Have you ever felt low in spirit? I have… Sometimes we just burn the candle at both ends. We become short tempered and negative. Our vision obscures and our souls are parched. The whole world seems to take on one shade – gray. So I’ve been thinking what would be some biblical and practical ways that can help us stay above the feelings that come with exhaustion.
·Be honest with ourselves and our family – Tell them how you feel. They are your number one support system.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” Proverbs 17:17
·Take rest – close the curtains, turn off the light and say good night early tonight. :-)
“Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” Gen 2:3
·Read the Word – Scripture refreshes and comforts the soul.
“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matt 4:4
·Talk to a godly friend who will pour in some encouragement and pray with and for us.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…” 1The 5:11
·Recount God’s blessings – new hope springs from remembering God’s faithfulness and blessings.
“On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.” Ps 63:6
·Clean up our To Do List – pray over the tasks that have found a place on that list. Ask God for guidance. He will help us prioritize and say Not Now to some things. Place the Not Now things on a wish list and prayerfully pull one at a time when possible.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Ps 16:3
·Laugh – let's try not to take ourselves so seriously. Scheduling some time to watch a fun movie, go out with family and friends will cheer up our hearts.
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Pr 17:22
·Do one unexpected act of kindness – nothing cheers a heart more than being a blessing to someone.
“The merciful, kind, and generous man benefits himself [for his deeds return to bless him]…” Pr 11:17 (AMP)
I hope these biblical principles have given you some encouragement. I pray God’s blessing on your week.
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