Feeling worn out? Tired, exhausted, depleted? Lots of time and effort goes into our ministries, communities activities, along all those personal and professional obligations. We feel scattered from jumping from one thing to the next. It seems like the more we have to do, the less we strength we have. More is going out than is coming in, and we are enjoying our lives less. Several friends have shared with me, they just want to sit down or lay down somewhere and sleep for days. Hoping, of course that when they awake, they will be refreshed, ready to tackle the next items on the proverbial “things to do list”.
But take courage. God is saying to us, don’t give up in doing well. He knows you want to please him, and live in the fullness of His presence. God knows you want to experience Him at higher heights. He knows the enemy is trying to wear you down. But take courage. Our God will never, ever forsake us. You will be victorious. Seek Him during this time and be prepared for a miracle.
A new season is upon us. On the Jewish Calendar it is Elul [August 19 – September, 16, 2012]. “As the last month of the Jewish year, Elul is traditionally a time of introspection and stocktaking—a time to review one’s deeds and spiritual progress over the past year, and prepare for the upcoming “Days of Awe” of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. As the month of divine mercy and forgiveness, Elul is a most opportune time for teshuvah (“return” to God), prayer, charity, and increased ahavat Yisrael (love for a fellow Jew and [others]), in the quest for self-improvement and coming closer to God.”
I encourage you to seek God with intentionality. Draw strength from His inexhaustible power. Lean on Him more for guidance and directions for all those things, you feel you must do. Just as Jesus did, so should we. Jesus went to the Father for strength, as well as rest as He went about His earthly ministry. The source of power never diminished. Jesus tapped into the Almighty Source, and was able to do all things exceedingly well.
So stop walking around drained, tired, exhausted, worn out. Plug up your holes (mind, body and spirit) with the strength of the Holy Spirit. No more being worn out, and you will experience His joy, His grace, His mercy and His strength.
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