Exhausted? Who isn’t at some point. Fortunately, God will minister to you right in that exhaustion. Nothing has to change for you except to let Him speak to your heart through His Word.
“For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.'” (Isaiah 41:13)
“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)
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” (Psalm 119:114)
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
Exhausted may be what you’re feeling right now, but it’s not who you are.
Receive God’s help. Learn from Jesus. Boast in weaknesses. Hope in God’s word. Refuse to quit.
In this five session video Bible study, Shauna Niequist invites you on a journey that changed her life. She will walk a path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning of your worth.
Shauna will help you begin leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection. She offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.
Sessions include: 1) Pain Points; 2) The Roles We Play; 3) Yes And No; 4) Unflashy, Unspectacular, Good; and 5) Living the Love.
Study is on Mondays at 6PM beginning March 9th. Location is Diane Borst’s home. Please sign-up in the foyer. Books will be available for $10 on the first night of the study.
Interesting that rummaging involves both a thorough search and a haphazard search. It also carries with it a sense of thoroughness, completeness and discovery.
Most often, we associate “rummage” with the idea of going through our belongings, deciding what we don’t need/want anymore, and selling or somehow getting rid of them. With that, rummaging is most often connected with things.
Consider that rummaging can also involve a search of our lives — activities, thoughts, habits, etc. — and determining what we need to dispose of in order to move forward in a less cluttered way. Rummaging, then, can involve both cleaning out our physical spaces as well as cleaning out the less tangible spaces in our lives.
This intangible rummaging involves purging unhealthy thoughts and emotions, not letting them run wild anymore. In means revamping our schedules, so they don’t constantly control us and run us down. Rummaging in these ways means assessing our habits for their value and healthfulness in our lives, getting ride of what doesn’t work and adding in what we need to make progress.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
The rummaging process, whether cleaning out our physical or mental spaces, usually happens in small steps that add up over time to make a huge difference. They happen best as we focus on progress over perfection.
As you spend some time in the next couple of weeks rummaging through your house to find items to donate to New Hope’s Annual Rummage Sale, consider doing some inner rummaging too. Not only will you move forward with a less-cluttered house but a less-cluttered mind too.