Monday, January 19, 2009

~Rested and Refreshed~

  • Have you ever had moments, days and/or weeks that you felt like you couldn't put one foot in front of the least, not without it requiring a major effort?
  • Have you gone to bed at night and got a good nights sleep but yet, you woke up as tired as you were when you went to bed?
  • Have you ever felt that you just couldn't hold your eyes open regardless of what time of day it is?
  • Have you ever felt that you were so brain dead that the simpliest things took a great effort to achieve?
  • Have you ever just felt bad but yet you didn't have any specific symptoms?
Well, that was me last week. I still don't have any clue exactly what was wrong with me except I was running on empty.

I have become addicted to blogging (reading, writing & commenting) and I love staying in touch with all of my new bloggy friends. I also love Facebook. I have reconnected with a number of former classmates and it has been so much fun catching up after 28 years. So, I hadn't been getting much sleep at night...normally 5-6 hours. This is about the only time that I get a chance to write or surf that it won't interferer with my responsibilities as a wife, mother and employee. The only thing that I can think of is all caught up with me.

This past week, I made sure that I did only what was necessary and nothing more. I got up, worked at my job, took care of my duties as a wife and mother (barely) and went to bed every night by 9:30 PM. My wonderful husband got Tyler up Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for school and took him for me so I could sleep just a little bit longer also. I posted just a couple of entries...mainly, prayer request, updates and one because I am so proud of my husband. But, nothing that too a lot of brain function.

The one thing that I love is that no matter how tired I am, how "ucky" I feel or how little brain function I might have...I can still pray. It doesn't take much effort to talk to Jesus. Yes, there are days that I don't feel like praying, other times when I feel like I'm not sure that I can explain what is going on in my life or sometimes, I am too sick to pray. This past week wasn't one of those times.

I was exhausted in my physical body but my spirit was well, thriving and energized. I guess, by eliminating all the "extras" for the eliminated a lot of extra stress, late night hours and gave my brain a much needed break. I found myself having a "praisefest" while sitting at my desk working, listening to my priase and worship music and more time to reflect on God's goodness. My spirit was full of praise and worship for the One who loves me and brings us to a place of rest in many different ways.

Isaiah 40:28-31
Don't you know anything? Haven't you been listening? GOD doesn't come and go. God lasts. He's Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn't get tired out, doesn't pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. (29) He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. (30) even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. (31) those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don't get tired, they walk and don't lag behind. (The Message)

Jeremiah 31:25
I'll refresh tired bodies; I'll restore tired souls. (The Message)

Wow!!! He will refresh my tired body and whenever, my soul gets tired and wore out...He will restore it as well.

Physically, I am renewed in my rest but I can honestly say...I don't have any clue what I'll be writing about his week. I will take it one day at a time and let the Lord lay something on my heart daily. Stay tuned...who knows what will be here this week :-)

Have a wonderfully blessed day!


  1. Be sweetly blessed my friend, I love you.

  2. Oh, yes!! I have been there!!

    Sometimes it seems no matter how much sleep I get, I wake up feeling tired, tired through the day, exhausted by the time I come home--and then there are all those other things that need to be done!!

    I've come to the conclusion this past week that this is God's way of telling me to slow down. Stop hurrying around trying to get this,that and everything accomplished.

    I look at Jesus--He accomplished much, but He never hurried. Did He mind when He was interrupted by someone when He was doing something else--someone who might need Him more at that time? No, He stopped, listened and then did what needed to be done.

    That is what I need to do--listen for God's voice each and every moment and then do what needs to be done.

    God didn't create us to try to do everything. That is why each of us have different gifts--so we can all pitch in and help one another.

    I'm so glad that God finally impressed this knowledge upon my heart!!


    Sorry I haven't been around lately--I've been trying to stay away from the computer--a little bit!

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new layout! It is beautiful!

    And yes, I can identify. If I spent the time with the Lord that I spend on this computer, I'd be an apostle or something. :o)

    I'm glad that even though your body was tired, your spirit was soaring.

    Bless you friend!

  4. I can relate to all your questions. Life just gets exhausting sometimes. Thanks for the verses and the encouragement. Have a great week.

  5. Jenn, Glad you are feeling better! I too, get weary in body and sometimes have to just rest! love you, Laurie

  6. I pray a continuation of rest and refreshing for you.

    As Christian women we can often get out of balance. God is to be first in our lives, then if married it's our husband and children and then everything else. However, many times we try to do ALL OF IT at once and all the time and then suddenly burnout comes and we didn't see it coming and when we're in it we have not a clue as to what's going on.

    When that has happened to me the Holy Spirit reminds me that you're out of balance in some area. I'm giving out of my well and not the Well of the Lord. We have to remain replinished in Him and realize that we can not do it all. Those things that are of absolute necessity but then everything else has to be put in it's proper place.

    I pray that balance for you my sister in Christ as I continue to pray it for all of us. God bless you.

  7. I know exactly what you mean my friend! Isn't it wonderful that we can go to our Heavenly Father for rest? I pray He continues to revive you this week!

  8. So glad you became physically restored!!! I look forward to reading what you write :)

  9. So glad that you are refreshed!


  10. Happy your are feeling rested. I think so many of us can relate :-)

  11. Yes, I too have been there. I have read so many blogs lately about how great God is.-- SOO true!

    Have a wonderful week, April.

  12. Yes, I too have been there. I have read so many blogs lately about how great God is.-- SOO true!

    Have a wonderful week, April.

  13. Jennifer!!! Not April.-- sorry.


Thank you for stopping by today and sharing your heart felt thoughts with me. As we ride "Through the Storms of Life" together, chances are...your situation is different than mine. However, we serve the same awesome God, King of Kings who is in complete control and it all belongs to Him anyway...He wants to give you the very best. Be encouraged my friend, God loves you!

Thank you again for taking the time to visit me at "Through the Storms of Life".


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