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Deidra is a national speaker and the author of Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are, and One: Unity in a Divided World. Follow Deidra on Instagram @deidrariggs

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  1. Ooh, I’m a lot like you, Deidra! I don’t like to refuel, either, and that includes my spirit. It’s hard sometimes to slow down and just do the general maintenance of life, isn’t it? Your tips on how to do it, though, are excellent! I’m going to keep them in mind! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Deidra you always know what to say. I hate that anxious running on E feeling. Where you just don’t knwo when you will stall altogether. Thanks for this.

  3. Your analogy to the gas tank is perfect and oh, so true! I drive until I am empty and live my schedule until I am empty, too. Not a good thing. thanks for the tips. I love every single one.

  4. Thanks for sharing this morning! As much as I love to listen to music and it gets me through some days, there are some other days where I’m like, I have to unplug you and just have silence. And it’s OH SO HARD to be still sometimes and just listen but sometimes it’s the best and only way to refuel 🙂

  5. Ah, thanks for breathing that permission. I think I might go take a soak before I really start my day. Let the world rush by there’s enough time in my day for some more quiet moments with God and I. I’m ready to turn on some soaking music and relax in the presence of my Lover and Lord. My house is quiet, what a valuable time to drink of the refreshing presence of the Lord. I’ll be better for it.

  6. Thanks Deidra! I really enjoy my times of silence and I can so relate to unplugging. Although, I have to be very intentional (disciplined) about turning off the PC, cell phone, etc.
    Even though no one compliments us on a new tank of gas… refueling is necessary if we’re going to continue moving foward on our journey.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this, it’s exactly what I needed to be reminded of!

  8. Sigh. I have an electronic gage that tells me approximately how many miles I can go before empty. I often let it get to zero. Both in the car and in life.
    Great post for a Monday! Thanks.

  9. I needed to be reminded of this! We are in the middle of a move and I am going a hundred different ways. I will not get anywhere if I’m running on empty. What a perfect Monday post! Love you, Deidra!

  10. You are such a blessing:) Everytime I read one of your blogs I feel encouraged…

  11. Thank you! I took last week off from most of my computer stuff, like blogging and Facebook, and felt totally refueled. It also made me rethink all the blogs I read. There were WAY too many! And not all of them were inspiring me or encouraging me. They had to go.

  12. YESSSSSS!
    Need to refuel my ‘Fun Mom’ tank.
    This means doing some light summer reading (other than preschool books, home school books) for me.
    I {heart} a good mystery in a quiet setting with traditional values. Someone mentioned the Mitford series may be just what I am looking for. We will see!;)
    Ongoing daily Bible reading/devotional go without saying…

  13. I’ve been there…stressed to the hilt…and then pulled away to hike in the woods. I’ve stood in the cold air and listened to the quiet and let it soak into every pore and crevice of my coiled up mind…and cried because I needed the quiet so much. Now…my life is quiet. I don’t need the noise. I’ve had quite enough of that. Slowly, I am emerging from many months of meditation, reading, and praying. I’m finding a new path that is much less stressful. All I want to do now is serve in some way that heals and nurtures our planet and its people.

  14. Great advice! It’s definitely hard for me to sit in silence. It’s so unnatural, but as you wrote, it’s essential!

  15. Deidra, I filled up my tank last night at the local gas station. I was running on fumes, literally. I barely made it to the pumps.
    One time, I ran out of gas right in the middle of Main Street! A bunch of local guys had to push my van to the gas station a block a way.
    And my regular life can look that way, too. I often run out of gas because of a lack of proper planning. Thankfully, I have friends around to give me the push (and the accountability) that I need to get refueled.
    This morning? Your words are that “PUSH.” They are fuel for the soul. Thank you for this.

  16. Thanks for the reminder that even resting is “spiritual”! As you, and others who have commented know, that is usually easier said than done.
    It’s especially difficult for those of us in ministry because of so many demands on our time. But it’s also very important to refuel in order to be effective in ministry, and to be fit for God’s service. Our ability to help refresh & encourage others is hindered when it comes from an empty tank.
    God set an example for us about resting in the beginning, after His work of creation (Genesis 2:2), and Jesus set many examples for us about resting in the New Testament.
    Having times of rest is not only important, it is Holy. It is part of keeping our bodies healthy as the temple for the Holy Spirit, as belonging to God.
    1 Corinthians 6:19
    Thankfully, God is gracious to give us His rest when we make time to be quiet before Him.