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Month: September 2015



Nearing His destination, Jesus sighs in relief. Rest is near. The smell of the Sea of Galilee rejuvenates His soul. Peace and quiet call to Jesus. His weary body feels the effects of the miles traveled. Looking down at His feet, He notices His swollen ankles. Bulging blisters seem to awaken every nerve in His body. He seeks a solitary resting spot. Settling down with a rock for a pillow, He closes His eyes. The sounds of the waves gently breaking on the shore play a lullaby to His soul. He releases a silent prayer…

Father, I need some time alone with you! Time to refresh. The throngs of people drain me… physically, mentally, and spiritually. I am so tired. My spirit needs replenishing.

He longs for the day He and His Father reunite. With another deep sigh, He falls into a sweet sleep.

A dim light peeks over the horizon, waking Jesus from His slumber. Taking a deep breath, He stretches His aching body. A craving in His Spirit overrides the rumble in His stomach. He decides to take a walk before breakfast.

Strolling along the shore brings back memories. He recalls His conversation with Peter very close to here, and He smiles at the memory. A feeling of encouragement envelops Him. Jesus scans the beauty before Him as a crisp sea breeze lifts His cloak, a gentle reminder of the days of creation. His eyes catch a glimpse of the sun casting its image on the surface of the water. What a picturesque moment. Suddenly, He remembers His prayer from the night before. He knows His Father is reminding Him of the time they spent together creating the universe. He hears the voice of His Father…

Good Morning, My Son. I miss You. Soon You will be with Me again, sitting at My right hand. You are doing an excellent job! Keep it up. I can’t wait for Your return home. But You have work to accomplish first. Continue listening to Me every minute, and I will give You the words to speak. I love You!

With hands raised, Jesus quotes Psalm 19:4b-6… 

In the heavens, He has set a tabernacle for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race. Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

A calmness spreads over the sea. A tender touch from the Father. Answered prayer. Refreshment for His soul. Encouragement to keep going. United as one.


Does your walk with Jesus need replenishing? Are you tired, worn out, and weary? Ask God to refresh you. Recognize the times during the day when He gives you a touch of encouragement. Rest in Him. Trust His provision. Take shelter under His wings.

Excerpt from Carla McDougal’s new 2015 release – SOLD OUT: Live for Jesus, pg. 67. Purchase your copies today from Reflective Life Ministries. 



A huge, “Thank You” goes out to Brenda B. Taylor for sharing her heart as a guest on REFLECTIONS. Be blessed as you read…


By Brenda B. Taylor


I woke this morning with a sore muscle in my leg and can barely walk. The reason eludes me. Maybe I over exercised or maybe I’m getting older and my body is simply feeling its age. Whatever the reason, I am reminded life is neither fair nor easy. We live in a fallen world under the domain of the Prince of This World – Satan. The reasons for cares and troubles cannot always be determined or explained. Some trials are so great they leave enduring scars that cannot be erased. The burdens seem more than some can bear. News headlines reflect the darkness and despair rampant in the world today. It seems there is no hope. The world needs a savior!

The good news is the world has a savior. God loved you and came to earth two thousand years ago in the form of a human baby, lived, and died a sacrificial death on a cruel cross in order to save the world. He gave you a way back to Him. He gave you a way to overcome the world, to ride through the storms of life, and emerge as a champion.

Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NKJV).

The God of the universe, who created all things and without Him nothing exists said He has overcome the world. That means He has overcome Satan. He is your hope and salvation. Through Jesus, you will find peace and rest. You may not find answers to all life’s problems, but He did not promise to give answers; He promised to give peace and strength to fight the battles. Jesus did not promise a life without tribulation; He promised an overcoming life. The overcoming life Jesus promised was bought for you with His own precious blood.

God’s ways are not your ways. He allows suffering in the lives of His children to test them and refine them into the likeness of His Son. Suffering is the refining fire separating the dross from the gold. The Lord uses suffering and pain to mold and shape the character of your eternal soul. Suffering then is an eternal exercise readying you to meet God face to face.

The Father promised in His word you will experience pain, but it is only for a season. His word says, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5 NKJV)

In the midst of your pain, look to the Father, for He will send joy in the morning. You are more than conquerors in Him.


The desire to write historical fiction and inspirational works has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication. Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks, all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.

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