Monday, January 3, 2011

01/03/11 - "I'm just so tired!"

I often hear this phrase from worn out moms, tired college students, stretched singles, and over committed empty nesters.

Did God really call His children to be on the brink of exhaustion all the time?

Yes, there's going to be seasons and situations that sleep will elude us, but should this be a constant theme throughout our lives?

As I said in a post last month, the safest place to be is in God's will. When we're in God's will I believe He's equipped us with enough energy to handle the demands of our calling.

Often times I think we take on commitments without pausing and seeing if this fits in God's will for our life. If it really belongs in our calling and purpose for whatever season we're in at the time. We piles our calendars full and stack our schedules with lots of noble tasks, but tasks that wear us out physically, mentally and emotionally.

This year I challenge you to pause before you say "yes" to anything: ministry, bible study, extra college class, relationship commitments, and just about anything you're being asked to do or feel a desire to do. Filter it through, "Does this fit in God's will for my life?"

You may find yourself saying "no" to more things, and "yes" to more of the things God has equipped you to do, which may allow more rest in your life!

(How do you know God's will for your life? Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.)

Happy 2011!


Lindsay said...

Great post! When I was a youth worker, we'd pray for the Lord to "multiply our sleep" on the weeks we had the teens at camp, on retreats, mission trips, etc. I'll never forget that prayer in the truly tiring weeks, seasons, etc. of life. But by and large, yes, we should pray about the opportunities we have before commitments are made. God is more concerned with who we are becoming, than what we are doing. Time at His feet is necessary in discerning what He is really asking us to do. Thanks for the reminder!

Roxana said...

Heather, thank you so much for your post - it has been like a breathe of fresh air!
Would you like to pray for John - to learn God's will about entering full time ministry or just finding again a computer engineer job?

Heather "Paulsen" Patenaude said...


I'd be honored to pray for John!


Roxana said...

Thank you so much !
You're such a blessing even though we never met face to faace!
It's so good to have brothers ansd sisters all around the world!

Love in Christ from Bucharest, Romania.