Girlfriends in God - Apr. 8, 2010

April 8, 2010 

I'm Exhausted! 

Gwen Smith

Today's Truth 
"Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly" (Matthew 11:30, MSG).

Friend To Friend  
I had just arrived at my favorite coffee shop. As I opened the door, the smell of freshly brewed java greeted me and filled my creative mind with possibilities. I was eager to get to work and excited that my warm coffee-friend would come along with me for the ride. As I grabbed a cup from the counter and paid, I asked the barista how she was doing.

"I'm exhausted!" She lamented with a sigh.

I knew exactly how she felt. I feel that way a lot! I am famous for trying to put ten pounds of living into a five-pound sack. She was tired. Stressed. Drained. Over-committed. Under-rested. Exhausted. Yep! I totally know that feeling.

Have you been there? Ha! Of course, you have! It is so easy for us to rush into our days and get busy with life stuff, attempting to accomplish mountains of tasks and deal with emotional situations in our own strength. We are constantly pulled in a million directions. Trying to juggle the slow, steady drain of complicated relationships, crazy schedules, and weighty challenges.

The truth is our exhaustion problems cannot be solved without God. I find it comforting to realize that we are not the first people to struggle with feelings like this. All throughout Scripture people got worn-out and lamented about their tired souls. David wrote countless Psalms about being weary, and Elijah was so exhausted at one point that he sank into a deep depression and lost his God-courage. Jesus spoke to a crowd of people in Galilee one day about the only sure-fire solution to our exhaustion problem.

He said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV).

The MESSAGE version of those same verses reads this way, "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you will recover your life. I will show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I will not lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you. Keep Company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly" (Matthew 11:28-30, MSG).

When you keep company with Jesus, you will learn to live freely and lightly. Does that sound appealing to you? If so, then it is time to respond to His invitation. Whether you have thirty seconds or thirty minutes, pause now to turn to Him. Grab your prayer journal if you have one. Center your heart on His splendor and approach Him with reverence. While you are in His presence, empty your exhaustion out before Him. Tell Him the concerns on your heart and take a soul rest.

That day in the coffee shop, as I filled my cup I gave my exhausted, coffee-serving friend a smile and a knowing look. Then I spoke a word of hope to her heart and encouraged her to refuel in the secret place, the presence of God. She smiled back and thanked me for the reminder. She loves the Lord, but - like all of us - she sometimes forgets that soul rest is available.

Keep company with Him today. All day. When you do, you will experience His strength for each moment and His hope in each challenge. Live freely and lightly in Jesus, girlfriend.

Let's Pray 
Heavenly Father, You are mighty to save and all I need. Thank You for reminding me that I can always come to You and trade in my exhaustion for Your rejuvenation. I come to You today and ask that You would restore rest to my soul.

In Jesus' name, 

Now It's Your Turn 
Read and meditate on the words that Jesus spoke to His apostles when they were tired and weary, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest" (Mark 6:31b, NIV).

RESPOND: Allow the music and lyrics of SACRED PLACE to lead you into His presence right now. Turn up the speakers on your computer and CLICK HERE to listen to the song as you center your heart, mind, and soul on the Holy One.

More From The Girlfriends 
I know some of you are carrying heavy loads of exhaustion. Free living might sound like a promise for other people, but not for you. Perhaps you are dealing with a constant strain in your life. God sees you, friend. He knows your struggles. He is able to work out the details. Trust Him for strength and rest - whether He delivers you from the exhaustion or through it.

NEED HEALING for some heart wounds? Got a friend going through a difficult time? Gwen's book, Broken Into Beautiful, takes the reader by the hand and shows her how God delights to transform lives. To order the book, please CLICK HERE

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Gwen Smith is a speaker, worship artist, songwriter, and author. For more information about her ministry or schedule, visit her website at

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Originally published Thursday, 08 April 2010.