As we took our grandsons home a few nights ago after their weekly visit, four-year old Milos made an interesting statement. He was munching on some pretzels that I gave them (I spoiled them into expecting a snack for the 7 minute ride home) and declared: “I’m recharging my brain with pretzels.” My knee-jerk response was, “What??” to which he emphatically repeated: “I’m recharging my brain with pretzels.”  That’s what I thought he said, even though it didn’t make any sense to me.

When I was four years old, I didn’t even know I had a brain; I didn’t know rechargeable batteries existed, either.  Since then I found out I do have a brain, and today I just did my “homework”, learning that in 1859 the French physicist Gaston Planté invented the first lead-acid type rechargeable battery found in most cars.

Later I thought about rechargeable batteries and realized that just as Milos was recharging his brain with pretzels, so I need to recharge my soul. The Psalmist said of the Lord, his Shepherd: “He restores my soul”. (Psalm 23:3) Only our Good Shepherd, Jesus, can restore our soul, and here are a few ways He does that:

JESUS RESTORES US WITH HIS PEACE. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

JESUS RESTORES US WITH HIS JOY.These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11

JESUS RESTORES US WITH ABUNDANT LIFE. “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

JESUS RESTORES US WITH HIS PRESENCE. “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18

JESUS RESTORES US WITH HIS WORD. “Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.” John 8:51

While I’m still trying to figure out the logic of how pretzels recharge a four-year old’s brain, I am absolutely convinced that Jesus restores my soul. I can read about it, I have experienced it, I appreciate it, I rejoice in it and I praise God for the reality of His restoration! Now if I could only figure out the pretzel-brain connection…



  1. Edgardo says:

    Gracias Kath por compartir esta experiencia personal, es de bendicion. Cada día Dios nos habla . Saludos y abrazos.


  2. Janet says:

    que grande Milos jaja!! pero si es cierto a mi me pasa, cada vez que siento el cansancio o que personas vienen en busca de ayuda, recurro a Dios por nuevas fuerzas, ideas, un abrazo de Dios, pero sobre todo para agradecer. bendicones a ustedes


  3. He sounds like a fun kid! I love the things they say at four. 🙂 Thanks for your deeper connections too.


  4. Peg says:

    What would we ever do without those and other verses to recharge our soul? Simply amazing that God knew our need to be recharged even before we understood the concept of “recharge”. Thanks for such an encouraging post. Much appreciated.


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