Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Weariness in well doing

We all go through periods of weariness. Where we are just plain out, worn out. We all at some point grow weary of doing good. Where we question our worth, or success at this thing called mothering.

Growing weary in doing good is a heart condition. God allows all circumstances in our lives to challenge, change and shape us so that we can become everything He wants us to be. The weariness that we feel comes as a reminder that we are fighting, ignoring, or being shaped by the changes that He is trying to make in us.

Soooo how does mom climb out of the slump and shed the coat of weariness?

Step 1: Prayer, Renewing your mind

Spend time with the Lord daily, so that you can begin to hear from Him again. Learn to recognize His voice so that you can learn to obey it. Spend time reading the Bible. It is guaranteed that if you start to spend time with the Lord and meditate on His will for your life that He will begin to restore all the reasons why you do what you do.

Romans 12:2 says “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Notice the line that says “by the renewing of your mind, then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is.” Satan’s number one desire for us is to believe the lies that he daily tries to plant in our heads. If we daily renew our mind we can test Satan’s words vs. God’s and see which one is approved and aligned with scripture. Recently I was directed to look at the great commandment with new eyes. Most of us can recite it off the top of our heads. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. Our minds are traps. If Satan has sent us down the trap of weariness and frustration in doing good, than we are no longer fulfilling the great commandment because our minds are no longer fixed on Him. It is this huge reason that meeting Him daily to renew our minds is so vitally important.

Second step: Just say NO!

Once you are hearing the Lord’s voice again, ask Him to show you what needs to be trimmed. Ask Him to show you what is valuable activity in your days and what is not. Then obey Him. You may need to cut back on church activities, your children’s extra outings or something similar, to make space for new growth the Lord wants to do in your life.

Third step: Mentors

Wisely choose one or two godly Christian woman who you know walk with the Lord. Seek their accountability. One of the greatest blessings and seasons of growth in my life has come from meeting weekly for a time of study and prayer with another Christian woman.

Fourth step: Time out

Make sure you find ways, each day, to do something for yourself. This may mean that your children have a period of time where they are quietly playing or reading in their rooms in the afternoon. Or after your husband gets home you go for a walk around a local park or do a workout video or just take a bubble bath at the end of the day. Whatever your favorite break looks like make a commitment to talk with your husband and convey the necessity of it. This is a time of recharging your battery.

Isaiah 40:31 "They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint."

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

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