Sometimes I get so tired.
So so tired.
And I don’t just mean physically. Not the kind of tired that can be fixed by a shake, patch, wrap, or drink. (Although, sometimes I am that kind of tired.)
But a deep down tired. Emotionally, psychologically, spiritually. I sometimes feel spent. Like there is no emotional energy left to use. Like there is no spiritual spark left to run on.
Life is busy. Life is exhausting. Life is overwhelming.
And it seems like us girls give ourselves until we feel like there’s nothing left to give. And then we give some more.
We give ourselves to our marriages. Choosing to love in hard times, making it through financial struggles, some of us working hours outside of the home. Some of us, lonely, working in the home. All of us spending hours cooking and cleaning, submitting to and loving our husbands.
We give ourselves to our kids. Hours spent on homework, after school activities, giving them attention, being a caretaker, nurse, teacher, chef, chauffeur, janitor, Bible teacher- mom.
We give ourselves to our families, and our friends. Listening and praying for each other. Finding time to spend together. Developing and strengthening relationships. Sometimes relaxing together and sometimes working together.
We give ourselves to our churches, schools, bible study groups, and charities. Volunteering when we might not feel like it. Showing up when we would rather be at home. Giving money that we could easily spend on ourselves instead.
We give ourselves to our jobs, co-workers, and bosses. Some may also be in school and are giving every extra bit of energy they have to study and for classes.
We have health concerns, financial struggles, heartbreak, political stress, and society frustrations.
And after we do all of that today, we click repeat and do it all again tomorrow.
Sometimes we can find ways to temporarily re-energize. A hug from my husband can give me a boost. A kind word from a friend can give me a boost. A kiss from my kids can give me a boost.
But I know deep down that my ultimate boost has to come from Him.
Deep down I know that when I am running on empty, there is nothing that can fill me up like Christ.
God alone can give us ultimate restoration. Christ alone can carry our burdens.
So, dear momma, wife, daughter, sister, today if you are feeling tired I want to share these verses with you.
Matthew 11: 28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”
1 Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Isaiah 40:28-31 (Stop and read this one out loud. Literally. Out loud. Like seriously.)
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and even young men stumble and fall; but those hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
This week, I am going to make an intentional effort to give my burdens to God. I may write them on a card, and then let my kids rip it to pieces as I imagine God taking it from me. I may make a conscious effort to offer encouragement to someone else who may seem tired. I may ask someone to pray for me, and ask how I can pray for someone else. I may reprioritize how I am spending my time.
I am going to focus less on my negative thoughts of how much I pour out and focus more on the positive thoughts of how much I take in.
I know that often, the things that make me the most tired are also the things that I am most thankful for. And I believe that Satan knows how to use my exhaustion to blind me from being thankful.
I will re-energize my spirit this week. Through Him. And I want to encourage you to find your own way and reenergize yourself with me.
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