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~Psalm 39:7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

Misplaced Hope

When we get to the point of weariness, we tend to look for relief in the wrong places or in the wrong people. When I have been to this point, I have felt that God wanted me to go through this and wasn’t going to give me relief from the situation I was in. It is then I would look for help – but not from the Lord. Friends were there for me and were a blessing – but they could not take the trial away. They could encourage my heart but they could not change my attitude about the trial. It is the same when believers are stricken with an illness that is pretty serious. They turn to their doctors and place their hope in the doctor to heal them. As good as that sounds, the hope is truly misplaced.

Hope Eternal

The weary believer gets to a point in his life that he is overwhelmed and feels as though he has been totally abandoned.  When we place our hope in God, the hope will not be misguided. That hope will be eternal and He will sustain us. As I close this devotional series for The Weary Believer, I pray that it has impacted you in such a way that you will turn to the Lord rather than to anyone or anything else in your time of need. I have tried to convey the importance of seeking God’s face and turning to His Word for encouragement. The Word heals the broken believer. When you have filled yourself with the water from the Word, you will look at your trial with different eyes. The overwhelming feeling will be replaced with the attitude that you can live through this.

~Psalm 146:5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:

© Kate Plourde 2009

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~Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

What do you know?

In the Old Testament times, people were not as blessed as we are today to have God’s Word available at any given time. They had to depend on hearing God’s Word from their prophets and high priests. After hearing, they had to keep what they had heard in their hearts so they could pull from it when they needed refueling.

Isaiah exhorted them by trying to help them to remember what they had been taught. Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? It’s as if he is trying to jolt their memories:

Come on, people! We’ve taught you this before. Why don’t you remember?  Why don’t you draw from what you have been taught and encourage yourselves?

When the believer is weary, it’s so vital that he remember what God has taught him. When we look back at how God has been there for us in the past and what He has done to bring us through a particular trial, we feel encouraged that He will do it again!

God is not man

Today’s verse points out that God is not man and He does NOT grow weary. God never tires of helping His child. He is NOT weary of helping you, dear Christian. We may grow tired of helping the immature believer because he does not seem to learn from his mistakes. But God is not like this at all. He is the ultimate Parent. He has perfect love, perfect patience and perfect mercy! This perfection is wrapped around the fact that He never gets tired. My friend, does this not encourage you?

~Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Our perfect God is wanting to to help us. He stands ready and He is waiting to renew the strength of the weary believer. When we allow Him to work in our lives, we are promised that He will renew our strength.  Not only will He renew our strength, but He will do it in such a way that we will feel as though we are flying!  We will come above our circumstances rather than be overwhelmed and covered by them.

God is perfect

God is not human and does not have the weaknesses that we have. His compassion allows Him to understand what we are going through. It is His perfect love that drives this compassion. Any parent can relate to this love and compassion. The love we have for our children is what motivates us when we discipline them – when we try to comfort them when they are hurt – when we try to teach them what is right.

God is perfect and, therefore, this perfection spills forth when He wants to encourage us. Isaiah captures this in Isaiah 40:31, doesn’t he? He says that in our weariness, if we wait upon God as He ministers to us through His Word, He SHALL renew our strength and we will be able to run (spiritually speaking) and not grow tired or faint. We will be able to go through our trial without falling apart.  In fact, Isaiah takes it a step further and says that we will rise above our circumstances.

Friend, our weariness can be compared directly to the amount of time in the Word. The Lord promises to renew our strength in time of weariness. The wearier we are, the more we need the Word to cleanse us – to encourage us – to lift us up.  I know that the last thing I want to do when I am sick is to open my Bible – but this is when I need to open my Bible.  God has a promise there waiting for me if I do!

© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

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~2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;(3) Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (4)

where to find comfort

Where do you find your comfort?  Do you find it in music?  Do you find it in someone you love? Do you find it in distractions?

~Psalm 119:50  This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

Comfort found outside the Word of God is temporary. If you find comfort in music, what happens when the music is turned off? God’s Word permeates the soul. It makes us alive – that is what the word “quicken” means.

~Psalm 119:154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.

It stands to reason that when we are in need of comforting, we can find permanent comfort in God’s Word. Not only will it make us alive, it will keep us focused on Him!

The more we are in the Word of God, the more we can be assured that we will find comfort within its pages.  The believer who does not spend time regularly in the Word is like a car that does not get regular maintenance checks.  Without fluids being added regularly, the car will being to spit and sputter and eventually break down.  This is the plight of the believer who does not take time to read his Bible.  When this believer needs comfort the most, he will not find it – he will turn to something else to find that comfort.  Unfortunately, that comfort will be temporary and will not meet the believer’s deepest need!

the god of all comfort

Verse 3 says that God is the God of all comfort! We do not need to look anywhere else or with anyone else. We simply need to look to God for all our needs – all our comfort. He will provide us with exactly what we need at exactly the moment we need it.  Yes, even during those times when He disciplines us, He provides that same comfort.

~Psalm 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

We can rest assured that even when we are being disciplined by the Lord, He will give us the comfort we need.  He will not allow us to be overwhelmed or exasperated as a result of His discipline.  God’s compassion is above any man.  His compassion never fails – His love is perfect.

~Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

god waits to give you comfort

Take control of your spiritual life, weary Christian. Do not let the devil has his way with you. He is the father of lies and is a lion seeking to devour you! Make time for God’s Word and find the comfort and peace that you are in such desperate need of.  God desires to give you peace and comfort.  In fact, not only does He provide that peace and comfort but you will find it He does this in a magnificent way!  You will not be able to fully comprehend how you can possibly have His peace and comfort at the time.  It is this perfect peace and comfort that will keep you going – the more you experience it the more you will want to stay on the right path for Christ.  The more you will want to stay in the Word so you can constantly be refueled by Him!  Don’t despair, dear Christian.  Don’t give up!  God is waiting to comfort you if only you will seek Him.  Once you have found this comfort, it will keep your heart and mind encouraged.

~Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

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As I look at all of the self help groups that are out there today, I can’t help but wonder if those who attend actually walk away saying it was good for them to have been through the trial that led them to the counseling session. Many of today’s counselors are eager to encourage a person to place the blame for their plot in life on someone else. However, Christianity does not take that stand.

~Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

Affliction

It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? It’s good for me to have been afflicted? Are you serious? But David thought so. Just why would he feel this way? The latter part of Psalm 119:71 has the answer: “that I might learn thy statutes.”  God’s law is

God’s Lessons

You will look at the trials and traumas of your life with different eyes when you are actually wanting to learn something from God through it all. I realize that this is easier said than done. However, David practiced this. He actually believed that it was good that he had been afflicted! Why do you suppose he felt this way?

Results

I believe that David’s positive attitude was the result of a man who had actually seen God’s hand throughout the trial. He knew that each affliction would draw him closer to the Lord. I believe that each affliction was an actual opportunity to draw nigh to God.

~James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.


In my opinion, we draw nearer to God when we become more Christ-like. Each time that we are convicted of sin, repent and truly change, we get closer to God. The Word tells us to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). The only way we can achieve this is to allow the Holy Spirit to change us. Affliction allows us to turn to God in dire times of need. This is when we are most open to allowing the Holy Spirit to do His work in our lives. Next time trials come into your life, think on these things. God can and will use them for your benefit.

© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

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Christians, at times, can be overwhelmed by their circumstances. Christianity does not keep us from trials. In fact, we can count on experiencing trials because it is at that time that we grow closer to the Lord! We can see His hand of mercy and His grace throughout the trial!


Distraction is a good tool to take our eyes off our circumstances. The more we dwell on our trial, the more apt we are to yield to weariness. We all experience weariness from time to time. However, it’s what we do with weariness that can make or break us.  Some trials can last a lifetime, like chronic illness, but the remedy is the same.


~Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

What a wonderful cure for weariness. Paul exhorts us not to be weary in well doing. Notice that he also encourages us and says that if we do not faint we will reap. I don’t think Paul meant the actual “passing out type of fainting” here. I believe he meant “weak and exhausted.” I’ve been there, haven’t you? Exhausted from my trials to a point where I ask myself, “What’s the use in even trying?”. This is where I must take my eyes off myself and focus on others.

The remedy lies in verse 10 of Galatians 6. Every opportunity we have to do something good for someone else, especially other believers, actually applies a sweet salve to our weariness. The more we apply this balm of healing, the weariness will disappear.

Our trials may not go away but the joy we receive from doing something for others will take our hearts and minds off our circumstances. Before we know it, we’ll see God’s grace in our lives – we’ll see that we are able to deal with the trial much better than before!

It’s amazing how much the Lord loves us and desires to help us through our trials. He provides answers in His Word to help us!

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Life’s circumstances can be so overwhelming at times, can’t they? Some are so great that we need to step back and think things out or we will make snap decisions or say something we do not mean to say. It is then that we need to exercise our faith in the Lord as we try to figure things out.

Peter found himself in this situation. He started out well, but life’s circumstances got in the way and doubt crept in. Am I so different? Absolutely not! I have been guilty of this as well. As a result though, I have come to realize that God was right there with me and there was no need to fear. Let’s take a look at this account:

~Matthew 14:23-32 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. (23) But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. (24) And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. (25) And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. (26) But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. (27) And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. ( 28 ) And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. (29) But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. (30) And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? (31) And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. (32)

Starting Out Well

I cannot point a finger at Peter at all because I have so been there! Haven’t you?  Peter saw the Lord and wanted to join Him on the water. I can just picture myself in this same scenario. Had I seen Jesus Christ walking toward me on the water during a horrible storm, I think I would have been excited to see Him there! I think I would have wanted to be right there by His side because I would have known that it was the safest place to be.

Peter was the only one willing to exercise his faith.  The Scriptures do not show any of the others willing to walk on the water.  With the storm still raging about him, Peter had enough faith to make that first step out onto the waters. He started out well. He had enough faith to get him started. I have heard it said that many Christians start out well but they do not end well. I surely do not want to be counted in that latter number. I want to finish well in my service for the Lord!

Raging Storms

Peter’s faith was strong enough to make that first step onto the water. Just think about it. He was alone in this! Yes, Peter started out well. I have been in those shoes. In my early years as a new believer, I would start out in a trial and I would exercise my faith and believe that God would bring me through it.

But let’s see what happened next to Peter. The moment he saw the huge waves about him and the storm raging, he became afraid! It stands to reason that Peter could only see the waves because he took his eyes of Jesus.  Had he kept his eyes focused on Jesus, the waves would not have been the center of his concentration and, therefore, seemed so terrifying.  Instead Peter would have seen the joy in Jesus’ eyes because His child was trusting in Him.  He would have been encouraged to continue on.

However, before we point a finger at Peter and boast of our own strength, could we actually have done any better? Have we done any better during our own trials? I know that I have failed miserably in this same area. I began my trial knowing the Lord would take care of me. However, the moment the fire was turned up a little, I took my eyes off the Lord and turned them upon my husband or a friend to help me through.

God’s Compassion

I love how this account ends. In desperation and fear, Peter cried out to Jesus and immediately Jesus rescued him (verse 31). Jesus didn’t wait for Peter to go down for the third time. Christ responded at Peter’s first cry. How many times have I waited to cry to the Father to help me? I can’t even count them all. Instead, I depended on others to comfort me during my trial when I could have gotten the perfect solace from my Heavenly Father!  When we learn to turn to the Lord right away, we keep ourselves from getting discouraged because we have received His goodness and His grace.

Exercising Our Faith

God has given us these examples in Scriptures so that we may use them to teach us.  As we read this beautiful depiction of man’s weakness and God’s grace, it should minister to us and teach us how to exercise our faith in God. When a trial comes our way, cry to God first. We need to allow the Lord to minister to us during our trials. God will respond but we must hear Him.  Many times we allow ourselves to be distracted and we miss His still small voice; or we overlook a path that He has set before us and we choose the wrong one.  However, if we listen intently – if we follow God’s direction, it builds our faith. God may use others, He may use His Word, He may use the Pastor as he preaches his message. But the bottom line is that God will respond when we cry out to Him.

How blessed we are to have such a compassionate God to serve! We are not alone in our trials. In the footprints of life, we will see God’s footprints ahead of us; or we will see His footprints beside us; and at times He will be carrying us. But we will never see our own footprints all alone.  He will never give us a burden so heavy that we cannot carry it.

~Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

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Weariness… it creeps on you like rain rolling in. You see dark clouds and a wall of rain from a distance yet the sun is still shining over you. Closer and closer the rain comes and you know that it’s only minutes before you are drenched. Weariness is the same – it doesn’t come quickly and out of the blue.

Weariness is a tool that the devil sometimes uses to overwhelm the believer. Ole slew foot is smart! He works slowly, methodically, making sure that you do not recognize his tactics. He creeps in unaware.  By the time the believer is totally weary, he can no longer see the hand of God in his life.

~Psalm 105:1-5 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. (1) Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. (2) Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. (3) Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. (4) Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; (5)

In these beautifully written verses, the Psalmist gives us insight as to what we can do to overcome our weariness.

Give Thanks

Psalm 105:1 does not specify exactly for what we are suppose to thank God. However, God showed us elsewhere in His Word:

~Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

We are to thank God for the bad – the good – the uncertainties – for everything! It is hard to be sad when you have the attitude of gratitude. A thankful heart cannot be achieved during trials when all we’re doing is griping and complaining about our lot in life. Our heart is a muscle which needs to be exercised like any muscle. Therefore, exercising our faith and teaching ourselves to be thankful in all things will result in a strong, grateful attitude.  It is so important to get a handle on this because whatever condition our heart is in will be revealed by the words we speak.

~Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

Practice makes perfect. Starting today, thank God for your trials. You will be conditioning your heart – you will be exercising your faith and making it strong. The Lord says that whatever thoughts we harbor in our hearts will be reflected in our speech. It’s a dead give-away. Whether your trial is chronic illness, financial problems, marital stresses or other relationship problems, thank God for these in your life. When we experience a trial in our lives, it is our opportunity to be trained by God! When we don’t thank Him, our attitude is certainly not open to being taught. God wants to teach us to rest in Him – to draw upon His grace to make it through each day. When we moan and groan, our thoughts couldn’t be any further from the Lord. Thanking him in all things opens our heart to seeing what He wants to teach us. We are then able to glean from the Word and we are ready to accept His direction.

Make Known

Verses 1b and 2b speak of telling others what the Lord has done for us. When we keep His blessings to ourselves, we miss out on opportunities to give glory to God for His goodness and grace. We are to tell others of the trials we have been experiencing and how the God of Glory has brought us through them. This doesn’t mean that you now have center stage and can express every gory detail about the trial. But it does mean that you can generalize and then give every detail about how the Lord is bringing you through. Tell them that He is your light in the very darkest of nights. Give God the glory in all things and He will give you exactly the right amount of grace of each difficult moment of the day – He will sustain you!

Seek Him

Verse 4 encourages us to seek God’s face and His strength. Some trials will never go away. It is at these times that we must accept the fact that we will be living with this trial until the Lord takes us Home. It is those dear believers who need to seek Him and His strength minute by minute. There is nothing this believer can do to make this trial go away. Therefore, it is vital this believer gets his strength from the Father because in his own strength, he will fail. The Heavenly Father never fails!

So dear weary Christian, (1) give thanks in all things, (2) make know to others how God is bringing your through, and (3) seek Him and His strength. His grace is sufficient!

Give thanks with a grateful heart;
Give thanks to the Holy One,
Give thanks because He’s given
Jesus Christ His Son.
And now, let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say “I am rich”
Because of what the Lord has done for us.
Give thanks!

by Henry Smith
© Kate Plourde 2009

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Weariness can sometimes come from our own personal sin. God does not impute our trespasses. What a wonderful thought!

~2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Noah Webster defines “imputing” as:

Charging to the account of; attributing; ascribing.

Strong’s defines it as:

G3049
λογίζομαι
logizomai
log-id’-zom-ahee
Middle voice from G3056; to take an inventory, that is, estimate (literally or figuratively): – conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).

Imputing

***Sigh*** This is such a conviction to me!  God does not charge my sin to my account.  Not only that, He does not take an inventory of my sin.

I cannot say that I have followed God’s leading in this area.  How many times have I been miserable within because I could not forget a trespass against me.  God has used this to prick my heart and show me that I cannot move forward in my spiritual walk unless I follow His pattern.

Heeding the Holy Spirit

When we do not heed to the Holy Spirit’s convictions, it is as if our feet are planted in mud.  At first, it is slightly difficult to walk in mud.  However, as our feet become more and more covered in the mud, we find it is harder and harder to pull our feet out and move forward.  So it is when we harbor ill feelings toward another.

~Hebrews 12:14-15 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: (14) Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; (15)

When we are at peace with all men, we do not harbor grudges or ill feelings. Doing so causes the root of bitterness brings trouble within us. I cannot push forward for the Lord when my heart is in this state. If I succumb to this sin, I only fill my spirit with exactly what the devil would want. If I dwell in this state long enough, I become weary. This is not what God wants for us.

Reflection of God

We are to be as He is. We are to be molded into His likeness by allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. As I submit to the Holy Spirit’s leading, I become more Christ-like in my nature. In turn, I will treat those who have offended me in the same manner as God treats me. I will forgive them – I won’t hold their offense against them – I will not keep an inventory of what they have done! Since God does not take an inventory of my sin, nor does He charge my account or remember my sins, nor should I!
© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

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I absolutely love this verse:

~2 Corinthians 13:14a The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

Here we see the Trinity at work in the believer’s life. The love of the Father is so great (John 3:16) that He sent His Son to pay the penalty of our sin. Salvation rests totally on Jesus Christ – there’s nothing we can do to earn it. The only thing we need to do is to acknowledge this in our heart and repent from our ways. That is grace: unmerited favor. God’s love provided a way for us to be reconciled to Him by giving of Himself! What love – what provision!

Communion

My favorite part of this verse is the communion with the Holy Spirit! Noah Webster defines communion as “fellowship.” As I have communion with the Lord, I have fellowship with Him. I communicate with Him – I meditate on God’s love, grace, mercy, and His attributes. Doing so opens my heart to His nature. It helps me to know Him more intimately.

When I am weary, I fail miserably in this area. My thoughts, once again, revolve around my trial and circumstances. They are not dwelling on God’s attributes but they are dwelling on:

Why is God allowing this in my life? Why won’t God take this away? Why me and not someone else?”

My communion with God has now become a one-way form of self-centered communication – it is no longer communion at all. I keep asking why instead of asking for His help through my suffering. Am I so different from the Apostle Paul in my feelings? Paul had a thorn in his side that he asked God to remove three times. God’s response to Paul was:

~2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Sufficient Grace

As I commune with God and express to Him the sorrows of my heart, He provides me with just the right amount of grace I need to go through that very moment. As with Paul, God may not take away my problem, but He does promise me that His grace is sufficient. He comforts my heart – He gives me strength to carry on – He showers me with His love, peace and comfort.

Greater Impact

Notice that God’s strength is revealed through us during our trials. When others see my faith in action during a trial, it becomes a testimony to them of God’s power in my life. Yes, there have been times that the Lord has removed my trial from me and I have given Him the glory. Others witness my joy and their faith is increased.

However, I believe that there is more impact in their lives when they see my faith in action. When we continue to rejoice in the Lord despite our circumstances, this testimony has greater impact. They actually see that God is carrying us through. It reminds me of the “Footprints in the Sand” story. God desires to help us through our trials and to even carry us.

Closer Relationship

My communion with the Holy Spirit brings much benefit to my spiritual walk. He instructs me, He speaks to me through His Word, He encourages my weary heart and He lifts me up. I now understand how the Apostle Paul was able to continue on in preaching the Gospel. He probably asked God to remove his thorn so he could better serve Him. As much as that sounds like a Christ-centered request, the Father said that He would receive more glory through Paul’s afflictions than without them. Paul’s relationship with God grew closer – it forced him to fully rely on God’s grace for each moment. We may think we know what is best for us but God’s ultimate goal always has our best interest.

When we reach this point in our spiritual walk, we can overcome weariness. Weariness is the result of trying to change our circumstances and failing. When we acknowledge that we cannot change them and fully rely on the grace of God to help us through, our focus is removed from our circumstances and instead placed on God. We now see that it has nothing to do with us, but everything to do with God. Rather than look at my trials with discouragement, I can now look at my trials with different eyes – I can see that through these trials, God will ultimately receive the glory and, as a result, will draw another closer to Him.

Is this not what Christ called us to do?

~2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

Everyone of us has this ministry in life. We are to reconcile the unbeliever to God by sharing the Gospel. We are to reconcile the believer who has gone by the wayside to Christ by being a spiritual mentor. When we see ourselves in this ministry, we understand how God takes our trials and uses them to help another.

We find purpose for our lives. Weariness brings lies. We believe that because we are so sick, God cannot use us. Those are the devil’s lies. He is the father of lies and he is quite effective. But the weary Christian does not need to fall for those lies. Remembering that our ministry, sick or not, is to reconcile others to God, we now see ourselves with purpose in our lives! There is no greater joy in a believer’s heart than to know that God is using him for His work!

Press on, my friend!

© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

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When I am weary of well doing, I need to remind myself of just who God is.  He is not mere man.  Man can let us down but God will never let us down.

Fellowship Restored

God created us in His image with a desire to fellowship with Him. Without salvation, we cannot fellowship with God. Prior to salvation, man feels empty within. Man feels as though there is something missing in his life. That is why he is always in pursuit of happiness and joy. He does not find this joy until the fellowship with God is restored.

~Psalm 121:1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

This Psalm is one of my favorites. It reveals to me man’s attempt to seek after God and God’s reward for doing so.

The Psalmist knew that his God could help him with anything. This verse reminded me of when we were fighting as children saying, “My Dad is bigger than your Dad!” David says His God is the Creator of the universe and will surely help him!

No Doubt

~Psalm 121:2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

It is one thing to believe in God but quite another to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God will help you.

How does God help us? As I meditated on this Psalm, I realized that the Father helps us in every aspect of our lives:

~Psalm 121:3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Since God never sleeps, we can be assured that God will assist us in our spiritual walk if we allow Him. That is the most important thing for a believer. When we are walking with the Lord, all things are “right” in life. Even the hurdles are easy because He is guiding.

~Psalm 121:4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

It’s as if the Psalmist wanted to emphasize this point. God is not human that He tires and needs to take a nap. He is always standing watch over us. What comfort! Not only is God watching over us, but He is the same God that has cared for Israel all these thousands of years! It almost seems like a resume to me!

~Psalm 121:5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

Not only is this the God who cares for Israel, but He is our keeper! When things get “hot” in life with struggles and cares, our God will provide us with the same kind of care as He promised in Psalm 23 as our Shepherd! What a blessing this is to me!

~Psalm 121:6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

Our Heavenly Father, the Creator of the sun and moon, will not allow us to be defeated – both day and night! We are His children – born into His family through the precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ! We have a promise that our Heavenly Father is faithfully watching over us!

~Psalm 121:7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

~Psalm 121:8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

The best thing ever is to know that our Heavenly Father has our salvation preserved for all time. The born again believer does not need to worry about his salvation because it is not in the hands of a mere man. Our salvation is in the hands of the God who never sleeps, my friend! Who can take it away from God?

No matter where we go in life, we can rest assured that the Father is right there with us preserving every step. The steps we take (as in verse 3) are watched over by God. He monitors our lives and is way ahead of us. He knows where we are going and He knows what lies ahead. We do not need to worry because He will guide us. When we are in sweet fellowship with God and we stay in tune with Him through His Word, we are going to be protected.

Fellowship Preserved

I am not saying that we will never go through trials. It is through trials that we are shaped into the vessel that God can use. What I am saying is that God will protect us and surround us with His love as we go through the trial. What blessing is that? The weary Christian can rest assured that the Creator of the Universe, the God of Israel, is the same God that will walk along side of him. This same God is the One who loves you and will care for you in those difficult times!

© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

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Weariness … when does it begin?  How do we get ourselves in this state?  It is when I am thoroughly absorbed with myself that I fail to remember what the Lord has taught me in His Word. I use to think back on my difficult circumstances and only recall the negative details.  I would not try to recall the good that came out of that trial. I find that I am not alone in this.  Why is that?

I truly believe it is because I did not praise God enough for bringing me through my difficulties. The Word says to be thankful in all things – that includes hardships as well as blessings.

The phrase, giving thanks appears five times in God’s Word. The number five reflects God’s grace. I find that interesting – we reap God’s grace when we give thanks to Him for all things in our lives – whether good or bad.  It’s all in our attitude.  I once heard a message called “The attitude of gratitude.”  It surely does apply in today’s devotional.

~Ezra 3:11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.

~Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

~Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

~Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

~Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Once I learned to thank God for everything that was happening to me, I became less absorbed with the details. I was able to rest in the Lord knowing that He was in control.

I remembered that God brought me through my previous difficulties and He would do it again.  I would think of Him first as soon as I grew weary again.  David is truly my mentor when it comes to growing weary as a Christian.  David wasn’t exempt from weariness – in fact, he openly admitted it and wrote about it.  As a writer, I find myself better able to cope with my weariness when I am able to put my thoughts on paper.  It is as if the Lord speaks to me and walks me down the path.

~Psalm 6:6-9 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. (6) Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. (7) Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. ( 8 ) The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. (9)

Weariness for a time

David’s bed was covered with tears – not just a few, but covered.  I’ve been there, haven’t you?  There doesn’t seem to be an answer to my problem.  In fact, I know for a fact there isn’t an earthly solution.  However, I know that God has the solution.  It may not be the answer I want but it will be the solution I need.  God’s solution may not even take away my problem.  However, as I meditate in His Word, I come to realize that my Heavenly Father will give me the ability and energy to deal with my situation.

Our weariness has an end to it my friend if we allow the Lord to do the healing.

~Psalm 30:5b  … weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

You’re Not Alone

The first thing I tend to do when I grow weary is to withdraw from the world.  I tell myself that no one wants to be around sadness so I keep to myself.  David felt this way, also, but he did the exact opposite.

~Psalm 42:4  When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

Encouragement

When you are weary, dear friend, do not withdraw.  That is exactly what the devil would have you to do.  When you do, he can keep you in his grip.  He can keep you down in the Slough of Despond, as Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress.  The devil does not play fair.  He knows how to create an ineffective Christian and that is to keep that Christian preoccupied with trials and tribulations.  But the Lord has made us spiritually whole – He has given us eternal life.  The Lord has given us victory over this, as long as we trust in Him and allow Him to be in control.  We cannot sit idly by and wallow in self pity.  We must arise as Aeneas did in the Book of Acts and make our bed.

~Acts 9:34  And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

Just as Jesus Christ made Aeneas whole, so does Christ make us whole spiritually. Just as Aeneas arose immediately and put action to his healing, so must we.  We must put action to our spiritual walk. You cannot walk and be still… you must move forward.  Move forward, dear Christian.  When you are weary, thank the Lord for the circumstances in your life.  Know that He will bring you through and give you just the right amount of grace you need to carry on.  Keep going – Press forward!

© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

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Weariness does not occur overnight. It is a compilation of day-to-day hardships and stresses that grow from a little to overpowering.

Direction from the Word

~Jude 20-23  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, (20) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (21) And of some have compassion, making a difference: (22)

Building Blocks

Build Your Faith

Jude encourages us to build ourselves in our faith praying in the Holy Spirit. Many times we think we know God’s will and we do not pray seeking His will. Jude points out that our faith will be built as we pray to the Spirit seeking the will of the Father.

Love and Mercy

God’s love came to us with great mercy. We do not deserve His love but He gives it freely. As much as we are sinners, God loves us despite of this and offered His Son. Could you do that for someone you did not even know? More importantly, could you do that for someone you did not like? Mercy is love in action and, therefore, if we have mercy on the unlovable, we keep ourselves in the center of God’s love.

Compassion with a Difference

It is one thing to have compassion for someone, but when that compassion has feet attached to it, it becomes compassion that makes a difference. You can see someone who needs help and feel compassion. However, Jude says to have compassion which makes a difference – which means when you see someone in need of help, you are the one that helps.

Beautiful Remedy

As a result of working with these building blocks, the believer is concentrating on someone else. The weary believer now has his eyes on another and not on himself. What a wonderful balm to place on a weary heart!

© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

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As Christians, we should have the joy of our salvation ever present in our lives. However, I find myself weary of well doing – weary of fighting the battle – weary because of ill health. When I rest in this long enough, I go down the path of feeling of alone. People are all around me, yet I feel alone.

God Never Changes

I am not the type of person who stays discouraged long. I praise the Lord, God Almighty for pulling me out of “myself” early. Yes, “myself” – because it is not the Lord who changes – I am the one who changes. How I view my circumstances totally depends on my walk with the Lord.

This alone-ness

Feeling alone is not wrong. In fact, it is at these times that we turn to God and He has our undivided attention. It is then that I am still and in listening mode. Although I have people around me, I have felt all alone. But I am not the only person who has ever been in this position. David poured his heart out in Psalm 102 with these same feelings.

The Lord, Himself, was alone at times. I think of when His closest friends deserted Him and ran.

~Matthew 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, the Heavenly Father forsook Christ when He hung on the cross and all of mankinds’ sin was laid on Him.

~Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

God’s solution

Our Saviour died alone on that cross. Have my feelings of being alone been as overwhelming as my Saviour’s? Mine don’t even compare to what Christ went through. The Lord understands my feelings – He knows what I am going through because He has been through them as well.

~Hebrews 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

I love the word “succour” – Noah Webster defines it as:

Literally, to run to, or run to support; hence, to help or relieve when in difficulty, want or distress; to assist and deliver from suffering; as, to succor a besieged city; to succor prisoners.

Do you feel alone today? Jesus Christ, your Saviour desires to run to you to support you, help you and relieve you during your time of distress. Just as you would run to a friend and cry for help, turn to the Lord and ask Him. Who can help us better than the Lord?

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

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~Psalm 120:1  A Song of degrees. In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.


This verse encourages the believer that despite our weariness, we can know that when we cry out to the Lord, He will hear us!


The Christian is not alone, even in the darkest of situations.


~Psalm 139:7  Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?


No matter how discouraged or weary we get, the Lord is always there – He knows what we are going through – He promises to hear our cries and provide us with exactly what we need to make it through our trial.  He will lift us up in times when we are overwhelmed by life.  At times He even carries us through.

Some of you are battling cancer; some are battling chronic illnesses; and others are battling broken homes.  You are not alone!  Do not be weary.  Know that your Heavenly Father will never leave you.


~Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.


I am always encouraged when I know that I am not alone and that there is someone to share my burden with.  The Lord desires to carry our burdens for us – He desires that we turn to Him when we are at the end of our rope.


~Matthew 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.


Our Lord and Saviour promises us rest from our burdens and cares.  Christian, turn to the only One who can truly help you when you are weary.  Don’t give in to Satan’s attempts to drag you down.  Don’t give in to his lies that God does not hear you.

~Psalm 121:1 A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

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The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted,he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened. Everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger.

“God, how could you do this to me!” he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him.

How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers.

“We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

It is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. But we shouldn’t lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering.

Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground, it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.

For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has a positive answer for it.

You say: It’s impossible
God says: All thing are possible (Luke 18:27)

You say: I’m too tired
God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-20)

You say: Nobody really loves me
God says: I love you (John 3:16 & John 13:34)

You say: I can’t go on
God says: My grace is sufficient (IICor.12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: I can’t figure things out
God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: I can’t do it
God says: You can do all things (Phil 4:13)

You say: I’m not able
God says: I am able (IICor.9:8 )

You say : It’s not worth it
God says: It will be worth it (Romans 8:28 )

You say: I can’t forgive myself
God says: I forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: I can’t manage
God says: I will supply all your needs (Phil 4:19)

You say: I’m afraid
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Tim. 1:7)

You say: I’m always worried and frustrated
God says: Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)

You say: I don’t have enough faith
God says: I’ve given everyone a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)

You say: I’m not smart enough
God says: I give you wisdom (I Cor 1:30)

You say: I feel all alone
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Heb.13:5)

~Author Unknown~

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This picture shows an easy way across these mountains. One could get across without the bridge, however, it would be a hard trip. Paul was a Christian that did not take the easy road. His life was a depiction of a difficult path. However, he never swayed. There is no account in history that I have read that shows Paul swayed from the truth. Peter swayed at the beginning but not Paul.

~Galatians 5:7-9 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? (7) This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. (8 ) A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. (9)

Are you weary my friend? Are you tired of the constant spiritual battle that you are fighting? I’m sure if anyone could be weary of the battle it was the Apostle Paul. However, not once do we read about him complaining or slipping. His letter to the Galatians shows him exhorting the brethren for having started out as strong Christians but were not continuing in the faith. Why? Because they stopped obeying the truth. They were listening to false teachings and it was beginning to corrupt them. He emphasized that these teachings did not come from the Holy Spirit (verse 8 ).

Have you ever noticed how bread is made? There is a great object lesson in the process. Without yeast, the dough will not rise. Paul said that a little yeast causes the whole lump of bread to rise, not just a portion of it. He wanted the Galatians to know that when false teaching sets into one believer’s life, he not only corrupts himself but he corrupts the church of which he is a member. False doctrine sets in and then the church body will eventually follow. Dough does not rise immediately once yeast is added. If you notice, it rises slowly. It also needs to be in the right environment – warm temperature and covered. Satan is the father of lies. He is a master deceiver. He will cause compromise to creep into a church using those who are not faithful in the Word or those who are tired of fighting.

Be careful, dear Christian. If you are weary of this battle, do not let your guard down. This is the perfect environment for compromise. There are other believers out there that need you to stand firm in the faith. Be like Paul – do not let Satan have the victory. Instead, run the race to the finish – staying strong in the Word – strong in the faith!

If someone were to write a book about your spiritual walk on this earth after you die, would it be similar to the legacy that Paul left behind? Don’t be weary, my friend. Three times we are told in the New Testament to be strong:

~1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

~Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

~2 Timothy 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Paul told us to be strong in the faith, strong in the Lord and strong in the grace that is in Christ. This is what sustained Paul. Let it sustain you, dear Christian!

© Kate Plourde 2009

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As you read this verse, notice there are certain words that pop out:

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. ~Isaiah 12:2

The Blessed Gift

The born-again Christian has received the most blessed gift – eternal life in Heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ. The penalty that we deserved was taken upon the Lord Himself and we are no longer under the bondage of sin! That alone should be enough to cause the Christian to rejoice.

However, the Lord tells us that we also can trust in Him to be with us during those difficult times. God never sleeps so He is always watchful of what happens to us.

~Psalm 121:3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Divine Protection

We have no need to be afraid of anything in our lives because the God who loves us and never sleeps is watching … waiting … diligently protecting us. Therefore, we can rest in His care! We can be assured that the problems of the day will be handled by the Master and we can enjoy peaceful rest. In fact, this verse says our sleep will be sweet.

~Proverbs 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Immeasurable Strength

God’s strength cannot be measured – after all, He is not a man! What better arms to rest in than those of the Lord’s?

~Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Serving the Lord and resting in His care will put a song in your heart!

~Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

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The Christian has the wonderful privilege of always being able to see the blessed “light at the end of the tunnel” because we know the One who sees everything. However, a weary Christian becomes entangled with the cares of this world and his vision becomes cloudy.

A Bird’s Eye View

Imagine having a bird’s eye view of a 100-car train. The bird can see the engine and the bird can also look further down to see the caboose. From this vantage point, the bird can see any trouble up ahead.
Now if you were riding in one of the cars and you were looking out the window, would you be able to see several cars forward? Would you be able to see what is happening several cars behind you? No, you could only see what is closest to you.

I believe our lives are quite similar to a train. We tend to remember what has happened to us recently but fail to remember how the Lord has helped us a few years ago when things were pretty rough. We also cannot see what lies ahead because no man knows the future, of course. However, my friend, our Creator can see the entire 100-car train just as He sees your entire life. He not only sees the engine or the caboose, but He sees every single car in between. Each car carries its own treasure – each car carries its own burden – each car carries its own set of problems. The Lord sees them all!

Beginning to the End

Furthermore, the fact that our Shepherd sees each car and what it has in store for us, He knows exactly what we need along the way. No matter how fast or slow our train is moving, the Lord is there along the way, ready to give us the right measure of grace we need to make it through. There is nothing in those cars so frightful that He is not aware of it. There is nothing in those cars so burdensome that He will not sustain you. There is nothing so tempting in those cars that He will not provide a way of escape.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. ~1 Corinthians 10:13

Therefore, don’t be weary in well doing. Don’t worry about whether or not your work for the Lord will amount to your expectations or not. There is no need because He knows what is in store for you around the bend. The Lord sees the big picture (the whole train) and knows the outcome. He stands ready to provide you with exactly what you need at the time you need it.

~Luke 12:29-31 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. (29) For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. (30) But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. (31)

Continue!

Christ wants us to continue with our spiritual walk – reading, praying, seeking after His will, doing His work, being a blessing to others – and leave the conducting to Him. He is our Great Train Conductor and He never sleeps 🙂

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. ~Psalm 121:3

© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

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Do you feel as though your work for Christ has reached a point where your “light” has been reduced in your Christian walk? Maybe you were once active in your Church. Maybe you were involved in several ministries. However, your fervent work took its toll and you feel you’ve burned out. You figured that by reducing your “busy-ness” for God, your zeal would return. Ole slew foot would have you think this way. If he can deter you from doing the Lord’s work, he will have won.

Our Light

Your light may seem “smaller” to you, but just how much light can light up a dark room? My husband and I once stayed overnight at a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was so dark there, it was almost suffocating! We were laying in bed commenting on the oppressing darkness. John pressed a button on his watch to check what time it was and the background light lit up the entire room in a beautifully gentle blue light!

~John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Even if you are feeling at your weakest and you are totally “spent,” it is not your light but God’s light that shines in the darkness. God can still use you – God wants to use you! Don’t grow weary in well doing. You are able to touch the lives of countless people who are in the same boat you are! Only you are able to touch certain people. Only you are able to influence a certain person. A light in the right hands can be used mightily by the Lord.

This story was such a blessing to me and it went right along with my thoughts today! I hope you enjoy it!


Great Story

A man holding a candle was climbing the stairs of a lighthouse. On his way up to the top, the candle asked the man, “Where are we going?”

“We’re going to the top of this lighthouse to give signals to the big ships on the ocean,” the man answered.

“What? How could it be possible for me with my small light to give signals to those big ships?”

“They will never be able to see my light”, replied the candle weakly.

“That’s your part. If your light is small, let it be. All you have to do is keep burning and leave the rest to me”, said the man.

A little later, they arrived at the top of the lighthouse where there was a big lamp with a loop behind it. The man lit the lamp with the light of the candle and instantly, the place shone so brightly that the ships on the ocean could see its light.

~Author Unknown~

OurNothing Can Become “Something”

Be the small candle and allow the Lord to use you to do His work – He will use your “nothing” to accomplish “something”!

© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

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Weariness comes when we take our eyes of our true mission in life – our true goal – and place them on the world’s circumstances. You have to admit this is true! Any time that I find that I just can’t go on one more minute, one more step, it is because I have looked at my life and I am dissatisfied.

Dissatisfaction is probably one of the primary reasons we get discouraged and weary. We think to ourselves, “What if…” and then off we go into the fields of dissatisfaction. This story really hit the nail on the head and I hope it is a blessing to you!

Great Story

Two men went fishing. One man was an experienced fisherman, the other wasn’t. Every time the experienced fisherman caught a big fish, he put it in his ice chest to keep it fresh. Whenever the inexperienced fisherman caught a big fish, he threw it back.

The experienced fisherman watched this go on all day and finally got tired of seeing this man waste good fish.

“Why do you keep throwing back all the big fish you catch?” he asked.

The inexperienced fisherman replied, “I only have a small frying pan.”

Sometimes, like that fisherman, we throw back the big plans, the big dreams, the big jobs and the big opportunities that God gives us. Our faith is too small. We laugh at that fisherman who didn’t figure out that all he needed was a bigger frying pan; yet how ready are we to increase the size of our faith?

Whether it’s a problem or a possibility, God will never give you anything bigger than you can handle. That means we can confidently walk into anything God brings our way.

You can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). Nothing is too big for God.

Stop telling God you’ve got big problems. Tell your problems that you’ve got a big God!
~Author Unknown~

Training Our Thought Life

Train your thought life to meditate on God’s abilities, not yours! After all, He is the one that knows all things. He is the God of Glory, the Creator and Mighty King! Can He not take care of every detail in your life? Do you think He doesn’t know how weary you are? Look toward the mark and press forward, my friend! One day, you too will hear:

~Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!