If you’ve ever been pregnant before then you probably know that tired feeling that I’m experiencing right now. When you sleep and sleep, and maybe even actually sleep well, but you’re still just so tired. And when I get tired, I get so easily overwhelmed.
Then the tired gives way to anxious and worry until it feels like I either need to hide under the covers and never come out or simply focus all my energy on putting one foot in front of the other.
And although some days I do need to simply curl up under the covers for a long nap, I don’t want to give up on life or simply survive it.
I want to thrive.
I believe God desires that I thrive…even in the hard seasons and the tired seasons.
So this week, in the midst of the tired, I’m preaching these three things to my weary heart…
I’m reminding myself who I am.
I am a daughter of the King.
I am beloved in Jesus.
I am set free from sin and shame.
I am forgiven and am being changed.
I am radically loved by God, regardless of my performance.
I am called to a unique calling.
And I’m reminding myself I don’t have to do it on my own.
I am called to serve God, but I am not called to do it on my own.
I am being made new, but I am not called to remake myself.
I am commissioned to love and serve, but not in my own strength.
God wants us to seek His help.
God commands that we call on His strength.
God has given His Spirit to help us when we ask.
God never intended is to live this life apart from His help.
And I’m reminding myself that there is peace in relying on Him.
I don’t have to earn God’s love.
I don’t need to prove myself to Him.
I don’t have to do and accomplished to be loved or valued.
God promises that His yoke is easy.
God tells us that He set us free for freedom.
God reminds us over and over in His Word that He loved us first…and if that doesn’t bring peace, then I don’t know what will.
I get so caught up in the doing and trying and the being that I forget I was never meant to do and try and be on my own.
God never intended us to do this life on our own, and simply remembering that truth and taking a moment to ask for His help will make all the difference.
The secret to thriving is to remember His love and to rely on His strength. That’s what I’m reminding myself of this week.