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Today’s Truth

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

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I’m tired.

Tired of waking up each morning to face more trials – more noise – more chaos.

I’m tired of trying to “fix” people and circumstances.

I’m tired of dealing with angry people everywhere I turn.

I’m tired of senseless violence and the horrendous loss of life at the hands of broken people.

I’m tired of the incessant dealing with physical pain and constantly battling the darkness of depression.

I’m tired of Satan attacking my husband, my children, and my grandchildren!

What I want to do is quit. I want to give up. I want to take my computer and my cell phone and toss them in a garbage dump, cutting off my connections to so many people in the world I have carefully built. The world has gone crazy and I don’t want to deal with it anymore. I just want some peace!

And then I remember.

Christmas is just around the corner … and that’s what Christmas is all about – peace. We have somehow managed to lose sight of that stunning truth. We have allowed our priorities to be blown to smithereens! Frantic shopping trips, insane decorating, incessant gift wrapping, never-ending baking, attending parties we don’t really want to attend, spending money we don’t really have … and I want to quit!

I want to get back to the message of Christmas – the simple but eternal truth that Jesus came to earth as a baby – fully God and wholly-man. He experienced everything I have experienced and so much more. That’s why He came. To heal the broken lambs like me. To bind up the wounds inflicted by a world gone crazy. To initiate and define the very meaning of love, spelling it out in a language we can understand.

Take hold of this truth! God asked His only Son, Jesus, to exchange Heaven for Earth, to surrender His mind-blowing throne for a dirty manger, to relinquish perfection for gross imperfection, to love the unlovable. And Jesus said “Yes.”

God knows. Heaven is not in a panic nor is it surprised by the state of this world or the condition of my heart. Jesus Christ knows how tired I am. He knows I am ready to quit. And His love for me has not changed one bit!

God’s love for me does not depend on what I do or don’t do. If I never did another thing in Kingdom work, His love for me would not change. No one can take my place in My Father’s heart. And when I remember that … everything changes.

It was Christmas Eve and the family was preparing to attend the special service of their local church. Everyone was going except Dad, who was an honest man, a man who could not seem to wrap his logical mind around the story of God come to earth as a baby in a manger. He didn’t want to be a hypocrite, pretending to worship a Savior he wasn’t sure even existed, so he stayed home, built a fire to dispel the bitter cold of that winter night, and began to read the paper, waiting for his family’s return.

Hearing a knock at the window, he turned to see a tiny bird trying to reach the warmth of the fire. The man opened the window, but the bird refused to come in. Grabbing his coat, the man went out to the barn and opened the barn doors wide – but still, the bird refused to come in. The man thought, “If only I could be a bird, for just one minute, I could lead the bird to safety.” At that moment, he heard the church bells ring and finally understood why Jesus came to earth as a man – to become one of us so He could lead us to eternal safety.

The very heart of Christmas is Emanuel, God with us – with me – and with you. It celebrates the sufficiency of Christ that replaces our insufficiency. Christmas is not a date on a calendar. Christmas is a way of living that celebrates the presence of God in the simple, ordinary happenings of daily life.

So, this year, let’s refuse to quit! Let’s put on our warrior boots and stand firm in our faith. Let’s celebrate Christmas with passion and purpose!

How?

Through the smile we give the harried stranger or the patience we choose in the crowd of impatient shoppers – the love that prompts the secret gift or the heart that constantly celebrates His birth through every sparkling light, every beautifully wrapped gift, each special meal, every card, phone call, and visit. God is with us – if we choose to make room for Him.

Let’s Pray

Father, You know my weary heart. Forgive me for whining and complaining to You about so many things! Right now, I choose to make room in my life for You to work. Fill me with Your power and strength. Help me stand in faith and share You with fresh authority. And may this Christmas be exactly what You want it to be in my life.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Stop! Take a breath! And determine right now to truly celebrate Christmas this year in a way that replenishes you and honors God. What one step do you need to take in order to make that happen? Do it!

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8 Responses to “I’m Tired”

  1. Joy says:

    Merry Christmas

  2. Trish says:

    I was thinking just the other day that I was ready to jump ship and saying “Stop the world I want to get off “. I then felt God wrapping His arms around me and telling me it’s going to be ok. I would truly be lost without Jesus Christ in my life. He has carried me through more battles than I can even remember. At 70, one tends to forget so many things. I have always said, the one thing I hope and pray I never forget is Jesus Loves Me. I pray when I do get called Home, I will be singing 🎼🎶🎵❤️Jesus Loves Me This I know, for the Bible Tells Me So. 🙏🎄❤️Merry Christmas and God Bless. Thank you to all of you Ladies who write these Devotions. NEVER QUIT 🙏❤️

  3. Sarah says:

    Yes of course things could always be worse. I need to read messsges like this one, thank you. I have a college age son who doesn’t believe in Christianity any longer. He is a real downer. He ruins my spiritual mood and I am so tired for him. I pray. His know-it-all tone doesn’t change. I give up.

  4. Lisa says:

    Love this! I was tired too, but reading today’s devotion was exactly what I needed.
    Thank you.

  5. Angel says:

    Wow so blessed of this!

  6. RW says:

    While this devotional centers around the Christmas season, it was so timely for me for another reason-my marriage. As I was walking in the door, coming home from work, I was thinking how tired I was. I wanted to quit and give up on my marriage. I’m tired of feeling like I’m carrying the lions share of the burden. But when I opened the site, and I haven’t in a while, and saw the opening verse, I knew this was for me: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” I am going to take this as one of my key verses in the new year. For I know that there will continue to be times and days when I’m tired and I’ll need the reminder. Thank you so much for letting the Lord use you in writing this devotional for today. Have a blessed remainder of the holiday season and new year.

  7. Rebecca Jones says:

    I know the feeling, so glad His grace is sufficient.

  8. Agnes says:

    As I sit here my 44 year old daughter is incarcerated. She is an alocholic drug addicted sociopath. And has four sons. My sons, identical twin boys are 43. They also share the throws of the insidious disease of addiction. I don’t have to go very far to look for messed up people. Talk about being TIRED!!! Guess what. I choose the light of GODS love for me. He saved me and humanity on a wooden cross. I will never let HIM down. I love Him so much. I look past the present and to the future. Eternity with my HEAVENLY FATHER. GOD WITH US. MY FAVORITE CHRISTIAN PHRASE☮️

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