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Monday, June 17, 2013

a letter to you: when you're tired of being tired.

Dear Friend,

Tonight I threw a load of laundry in the washer and wearily brewed a cup of tea. I crept upstairs and sat down at my pink vintage desk with a heavy sigh. I'm weary. And a little tired. You know the feeling? Tired in many ways because of good things - events over the weekend, time with sweet friends, celebrating Dad and a sleepover with sister. But also weary of other things... like waiting, working, running, pursuing, striving, and sometimes failing. And as my little white fan blows and my french vanilla tea sends little steamy swirls up above the cup (How ironic, right? Drinking hot tea while running a fan to cut the heat? Can't help it. Love my tea hot!) Norah Jones croons in the background, singing "Come away with me in the night..." and I sigh. Jesus is calling... it's not a worship song, but I often find He speaks through simple love songs.. because, after all - this is a love story isn't it? It is for me and Him. He reminds me to breathe. To shut my eyes and just be. To not always strive to be entertained or constantly work. To not try to change, even. But just to let Him love me.

Are you tired too?

Tired of being tired. 
Tired of taking out the trash.
Tired of checking your always buzzing phone.
Tired of making coffee every morning.
Tired of waiting... for that dream. For His timing.
Tired of going and pushing and striving.
Tired of balancing and budgeting.. money and time.
Tired of remembering the things you can't forget.
Tired of fearing the things you can't control.
Tired of holding onto the things you fear.
Tired of listening to the same old songs.
Tired of hearing lies in your head that you're not good enough, smart enough, rich enough.
Tired of feeling poor.
Tired of messing up.
Tired of dropping the ball again, being late, letting them down.
Tired of being misunderstood.
Tired of fighting and tired of hurting.
Tired of hiding, tired of fake smiling.
Tired of grieving the loss of something that has never existed.
Tired of being disappointed.
Tired of loss.
Tired of the struggle.

.... Remember that Jesus said: 

"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."
Matthew 11:29 

Come Lord by Rita Springer on Grooveshark

Love and hugs, dear ones.
I pray your week ahead is full of rest for your soul and peace in His arms.
Hold onto Him and fight for that rest.
Ask Him for it.
You are loved.

XO
Erin


PS - 
I read a post by my dear friend Rae last week
 and it encouraged me so much and partly inspired me to write this one :) Read it here 

13 comments:

  1. i am saving this post because i know that feeling. you put it into the words, thanks erin. for this post.
    and matthew 11:28, this post reminded me of that. :)

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  2. I get tired too. I feel drained right now, honestly. Life can be so full of doing and getting, it gets crazy. But I have to remember to go at my own pace and rest in the arms of Jesus.

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  3. I love this post sweet friend, thank you for sharing your heart + all that Jesus calls each and every one of us to, a love song with Him :)

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  4. goodness and truth today my friend!

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  5. Love this and all so true. Seems as though so many are "tired" right now. Thanks for your wonderful post :)

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  6. This was just for me. <3 Gald to have someone share the same struggles. =) Good day Erin!

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  7. Reading this post was so wonderful right now. So, so wonderful. It makes me so happy to hear that some of those silly love songs remind you of the relationship between yourself and Jesus, too. :) Happens to me all the time...Love how He can draw us near to Him in any given moment!

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  8. I also like hot lattes on 100 degree days! Just something about a hot drink that wakes me up :)
    This post really spoke to me..I am a newlywed and lately have been tired of fighting...yes fighting with my husband and silly arguments. It drains me and seems like it is just a vicious circle. I have to keep putting my hope and faith in God though!

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  9. Erin,
    I LOVE this post! So true and very encouraging. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  10. I have come to realize that from years of singing songs and loving music, Jesus has really started speaking to me thru songs that pop into my head! Like this morning, I was just exhausted and didn't wanna go to work, but then 'I'm in the Lord's Army' popped into my thoughts and it made me think - I'm apart of this crazy thing called life, and I'm apart of God's family. Whether or not I want to do something, I need to do my best anyways, for the Lord. :) I love it that Jesus speaks to me that way!! :)

    Love,
    manda
    http://meandjesus-amanda.blogspot.com

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  11. Oh I know this feeling all too well. I find just taking the time back from the things that are making me tired, helps me to re-focus on them.

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  12. Bless you Erin ~ you are such an encourager!

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  13. I have been there so many times in life and each time God in his wondrous mercy and love has pulled me through.
    Thank you for such a beautiful post, it's very inspiring.

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sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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