Oh, last week was a wearying week and this week promises to be another. I feel mentally and emotionally drained. I have become overwrought by many things most of them little.
I am giving up soda which is my go-to when I am weary, stressed, and in need of comfort, and in turn I’m spending the next 40 days learning to lean on the comfort that can be found in Christ alone.
When I am weary, where can I find comfort that comes from Christ alone?
1) His Word
The Bible is the best source for when we are weary. There are many different verses on weariness and rest.
Jeremiah 31:25: For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.
Matthew 11:28-30: Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give is light.”
Hebrews 12:1-4: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the Joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.”
2) In prayer
One place to find rest is in prayer. Normally when I am feeling weary it is because I have taken on a burden that was never mine to bear. I find that when I give that burden to the Lord then I feel more rested and peaceful.
3) In sleep
Oh, precious sleep! I don’t know about you but when I am weary and burdened then I also have trouble sleeping. Of course that makes me feel more weary and burdened, and it turns into what feels like a never-ending cycle of insomnia and fatigue.
But we need sleep so here are some ideas to help you sleep:
a) Drink a cup of chamomile tea, or some other type of herbal tea that helps you relax.
b) Take a melatonin tablet. Melatonin is a chemical that our bodies produce naturally to help us sleep, but sometimes our bodies get out of order and don’t produce enough melatonin. Taking a tablet of melatonin no more than 30 minutes before your bedtime can help you relax and sleep.
c) Take a walk. Not a power walk, just a stroll.
d) Listen to some soothing music.
e) Take a hot shower.
f) Drink a glass of warm milk. (Now I haven’t actually tried this one because I’m allergic to dairy, but I have heard that it works very well.)
g) Turn off the electronics at least 1 hour before going to bed.
h) No caffeine after dinner.
These are just a few recommendations that have worked for me (except for the warm milk of course.) J
4) In the Sabbath
Deuteronomy 5:12: “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you.”
God comforts our weary hearts when we rest. We were not meant to work or constantly be on the go 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Take at least one day during the week and set it apart as a day of rest, a time to enjoy family, friends and the Lord.
5) In saying “no”
It is okay to say “no.” It is not selfish or unloving to say “no.” We can relieve ourselves of many burdens that were never ours to carry when we remember our priorities and say “no” to the things that don’t matter or match with those priorities. Remember the verses in Hebrews above. Specifically, “let us strip off every weight that slows us down.” We can’t save or help everyone and sometimes in the trying we pick up a weight that we weren’t meant to bear. I’ve been there and done that and I still struggle with it. I want to say “yes.” I want to make people happy, but that is not my job and when I care more about pleasing people than about pleasing the Lord then I become weary in the doing good. (#preachingtoself)
Click on the image above for a free printable of 12 Bible Verses to encourage you when you are weary.