1. OH, this is so good, Jolene. Sometimes I also get so tired of ministry. I just can’t seem to keep up with everything and I end up feeling exactly the way you do. This was a great list of things to concentrate on.

  2. Thanks, Jolene, for being so honest. It’s easy to sugar-coat the position of wife and mother and daughter of God and sometimes I think we do that…only talk about the blessings. But it’s important to address the sacrifices and weariness and the Source for overcoming or even just abiding during those times.
    Thanks also for your link up.

  3. Jolene,
    This is a great post, and I think we’ve all been there. I closely read the 9 CPR measures, because I both need them now and I know I’ll need them again soon enough! Allowing Him to carry me is the area I struggle with the most, so thanks for this important reminder for me to keep with me today.
    (via NOBH!)

  4. I felt more and more tired as I read your list, and I was so grateful to find your list of Spiritual CPR at the end. Taking time to rest, to listen and learning to say no can be so crucial to making sure our personal well doesn’t run dry.

    Thanks for sharing at NOBH!

  5. Love your suggestions, Jolene! (Especially take a nap….) I try to focus on the fact that I won’t be in this stage forever. It won’t be long and the children will be grown and gone and I’ll wish they were still needing their food cut up and boo-boo’s kissed and tucked into bed at night. Thanks for the encouragement this Monday morning!

  6. Wonderful devotional that is just as apt for
    us boomers and seniors in the Sandwich Generation – caring for aging parents while still raising kids or babysitting grandchildren. It never gets easier- but we keep on learning, relearning, re-re-learning and growing ever closer to Him! And oh, how we long for heaven in a whole new way! Thank you for the sweet encouragement!

  7. This was just so brutally honest and open! Thank you for that. The sweetest encouragement we all can receive is from Jesus Himself, as He truly understands! He, too, became tired and weak and fell beneath the weight of the cross, and He knew what it felt like to have someone who was compassionate enough to come along side of Him and take up that cross and carry it for Him. And so, we have a two-fold comfort and help: Knowing that He understands, and that He cares enough to revive our spirits with a Comforter. I loved your list of practical CPR. It’s one thing to state the situation, the obvious problems. But to walk away with some boots on to go to combat with —- that is just blessed indeed! Thank you!

  8. We were not promised an easy life…. BUT we were promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us…and we are promised eternal life!!! Praise His NAME!!

  9. I really enjoyed this post. I am now your newest follower. I too get so tired sometimes. I am so thankful for God’s strength that carries me through. Many blessings to you!

  10. Thank you for your honesty! I’m sure you’re not the only tired mama out there, and sometimes we need to see that REAL side of someone else, the one that we all have, the problem emotions that we all face.

    PS–I referenced the spiritual race in my blog as well today, except it was relating to weight loss. I almost used your same passage but decided on another instead.

  11. Thank you so much for posting this so honestly! It’s definitely great to hear that you aren’t the only one whose worn out! Just discovered your blog and am your newest follower! Can’t wait to read more from you!

  12. I almost could have written a very similar post minus the husband and kids part 🙂 since I don’t have any of that to contend with at the moment. But I understand the feeling of being tired of service. Just this morning God had to remind me that all the service I do comes from an overflow of my relationship with Him. The times I feel most weary is when I failed to stay properly connected to Him.

  13. I’m tired, too. Thank you so much for reminding us ways to get charged back up. I already knew them, but I need someone to keep telling me!

    Thank you.

  14. I can totally relate to being tired of it all…especially with the heat we are having here in Belize. And I love your tips!

  15. Hey Jolene How are you? Its been long since I visited your blog.. I was quite busy at home. This article simply resonates with me ..this is how I sometimes feel…I am trying my best to be gentle but sometimes fails miserably.

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