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Monday, 29 August 2016

Lord, I am weary.

What are we to do as Christians when we get tired? But even more than tired; compassion fatigued, and/or emotionally damaged or physically ill, to a point where we've had enough? When we feel ourselves becoming stretched to a point of possible hardening...And if you think this is not possible for a genuine Christians due to the joy of The Lord, I would ask you to reconsider. Even when we are exhausted and may not feel joyous, we retain the hope of the Gospel which is anchored deep within our soul as an immovable joy, even when it is not bubbling over.

Lord, I am you know what it's like to feel this way?

Physical exhaustion: I know someone who believes in our work for The Lord we should never become exhausted...And while I understand their point, that The Lord does not want us to become exhausted, I also know this person has not had to raise four children under the age of four, and then have 2 more shortly after...just an example.

Spiritual exhaustion: You may not even think this is possible, but I know of times Christians can go through when they struggle to keep reading their bible, and find themselves praying less and less. Sometimes the persecution or rejection they endure is not understood and so they tire, and then withdraw from Jesus. Sometimes people continue doing their 'religious duties' but their heart is not in the relationship and therefore get exhausted, as they're connecting only with themselves, and are serving others in their own strength.

Mental Exhaustion: Mental exhaustion is when your head may feel anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, foggy, or even numb. It's getting to a place of where there have been so many hurts and burdens held onto, that one's mind is drained to an overwhelmed point of almost shutting down, or implosion.

Emotionally Exhausted: Getting to this place is often because we have not been able to say no to others, and guard our own self-care. This can result in compassion fatigue, where one becomes burnt-out from continually caring for others for an extended period, and they can no longer care for anyone for a time.

Lord, I am you know what it's like to feel this way?

Lord, I am so physically weary as I never have down-time; I seem to be constantly working.

Lord I am so spiritually exhausted, all I seem to be doing is leading others and not being fed myself.

Lord, I am so mentally exhausted, I feel like I cannot cope anymore.

Lord, I am so emotionally exhausted, I am at the point of giving up caring for others as all I seem to do is get hurt, time and time again.

Is it okay as a Christian to feel this way?

I believe that it is totally normal to feel this way at times...

You see scripture encourages us to not grow weary...but it doesn't say we won't.

Rather it urges us to go to Jesus, to find the rest and strength we need while we live expectantly, awaiting His return. Let's have a look at some helpful scriptures.

Matthew 11:29 “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.”

Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord, will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.

Galatians 6:9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

Revelation 2:3 And you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary

Hebrews 12:3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

If you find yourself weary brother or sister, please do not feel condemned, 'for there is now NO condemnation for those in Christ Jesus' (Romans 8:1). Rather be encouraged to take the rest you need with Jesus, to regain true strength.

Our reality is, that we live with mortal bodies still, that do grow weary and life is challenging. Sometimes it can feel like one thing after the next just keeps going wrong, and that our true allies are so few in number. However as born-again believers we have the living God inside of us, wanting to lead us so that we run our race and do not faint...We just need to keep connecting with Him, in not only the good times, but also the tough ones.

He must be our number one priority, and we must listen to His promptings...listen to our conscience when we feel something is not right, and keep seeking His guidance for what we should do. The good news is, that He wants to give us rest, and He wants us to succeed in being ready for when He returns. A wise mentor said to me recently, that we can have the mentality of needing to pray for more patience, more love, more peace etc, but the reality for us is that The Lord has given us all we need by giving us His perfect Spirit who gives us these things, therefore we just need to use the gifts already given as we live out our lives WITH HIM, not in our own strength.

To finish, in all honesty I have had a very challenging week. Different areas of my life have been impacted in different ways, one after the other, some overlapping. I can't share them here for good reason, but I want you to know that I have at times felt weary. That being said, I am sitting here writing this to encourage you to keep pushing into Jesus to find your rest, strength, and contentment in whatever situation you may be in.

Love Melanie.

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