What is the difference between being tired and being weary? According to http://www.dictionary.com, “tired” and “weary” are synonyms with virtually the same definition, but with a minor difference. Being weary includes “mental exhaustion.”
Everyone gets tired from time to time. Parents especially, get tired on an everyday basis because raising kids and living life isn’t easy. When we go through any tough times, (not just raising kids) weariness can set in, and if we aren’t careful, it can lead to depression. From what I have experienced, weariness seems to set in most often when we go through an extended period of difficulty.
The scary thing about being weary is that it can pull us into ourselves and away from God, who is the answer to that weariness. God is the one who will be our rock when we are emotionally and/or physically exhausted. The more we trust God for the answers to our problems, the more peace we can experience, and the less “down” we will feel, even though the problems haven’t gone away.
I don’t have all the answers for ending weariness. My family and I are going through a time of stress because my dad is in failing health. So we are having to depend on God for strength, both physical and emotional.
I found a website, http://www.crosswalk.com that has “31 Verses for when you feel burdened and weary,” by Debbie McDaniel. Pray the verses that touch you the most, back to God. Meditate on the verses several times a day. And pray, pray, pray.
Psalm 105:4, Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.
Psalm 18:3, It is my God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
Matthew 11:28, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Philippians 4:11-13, …for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. *I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (*My emphasis)