[tired and weary?]

[tired and weary?]

I’ve had splendid two weeks – planned to the max, with something to do every single night after work and every day when there were days off. Several BBQ with friends from the youth group and our RedShift team; playing with my friends’ kiddos and pushing a stroller for the first time; laughing until my belly hurt and I could laugh no more; talking about serious things until 4AM with another couple of friends… However, while I am extremely thankful for my friends, this change of standard routine has worn the introvert in me out. Even my friends at work are saying that they are amazed with my new social life.

I came home tonight, crawled into my bed, and remembered two verses… Re-reading them was a good reminder.

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

Matthew 11:28, MSG

He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.

Isaiah 40:30-31, MSG

I’m off to sleep now and it feels good to go to sleep knowing that God will take care of me, renew my strength, and hopefully wake me up tomorrow morning to welcome another day of my life helping to live it according to His will.

What are the verses you remind yourself of when you feel worn out?

  • Mary

    This post made me think of two little books I treasure: “God Calling”, and “God at Eventide.” Here is one reading from the latter:

    December 26, Perfect Rest.

    Even My Perfection could be no place of rest for weary souls. Rest in My Love. No true rest but that.

    How much of earth’s weariness is sin-caused. Contact with My Perfection would but make your sin seem the greater. The sight of it might truly spur you on to further effort, to further emulation, but rest — –? No. And so with other attributes of Divinity.

    But in My Love! in that you can rest. Pillowed like a tired child, a happily tired child. Pillowed in security, cradled in a Love, tireless and limitless. In a Love that will not only care for the weary, and rest the weary, but will rest you until in the very strength of Love you can face your life again.

    Rest in My Love. Here alone is perfect Rest. Rest for Spirit, mind, and body.

  • I can’t remember where it is, maybe Hezekiah 3:1.  It says, “Help!”  🙂  Actually, those verses you gave, especially the latter, sustained me through some tough times.  I now have a go to verse of Psalm 37:5.  Hope you got your rest sis. 

    • Hezekiah? Um… is that a book? (I know of the king Hezekiah, but I don’t think I know of a book…)

      Psalm 37:5 is a good one 🙂

  • Matt 28:11, Jer 29:11 and Phil 4:13 are ones I rely on a great deal. 

    • Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite ones too – His plans are good.

  • Marthaorlando

    “Come unto me all ye who travail and are heavy-laden and I will refresh you.” – Matthew 28:11

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