Refresh My Heart {Prepare My Heart for the Holidays}

Welcome to Day 2 of Prepare My Heart for the Holidays, an 8-day heart boosting prayer experience, just before the Christmas crazy. 

Fact: Most women are nurturers and caretakers. We help, we handle details, we pinch-hit, we encourage. We’re always there for the ones we love. And that’s good. It’s how God designed us. But high levels of doing can lead to high levels of exhaustion. And it’s frequently where we find ourselves during the holidays.

Tired. Stressed. Frazzled.

It’s no way to go through the most wonderful time of the year. Yet drained is often our reality. 

Today's challenge? We will pray for God to refresh our hearts. To revive us and stir our hearts and fill us with grace and wonder, so that as we care for others (and ourselves by taking a daily holy pause) we are refreshed and equipped by the One this season is all about.

Then, because of God's amazing power working in us and through us, it really will be the most wonderful time of the year.

{A Holy Pause to Pray}


You are worthy of all adoration and praise. You are good and faithful and You always hear my prayers. God I confess that my heart and brain and even my emotions are at times stressed and overloaded. I truly love caring for my family and friends, but I feel depleted, and I don’t want go through the holidays in this state. Will you please refresh my weary heart?as I take time to be with You? Pour into every depleted place. Revive me. Pour out Your supernatural strength and stamina so I can pour out into those I love.

God, Your word says that those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Thank you, God for refreshing me as I care for those You have placed into my life. Today, when I begin to feel stressed and overwhelmed, I will turn my heart toward You, breathe in Your sweet presence, and allow You to supernaturally refresh and revive me by Your Spirit. Give me wisdom and grace to rest in You. Thank you for refreshing and strengthening my heart so I can enter the holiday season supernaturally refreshed, rested, relaxed, and equipped by You. In the strong name of Jesus, Amen.

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:25) (NLT)

GIVEAWAY: On December 8. I will randomly choose 2 WINNERS who will each receive a signed copy of BOTH of my books, some super cute, unique Christmas cards courtesy of Smiling Sticks, and a few other goodies. 
TO ENTER please leave a comment and include your email (so I can notify you if you win). 
Winner will be notified via email on December 8th. So sorry, contest open to continental U.S. residents only. 

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Candy said...

Thank you for your postings and thank you for a wonderful giveaway.
Blessings Candy

Candy said...

Forgot my email for above comment
Blessings Candy

Unknown said...

Julie these holy pauses are just what I need...THANK YOU! They have been a blessing and I plan to keep them to reread as the Christmas season continues on. (

A Journey For Life said...

Thanks for preparing hearts! jenn56093 @

Janice said...

Thank you for reminding me to take a holy pause. I need this so much!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the inspiration it is truly needed and a blessing to me, I look forward to opening your emails,

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the Inspiration

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Darreth said...

Such a good reminder in such a busy time of life.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the reminder to turn my heart towards God!

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