Well summer vacation is over and most people have begun to settle into the routine of fall, but here on the blog, we are extending summer just a little while longer as we have two more guests in the series: Summers Tune In Thursday Guest Blogs! I hope Y’all, have enjoyed the guests we’ve had so far. I have!
Today’s guest is Gayl Wright. I first met Gayl in 2015 in the hotel lobby at a bloggers conference in Greenville South Carolina. We chatted and visited and was nice to connect a face with names I had been reading and seeing online. Can I just say, it is so much fun meeting online blogger friends in real life! Anyway, I am excited for you to get to know Gayl as well. She writes writes poetry, is often found participating in the 5-minute Friday community.
Thank you Gayl, for sharing this encouragement with us today at Tune In Thursday. I encourage you to leave comments below for Gayl, and don’t forget to link up your posts below.
Enjoy and Blessings,
Gayl Wright makes her home in upstate South Carolina. Will soon celebrate 43rd wedding anniversary, mother of 7, grandmother of 14, she is a seeker of truth who looks for beauty in ordinary things. She tries to capture what she finds using her talents to encourage others and glorify God. She loves to explore new areas of creativity as she writes for her blog, composes poems, and dabbles in her art journal.
Gayl writes at Words, Photos and Art
Her Twitter handle is @GaylWright
ARE YOU TIRED AND WEARY?
Guest Post by: Gayl Wright
Do you ever find yourself at a place where you feel like you can’t give any more? Are you burdened by demands that seem overwhelming? Do you wish for a way to find some relief?
I like to think of myself as a person who empathizes with others. I love to encourage, but when I grow tired it can be difficult to reach out to help someone else. I suspect many of you can identify. We want to give, to inspire and encourage others, but sometimes we wonder how we can keep giving. Is it possible to find some time for ourselves?
Jesus Knew What it was to be Tired
As Jesus walked this earth he got tired. I’m sure he struggled, too, with all the demands. Yes, I know he was God, but he was also human. He gave up his glory to come to earth to live as a human being. Walking those dusty roads I know he got thirsty, hungry and tired.
Often when Jesus tried to get alone to rest, the crowds would follow him. He always had compassion and welcomed them, sometimes providing food and healing before sending them away. He somehow found the strength to go on a little longer before getting that needed time alone.
Where Did Jesus Get His Strength?
The Scriptures give us many instances where Jesus went off by himself to pray. Sometimes it was morning. Other times it was evening. He probably slipped away as often as he could in order to commune with his Father alone.
After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray;
and when it was evening, He was there alone. (Matthew 26:43 NASB)
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house
and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35 NIV)
But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. (Luke 5:16 NASB)
In these days he went out to the mountain to pray,
and all night he continued in prayer to God. (Luke 6:12 ESV)
I believe his strength came as he spent time in prayer with God.
Sometimes he prayed all night. His work was to accomplish what God had planned. He knew the only way to do that would be to stay in close contact with his Father. We, too, can be strengthened to continue loving and reaching out to people by spending time with God in prayer.
Maybe having an all night prayer session is out of the question for us, at least on a regular basis. A few minutes a day would be a good place to start. There are times when all I can do is offer up a cry for help in the midst of my exhaustion.
In I Thessalonians 5:17, we are told to “pray without ceasing.” If I remember that God is always with me, then I know I can pray anytime, anywhere, even if it is just a breath prayer. Because He is with me, I know He hears me. My circumstances may not change, but God gives the strength to carry on. Worry is replaced with peace, the kind I cannot manufacture on my own.
Are We Able to Help Everyone?
In this world it can be very hard to know where we are needed most. There is no way we can help in every circumstance we hear about or see on the news. We may want to help, but there is only so much we can do without exhausting ourselves.
It is hard to know when to work and when to stop and rest. We can ask God to show us where we can best use our talents and gifts. Often it is right in our own homes. He will give us wisdom and strength to go on when we are weak.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run,
and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
(Isaiah 40:31 KJV)
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