With the pressure and stress that inevitably comes with fall’s schedules, how do we ensure that we grow and thrive spiritually? In John, after Jesus had ministered to the Samaritan woman at the well, He tells the disciples that He has a secret food that empowers Him. He prioritized times alone with the Father, being refilled and refreshed. Following His model will keep us from getting burned out, weakened and cynical. While that requires some sacrifices, we will find that it is actually far more difficult to continue to do what steals our joy, confidence, hope and spiritual health.