A 5-week Every Home Devotional

Week 2

Renewal of Soul

As is typical for many of us at the start of a new year, you may be processing new goals and desires for your life this coming year. Goal setting can be a great ritual to help us reflect on the goodness of God in our lives and how much he’s done in and through us the previous year.

The Every Home Oikos word for 2024 is renewal. With this in mind, it would be a great idea to focus on seeking the Lord for his renewal in many areas of our lives at the beginning of this new year. We invite you to join us in this journey of renewal as we take each week in January to focus on a specific renewal theme. We will intentionally seek the Lord for his renewal in our spirits, souls, bodies, relationships, and passion for the lost this year.

Day 1: Overview

In the busyness of work and life, our souls often bear the weight of our daily struggles, leaving us weary and needing renewal. The Bible speaks to the importance of tending to our souls, encouraging us to renew our minds and emotions in the light of God’s truth.

Renewing your thoughts is the first step in rejuvenating your soul. In Romans 12:2, we’re reminded, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Our thoughts shape our perspectives, influencing our emotions and actions. By aligning our minds with God’s Word, we can experience a transformative renewal, finding peace and clarity in his truth.

Emotional health is a crucial aspect of soul renewal. The Psalms, a rich repository of human emotions, recognize the profound depths of grief and the soaring heights of joy. Psalm 30:5 declares, “Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” In this season of renewing our souls, let us bring our pain, grief, and joy before the Lord, trusting in his healing touch.

Psychological health is also intertwined with spiritual renewal. Proverbs 4:23 instructs us, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” As we tend to our physical health, we must also care for our psychological well-being. By seeking God’s guidance and wisdom, we can navigate the complexities of our minds, allowing his truth to bring clarity and peace.

As we embark on this journey of soul renewal, let us reflect on our thoughts, emotions, and psychological well-being. Let the Word of God be a lamp unto our feet, guiding us toward a deeper connection with him.

—Hunter Schaal, Global Division

Day 2: Scripture Meditations

Take time throughout the day to prayerfully meditate on these Scriptures.

Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
    It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.


Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Day 3: A Message from Tanner and Beth Peake

Day 4: Personal Reflection Prompts

Take some time today to journal and reflect on these questions.

  1. How can I intentionally renew my thoughts with God’s truth daily?
  2. How can I surrender my emotional burdens to God for healing and restoration?
  3. What practical steps can I take to guard my heart and renew my psychological well-being?

Day 5: A Message from Gabriel Kosmály, Eurasia Continental Director

Considering the founder of Every Home for Christ (World Literature Crusade), Jack McAlister, was a former radio host, let’s use a technical analogy to understand the soul and its function. I see the soul as the part most intimately linking us to God, like a personal radio receiver capable of intercepting the waves of the Spirit.

We must train our receiver to discern—to attune to—the correct frequencies: the waves of God’s Spirit. Initially, the signal is faint and indistinct. It is nearly undetectable amidst the noise of competing distractions.

Yet, a radio unable to tune into the desired station serves no purpose. The essence of a radio receiver isn’t a self-contained existence but rather a connection with the waves playing their melody. A good receiver eventually becomes the melody itself. Ultimately, the radio’s purpose lies in the sound it transmits.

The soul’s purpose is to resonate with the Spirit’s melody, perhaps even to merge with the Spirit. Our daily task, or our opportunity, is to renew our soul and attune ourselves to that sublime harmony binding the cosmos together, infusing it with meaning.

Be aware! Take oil to your lamps and be vigilant. (Matthew 25:1-13). Seek the true frequencies of the Spirit. They are present. You can hear their tune, yet you do not know where they come from or where they are going (John 3:1-9). Be watchful, tune in, and renew!

My prayer is:

I sit in stillness and embrace solitude, seeking to calm my mind.
I focus on my breath and posture, centering my heart as the focal point for listening.
I release any expectations or indulgence in imaginative thoughts, nurturing a posture of openness and attentive receptivity, which symbolizes spiritual purity.
I aim to cultivate this state; I am devoid of anticipation
If I want, I repeat the words: I listen, Lord. Lord, I listen…

Day 6: Prayer Suggestions

Take time throughout the day to offer these prayers to the Lord.

  1. Lord, renew my mind with your truth and transform my thoughts.
  2. Father, I bring my joys, pain, and grief before you; heal and renew my emotions.
  3. Holy Spirit, guide me in guarding my heart and renewing my psychological well-being.

Day 7: Meditative Prayer

Take time throughout the day to slow down and quietly pray this prayer.

In the stillness of this moment, I surrender my soul to God’s renewing love and grace.

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:19
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