“For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul” ~ Jeremiah 31:25.
Today’s topic “Overcoming Weariness” is a request from one of my blog followers. Therefore, at her request, I will discuss physical, mental and spiritual exhaustion from my personal perspective.
I recently saw a Facebook post that said “If you don’t let the past die, it won’t let you live.” Powerful Words! After converting to Christianity years ago, I struggled to maintain a genuine spiritual connection to God. It was then I realized repressed memories had a stronghold on my emotions, and that was a problem!
Acknowledging and addressing those memories helped me come to the realization that I had to be honest with myself about events with others who negatively affected my life, and come to term with unwise decisions I made in my ignorance. Synching those memories with who I am in Christ was long and difficult, but it led me to healing and forgiveness. In my young adulthood, I often wished I could have lived my life over, and perhaps some of you felt the same way. My present life is blessed and peaceful, especially as a mature Christian; but there are always areas for improvement on this journey.
Are you weary? Worn out? Exhausted? Dog tired? Drained? Overwhelmed? Dead tired or feel shattered? The preceding words are synonyms. In our various roles as women we can find ourselves in the midst of physical, mental or spiritual weariness. We get overwhelmed with domestic affairs, socioeconomic status, relationships, careers, past decisions, current situations or from recent deaths of loved ones? Do you focus on it, or are you seeking help? How do you handle weariness when in the midst of it? Do you intentionally and carefully choose words to extinguish rather than ignite when frustrated? Ladies, there is hope if you wish to live your life over. How? By being born again in Christ. “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” ~ II Corinthians 5:17.
Physical Perspective. Stress on the body gives warning symptoms but oftentimes we ignore them. Why? As women we feel compel to get things done even at the expense of our health. However, it is imperative that we recognize our resilience so stress does not become a long time enemy deteriorating our bodies, minds and souls. Identifying stressors is crucial. One of my medical specialists helped me identify some of my stressors, and the first thing I had to do was reduce my activities and learn to say no, I am overwhelmed and cannot accept additional responsibilities. Ladies, do not allow others to make you feel guilty about saying no.
Mental Perspective. Mental weariness can come from many things such as illness, exhaustion from employment, trauma or drama. When we allow others to drain us mentally, it could negatively affect our livelihood and decision-making. I wasted years of mental energy trying to change people and situations into what I deem they should be. But as I matured, I understood authority was not given to me to change others, but was for the word of God to change me. We also allow mental drainage when we are concern about what others think of us as if their validation defines us. Even Jesus was not liked, loved or supported by everyone, and we definitely should not expect otherwise. Our allegiance should be pledge to God and glorify Him in everything we do. For it is He who validates us on this journey. “Cultivate your mind with the word of God, not with the word of man who too must stand before Him to be judged” ~ Tangie T. Woods.
Spiritual Perspective. Spiritual weariness can come from being outside the will of God. From my perspective the problem with some of us is that our pining for the world becomes an overwhelming burden. In the midst of being weary of God some return to the world like our Brother Demas and others personally known. “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them” ~ II Peter 2:21.
It is often difficult to navigate in today’s society when there are many uncertainties, but it behooves us to make godly decisions about our lives. What about you? Are you willing to turn it over to God? If not, what is hindering you? This is your opportunity to live your life over.
Encouraging Scripture: God said “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light ~ Matthew 11:28-30.
Disclaimer: I am writing from a personal perspective and not providing medical solutions.