What the Bible Says To Those Who Are Tired

Rest-in-Jesus-ChristI don’t like limits. I don’t like getting tired. I’d probably sleep only a couple hours a night if I could get away with it.

When I was in medical school and residency training there were times I worked or studied 36 hours or more at a stretch with no more than a 30 minute nap. Sure, I got tired. But I was able to do it, and I felt it was worth it.

Now that I’m significantly older there’s no way I could make it through a shift like that and remain functional. Now I’m more aware than ever of how fatigue affects my efficiency, attitude, and decision-making ability, not to mention what it’s like to be around me.

Some people don’t put much personal effort into anything: the Bible calls them sluggards. But some people, like me, tend toward the other direction. Although working hard can be a strength, overwork can quickly become very destructive personally, mentally, relationally, and spiritually. It’s us hard-working kind of people that we look into the Bible for today.

If you want to feel well, be more effective, and hear God’s voice the best, you need regular times of physical, emotional, and spiritual rest.

God knew we would get tired. Jesus experienced fatigue when He was here. And the Bible gives some clear messages to those who are tired.

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What To Do When You Want To Hear From God

What To Do When You Want To Hear From God

You want to hear from God. But He seems unavailable. “I need God to speak to me. But I’m not hearing anything from Him at all!”

Have you said anything like that? Those of us who care at all about our relationship with God would love to have a way to know exactly what God was saying. We want to hear from Him.

But too often it seems like a game of, “Can you hear me now?” You’d be glad for something as short as a text message from God at those times.

Have you done any of these things in your desire to hear from God?

  • Opened the Bible at random, and looked for a message in the first verse you put your finger on
  • Asked a minister or other Christian leader if they had a message from God for you
  • Wondered if those who claim to be prophetic might truly have a “word from the Lord” for you
  • Wished or prayed for a visit from an angel, or a divine dream, to tell you what God wanted you to do

We can feel desperate to know God’s will often when facing a big life decision, such as what kind of career to enter, who to marry, or whether to make a significant move. We also feel that desire when things are going poorly, perhaps with a physical illness, painful relationship, or overwhelming problems.

I’ve been on both sides of this question. While a young growing Christian I felt confused and desperate, and wanted to hear from God so badly that I unwisely believed some who claimed to speak for God. More recently I’ve had people ask me to pray for them, and tell them if God gives me any specific message for them. We would love for God to show up like He did in the Bible, with something specific to say just to us.

Remember that in the Bible God’s voice was precious. He doesn’t speak just because we demand it. And He doesn’t speak in a way that makes our own mind unnecessary. We’re not robots: it’s a relationship that’s growing here!

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15 Ways To Help Someone Who’s Having A Bad Day

15 Ways To Help Someone Who’s Having A Bad Day

Having a bad day yourself is bad enough. But when your friend, spouse, child, or someone else close to you is having a bad day, that can almost be harder.

Some days my husband feels great, but other days he gets up in significant pain. He rarely actually complains, but I can tell how much he’s struggling to do things at times. When I see him feeling bad it makes me feel bad also. I so wish there was something I could do to help.

Perhaps your friend was just turned down for the job, or found out her car will need major repairs. Perhaps your child was bullied at school, or your spouse spent the night at the hospital with her sick mother. How you try and help will, of course, depend somewhat on the seriousness of the problem, and on your relationship with the person who is hurting.

How can you help when someone is having a bad day? Your loved one will not appreciate it if you ignore them, pretend everything is OK, or get angry or upset yourself.

If Your Friend is Having a Bad Day

  1. Ask questions. Don’t assume you know what’s going on until you know what’s going on. You can say, “You seem to be having a difficult day. Could you tell me about it?” This is not meddling, but if you have a close relationship with someone, at least ask.
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What You Should Learn From A Bad Day

Bad Hair DayBad days will come. You have them, and so do I.

I’ve had a couple bad days recently. And I don’t like them any better than you do.

But I’ve come to realize that having a bad day can be very useful. Through the experience of having many bad days (who hasn’t?), I’ve come to understand that there are many things to be learned. And some of those things really cannot be learned on a good day.

Here are some things you can learn from having a bad day:

  1. Tomorrow will still come. Regardless of how bad I feel right now, this is not the end. And there are plenty of reasons to believe that good things will happen tomorrow. At least THIS won’t happen the same way again.
  2. I’m human. My physical, emotional, and spiritual strength has limits. A bad day usually happens when I come up against one of those limits. It’s wise to be reminded that I am not God!
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10 Reasons You Should Smile More

10 Reasons You Should Smile More

Smiling ChildSmile, and the world smiles with you. Weep, and you weep alone.”

Well, maybe that saying originally started out with “Laugh”, but “Smile” works just as well. Perhaps it shouldn’t be that way, and often moments of sorrow provide opportunities for others to demonstrate sincere God-inspired compassion.

But it’s still true that smiles are contagious!

That’s only one reason to be conscious of how often you smile. Smiling is good for your body, mind, and soul. It’s good for the people around you. And it can demonstrate an inner hope and peace that speaks of God’s work in your heart.

So, here are some specific reasons you should smile more often, and more sincerely:

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