Encouragement for the Exhausted

Encouragement for the Exhausted February 25, 2013

I’m tired.

Seriously, at this very moment I’m having a difficult time holding my eyes open despite the fact that I just drank a fully caffeinated Diet Coke and it’s the middle of the afternoon. Like many of you, I’m just in a tiring season of life. I’ve got bills to pay, tasks to complete and three young kids who bring huge amounts of joy (but also huge amounts of exhaustion).

There’s a verse in Scripture that I read which gives me encouragement to trust in God’s strength and not my own in those moments when I feel worn out. It says…

“Those who trust in the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

This verse doesn’t mean that we’re never going to feel  tired. Every person who has ever lived has been (in my Kentucky lingo) “plum tuckered out” at some point or another. What this verse and others like it are saying to encourage us is…

1. Whatever God has called you to start, He will empower you to complete.

The Bible says that “He who began a good work in your will carry it through to completion.” It’s reassuring to remember that God’s work in our lives is based on His strength and not ours. He just calls us to be faithful and obedient to continue towards the finish line knowing He will carry us.

2. God is Bigger than whatever is stressing you out!

It’s encouraging just to remember that one hundred years from now, whatever seems so big and impossible to me in this moment will seem very insignificant but God will still be All-Powerful and He’s the one taking care of us for Eternity.

Dave Willis sleep in peace God is bigger quote

3. Being Busy doesn’t impress God.

I think sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking that if we’re not constantly wearing ourselves out, then we’re not pleasing God. He never called us to break our backs in impress Him. If fact, even though life will often be hard, Jesus promises to be our Oasis, not our Slavedriver.

Jesus says, “Come to me all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Rest in the knowledge that God loves you, He is with you, and no matter what you’re going through, He will be one the one to carry you through!

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  • ruthmunsey

    I am revived already .. look out world rm

  • Greg Bowman

    Thank you Dave for the reminder. It is very timely for me to read this today.

  • Gabrielle Kern

    I was on my way home from college today, and all that ran through my mind was everything that I would have to get done when I got home. On top of my 5 young children I would be caring for, there would be laundry and dishes, and mountains of homework to get done. Lately, I’ve been feeling incredibly overwhelmed and emotional. Recently my husband and I were divorced, and not because either one of us really wanted to be, but because I felt like I was in a relationship with myself, and that my husband wasn’t going to change the person he had become within the last 2 years of our marriage. About 2 years ago he started using meth and very quickly became consumed by the drug. I felt betrayed, unloved, and most of all, helpless. I filed for divorce thinking it would be enough for him to see what he was doing to our marriage, and was even more hurt when it didn’t make a difference. Before the divorce was final, he was arrested and right now is sitting in prison. The day my lawyer called to tell me the divorce was final, I felt like my world crumbled around me. I realized that not only was a divorce the last thing I wanted, but that through everything my husband and I had been through, I loved him more at that point than ever before. At this point, I felt like I was the one who betrayed him. I felt immense guilt for giving up on my marriage when I should have been doing everything in my power to keep my marriage together. He has since become clean and sober while incarcerated, and I speak to him daily. Our relationship is coming back together, although I am still very upset that we are no longer married. Anyways, back to where I was going with this… So I’m driving home thinking about everything and starting to get very emotional and overwhelmed. I thought about how very tired I was, and how much I would love to take a nap, and forget about everything that “needed” to get done. I arrived at home, and after my grandmother (she babysits for me) left, I thought I’d check Facebook out quick before starting my homework. The very first thing on my Facebook wall was this article. I read it right away, and it helped me immensely. I ask God for the strength I need to make it through each day. I ask Him for patience when I’m struggling. I know God will not give me anything more than I can handle. I ask Him to bless my relationship so that it may grow and be strong in His name. Amen! Thanks for sharing this, it really helped me!

  • I miss seeing you in Kentucky, but I’m so thankful that technology allows me to keep up with the work God is doing through you brother.

  • Frank Chatraw Jr

    #3 really struck a chord with me. Recently divorced in part because my wife and I seemed to be too busy to attend to each other’s needs.
    It seems the more “time saving” conveniences we acquire (cell phones, microwaves, DVR recorders, drive thru meals, I could go on), the busier our lives actually get. Intimacy is lost, and we become disconnected with each other. Our most important relationships suffer.

  • Frank Chatraw Jr

    By the way, I continue to pray for the restoration of my marriage.

  • Boy, is this true. Being busy is often not a healthy lifestyle. I’m trying to learn to rest and wait on God.

  • Christa Morrison

    I have meditated ALOT on these scriptures lately. I know God will get me through everything but right now I have 8 wk old twins and a 7 yr old and a husband and household to run. I am the definition of exhausted morning, noon and night. I know that God is with me through it all and one day I will look back and miss these times. Thank you for the encouraging words in this post. I think it was written for me. God works like that. 🙂

  • Brian Anderson

    Hey their my wife filed for divorce on February 13 I do not want a divorce but she says its the best thing for our two kids I haven’t been the best husband I admitt it I have used some drugs but never addicted we have been together for 7 years and married 3 1/2 I have did the love dare on my wife and still not getting feedback any advice

  • Thanks for this encouraging post! As an almost 51 year old mother of 10 and 8 year-old girls, a retired teacher turned farm wife and blogger, and an over-extended (at times) volunteer, I needed to read these words and take them to heart!