You’ve been up all night because, how can I explain it: “you have toys in your head” (according to one of my twin daughters, insomnia=toys in the head) or only God knows why.
You’ve been in the car for hours, juggling between doctors/specialists appointments, sitting in that waiting room in emergency for hours, your bottom is numb, you feel so sore and your neck is tight and a migraine shows up for days from stress…
You’ve been juggling between so many: kids schedule, husband very demanding job, household, very demanding family and friends… phew!!! You’re tired. You feel like you’re neglecting the ones you love the most, and you cannot remember the last time you did anything for yourself or someone really did anything for you.
For most of us, these feelings arise daily. We assume that this stage will pass and the next one will be better, and then we discover in the next stage that the challenges are different but just as numerous. What do you do then?
When exhaustion wins, we must take time to refuel otherwise we are no longer able to be a blessing to others. Sometimes it’s ok to let others go ahead to fight the/their battles while we stay behind. We need to find some way to relax, choosing whatever method works best for us.
We benefit when we recognize our need for rest and respond to it. And those we love benefit as well. Take care!
We are glad you have realized the importance of rest and self-care, Deborah. It will have a positive influence on all your relationships. I (Sherri) have walked the path of burnout and depression and have also learned this lesson. More importantly, I’ve learned to trust God at a deeper level. May you continue to grow in your intimacy with Him–loving Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Through that relationship He will help you know how to love and help your “neighbor.” We love and are praying for you and your family.
Thank you so much for your very encouraging message Sherri. We are glad you’re both doing great and continue with your ministry “au pays”! We love you too and will keep you in our prayers!