Monday, May 16, 2016

Are You Exhausted?

The Exhaustion of Grief
Do you feel a heavy weariness, like you’ve been running a rugged trail with no end in sight? Do you frequently or involuntarily let out a deep sigh, or catch yourself staring blankly into space, your mind stalled?
Grief is work. Hard work. It's emotionally and physically exhausting. You’ve rocketed into an unfamiliar and harsh new sphere without your lifetime friend and support.
All decisions are up to you, and at a time when it’s hard to decide what shoe goes on what foot, the decisions you face are far more important and complex than what shoe? what foot?
The most crucial decision we can make, however, is to acknowledge the exhaustion, the weakness, the draining neediness and vulnerability. It's great if you have friends you can talk to, but there's a certain something that happens when you tell God how you feel.
II Corinthians 12:9
". . . My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness . . ."
It's almost like God is attracted to weakness and neediness. When I'm low--Boom--He is there, waiting to energize me. When I'm tired, frightened, weak, uncertain, insecure, drained, discouraged, anxious, heartsick or broken He is at my side (and yours) with the sufficient opposite grace to transform the need into an opportunity to experience His strength.
Sometimes it's hard to recognize when God's grace is sufficient and His power is perfect, but my prayer for you is that this week your eyes are opened to His work in your life.
What weakness might God want to counteract with His grace in your life this week?
Talk to Him about it and be open to accepting His grace in the infinite variety of forms it may take this week . . .
  • maybe it's just getting this blog post for this day
  • maybe it's seeing a persistent dandelion poke up through a crack in the sidewalk (they never give up!)
  • maybe a tangible need is fulfilled unexpectedly . . .
  • or maybe you can hang on for one more sunrise . . .
In any case, if you're on the verge of exhaustion, you're on the verge of God's grace. It's coming, it's coming! Let me know how I can pray for you.


  1. Yes, today His grace is this blog for this day. Lynda

  2. Beautiful post! Feeling some of that weariness today, so thank you. Your post was a blessing! I have loved that verse from II Corinthians for a long time.


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