Are you weary, momma? I’m so weary my weary is weary. I can’t even think in complete sentences. Sinus pressure headaches create caveman speak inside my head, “Need coffee. Feed tiny human.”
Even my daily scripture app knows how exhausted I am, presenting me with this gem the other day.
Proverbs 30:1b “. . . I am weary, O God; I am weary, O God, and worn out.”
What is your weary?
A teething baby, a health crisis, a rebellious teen, a sick pet, an artistic toddler with a preference for your walls as canvases, financial worries?
When we are WEARY, we wear down, we wear out.
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I’m emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted after the busiest, hardest couple of weeks in a long time.
I came home Friday afternoon finally ready to withdraw, get some solid quiet time between me and God and start tackling my to do list, only to be stricken by intense nausea.
I lay on the couch, willing myself not to be sick, and just sobbed.
I was really struggling that moment with an overwhelming need to demand, “WHEN? just when is it MY turn, God?!?!”
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I heard God answer, not today, maybe not tomorrow. I’m not giving you what you want or even what you think you need, I promised to give you what you need.
Matthew 6:8 ESV . . . your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
What I need to do what?
To be refined and purified for My Kingdom, to serve others, and to be prepared for what comes next.
Oh, not for my sanity or emotional well-being. He is giving me what I need to GROW UP in Him.
At this point, I really want to stomp my feet and slam a door, but I pause. God isn’t punishing me, He is giving me riches.
Philippians 4:19 ESV “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
I may not understand today, but I can trust this weary is purposeful because nothing is wasted when I turn my loose ends over to Him. He is building wisdom and strength in me, and a need for Him through this current weary.When I hand God my loose ends, nothing is wasted. He's building wisdom, strength and a need for Him in my weary. Click To Tweet
Matthew 11:28 ESV Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Sometimes, when I’m tired and frustrated, I prefer to throw myself a little pity party. I just want to wallow in being miserable.
But when I set my stubborn aside,
I’ll find rest when I come to Him.
- Pray: for His perspective in this moment and strength to get through this moment until I can rest.
- Be Still. Let Him be God. Listen for His instruction to separate my actual responsibilities from the weights I’ve put on myself.
- Open my Bible. Lots of good encouragement in there, plus it’s really hard to focus on my weary in comparison to the stories of the Bible.
- Triage. What is God’s greatest calling right now? Do that, then the next thing. Don’t worry about seven steps from now, prioritize. Being a loving wife and mother is WAY more important than cleaning house or making a gourmet meal.
After a weekend of being too sick to move, I chose the things that MUST be done, what I’d like to get done, and wrote down the rest. Writing things down relieves mental anxiety and stress, cutting down my weary.
- Schedule rest. I know I don’t have a lot of spoons everyday. I have an intensely weak immune system and horrible allergies. Pretending I have more spoons, will rob me of tomorrow’s spoons. I must build rest into our schedule.
- Find what re-energizes you. Take time to do those things.
When we’re exhausted, we lose sight of the truth: God gives us what we need to grow in Him. We’ll get tired. But let us not grow weary of doing good.