We often rush to convenient measures to cope with tiredness, instead of practicing rest in our Father. God has promised all who are tired will be given supernatural rest for their souls.



Picture it: You get comfortable on the couch, turn off your brain, and watch a few hours of Golden Girls. Yep, hours. “Thank you for being a friend[…]” harmoniously sounding. You are genuinely thankful for their lack of judgement. You can tune out, not think, let those four friends whisk you away to some retirement-aged fantasy world. All the while, reality surrounds you. Messes, finances, relationships…

Welcome to my world…

Most recently, my daily routine consists of: Taxi-cab driver for my kids. Looking at half-done chores. Questioning the unknowns of life. Thinking, thinking, thinking. Shutting down. 🎶 “Thank you for being a friend[…]”

Disguising Rest

Like many people, most of my exhaustion happens in my brain. I internalize almost everything. Questions about life’s unknowns bounce around in there sucking bits of energy, little by little. Sometimes for weeks, or until there’s an answer to the question. My mind races around “ifs”, “whens”, and “hows”. I ultimately shut down; turn off completely.

Unfortunately, life is a great big ball of unknowns. So, as you can imagine, I’ve watched through Golden Girls and other mindless shows, more than once. Recklessly abandoning reality. I’ve found myself on the couch more often than I’d like to admit.

For some reason I believe “checking-out” brings refreshment. “I’ll have more energy, later.” Of course, this is a lie. This routine just puts important items on hold. They don’t go away. One could say this is a major procrastination habit. It is.

False Energy

Another way I disguise rest is in actual rest; sleeping. Now, I’m not sure if you are aware, but motherhood has a funny way of screwing up sleep habits. When I say screwing up, I mean turning sleep on it’s beautiful head and shaking until unrecognizable. “I can sleep when I’m dead”, has been stated five times, this week alone.

The weekends usually allow for some extra z’s. However, I am still tired. How much vitamin B do I have to take!? How many cups of coffee do I have to consume?

Ahha! There’s that glorious word. Coffee. If life had a beverage of choice, coffee would be very high on the list. If not #1. “Come here you beautiful cup of coffee, and lie to me about the things we will get done today.”

That’s just it. Another lie. Coffee is a bandaid for tiredness. I drink coffee all day. It helps me pretend I actually have the energy to finish the laundry, run errands, be taxi-cab driver. Pretend. I lie to myself and those around me that I’m operating on a full tank. Just one more cup will top me off.

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We often rush to convenient measures to cope with tiredness, instead of practicing rest in our Father. God has promised all who are tired will be given supernatural rest for their souls. 

Soul Rest

We can’t pretend with God. He sees our empty tanks. He sees our check-out’s. Our lies. “Why don’t you intervene, God? Don’t you see this mountain of stuff? Don’t you see how tired I am?” Is that for real?? Did I really just say that to God?! I sat on my bum for three hours, watching fictitious characters and I’m questioning Him? No wonder I’m tired. My soul is tired.

God can’t energize me when I continually usher Him out the door. I allow convenience and tangibility to trump God. Worldly “rest” is easier than waiting on the Lord. But Jesus says…

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30, NIV

It’s my own fault I am tired. I procrastinate, lie, ignore God. Yet, He still invites me to lay it down and seek refuge. I can’t emphasize enough how GOOD our Father is. We create the mess, He helps tear it down and supplies ultimate fullness. The truest form of rest, is only found in Him.

We often rush to convenient measures to cope with tiredness, instead of practicing rest in our Father. God has promised all who are tired will be given supernatural rest for their souls. 

Practicing Spiritual Rest

This is all fine to write/read about, but let’s get down to application. How in the world do I rest in God? There are obvious ways, like meditating scripture, praying, and worship music. But, sometimes the pit we are in takes a bit of ingenuity to climb out of.

Sleep. I already addressed this, but, if I’m honest, I do not get to bed at a decent time. This is so important for health, mind, and soul. Enough sleep creates clarity. Clarity allows us to actually SEE God.

Look for God everywhere. If my mind and eyes are fixed on Him, I see Him everywhere. It’s uplifting and encouraging to recognize God in my daily life.

Set boundaries. Limit ourselves. We are not super-humans. We can’t do it all. Setting achievable goals for the day, allows for spare time with the Lord.

Journal. (Scripture journaling for bonus points.) For someone like me, journalling is extremely beneficial. It gets the jumbled, unknowns out of my head. Again, creating clarity.

Get in nature. I am never regretful of time spent in nature. I’m able to quiet my mind and see the beauty of creation. Also, fresh air is so rejuvenating!

 

How do you seek rest in the Lord? What practices help you cope when you feel tired?


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We often rush to convenient measures to cope with tiredness, instead of practicing rest in our Father. God has promised all who are tired will be given supernatural rest for their souls. 

 

Toa Heftiba


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About the author
Katie
I'm a high functioning introvert, coming to terms with the fact that life is better together. Healing my idea of friendship and relationship has given me the confidence to step out of comfort and into true community. Isolation used to be my identity, but helping others find safety in coming together is what motivates me.

I believe healing and redemption are obtainable for every single person and true peace is found when we accept our freedom in Christ. Creating, listening, and finding common ground are my God-given strengths. I pray I can use these to prove there is light in darkness, hope in despair, and value in imperfection.

Comments (17)

  1. Yes, resting in God means giving my cares over to Him, and know He has the power and is my strength. I often take control in my own hands, when He just wants me to rest in Him and understand I don’t have to strive! Great points on how we can rest in Him, even through those daily chores. A very needed message in today’s world!

  2. Part of finding rest in Jesus for me is through worship music. Listening to and signing praises back to Him in times of weariness refreshes my soul. Thanks for all the suggestions. It is so easy to get in the habit worldly rest instead of resting in Jesus.

  3. Setting boundaries is a big one for me! I’ve found my rest is often the fake energy kind, and I’m left not only still tired, but soul tired, too. Only when I look to God to fulfill my need for rest am I truly satisfied!

    1. Setting boundaries is a big one for me! I’ve found my rest is often the fake energy kind, and I’m left not only still tired, but soul tired, too. Only when I look to God to fulfill my need for rest am I truly satisfied!

  4. Setting boundaries is so important to our energy! Have you ever read the book The Best Yes? It is a good one!
    I find that I am much more peaceful and restful throughout the day if the first thing that I do is get quiet with God. This time gives me the energy I need to go through the day and to have a good attitude.
    While I am not a mother yet, I do have a chronic illness that gives me terrible fatigue. So, the topic of rest is very important to me.

    1. I have never heard of that book! I’ll have to check it out! You are right, rest is an important topic to us all. Not just those with children. <3 I am so happy that you have found a way to rest in the Lord, even through chronic illness!

  5. Look for God everywhere and journal are my favorite ways to rest in God… but sometimes He has to flat out level me to get my attention that I need rest.

  6. My downfall can definitely be the boundaries. I tend to live life a bit on warp-speed and cram in too much. While I always start my day with the bible and prayer journalling I can let it be rushed when I feel like the mile long to-do list is loomed right next to me. But I know when I slow down and breathe God in I am so much more rested. And then even more efficient and productive. I’m also very much looking forward to the weather being above freezing for a prolonged period of time! Being outside is something I don’t focus enough attention on but I never regret it when I do.

    1. I do the same thing. Cram. Cram. More, more! I’m definitely impatient in my quiet times… my brain just keeps remembering all the things I have to do! I pray you get some consistently mild weather! <3

  7. Love your tips! I burned the candle at both ends and created a real problem in my body. My default is to burn the candle, but I have been following your tips and finding real rest in God!

    1. I’ve definitely been in a season of candle burning myself. Obviously, from the post you can tell. I’d like to say I have been able to make all the applications a habit… I’m getting there! <3 I'm so glad you have been able to find a bit of solace!

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