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Archives: "Refreshment in Refuge"
  • In Genesis 22, we read the story of the sacrifice of Isaac where Moriah (mo-ree-yah) is mentioned first. The Hebrew word means seen of God. Now God said for Moses to go to "the land of Moriah" -- not Mount Moriah -- to a place He would show him. Then He tells Moses to offer up his only son as a burnt offering…
    March 5, 2017
  • Extraordinary! Look what I found… Gen 3:17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.  Exo…
    February 26, 2017
  •     This morning I did not want to get out of bed. I did not want to study my Bible, I did not want to go to Bible study. I was in a blue funk. It has been cloudy and no sunshine for seemingly weeks now in the middle of winter--and it's not even cold outside on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Of course, (remembering…
    February 19, 2017
  •  And here is a puzzle that I cannot seem to wrap my mind around, but it is true to the core, happiness dissapates and sadness abounds but I have not lost my joy because my joy comes from the Lord.   I can be depressed but I have not lost my joy. Despair flees because of my joy.   I have not lost…
    February 12, 2017
  • Ever notice the directions on products? Some of them are quite humorous, such as “do not operate this hair dryer when sleeping.” Really? Visions of women lying in bed with their blow dryer grasped in a white-knuckled grip trip through my mind. Another favorite is the peanut package on airplanes which says, “Open…
    February 5, 2017
  •  The other day I heard running water where water should not be running. At first I thought a pipe might have burst. I checked outside, and the faucets were shut tight and still wrapped against the few hours of freeze that we have down here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I chased the sound into my bathroom. The tank…
    January 29, 2017
  •  Listen children, miracles of God happen every single day.   The problem is that the Bride of Christ who is sick with unbelief never recognizes the miracles, or so it seems.   I had forgotten that I witnessed several miracles in one weekend, and then heard of three more a day or two later. It is amazing…
    January 22, 2017
  • Ten years ago I wrote myself note when I got a new job in a different town and realized I was going to have to move once again. After ten years, I've discovered something things I needed to add to this note.     Remember how much work all the painting and the additions were... but the work was worth the…
    January 15, 2017
  • Last time we talked briefly about making that conscious and deliberate decision to quit ________. The importance of this step cannot be emphasized enough. (If you missed it, here’s the link. I do strongly encourage you to read it first if you are serious about breaking the chains.) If you recognize there is a problem,…
    January 8, 2017
  • Years ago I did a series on How to Break a Sinful Habit. Since we are beginning a hopeful New Year and this is the season for resolutions, I want to recap that discussion today and next week. First we need to recognize that remorse is easy, but the practice of repenting is not. When faced with an addiction, a person has…
    January 1, 2017
  •  Lord, help me to relax about insignificant details beginning tomorrow at 7:41:23 a.m. p.s.t. Lord, help me to consider people's feelings, even if most of them are hypersensitive. Lord, help me to take responsibility for my own actions, even though they're usually not my…
    December 25, 2016
  • Arise and shine for the Light has come, and the glory of YHWH has risen on you. Isaiah 60:1 That is just one of the prophecies that Jesus would be born. I so much love this verse because it says so much in just a few words. Arise: that Hebrew word is qûm koom which is a primitive root and…
    December 18, 2016
  • Little, sweet baby feet. Mary will soon cover them with her hand, warming them against the night chill. She has treasured in her heart all the words spoken about her first born Son. Things like, "The angel was so glorious, shouting out praises to God on High and the Good News! The Messiah is born! Our long awaited…
    December 4, 2016
  •  When you turn on the rude box we call the TV do you hear the rattle of dry bones? The voices of unbelievers abound in chaotic noises, and it sounds more like a death rattle than a symphony of revitalization from dried out, nothing-further-from-life bones. Of course I’ve read the story in Ezekiel about this…
    November 27, 2016
  • What does the movie Little Women have to do with unconditional love and with God’s plea to “Return to Me!” in Jeremiah? There I was, ten years old, standing in the movie theater and just crying my eyes out. Big, sloppy tears soaking the front of my shirt, making it stick to my chest… not…
    November 20, 2016

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Meet the Author

Gina Burgess has taught Sunday School and Discipleship Training for almost three decades.  (Don't tell her that makes her old.)  She earned her Master's in Communication in 2013.

She is the author of  several books including: When Christians Hurt Christians,  The Crowns of the Believers  and others available in online bookstores. She authors several columns, using her God-given talent to shine a light in a dark world.  You can browse her blog at Refreshment In Refuge.

If you'd like to take a look at some Christian fiction and Christian non-fiction book reviews before the books hit the book store shelves, check out Gina's book reviews at Upon Reflection

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