Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Renew Yourself

With life pulling us in a dozen different directions each day, we all find ourselves extremely busy and stressed out by what must be done. Between work, day to day chores and responsibilities, it’s easy to become exhausted and just plain old worn out. Which is why we all need someplace where we can go to unplug for the world and just renew ourselves.

For me as an author, between the deadlines, the edits, and all the other things that come with publishing, it’s been an exhausting six months and I feel like I’m limping to the finish line. I’m sure all the other craftie ladies can relate.

One of my favorite Bible verses, Isaiah 40:31, talks about renewing your strength.

Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

My husband and I have a special place that we go each year to renew our spirits. We have a little cabin at the foot of a mountain in Colorado that just makes the cares of the world disappear. We’ve been going to this particular place for more than ten years now and it never lets us down.  
There’s just something about the mountains that seep into your spirit and make it hard to worry about anything. I can see God’s majesty everywhere I look. It’s one of the reasons why I chose Colorado as a location for Rocky Mountain Pursuit, my latest Love Inspired Suspense.

 But this year in particular, my husband and I didn’t get to make the trip to Colorado. Instead, we made small trips that have helped to renew us physically and mentally and we’re hoping to make a quick trip to Colorado in November for some more renewing.

So, what about you? Where is your favorite place to renew yourself?


Everyone believes agent Jase Bradford is dead—everyone but Reyna Peterson. Only he can protect her now that someone wants the information her CIA husband died to secure. As the one member of their spy team not killed, Jase must remain in the shadows. Yet when Reyna leads the enemy right to his mountain refuge and blows his cover, Jase risks his life for hers. As his best friend's beautiful widow scales the walls around his heart, whether out of loyalty or love, he makes it his duty to secure her safety. But when their pursuers trap them in the snowy Colorado mountains, will it become his final mission?


All the best…

Mary Alford



  1. Mary, I can totally relate! That verse from Isaiah is one I cling to when the deadlines and demands seem overwhelming. Rest and renewal are so important! The mountains are special for my husband and I also. We love Glacier National Park in Montana and have been there several times. Each visit is years apart, though. How blessed to be able to go to your special place for so many years.

  2. Well said Mary. My husband and I don't have a special place to go renew. We're too busy. LOL But if I had to pick a place that I feel renewed and rejuvenated it would be the beach. The Oregon coast is so pretty and relaxing. I love to sit and listen to the waves crashing against the rocks. Walking in the sand, exploring the tide pools. Feeling the salty air on my skin. I feel closer to God there. Hmmm, maybe time to just go for a few days.

  3. I love Colorado.
    My husband and I are campers. We get to the forest, deep in the forest - no hookups -, at least six times a year. We even went winter camping a few weeks ago.
    I feel so close to God when I'm standing under the tree with no gadgets or noise.

  4. Christine, Glacier sounds beautiful. One day when the granddaughters are grown we plan to visit there.

  5. Terri, You should go there soon. We had some friends that just came back from the Oregon coast and they loved it.

  6. Pamela, that sounds wonderful. I love the idea of being completely unplugged from the world. I think when we do that, we can hear God clearer.


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