Finding rest and strength

I am feeling very weary at the moment. As a mother of four young children I guess that is to be expected! But I think that my weariness is much more than just feeling tired. I need to find rest and by rest I do not just mean that I need more sleep but I need to come to a place of rest in my spirit.

My season shifted at the beginning of the year. I felt like my previous season was interrupted. I was going one way and then all of a sudden I find myself in a completely different place. My interruption was a good interruption but what I am finding difficult is that I am in a totally different place to where I thought I was going to be.

I am trying to live like I am still in my previous season and it is making me grow weary. I found that I was striving to keep up. I was comparing and measuring myself to a benchmark that I am just not going to achieve right now. My season has changed and so now my perspective of myself and where I am needs to change too.

In order to find the peace and rest in my spirit that I am looking for I need to understand the season that I am in right now. I have to understand that I cannot measure myself against the work that I produced in my previous season. I have to stop striving and stop comparing.

I have to accept the time and the place that I am in. God has given me the grace to walk this season and I need to choose to not worry about the things that I may have walked away from or worry about the things to come. God is faithful and all that He has for me will come all in His perfect timing.

There is beauty in each and every season so I am trying to embrace the place that I am in right now until the shift to the new season comes.

If my story speaks to you, if you too are struggling with feeling weary then I pray that you will find strength and rest in the Lord. That you will gain clarity in your spirit for the season that you are in and if you are carrying any burdens that do not belong to you that they will fall from your shoulders. I speak life, courage and hope in to you. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Strength

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Strength was a recurring theme in my readings today.

Strengthen the feeble, steady the knees that give way….

He strengthens the weary…

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…

I will strengthen and help you…

I will uphold you…

There is no shame in being weak, there is no shame in revealing your weaknesses and there is no shame in admitting that your knees are giving way under the pressure of it all. The enemy wants to bring shame upon your weaknesses, to remain there in that place of despair but God reaches out His hand to help you. He does not push you back down or belittle you for your weakness.  He wants you to be strengthened. He wants your hope to be restored and your strength renewed. You once were strong and He wants to restore you back to that strength. He wants you to rise up, to run strong and to walk without growing faint.

He doesn’t reject you, He will strengthen you and uphold you with His right hand. He makes all things work for good. He can turn our times of hurt, pain and weakness around so that we become resilient, doing things we never thought we could do. In those times He will draw us closer to Him as we learn to trust and lean on His word and our faith will be ignited. Through weak times His faithfulness and goodness will be revealed.

Draw close to God and He will point out your strengths. As you listen to Him and look upon your strengths and stand in their light you will soon believe in them. You will begin to walk out of weakness and into strength. His strength in us, that was there all along but we just forgot about it.