Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I was having one of those days, you know the kind when all you want to do is pull the covers over your head and sleep for a good portion of the day. And any waking hours, you want to spend catching up on chocolate and your shows On Demand (in case you’re wondering, I like reality TV – Bar Rescue, Kitchen Nightmares, Marriage Bootcamp…don’t judge me).
However, with two small children, a husband, a home and schoolwork, there are always things to be done and people to care for. But honestly, I was too exhausted to do anything and even thinking about my to-do list was making me more tired.
My husband looked at me and said, “Take it easy today.” To which I replied, “I can’t. I have too much to do.”
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
I pushed through my day, trying to be perky, energetic and patient with the kids, but I just wasn’t feeling like myself. I thought, “Okay. After I workout, I’ll feel better.” Wrong. I could barely focus enough to make it through a short workout.
I put the kids down for naps and came out to the front, my eyes welling with tears. I couldn’t figure out why I felt so emotional, but I felt like I was completely unhinged, going crazy. The fact I recognized that I didn’t feel like myself made me even more upset. Ignorance is bliss, I guess.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
I started to pray. I began praying for other people, because I was tired of thinking about myself and trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I paced the room, praying for my church, and anyone else that came to mind, but I still felt off. My neck and back ached. I couldn’t concentrate. I felt empty.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.
“Thank Me,” He said.
“I’m too tired, Lord.”
He insisted, “Just thank Me.”
Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
I began praying, “Thank you, Jesus,” over and over until I started realizing how blessed I am. I have a home. I have a husband who is loving and supportive. I have two rambunctious, intelligent and healthy children. I have family close by who come to help at the drop of a dime. I felt the weight lift off my shoulders.
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Even if I didn’t have all those things, I have a Savior, who took the form of man so that I could be free to live for Him and enjoy an abundant life in Him.
I was so consumed with being tired and busy that I forgot to be thankful.
…singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I have decided to be more thankful. When I feel myself slipping back into old habits, I turn up the worship music and sing. Nothing can lift your spirit and place things in proper perspective like worship.