Weary and Waiting for Some Relief?

Weary and Waiting for Some Relief?

I’m tired. I am on a 800 calorie a day diet. Don’t ask. It’s that time of the month. My kids are at each other and I’m already exhausted visualizing myself as their summer referee. Ugh!

How about you?

So what do we do when we are weary from working hard and waiting for some relief?

Me? I turn to God’s word. Engage in some musical worship. And I try to write out what I am grateful for. So let’s start with the first. Cause I need some renewal.

Isaiah 40:27-31
Why do you complain, Jacob? [oops, insert Erin]
Why do you say, Israel, [ugh, Erin again]
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
[HELLO!! Erin!] Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

That’s what I want. I want to soar. To run. To walk and not grow faint. I desire to be strengthened and renewed by the Everlasting Lord. So what does this passage invite us to do?

Hope.

Hope in the Lord.

Hope in his strength. His power. Hope in him. Not ourselves, our spouse, our co-workers, our car, our home, our malls, or our Starbucks.

Hope in the Lord.

However, I think that is a lot easier said than done. So I usually need to spend some time in worship. Presently, there is a song that is blessing my spirit in truth. It is called Mighty Warrior by Elevation.

The chorus sings out….

Our God a mighty warrior
You’re a consuming fire
In victory You reign
We triumph in Your name
Jesus the great commander
You conquered death forever
In victory You reign
We triumph in Your name

Life likes to whisper I’ve lost. It likes to remind me of all my faults. When I’ve yelled at my kids. Chosen my needs over my husband’s. It points out when I was cold toward a stranger. Or when i have failed my family or my friends.

Funny thing is, whenever I tune out life, and turn on worship, my soul hears how God feels about me, what he has done for me, and who he says I am. It makes me wonder why I don’t do the later more often.

Our God is a mighty warrior. He fights for us. He consumes us. Purifies us. In Him, we have victory because he conquered death. We don’t have to teeter in our weariness, we triumph in his powerful name. 

After worship when our hearts and minds have turned a corner, we are then ready to write out what we are grateful for.

Studies have proven that gratitude has a positive impact on our brain. I’m summing it up a bit, but Pyshcology Today’s article, The Grateful Brain shares results of a decrease in depression, increase in enthusiasm and activity as people engage in gratitude journals. Gratitude can change our attitude! And our attitude alters our actions.

When our minds are renewed in God’s Word, our spirits’ in his worship, and our actions changed as we write out our gratitude, my hope is we find we don’t feel the same.

My hope is in his promise that as we turn our ears and eyes to hoping in the Him, he will transform us. That He will renew our strength.

Be blessed my friend. I pray that whatever is weighing you down, works its way out of your life as we seek him together.

About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.