Recently, we discovered a new book, Refresh Your Faith, Uncommon Devotions from Every Book of the Bible, by Lori Hatcher.
Released earlier this month, the devotional takes verses from Genesis to Revelation—what Hatcher calls “gems” that she found throughout a year of searching and praying—and pairs them with real-life stories and uncommon faith steps.
A pastor’s wife and fervent woman of faith, Hatcher said she wrote the book because she’d reached a point in her spiritual life when she needed something new. If something didn’t change, she feared her spirit was going to wither up.
Many of the devotionals she read seemed to focus on the same basic verses she’d memorized with her kids 20 years ago, and she craved a fresh approach.
“My time with God shouldn’t be something I did out of duty. I wanted to delight in God and His Word,” Hatcher said.
So she wrote Refresh Your Faith, something we’ve been reading here at Armor of God Coffee… and we absolutely love her book.
For instance, many of us know and love John 3:16, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11, and Philippians 4:13.
But how about meditating on John 1:40-41, instead: “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is, the Christ)” (NIV).
Or Romans 6:6-7: “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”
How about Jeremiah 29:5-7: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
Or maybe Philippians 1:20: “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”
Right now, as our society struggles through COVID-19 and the “new normal” of social isolation, stay-at-home contentment, and meals in our own dining room instead of at the latest and greatest eatery, you, too, might be feeling a little stagnant in your own spirit. Maybe you, too, crave a refresh… like pressing a “reset button” on your faith life.
We get it. We’ve been there, too.
Whether you try a new book, like Refresh Your Faith, or a new spiritual habit, go for it. Shake things up.