Can I be real with you for a moment? I am tired. And not in a “stayed up too late last night” kind of way. More of a getting up every couple hours every night for over a week tired. A rocking my sniffling, congested babe for hours to help her sleep weariness. The kind of exhaustion that causes a mama to fall asleep in the chair while nursing her little one.
T I R E D.
I awaken, bleary-eyed and groggy, dreading the start of another day. One that involves chasing after an active toddler, fixing meals, cleaning, laundry, running errands. And on and on….
Perhaps you are enduring sleepless nights as well. If so, be encouraged that you are not alone.
One thing that has helped me persevere through difficult seasons of weariness and sleeplessness is prayer. I am so thankful that we can come to the Lord at any time of the day or night and have confidence that He is listening to every cry of the heart.
“Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord” –Lamentations 2:19a
Not only does God hear our prayers, but He gives us the strength we need to continue walking in His will. Our Savior helps us carry our burdens and rise above our adversity.
The following passage has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember, but it is especially meaningful to me right now.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is an eternal God, the creator of the whole earth.
He does not get tired or weary; there is no limit to his wisdom.
He gives strength to those who are tired;
to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy.
Even youths get tired and weary;
even strong young men clumsily stumble.
But those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength;
they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings,
they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired.”
What a blessing it is to know that the Lord will daily renew our strength and energy if we will lean on Him. So, if you are weary today, I pray that you will find rest and strength in the loving arms of Christ.
How do you cope when you don’t get enough sleep?