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Combating FatiguePosted Friday, December 9, 2011, at 3:56 PM
"And He said to them, [As for you] come away by yourselves to a deserted place, and rest a while -- for many were [continually] coming and going, and they had not even leisure enough to eat. And they went away in a boat to a solitary place by themselves."
(Mark 6:31-32, AMP)
In today's fast-paced society, we rarely have enough time to sit down and eat a meal, much less have time to rest in God to hear what He is saying to us. God desires so much more for our lives than that which thrusts us into the "rat race" of an unsatisfied society. The busyness of life, especially during the holiday season, can become additionally stressful.
God created us to be people who require rest. Even God rested on the seventh day.
Refueling our mind, body, and spirit is vital for optimal living. Here are some ways to help reduce fatigue and weariness:
Do not over commit yourself. It truly is OK to say "no."
Do not feel guilty about taking time out for yourself. Even just a few hours can help rejuvenate you so you can be the best "you" you can be.
Find support from a loved one, close friends, or your local church. You'd be surprised to find what your community may have to offer in order to help make your heavy load a bit more tolerable.
When we feel fatigued, our mind, body, and spiritual walk suffers. Soon, we are blaming those around us (and sometimes God) for an unsatisfied daily walk with Him. Life in general will always have someone or something "tugging" at you. However, being free from fatigue and setting aside the mundane tasks of the day can lead you to a place where you have your heart and soul open to the Lord.
When we are refreshed and refueled, we can then better handle the next season and phase of our life. God wants to prepare us for something greater and we may hinder ourselves from obtaining it if we do not slow down enough to spend time with Him. Spiritual refueling allows us to grow stronger, even through times of true affliction. It is during our weakest moments that the Lord will say to you, "Come away with me for a little while and rest." What an honor and a privilege that the King of all the Heavens and all the Earth would desire to sweep us away with Him.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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