#160: Living Life From The Refuge

#160: Living Life From The Refuge

#160: Living Life From The Refuge

by HopeNet Radio | Podcast

Who’s on this episode?

Jeff Strommen @jstrommen | Dave Wager @wagerdaw | Jason Kemper @kempster220

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Show Notes

Where is your place of refuge? Every one of us has to have a place of safety, calm, stability. But what is concerning is how few we make use of it. Or rather — Him.

God is our refuge.

The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. Psalm 18


Psalm 91

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.

For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.

Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.

For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”



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Easing End-of-School Stress

Child 1School is winding down and that can mean stress — especially when you have an older kid in the house. Final exams and AP tests cause lots of worrying as the school year draws to a close. This makes me sound ancient, but I sure don’t remember high school being this tough way back when I was that age.

With test stress comes a bit more crankiness, back talk, and general grumpiness. There’s also a tendency to stay up late, forget about exercise, and snack on junk.

So maybe it’s time for forgiveness and a little gentle encouragement. Forgive the sass and edginess and help your kid avoid those unhealthy habits:

  • Keep healthy snacks on hand. Make sure cut-up veggies and hummus or cheese and crackers are in the fridge and pantry instead of chips. Slice fresh fruit to plop in refreshing, cold water so they’ll reach for that instead of a sugary soda.
  • Get them away from the desk. Even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time, call for an exercise break from studying. Have children run the steps, do jumping jacks, or dance like crazy to their favorite songs. Remember, exercise helps your kid’s brain.
  • This one’s tough, but try to enforce bed times. Remind them that getting enough sleep will keep their brains sharp for tests. Sleep is always better than cramming. Here are tips for helping teens get enough sleep.

And, remember, this stuff also applies for Mom and Dad. Don’t gorge on ice cream because you’re worried about trying to calm your child. It’s a great idea for the whole family to shoot some hoops or take a lap around the block to blow off some steam.

For more advice, here are an expert’s tips on helping stressed-out kids.

Source: WebMD Blogs