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When Fatigue Threatens You (3)

Brenda Jank identifies guilt as the driving force behind much of our weariness: 'Every guilt-driven "Yes" means a "No" to something important. Every day holds twenty-four hours, and as gifted as we are at multi-tasking, there are concrete limits to what we can get done in any given day... We routinely neglect the top priorities of our lives. We're irritable and impatient with those we love. We forfeit our need for sleep. We pass through many days oblivious to the presence of God.' Can you recognise these things in yourself?

When word got out that Jesus had healed Peter's mother-in-law, a crowd gathered and He ministered to them late into the night. Early the next morning when He slipped away to a quiet place to pray, the disciples went looking for Him. 'When they found Him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!"' But note Jesus' response: 'Let us go somewhere else.' He chose to be Spirit-led, not guilt-driven. Before assuming you've been called to meet every need that arises, it's ok to say, 'Let me pray about it and get back to you.' Then pray, listen carefully and make your decision based on how you answer this question: Will saying 'yes' to this request mean having to say 'no' to something else that's important?

It's essential to recognise what you've been called to do for the season of life you're in; it takes honesty, humility and courage to take a consistent line. When you face a situation you know will put you on overload, even if you're willing to pay the price, are you willing to commit your family to pay the price with you? Think about it.

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When Fatigue Threatens You (2)

When you're running on fumes, instead of berating yourself for failed attempts at 'spirituality', Kristin Armstrong says it's time to 'tie a tourniquet on the wound of busyness...[or] we'll bleed a spiritual death. Doing more, and doing it faster, isn't taking us to a place of peace. The distraction is nothing more than a momentary escape. Sooner or later we have to stop...Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still, and know that I am God." When we're forced to be still the magnitude of the weight we carry becomes enormous, the loneliness unbearable. We think momentum keeps us from thinking...from feeling...from knowing sooner or later we have to stop.'

When you need to be spiritually restored, go to the throne, not the phone! No matter how good your friends are, they can't meet your need like God can. Jesus said, 'Come to Me...and I will give you rest' (Matthew 11:28 NIV). Consider it His personal RSVP to tell Him how you feel, like a child talks to a loving parent who can help them. Find a special place to be alone with God, and discipline yourself to go there often. Don't just tell Him what you need; listen for what He's trying to tell you. Don't be in a hurry to get back into the rat race; stay in God's presence until you understand that the burdens you carry were never meant to be shouldered alone.

The most important thing: we find time for what we consider important, so get your priorities straight and 'seek first His Kingdom' (Matthew 6:33 NIV). When you 'come near to God...He will come near to you' (James 4:8 NIV).

Soulfood :

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When Fatigue Threatens You (2)

When you're running on fumes, instead of berating yourself for failed attempts at 'spirituality', Kristin Armstrong says it's time to 'tie a tourniquet on the wound of busyness...[or] we'll bleed a spiritual death. Doing more, and doing it faster, isn't taking us to a place of peace. The distraction is nothing more than a momentary escape. Sooner or later we have to stop...Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still, and know that I am God." When we're forced to be still the magnitude of the weight we carry becomes enormous, the loneliness unbearable. We think momentum keeps us from thinking...from feeling...from knowing sooner or later we have to stop.'

When you need to be spiritually restored, go to the throne, not the phone! No matter how good your friends are, they can't meet your need like God can. Jesus said, 'Come to Me...and I will give you rest' (Matthew 11:28 NIV). Consider it His personal RSVP to tell Him how you feel, like a child talks to a loving parent who can help them. Find a special place to be alone with God, and discipline yourself to go there often. Don't just tell Him what you need; listen for what He's trying to tell you. Don't be in a hurry to get back into the rat race; stay in God's presence until you understand that the burdens you carry were never meant to be shouldered alone.

The most important thing: we find time for what we consider important, so get your priorities straight and 'seek first His Kingdom' (Matthew 6:33 NIV). When you 'come near to God...He will come near to you' (James 4:8 NIV).

Soulfood :

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