Rest for the Weary

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rest for the weary

Are you weary?  We start out in ministry with zeal and passion and we are certain we will make a difference in the place that the Lord has called us.  We start with enthusiasm, a bit of fear, and a large dose of optimism.  But somewhere along the line, it gets difficult.  That could be just a few months in, or it could come a few years in.  It doesn’t matter when it comes, but that it will.  That time of discouragement can be a great encouragement though…think on that a minute.

Our discouragement can be a great encouragement.  It shows us our heart.  Do we run to Him?  Do we lean on the only one that can give us the strength to do this.  If you are in a season of discouragement, you can be sure that you need more of Him and less of you.  You can’t do it.  He can.  He has called you and He will give you what you need to do His will.  After all, this really isn’t about us, but about making much of Him.  We are where we are because we listened to His call on our lives.  He will give us what we need. 

Meet with Him in the pages of Scripture.  Do the things that will take care of your body – sleep, exercise, drinking lots of water.  And lean on Him to give you what you need.  Instead of being overwhelmed by all of the demands on you – look to Him to see what He wants you to do next.  Elisabeth Eliot is quoted as saying “When you don’t know what to do next, just do the thing in front of you.”  Jesus said much the same,  “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (Matthew 6:34, MSG)

Matthew 11:28-29 (MSG) says “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.”

Find someone who can bear your burden with you.  Find a woman you trust to pray with and for you.  Sharing the difficult things you are struggling with can be burden lightening.  Of course, you need wisdom and discernment in who you choose to talk to.  Find a trustworthy woman who will keep your conversations private and who will pray for you.  If you don’t have anyone in your life you are able to share with, contact me at Hello@RefreshMyHeart.org.  If there are enough of us, I can link people together or create a safe place where we can share together.  Each Wednesday I pray for you – my blog readers.  Let me know how I can lift you up to the Lord.

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Julie

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