Re: Renew

Nothing like a trip to the mountains to renew one’s spirit. A couple of weeks ago my husband took a week trip to visit his uncle and our son and daughter-in-love in Colorado. I wasn’t quite ready for another road trip so I stayed home. I had just finished a busy weekend at a writer’s conference (American Christian Fiction Writers) in San Antonio and I knew I’d need some down time. I also needed to be around for some commitments.

But about the time Jon returned, I was ready for a bit of a break and a trip. I gave him a couple of weeks to recuperate and we loaded up and headed out.

The sky always seems to be in abundance in the mountains, filled with sunshine during the day and stars at night. If ever you want to feel small, find the darkest location you can on a clear night, and spend some time looking at the stars. So vast. So amazing. And if you ever want to feel renewed, take a hike on a mountain trail. Both provide an opportunity for the spirit to be still and rest.

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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