Friday, September 9, 2011


Some days are tiring.  Wearisome.  Long.  Exhausting. 

Some days I feel like I don’t have the energy it takes to make it through the days.  Those are the days when an afternoon nap seems like the only way I can make it, and where an afternoon nap seems the most impossible. 

Those days remind me that I cannot do life on my own.  They point out my need for margins, times in my life that are unplanned and unstructured where I can fit in downtime and resting.  They expose my weakness and my unending need for something bigger than myself.

When those days come I have two choices.  I can push through, just make it till bedtime where I collapse exhausted in bed.  I can do this on my own gumption and perhaps a bit of help from Starbucks.  But that’s not really living is it?  It’s making it for sure, but it’s not the abundant life that has been promised to me by God.

The better choice is to surrender, to realize that I can’t make it and I desperately need help.  I cry out to the one who has promised rest to me.

“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”  Jeremiah 31:25

Even if physical rest is impossible, spiritual rest is available.  And that is better by far.  I’m needing that this week (I’m also needing an earlier bedtime, that will help too).  The rigors of homeschooling are setting in, and the flip in my schedule has made me tired.  It’s reminded me that I need to have time set aside for rest, and most importantly that I need to turn to the rest giver.  Often.  Repeatedly.  He never fails to provide what we need.


  1. I am going to tuck this verse away ... oh man am I tired some days...and my kids sleep through the!

  2. Hi Gina! I could have written every word of this. It's actually nice to know I'm normal, that there's something crazy exhausting about these new homeschooling days. Every year I forget how wearisome fall can be. It's only Jesus, running, and Starbucks that keep me going.

  3. we know tired well this week. in the midst of life, we have moved everyday this week to our next destination which is 40 min. away. there hasn't been enough time for physical rest, BUT we've tried to stop and rest in moments. stealing a hug. stopping for ice cream. pulling a camp chair out on the patio and taking in the view one last time. taking in the sunset as i cleaned the kitchen sink one last time. sometimes/often rest comes in stopping to feel God breathing life into my lungs...that satisfies this weary girl.

  4. I wholeheartedly concur!!!!
    Love you!


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