tiredWhat Wears Me Out

Tired creeps into my bones. Projects. Meetings. Frustrating reports that I have to do and re-do because the manual doesn’t give clear instructions. Grading papers. More meetings. Preparing for classes, but always just one step ahead of the students. Did I mention meetings? People wear me out.

Cold, dry days and freezing, dark nights march across the calendar. An occasional stunning sunrise breaks the monotony. Pink and gold fluffy sunsets yield no rain, though. The lawn has sprouted bald patches, and we wonder if sprinklers will revive it when the weather warms up.

The days between the merry and bright of Christmas and the rebirth of Easter seem to drag. The short days, cold weather, and relentless obligations ring a toll of tired over my head. Please tell me that you feel this way, too, sometimes.

I don’t often suffer from physical tiredness—but sometimes my soul feels tired. Exhausted emotions make me feel unable to cope. You know what I’m talking about. The kind of tired that threatens to steal our joy and lurks in dark corners taunting us.

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The Perfect Prescription for Tired

1. Take your tired to Jesus. He promises to take our tired and to give us rest. “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NCV)

2. Don’t expect to find strength in yourself (that’s like expecting your coffee mug to refill itself—it can’t happen). God promises to give strength to the weary and to increase the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29

3. Ask for strength. When Nehemiah set out to do the impossible (rebuild the wall around Jerusalem), he felt tired and overwhelmed—not to mention mocked by naysayers. His prayer? “Now strengthen my hands.” (Nehemiah 6:9 NIV).

4. Seek God’s joy. When tired overwhelms you and makes you feel dejected, take time to dig into God’s word. “Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10 NIV)

5. Have an escape plan. Even Jesus had to get away once in a while with his closest companions during his ministry. “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” (Mark 6:31 NIV)

God can banish whatever attitudes sap your energy and makes you tired with a capital T. He doesn’t promise to take away our circumstances, but he does promise to equip us to deal with them.

Feeling worn out and tired? Find the perfect prescription for your weariness. #tired, #hope, #strength

Q4U: What makes you tired? As an introvert, people usually top my list, so I’d love to hear from others! How do you cope?

14 Comments

  1. Wow! I love your description of winter. The days march across the calendar, the dullness between Christmas and Easter, what a beautiful way to describe the season we are in. Thank you for that and the advice after. I’m an intervert as well, but lately what tires me out more than people is the day to day. Trying to keep up with my responsibilities and the monotony of not being able to get outside in between days, makes it all so hard. Lately music has been lifting me up. I posted my new favorite song on my blog, but I also recently fell in love with the song These Walls by I Am Untitled (Jason David) and I try to listen to these multiple times a day. It helps me keep my focus on the Lord and not the mountain (In my case mount washmore!)

    1. Aww, I’m sorry your have a Mt. Washmore to climb! I’m an empty-nester, so it’s pretty easy to climb that one. The quotidian can certain wear a gal down. Praying that you get some good weather to entice you outdoors!

  2. Yep…there are times I just can’t people either. Oh and I am so tired of winter…so ready for Spring. I’m in the 6 spot this week.

  3. this girl who grew up in south FL does not do well in seasons. the seasons here are fairly mild, but your lovely description of “the dullness between Christmas and Easter” sounds much more romantic than it is in real life:)
    i think i’m more extroverted than you all. i enjoy meetings and people. they are so interesting:) ok. stop groaning:) i’m not a teacher and haven’t had to sit in on all the boring meetings you all do.
    all my droaning is to say, i love your post anita. great reminders for sure! love the comment about the coffee cup:)

  4. Wonderful prescription for tiredness! I enjoyed reading your thoughts and will share this on facebook. Hope you have a refreshing weekend.

  5. Seek God’s joy! Truly, winter makes me tired. It drains me – physically, mentally and emotionally. Spring could be weeks away (who knows?!?) but God’s joy is always available!! What a wonderful truth!

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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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