wall meetings, and Synod looming on the horizon for tomorrow I find myself pondering my own need to recharge my batteries. This afternoon Tim and I are setting off to explore the countryside around our new home, I always find that walking in the fresh air away from phones and e-mails recharges me. But that is not the only thing that restores my soul, so do some people, books, pieces of music etc....
So I wonder what/ who gives you energy?
1. Is there a person who encourages and uplifts you, whose company you seek when you are feeling low? I think family does this for me - especially my husband's family. I can go there without having to be "on" or really do anything, and I know I'll find good food and conversation and I can let it all out.
2. How about a piece of music that either invigorates or relaxes you? "I believe in a thing called love" by the Darkness - it gets me moving and pumped up
3. Which book of the Bible do you most readily turn to for refreshment and encouragement? Is there a particular story that brings you hope? I've always liked the story of Jeremiah planting a tree even though he was going into exile - it's that symbol of hope in the midst of whatever we are going through and its a reminder that we will be back where we are supposed to be eventually.
4. A bracing walk or a cosy fireside? Hard choice!!!! I think a strong walk lets me work off some of my frustrations, however the fireside just melts them away!!! I'm trying to convince my husband to build a firepit in our backyard - because currently the walking is my only option. I could sit in front of a fire every single night.
5. Are you feeling refreshed and restored at the moment or in need of recharging, write a prayer or a prayer request to finish this weeks Friday Five....
Gracious God, on mornings when we don't seem to want to get moving, help us to see the sun rising. Help us to hear the birds. Help us to know that your creation is alive and awaiting. May the wind gently push us. May the rays of light gently awaken us. May the colors of your creation open our eyes to the possibilities that this day holds. Remind us to sit - even for just a minute - to rejoice in the splendor of the morning. Help us to find even just five minutes of Sabbath with a cup of coffee, or tea, or juice, or a cat curled up on our lap, or a newspaper, or a blog entry and help us to listen for your Word in the midst of it all. Help us to be still and then send us forth to your task. Amen.