Refreshed Soul is a place to find respite, grace and growth in Christ through our ever-changing lives. I’m Meredith Exline and my desire is to nurture women to pursue God's path for their life. I believe we can grow in grace by learning from each other. Together, we’ll explore how to live in ways that will directly impact your spirit, soul, and body as you navigate the transitions of your life. We’ll talk about how we design our lives - healthy living, travel, reading, organizing, creativity; and we’ll draw closer to God through devotions, exploring our spiritual gifts, and connecting through this website, social media, and hopefully someday soon in person.
The importance of growing in spirit, soul, and body
Refreshed Soul is a place to rebuild and reimagine God's will for your spirit, soul, and body. We will dive deeper in learning how the three parts of our being work together (much like the Triune God); and how we can use our gifts to edify the body of Christ through fellowshipping with others. Like our body relies on each component to function, God created us to be connected, women of all ages, and to lift each other up with our unique gifts. In community and grace, revelation takes place within ourselves and provides us the will and encouragement to navigate the joys and trials of life.
Our spirit references the Holy Spirit we receive when we place our faith in Jesus. We are promised this wonderful counselor who will lead and guide us in our faith and obedience in Him. This is the spirit inside us and it directly impacts our internal and external decisions.
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.” John 14:26
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak on his own, but he will speak whatever he hears.” John 16:13
The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs - heroes of God and coheirs with Christ - if we indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:16-17
Our soul is our mind and our emotions. It is how we process the outside world internally. It is the highway between our spirit and our body.
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.” Hebrews 10:22
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
Our body is the physical way we interact with the world and our everyday life. What we do, see, and ingest directly impacts our spirit and soul.
“But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the body is 1.” Matt 26:41
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1
“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many for one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We all have different gifts, according to the grace given to us.”Romans 12:4-6
We bridge these areas together - spirit, soul , and body - by what we watch, read, the choices we make, how we handle diversity, loss, and changes in our lives.
Because life can be joyful one day and full of despair the next, we need to lean on each other through God's word and fellowship. God intended for each of us to serve others with our gifts and to be edified by someone else who has different gifts. It is in fellowship where the sowing, planting, and growing takes place and we can find restoration/refreshment for our spirit, soul, and body. It is when we are talking, studying, and meeting together that God grows, guides and provides for us. It is my prayer this space will impart those opportunities.