When You are Bone TIRED

Carol DunfeeFaith, Motherhood, Trials0 Comments

I’m tired.

A new school year has brought a new routine, challenges, and many adjustments. I feel so inadequate for all the responsibilities laid before me. I see needs, but feel incompetent to meet them. I have tried to cut back on unnecessary demands, but so many others creep in.

I don’t have enough of my own strength to be a good wife. I do not have the wisdom to meet my children’s needs. I lack the energy to manage homework, chores, AND bonding time with the kids. Frankly, there is not enough of me to go around.

Finally, I am where God wants me.

The apostle Paul experienced weakness, exhaustion, and inadequacy, too. He had a physical ailment that plagued him day after day. He begged God to remove it. God did not answer quite as he expected…

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” –2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV

When I am surrounded by demands too big for me, I recognize my weakness.
When I recognize my weakness, I realize how much I need God’s strength.
When I realize my need for God’s strength, I allow his strength to make me stronger than I ever was when I thought I was “strong”. 
One of the most beautiful passages of the Bible is Isaiah 40:28-31…

“Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for 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.” ESV

Let’s turn it into a prayer:
Dear God, you are everlasting. You created me, the earth, and the entire universe. Nothing is too hard for you. You never feel tired. Your understanding is beyond my comprehension. You give your power to those who are about to give up. You give strength to those who are weak. 

Even though my tasks are too much for me, I ask you to give me strength. Help me to wait for you so that I can soar on the winds of your Holy Spirit. Renew my strength. Help me to run without being weary. Help me to walk through the tough stuff without giving up. 
Thank you, Jesus, for keeping your promises. Thank you for replacing my puny-ness with your amazing strength!

Amen!
–Carol

About Carol Dunfee

Carol is a wife, mom, piano teacher, and blogger for Alaska Christian Women's Ministry. Having grown up in church, life made her dissatisfied with empty religious traditions and trite answers. She discovered that Jesus alone is the way to real life and true contentment. Ever stumbling and learning herself, she invites her readers to experience God's love and forgiveness like never before. Read more at CarolDunfee.com.

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