When You Want To Give Up

The past few weeks have been a challenge to get through; in many ways I had given up. For no particular reason, yet for every reason, my heart has been heavy, my plate bursting with responsibilities and my mind running away with itself. I’m overwhelmed and exhausted by the constant and rapidly changing scenery called life. Perhaps you can relate?

Fortunately, there has been a domino effect from wrapping-up our first home school year, acquiring a sought after business asset, and concluding our year-long bible programs providing a burst of hope that bled into some reminders.

  1. Spiritual RestRest. Don’t neglect much-needed spiritual rest. This isn’t to say ditch God but yes, go on a spiritual vacation! The past few years I’ve been leaning in, wanting to get to know God Himself; God beyond the playbook and stats. Having a break from a typical study allows for freedom to discover God in a new way! Resting from rigorous bible study seems counter intuitive, but is highly rewarding. Last summer I drank in Proverbs, slowly allowing the words to steep in my heart. This summer I’m excited to finally have time to delve into God’s names. What will you study at your own pace?
  2. dr. x rayTake EVERY thought captive. Marketing is all about owning the mind and we live in a world of constant marketing. Everyone/thing is jockeying for our “mental market share”. When we take our thoughts, hold them to the light of God, we can have “peace that transcends understanding”. Do you ever take inventory of your thoughts? My past few weeks have been rough. Looking at where my mind has been, it’s no wonder! Doubt and insecurity have been running amuck like wild horses!
  3. reapplyReapply. After working out, I cannot stay in the clothes I was wearing. I’m sweaty and I STINK. My kids think it’s hilarious but I doubt you would like to stand behind me in line at the store! We get spiritually sweaty and just as we need to reapply sunscreen to protect our skin to avoid getting burned, we must go back to God’s word and renew ourselves. His unfailing love and compassion for us is new every morning! How often are you reapplying Truth?
  4. burry the pastBurry the past. The longer I live, the more I understand without exception e.v.e.r.y.o.n.e. has a past that can drag them down. My past has resurfaced and suffocated me again the past few weeks and I have a choice to make. God said, “My grace is sufficient for you.” God used sinful people, people who killed others, slept around and did their version of insider trading; the only way we can render ourselves worthless is to be stuck on the Almighty Self.  Will we allow His loving forgiveness to disarm the power of the past, the hurts others did to us and the hurts we imparted on others?
  5. just-let-it-goLET IT GO”all anger, bitterness, rage….” I won’t be able to bury the past if I don’t forgive….again…again…again…myself and others. Holding onto the nugget of bitterness only escalates destruction.

All these are such simple truths! Today I’ll be focusing on reapplying throughout the day. What resonates with you today?

Heart Check: You will want to give up, there’s no doubt to that. What do you do when you want to give up? Will you share your thoughts?

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10 responses to “When You Want To Give Up

  1. I love your line about discovering God in a whole new way! (And about drinking in Proverbs. Some books make us like sponges). This happened for me back in ’09 when I decided to read the bible entirely through without doing a simultaneous study. Wow. Just me and the Truth. I’m happy to say that I’m in my 3rd reading and I don’t plan on stopping! How much I’ve learned about my Lord and my relationship with Jesus has taken my faith to a whole and more solid level. Applying that Truth (or sunscreen) as you wonderfully stated, has indeed protected me from harsh burns. Whether from people’s stinging words, the trickery of the enemy, myself or whatever, it’s a powerful tool to equip ourselves with God’s Word.

    Thank you for being honest here! This time of year is crazy and I’m determined to not be a frazzled woman. Lifting you up my friend!

  2. When I am “done”, frazzled & failed (yet again!), I bring myself back into His presence and I force myself (yes, sometimes it is a deliberate action born out of desperation) to start praising God, lifting Him up & focusing on Who He is in my circumstances. It comforts me to remember that He knew who He was getting when He called me, I am no surprise to God and He is bigger & able & willing to work through & with me. I love that my obvious flaws highlight all the more His glory.

    • Julie, totally hear you on focusing on who He IS! We minimize His attributes especially His mighty power, holiness and omnipotence! The past few years my go-to verse when frazzled has been Psalm 139:17-18…”How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.” Incredible reminder that He knows me inside-out and thinks about me so much! I think about my kids constantly; how much more does our heavenly father think of us!

      • Great verse! Definitely worth meditating on … The thoughts of God; wow, to know His thoughts … Not sure I can comprehend that!

  3. I am reading a book right now that our church is using called The Hope Quotient, by Ray Johnston. Just finished a chapter in which he talks about refocusing on the future. He emphasizes not looking at the way things ARE, but rather at what they can BECOME. This is what Jesus did – he didn’t look at what people were like, but instead at what they could become. It is powerful to think that just changing my focus can change discouragement into encouragement. I can start each school year off by thinking what each of my students can become – readers, writers, little scientists, etc. I can start each day at home by thinking of my kids in terms of what they can become, not just what they are right now. As I get overwhelmed by daily to-dos I can replace apathy with passion, allow God’s grace to free me, and meet Him daily so I know his plans for me. So, what will I do when I want to give up? “One thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” Phil 3:13

    • Thank you Nicole for your thoughtful words! So true! It’s too easy to get mentally and emotionally trapped into NOW instead of seeing the potential! Thanks for the book recommendation!

  4. wonderful post, very informative. I wonder why the opposite specialists of this
    sector don’t realize this. You must proceed your writing.

    I am confident, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

    • Michele, thanks for your kind words! My only hope in my writing is that others are encouraged to pursue God more closely as they journey through life.

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