So Much More Than Words 

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I’ve experienced many, many seasons of weariness in my life. Seasons where I felt overwhelmed to the point where I didn’t want to get out of bed because I just felt tired. Tired of having to push through the difficulties and trials that came my way. Have you ever felt like that? If so, you’re not alone. I learned, over the years, that weariness is just a part of life. I had to learn this as I matured in my walk with God. Before He taught me that we all face weariness at some point, I would always condemn myself for feeling weary. I had developed the mindset that to feel weary meant that I was weak, and disappointing God in some way, since He commands us to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9). However, God revealed to me that I shouldn’t condemn myself for feeling weary. I am human, and that means that I will struggle with weariness at some point in my life. I’m not a superhuman, and therefore, I should not expect to go through life feeling strong, every single moment of every single day. In fact, God reminds us, all throughout scripture, that strength is available to us. He would not remind us of this truth if He didn’t expect us to feel without strength and weary at some point. Isaiah 40:29 (NIV) reminds us that, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Whenever I find myself in a season of weariness, I find comfort in this verse, and I ask God for the strength that only He can give me.

Truthfully, most of the time I ask God for help in the midst of my weariness, I expect Him to pick me up out of my bed, but of course, this isn’t the case. Oftentimes, He gives me instructions on how to win the battle with weariness. Over the years, God has taught me three important strategies that have helped me overcome weariness whenever I experience it in my life.

  1. Believe God. Oftentimes, when I feel weary, I find myself plunging into unbelief. Because I feel overwhelmed and tired in these seasons of weariness, I struggle to hold onto the hope that things can change. I’m not sure if you’ve ever experienced this, but I have, many, many times. I felt so weary of the battle that I was facing that it was hard to believe the promises of God. However, God reminds me every time that I must believe. I must hold on to His word in seasons of weariness and have faith that His promises are true, no matter how things may seem. So, believe in the midst of your weariness. Believe the promises of God. Believe that His word is true when He promises to work all things together for our good (Romans 8:28) and that He will complete the work that He began in our lives (Philippians 1:6).

  2. Worship God. I learned to worship my way out of weariness. There have been so many days when I would wake up and feel physically and emotionally weary. Days when I would wrestle with getting out of bed, or just laying down all day and succumbing to the weariness that I felt. But, God taught me that a way out of weariness is worship. So, whenever I feel weary now, I would go into my room, close the door, put on some worship music, and just sing. I would sing out to God, and weep, and weep some more. As I sing, I would pour out my heart to the Lord, and tell Him how weary I felt. Time would pass, and without even realising it, that weariness would lift, and I would feel so much peace and strength instead. Worship is a remedy for weariness as a believer. Use it.

  3. Pray. I’ve realized that it’s easy for us to take prayer for granted. At least, this is the case for me. However, in the midst of my weariness, I have learned that prayer is powerful and God hears us when we pray. Everytime. So, when I feel weary now, I ask the Lord for strength. I ask Him to help me overcome my weariness and find the strength that only He could provide. Sometimes, I even pray the Psalms when I find myself feeling so weary that I can’t muster up my own words to pray to God. In those moments, I would repeat Psalm 121, Psalm 23, Psalm 42, and many more. Praying the Psalms would always help me to not only find peace in the midst of my weariness, but I’m also reminded of the promises of God. If you’re battling weariness today, I encourage you to pray and ask your Heavenly Father for the help that you need to endure and overcome it.

Weariness is a part of life. We all struggle with it at some point; however, it’s up to us to decide whether or not we will succumb to it, or overcome it with God’s help. I’ve gotten to that place where I felt so weary of the fight that I didn’t want to keep going. I felt like I was on the verge of waving the white flag of surrender because life just felt like too much. However, God reminded me that He is with us in the midst of our weariness and instead of drawing away, we must take steps towards Him. I encourage you, if you’re battling weariness, to implement these strategies in your life. They work, every time, trust me. I’ve proven it.

Strength is available to you in the midst of your weariness. God will help you find that strength, once you ask Him.

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A few moments ago, I found myself curled up in my bed, feeling pretty tired and sorry for myself. I had a bit of a rough day, and to tell you the truth, I just wanted to lay down and wallow in self-pity. I knew that I should push through how I felt and get started on the work that I needed to get done, but I didn’t feel like I had the strength to do it. I felt weak and worn down by this season of my life. As I laid there on my bed, I began to think about all the things that I had to get done that day. The more I thought about them, the more exhausted I felt. Have you ever experienced this? I was literally laying down, doing nothing, but just the thought of everything that I needed to accomplish made me feel exhausted, mentally and emotionally. As I pondered the challenging tasks that I had to accomplish, Romans 8:37 (NIV) came to mind, which says, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” When I first thought of the verse, I disregarded it. Honestly, I hear it so much, that in the moment, I took it for granted. However, I kept hearing it over and over in my mind, and after a while, I knew that it had to be God speaking to me. I knew that He was reminding me that I am more than a conqueror and that no matter how weak I felt, I could accomplish anything through Jesus.

Truthfully, after I was reminded of this, I still wanted to stay in bed and not do anything. I still felt weak and tired. Also, I knew that getting up meant that I would have to work on an important school paper that had been a source of anxiety to me for months. I dreaded pulling up the document. I even dreaded thinking about working on it, but I felt God urging me to take a small step. I felt him reminding me again that I am not just a conqueror, but that I am more than a conqueror. This meant that I could accomplish anything, no matter how difficult it seemed and no matter how tired I felt. So, I took a deep breath, dragged myself out of bed, pulled out my laptop and started typing. I had only planned on writing a few sentences, just to prove to myself that I could do it, but the more I typed, the stronger I felt. I typed until I exceeded my own expectations. By the time I got done working on that document, I not only felt at peace, but I felt God assuring me that I am much stronger than I think I am. He reminded me that I had more fight in me than I thought. I also felt Him reminding me again that I am more than a conqueror, through Him.

Do you feel weak today? Are you struggling, like I did, to face a difficult task? Are you dreading working on something important that’s been a source of anxiety to you? Whatever it is, I want to remind you today that once you are in Christ, you are more than a conqueror and so much stronger than you think. Don't succumb to the lie that you're too weak to accomplish a goal. Don't waste time wallowing in self-pity because you feel as though things aren't working out. You are more than a conqueror. Believe this truth, take a step of faith, and watch God work.

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  • ckstubbswrites

I've been thinking a lot about obscurity this week. Scrolling through Instagram, I realized again just how much we all desire to be known. We post countless TikTok videos in hopes of going viral, we spend hours upon hours trying to choose the right filter for our photos. We want to be known by the world and admired. Deep down, if we’re being honest, we’d admit that we all struggle with this. As I spent time with God, I started to think about what the word "know" really meant, so of course, I went straight to Google. I found that to "know" means to "be aware of through observation, inquiry, or information." Another definition stated that to "know" means to "have developed a relationship with (someone) through meeting and spending time with them; be familiar or friendly with." As I pondered the second definition, I thought about how much I desired to be known in this way. Oftentimes, I feel like people make assumptions about who I am, instead of truly getting to know me. I’d always find myself thinking, “If only they took the time to really know who I am, they’d see what I have to offer.” Have you ever felt that way? If so, I know what that’s like. However, the more time that I sat thinking about my desire to be known for who I truly am, the Holy Spirit began to speak to me about God’s desire to be known by us. He revealed to me that just as much as we want to be known for who we really are, God wants to be known. He wants us to know Him, and this comes through spending time with Him, reading His Word, and making room for Him in our lives.

As I thought more about God wanting to be known by us, the Holy Spirit led me to read John 10:14-15 (HCSB), which says, "I am the good Shepherd. I know My sheep and they know Me, as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father." I read that verse multiple times, and kept looking at the word “know”. Jesus was telling His disciples that he knew His sheep (meaning, His people), but the thing that stood out to me is that He said, His sheep also knew Him. When He speaks about knowing His sheep and them knowing Him, it wasn’t just knowing Him as an acquaintance, or someone that they see every week. They knew Him personally; there was an intimacy that they had with Him, a familiarity that could only come through constant communion with Him. When I realized that this is what God meant when He said He wants to be known, I prayed a simple prayer, “Jesus, help me to truly know You.”

Being a Christian is more than just talking about Jesus, or reading our Bibles once in a while. It's more than just going to church. It's about truly knowing God. Knowing His character, making room for Him in our lives and spending time with Him. I know that some of you may struggle in this area, for many reasons. You may feel like drawing close to God is challenging, especially in this day and age, or, you may just not know how to begin. I want to share two simple steps that I implement into my daily life that helps me draw closer to Jesus and develop intimacy with Him.

  1. Be consistent with your Bible reading. Now, I know that this is a challenge for many people. But, spending time in God’s word is one of the best ways that you can come to know Jesus. My mother once told me that when you’re spending time reading the Bible, you’re actually spending time with Jesus, because He is the Word. Learn to be consistent with your Bible reading. Commit to reading a verse a day and ask God to help you remember it as you go throughout your day and apply it to your life. Trust me, the more time that you spend in the word, the more you will learn about God, and the more you will come to know Him.

  2. Make it a practice of talking to God. I talk to God, a lot. And, I do mean a lot. Prayer isn’t always about kneeling down and talking to God. You can literally talk to Him wherever you are. I talk to God in class (probably more than I should), when I’m driving, when I go for walks throughout the day, when I’m running errands, when I’m fixing my hair. Literally, all the time. If you want to draw closer to God, I encourage you to just talk to Him. It may feel a bit weird at first, but once you make it a daily practice, it becomes easier. Talk to Him about anything in your life, nothing is too small or too big. God is always listening. I promise you, the more that you talk to God, the closer you will feel to Him and the more real He becomes to you.

I can tell you many more practices that you can implement in your life, but these two have literally transformed my life and my relationship with Jesus. I encourage you to be intentional about practicing them, and as you do, remember that God wants to be known by you. This means that He’s not sitting in heaven waiting for you to make a mistake or fall short, He desires for you to know Him and He will help you! I can tell you that the best thing about my life is to know God and be known by Him.

Let’s resolve to truly know God today.

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