My mother would often say “A woman’s biggest enemy is fatigue. A man’s is his ego.” – I’m gonna leave the men alone, but I wanna talk to you women about fatigue. There was so much truth in what my momma said!! When I let myself get exhausted? That’s when I find myself letting the enemy creep in. He creeps in with my words… I’m a firm believer our life follows our words. We must always speak life. Be encouraging. But? I’m human. And to be totally transparent? I have trouble saying “no” and setting boundaries. I get tired and I find myself mumbling “I can’t do this.” “I’m overwhelmed.” and then? I don’t read as much, don’t pray as much, and then if I’m not careful? I could get easily self-centered and hear things escaping my lips that point back to “What about me??” vs “Who can I share the Love of Jesus with today?” (Preachin’ to myself today ladies!)If I hadn’t learned to recognize this behavior pattern? It could be the start of a slow fade… it’s always slow, always subtle. The thief slips in quietly and leaves with a roar! How do we keep him from slipping in? Look at your “to do list” and ask yourself – “While this is good, is it God? Will this project, this invite, this task help me get closer to what God wants for me?” If the answer is no? It’s OK to say no. Too many times we say “yes” out of an unfounded sense of obligation, to our own detriment. Ladies? It’s OK to politely decline (boundaries). And other ladies? Let’s cut one another some slack when we do politely decline. Instead of being ticked when your friend says they can’t make it? respond in love and pray that God anoints their time and they find rest. Think of their struggles before your hurt feelings. And then? You are walking in love, just as Christ commanded.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30