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Be Refreshed


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Diane Paddison has held several executive positions for corporate companies, including Chief Operating Officer of Trammell Crow (now CB Richard Ellis) and ProLogis. She is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at the commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley, and is also a board member for the business colleges of Oregon State University and Abilene Christian University. She and her husband have four children, and they live in Dallas.


Be Refreshed is what we need. It is a drink of cool water to those who are parched and weary. More importantly, it is an opportunity to pause our busy lives and come before the King of Kings. Let Him speak life to you each day.
--Shaunti Feldhahn, social researcher and best-selling author of For Women Only

Growing up, my father put a sticker on every mirror in our home that read, "Happiness is a habit, today is the happiest day of my life, I'm God's greatest miracle." As a little girl, these words gave me confidence to face each day. As a woman, I get my strength from attending daily mass and reading the Bible and daily devotionals. Be Refreshed will be added to my daily ritual.
--Dina Dwyer-Owens, Cochair of The Dwyer Group, Inc.; appeared on Undercover Boss
Be Refreshed: Devotions for Women in the Workplace provides a daily God-centered time to help you through life's challenges, especially as a working woman of faith. I love the practical but very meaningful tips that quickly get to the core of what we all typically struggle through: e.g., anxiety, hectic schedules, leading others, ambition, worries, and balancing work and family. Turning to Be Refreshed, with its inspirational Scripture and reflections, has helped ground me in God's loving presence each day.
--Marissa Peterson, former COO of Sun Microsystems; former 4word Advisory Board Member

Christian women today are running businesses, leading nonprofits, raising children, volunteering at church, and serving as devoted wives and friends. I have no doubt God is using these women powerfully for his purposes. But all this easily brings with it exhaustion and depletion--which is why this deep yet digestible devotional from Diane Paddison is a key resource for today's professional women. Short daily reflections from a variety of leaders are a great way to start each busy day.
--Katelyn Beaty, Christianity Today Editor at Large; Author of A Woman's Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World
As the founder of Sseko Designs, my work is not just my day job. The Lord is inviting me to be a co-creator of a brighter and more just world. I am so grateful for Be Refreshed because it recognizes and validates women who are pursuing their calling in the workplace. I am refreshed and energized by the voices of women I deeply admire for using their gifts, passions, and skills to bring light and restoration in the world for their daily work. For many of us, following Jesus means saying yes to the marketplace, and I am so grateful for resources that help us stay grounded and energized in Jesus' love while we pursue our vocations.
--Liz Bohannon, Founder, Sseko Designs; appeared on Shark Tank Be Refreshed: Devotions for Women in the Workplace
is a glimpse into the heart of everyday women who are living full lives and caring for their families, work, and communities while putting God first. These devotions are their moments, stories, and history with God. They show how Scripture has been an anchor and foundation in the midst of juggling what can sometimes be just too much. Be Refreshed is a fresh wind in your sails, steering you to connect with God and live the full life you are so beautifully called to!
--Laura Stafford, Designer for Joanna Gaines at Magnolia

Wow! Be Refreshed is such a breath of fresh air, with devotionals that speak directly to the issues experienced by women in the workplace. We are moms, wives, daughters, CEOs, managers, employers, and employees. We experience the challenges represented by each of the roles we occupy on any given day. How refreshing to have a devotional that speaks to us, giving us wisdom and perspective as we navigate our days. This is truly life-giving and life-altering. Well done Diane, Jordan, and team!
--Erin Botsford, CEO of Botsford Financial Group; Author of The Big Retirement Risk: Running out of Money before You Run out of Time; Guest on Wealth Track with Consuelo Mack; named multiple times to Barron's magazine list of "The Top 100 Independent Financial Advisers" and "The Top 100 Women Financial Advisers"; 4word Board Member

Along with inspirational reflections to spur you on as you head for work, Be Refreshed contains an added bonus--the welcome reminder coming from the collective voices in this book that you are not alone. You belong to a growing company of women God is calling to serve Him in the workplace. Be refreshed!
--Carolyn Custis James, Author of Half the Church: Recapturing God's Global Vision for Women and The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules; 4word Advisory Board Member

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