ANTIDOTE #3 TO WEARINESS: WORD BOOSTS

This past week, I have pushed my body beyond its usual boundaries, and physical weariness hit yesterday morning, to join the weariness of not seeing results from months of hard work in ministry, and the weariness in my spirit in need of refreshing.

Early in the week, I printed off 10 verses which have helped me stay focused on God as my strength through this season. Sharing those verses with you here, with the hope that they will also bless you if you too are weary, whether right now or in the future.

“Are you WEARY, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to Me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.” (Matt.11:28)

“O God of my life, I’m lovesick for you in this WEARY wilderness. I thirst with deep longings to love you more, with cravings in my heart that can’t be described…” (Ps. 63:1)

“I could only chirp like a swallow or small bird; I could only moan like a dove. My eyes are WEARY from looking up to heaven. Yahweh, I am so depressed. Come and be my strength.” (Is. 38:14)

“Don’t allow yourselves to be WEARY or disheartened in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming!” (Gal. 6:9)

“Brothers & sisters, don’t ever grow WEARY in doing what is right.” (2 Thess. 3:13)

“…Yahweh is the one & only everlasting God, the Creator of all you can see & imagine! He never gets WEARY or worn out…” (Is. 40:28)

“But those who wait for Yahweh’s grace will experience divine strength. They will rise up on soaring wings & fly like eagles, run their race without growing WEARY, and walk through life without giving up.” (Is. 40:31)

“Like a drink of cool water to a WEARY, thirsty soul, so hearing good news revives the spirit.” (Prov. 25:25)

“You O God sent the reviving rain upon your WEARY inheritance, showers of blessing to refresh it.” (Ps. 68:9)

“Each will be a hiding place from the stormy wind and a secret shelter from the tempest. Life will flow from each one, like streams of water in the desert, like the refreshing shade of a massive rock in a WEARY, thirsty land.” (Is. 32:2)

(Note: all verses today out of the Passion Translation Bible)

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ANTIDOTE #2 TO WEARINESS: WEEPING (aka OWN IT)

One of the most impactful things I ever read in the Bible is a verse which I have never forgotten from the first time I saw it:

Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord.’‘ (Lamentations 2:19)

The Bible is filled with the prayers of those who are grieving, desperate for His touch, and weary of not only their situations but their wait.

One of the best antidotes for weariness to to admit you are weary. Fighting it just makes it worse in the long run when we bottle our emotions. We either crash or explode when we squelch our feelings down, and both are not healthy for us, and can also negatively impact those around us.

So if you too are weary, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, directionally, relationally – even unintentionally? Bring your weariness to Him.

He is waiting for you to tell Him. He sees your weariness, and longs to wrap His arms around you and restore your vigor. He knows your heart, and desires to fill it to overflow with His love. He knows your loneliness, your grief, your exhaustion, your frustration, and wants to sit down with you in it, so you know you are not alone. And once you know that, to safely guide and walk you through to the other side.

So friend, if like me you tend to secretly hide your tears in your pillow or in the shower, or keep your tension under wraps for the sake of maintaining peace, or because you haven’t made the time to deal with how you are feeling for a long time?

Today is the day for you to pour it out in His Presence. Where He waits to love you and help you, right where you are at.

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ANTIDOTE #1 TO WEARINESS:WORSHIP

“Trouble’s chasing me again, breaking down my best defense. I’m looking God, I’m looking for You. Weary just won’t let me rest and fear is filling up my head. I’m longing, God, I’m longing for You. But I will…

CHORUS: Find You in the place I’m in, find You when I’m at my end; find You when there’s nothing left of me to offer You except for brokenness.You lift me up, You never leave me thirsty. When I am weak, when I am lost and searching – I find You on my knees.

So what if sorrow shakes my faith? What if heartache still remains? I’ll trust You, my God, I’ll trust You. ‘Cause You are faithful And I will…

CHORUS

When my hope is gone
When the fear is strong
When the pain is real When it’s hard to heal
When my faith is shaken
And my heart is broken
And my joy is stolen

God, I know that You lift me up, You never leave me searching…”

CHORUS

“Find You On My Knees” by @karijobe

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weary, not tired

This time last year, I was feeling what I thought were the seasonal blues. Turns out I was dealing with a combo of super low vitamin D and mild depression. And then Covid-19 arrived.

The word WEARY incorporates more than just bring tired or unable to sleep. Biblically, to be weary means to be ‘exhausted in strength, endurance, vigor, or freshness.

I find myself weary right now, friends. Not so much in strength, but in need of refreshing and restored vigor, to help me keep going with purpose.

And although extra sleep, eating fairly healthily, and keeping up my Vitamins B12 & D help, there are three other key components to battling weariness which I will be sharing with you this week.

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#wearynottired

Advent is coming soon!

Advent is coming soon! Part of my Christmas tradition is to read the Christmas story from its beginning in the New Testament, and take my time along the journey to the manger.

Sundays is one of the days where I not only reflect on what I have read and learned over the past week, but come to Him & offer my adoration.

In a world filled with turmoil, suspicion, drama and uncertainty, all the more reason to Sabbath and stay grounded in my faith.

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prayer – just do it!

I don’t always remember these five words when the rise of emotion temporarily shuts off my thought function… But when I do, I find I am better able to make it through the day, whatever it holds.

PRAY. 🙏
Whether out loud, in my head, through song or journalling, by myself or with others. Short & sweet can add up when you keep the prayer line going!

WITHOUT CEASING. ⏱️
All the time.

ABOUT EVERYTHING. 🌿💙❄️🍂🌄☔💲🏡⛪💕

There is nothing we can’t bring to God in prayer. I draw comfort from two things each time I pray…

1. He knows my prayer before I pray it, but loves me so much He invites me to bring each one to Him.

2. He is always with me, yet somehow each prayer invites Him to move in and through me in a supernatural way which releases peace, renewed purpose and a sense of His Presence.

Friend, be kind to yourself about prayer. You may not be the most articulate or artistic in your expressions – but God doesn’t care about that. He cares about connection.

Like Nike says, and God hopes, just do it! 🙏

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with every step…

Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” (Colossians 3:17 MSG)

This verse used to stress me out when I read it on its own.

But it was meant to read as a part of the verses I have been sharing with you this week…

If you are already wearing the wardrobe He has laid out for you, with love over all (Colossians 3:13-14), and are living in tune with others & God (Colossians 3:15-16), this verse wraps this train of thought up nicely:

Live your life from a place of thankfulness and love, following God’s ways in His strength, with each step you take.

I am so grateful that God is with me, every step of every day. Keeping that truth in mind helps me stay calm on the more stressful days, finish my must get done list when I am almost out of energy, and warms my heart despite the arrival of colder weather.

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Colossians 3:15-16 MSG

“Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God!” (Colossians 3:15-16 MSG)

I love how these verses remind me of a few favorite tools I am meant to be using in my life as often as possible.

🌿His peace helps us stay connected and moving together, something which can only happen supernaturally!

🌿Choose to feed our thankful thoughts, on purpose, and encourage them to grow.

🌿His Word is meant to not only fill our lives but to direct us on how to live, His Way.

🌿Use your common sense when helping one another see which way they need to go. Don’t confuse matters!

🎶And my favorite ..

🌿Sing your hearts out to God! (Years ago, a friend showed me how to sing the Word back to God, to literally pour out my prayer in song. As He gave me these pipes, singing my prayers is a great way to offer that gift back to Him!)

Which part of these verses speaks the most to you today, friend?

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Ready for a new wardrobe?

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” (Colossians 3:12-14 MSG)

These past several months, the Word has become more precious to me. Especially verses like this which give me the tools I need to walk out my faith despite stress, Covid-19, pain, relationship strains; feeling lonely, unworthy and weariness.

Today’s Word reminds me:

☑️I am chosen. By God. To live a new life!

👗God gives me a wardrobe to choose to wear each day.
-compassion
-kindness
-humility
-quiet strength
-discipline

👩Be in control of your emotions. It’s okay to not be first. Forgive as God forgave & forgives you.

💕Over everything else, wear love. It helps me be ready for anything, and is suitable for every situation.

What are you wearing today, friend? Which part of His wardrobe in these verses is catching your attention?

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