Tuesday, January 26, 2010

However...

I hope you had a chance to watch yesterday's video, which really is the first part of this post. If you did not, please click here to catch up.
I am totally and completely sincere in my belief that God is gracious and understanding when we are weary.
Everything I said in yesterday's video? I meant it with all my heart!

However, as I have been thinking about Gianna's question I have realized there is another important factor we need to consider.
If you are exhausted, I think it's important to ask the question, Why?
Because it's important to understand the reason if we are truly going to give God our best. And this is where it gets a little uncomfortable because I *might* say some things that will step on a toe, or two. It isn't because I want to offend anyone, but because I believe God always deserves our best.
So, Why are you exhausted?
Is it because of the things I mentioned yesterday?
Rest assured, God understands!
OR, are you exhausted because of the choices you're making? Because of how you're choosing to spend your time and care for yourself?
Are you staying up too late - watching TV, updating your Facebook status, or *gasp!* reading blogs?
Are you eating foods that feed only your stomach, and not your body?
Are you giving your body the exercise it needs?
Do I sound like a fitness guy's wife, or what???
Are you over-scheduling yourself with too many things to do? Even though they're all "good" things?

I know from my own experience that very often the choices we make can lead us to exhaustion, and that keeps us from giving God our very best. So today, I am encouraging you to take an inventory of how you're feeling and why. Perhaps you'll see the need for a change, or two.
And if you do need to make a change, I know just the One who can help.
Ask Him!

***Update on Allie: She's home! Yay! Thank You, Jesus!!!

Karen

13 comments:

gianna said...

sometimes it's facebook, sometimes it's blogs. mostly it's because i think i can do too much and i try my hardest to do everything on my to do list. priorities. it's all about priorities!

luvmy4sons said...

Wise wise words sweet sister! Hugs!

Irritable Mother said...

Gianna - Priorities. Yes. When we get them in line, it seems everything else falls into place.

Leslie - Thank you. And HIM, for giving me the words.

O Mom said...

No stepping on toes, just being honest and truthful as always!
Thank you :)

nina said...

nice blog :)

Angie Muresan said...

So happy about the good news regarding Allie!
I'm exhausted but I can't complain. God is wonderful!

Irritable Mother said...

O Mom - Thank you. I don't like stepping on toes. But I love God MORE than I don't like stepping on toes, ya know?

Nina - Thank you. Glad you stopped by. *grin*

Angie - It is good news, and I am happy, too!
Yes. HE is!!!

jtkpatch said...

This Is God using your work to speak to my heart. I am right in the muck. Fb, late nights, junk, all the weeds in my life are surly not helping. so I pray for God to give me the list. God to give His love and rest right now. Thank you for always speaking in truth and love.

On Purpose said...

Thank You Jesus for bringing Allie home!!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Praising God for precious Allie!

Love this post too.

KelliGirl said...

As I sit here exhausted...I think you present a great question to ponder. Our time is unreclaimable. Once it's gone, it's gone. It sobers me to think I'm not giving God the best He deserves with the time He's given me.

Irritable Mother said...

Tarrah - I'm glad He's speaking! And trusting He will lead you out of the muck.

Nichole - Yes. Thank You, Jesus!

Beth - Me, too. Thanks.

Kelli - Once it's gone, it's gone. Yes. So thankful for His grace.

Edie said...

Me? Stay up too late? :o
Oh dear, this post hurts. :)

I'm glad Allie is home. Yay God again!