Welcome back to Week 2 of “From Weariness to Strength” Bible Reading Plan series. I am so thankful that you have taken time out of your busy schedule to stop over. I hope you will be totally blessed today and take away a good dose of encouragement.
This was ready for publishing last Friday as scheduled but because of some technical issues beyond my control everything came to a halt. I hope this blesses someone in a very special way who may not have seen it last week!! Is that YOU? Let me know so I can pray for you!
First of all. I don’t have it all together. I never did have it even partially together. The only thing I could pull off was a clean and relatively tidy house (if you would please ignore the piles of school books, pencils, crayons, scattered toys, and hot spots of clutter).
Maybe I had my priorities mixed and a clean house was not something to stress over. The people in our lives are eternal and our house is NOT.
It was only just a few years back that life was really hard. When you have a child (or two) who are rebelling and you are doing all that you know possible to turn the tide, it can be the most exhausting experience ever. I was just so weary.
Are you weary?
Your reasons may be totally different. Three or four very young children can do that.
Just keeping up after your teenagers can do that.
Your job can be extremely stressful and do just that.
If we can sit down together with a cup of coffee (do you prefer tea?) long enough so I can share some verses I found, that would be good.
While I was going through about ten very rough years, it was Jesus who got me through. Spending time in His Word daily (almost) was a habit that prepared me for the day. Sometimes it still seemed like I wasn’t ‘prepared enough’ because I could never get enough of God!!
It is good to be prepared!!
Whether you are reading these short passages each day, Monday through Friday, or all at once right now, that is OK. Whatever works for you.
1. Isaiah 50:1-11
We all know what divorce means in our society today. Some of you might have experienced it yourself and if not, it has touched all of us with a close friend or acquaintance.
WE have divorced God. It is like we don’t even care about Him and too often when we are facing something like weariness, we try to handle it ourselves without going to Jesus for help. This is our own fault.
The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. ~Isaiah 50:4~
Now THAT is AMAZING! You are exhausted, out-of-touch with God (I am assuming that I wasn’t alone in this?) and God is saying for you to reach out to someone else who is weary?!
The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned. ~Isaiah 50:4 (NKJV)~
God doesn’t want us to drown in our self-pity but to look around us and lift up and encourage another sister!!
2. Galatians 6:6-10
I think these verses are a reminder to be in the ‘right Spirit’ in all our doings.
Um . . . been there. Doing in the wrong spirit!!
We are reminded not to be deceived. We can ‘sew to our flesh’ while trying our best to be a good mommy.
Let me explain.
I had to learn the hard way that I wasn’t always ‘right’ as a mom. Sometimes I would focus on things that weren’t important in the long run.
Things like behavior or manners always sucked me in. Of course we are supposed to raise our children in ‘the way they should go.’
BUT when I focused too much on behavior, it could mask what was really going on in their heart. One of my children did everything right on the outside but made an extremely poor choice that will affect the rest of her life. God looks on the heart while we (man) look on the outside because that is really all we can see.
That being said, the key verse in this passage will really encourage you when you feel like you are about ready to collapse and faint!!
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. ~Galatians 6:9~
3. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
This passage is talking about how to walk with those who are disorderly. This could be applied to a church situation, neighbors (although I hope you have as good neighbors as I do), or the friends (again, I hope not).
Mostly I write out what I have experienced in my life. I experienced a house full of children!!
NOTHING. I mean NOTHING can be as chaotic as raising kids!!
Do THESE verses ever apply!!
Kids can be so disorderly that it makes even the youngest mommy (me :-)) quickly learn how to train up her children. Or at least try!! 😉
What great verses to teach our children how to get along with each other and to work quietly!
But moms . . . “Be not weary in well doing!!” ~2 Thessalonians 3:13~
4. Psalm 27:1-14
I hope you have your coffee and Bible and that you are reading along?
This is one of my favorite Psalms!! Soak it all in . . . no time because of littles? Read it aloud to them and you will get it too!!
I love how this chapter ends with such encouragement. These are two of my next to most favorite verses.
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. ~Psalms 27:13-14~
5. Romans 5:1-11
This whole passage is so strengthening for you as a mom. We need to build up our arsenal of verses for those times of discouragement when we feel weary.
God can give you peace in the middle of a stressful day.
He can give you hope.
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is hsed abroad inn our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. ~Romans 5:5~
I know you might be dealing with a difficult child or circumstance. Sometimes we are doing good just to get through the day.
Write these verses out on index cards to help them cement into your mind and heart. When we write out verses it helps us to meditate and think about what the Lord is impressing on our heart.
I often draw on the side of my Bible a key thought from a verse that stuck out for me. This helps me to slow down and think and pray about what I just read in the Bible. It gets both sides of my brain engaged too.
Let me know how this weeks readings spoke to your heart. What is God doing in your life? What struggles are you dealing with so I can pray for you?
Did you miss the earlier studies for ‘Weariness to Strength‘? Just visit the page where you will find links to posts from the Bible Reading Plan and Week 1 by ‘Clicking the Pic’ below. Subscribe to my weekly newsletter to receive the worksheet that will help you journal what you are hearing from God.
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