What makes you weary?

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)

What are your top priorities?

God, family, others.  Our priorities are to be: God first, family next, and finally, others. We all have things in our life that are competing for priority. Where exactly is “life” supposed to come in on this list? Do we come home from work, collapse on the couch and veg in front of the TV, (or smart phone), or do we sit and cuddle with our kids and ask them about their day? The bottom line is that we tend to make time for the things that are important to us, even if we will tell someone that we don’t have time for some other activity that isn’t as important.

Sadly, there are many times when we forget just what our priorities should be.  Take the time right now – with your kids, if they are old enough – to reset your priorities.  Make a list of the top 10 priorities in your life. Have your kids do the same. Before sharing your lists with each other, eliminate 6-7 of those top 10, leaving only 3-4 of the very top priorities in your life. Now share them with your spouse and kids. Are any of yours similar to your kids’? Discuss ways to help your kids, and have them help you, to maintain the most important priorities in your lives. And remember, if you put God first, He will help you have enough time for other priorities.

Matthew 6:33, Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. (KJV)

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11a, To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: 2) A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3) A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4)  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; 5) A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6) A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7) A time to rend and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8) A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war and a time of peace.  11a) God has made everything beautiful in His time…   (KJV)

Luke 12:34, For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Are you enjoying Spring Break?

Spring Break. What an excellent time to teach our kids fun ways we can serve the Lord! Yes, I said “Fun ways to serve.” This year my grandkids and I have had the opportunity to serve by helping two different ministries at our church, and I know they would say it was indeed “fun.”

My younger granddaughter loves to bake. Well, our prison ministry takes homemade cookies to prisoners and shares the gospel message 2-3 times a year. This year my grandgirl and I baked and took about 5 dozen cookies for this ministry.

And, in a second opportunity, three of my four grandkids and I “stuffed” eggs for our Easter egg hunt. Our church fills at least 10,000 eggs, and I think between my grandkids and I, we must have stuffed between 1000-2000!! But believe it or not, my grandson said he had more fun stuffing eggs than he would have had on his electronics. Amazing! And such a blessing to others.

It’s easy to serve. And it really does feel good. Please let me know the ways in which you and your kids serve the Lord, both in and out of church. I really want to know and pray for you and your efforts!

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I Samuel 12:24 says, But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you.

I Peter 4:10 states, Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

Do you live the “Golden Rule”?

Do you live the Golden Rule, and do you teach it to your kids?

I have a challenge for you, parents/grandparents. I challenge you, to challenge your kids to do one thing for someone else, that demonstrates the Golden Rule. Give them one week to do something for someone, that demonstrates how they would like to be treated. For example, someone trips and falls, and your child helps them up. Or, they stand up for someone who is being bullied. Or, they stop a rumor from spreading, by not sharing it with someone else. There are so many opportunities that we don’t take advantage of, to show others the Golden Rule. Not spreading gossip, being honest instead of lying about something, the list is endless.

Every person wants to be respected, but in our society today, giving respect to someone else seems to be optional. Let’s start turning that idea around. It is not only a good idea, it is a command from God. Luke 6:31 says, And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. In other words, treat other people the way you want to be treated.

Read Luke 6:27-42 to your  kids, and discuss their opinions on this issue. Send me comments on how this challenge went! I would love to hear from you!!!

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