For when you’re tired

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“Come to me all you who are weary and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28)

You’ve been running so hard. And you’re just so tired.

And it’s okay to stumble and drop sometimes, because this race isn’t easy. It’s tough and disappointing and there are times when you feel there’s just no more of you left to give.

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But it’s okay. It’s all part of being alive; it’s all part of running the race.

The trouble is, we can’t resist it: sneaking peeks left and right to see how everyone else is running. And of course, compared to your right now, they seem to be trotting along in a permanent carnival of balloons and confetti.

But you’re all out: out of energy, out of creativity, out of excitement and out of joy.

But it’s okay, really: sometimes the path just gets steep. Fix your eyes on Jesus and just keep on keeping on.

The sun will come back out and the way will become gentle again: we just need to keep going, even if our steps right now are more like tiny shuffles towards the end of each day.

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Remember who you are; remember who you belong to.

Remember that you’re fearfully and wonderfully made and that you’re utterly precious in His sight. Just as you are right now.

No cleaning up required, no attitude make-over needed; He doesn’t withhold His love until you feel you’re somehow worthy of being loved again.

Remind yourself of quite how loved you are; remind yourself that there’s always, always a plan.

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And while you wait for your strength to return? Be kind to you. You deserve some gentleness – we set the bar for ourselves so high and ask so much, and yet sometimes we just need a break.

Take a walk.

Run a bath.

Go to bed in clean jammies with a hot tea and a good book and wrap yourself in warm acceptance and an even warmer quilt.

 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Click here for Hillary Scott’s beautiful version of ‘Untitled Hymn’