Women are exhausted. It’s sad, but it’s true. I know it because I feel it. I also know it because our most popular article so far (at least at the time of writing this article) has been “Tired of Being Tired” by Shareen Crawford. This tells me that you ladies are, well, tired of being tired. We carry so much responsibility, especially when we get married, ESPECIALLY when we have kids. I don’t have kids yet, partially because I can’t imagine adding them into the mixture at the moment, but I know that many of you do, and I admire you.
From packing lunches to planning dinners to keeping the house clean and everything in between, we women carry a lot of responsibilities. Hence why God made us spectacular multi-taskers. Multi-tasking, however, does not bring us rest. But you know what does? The Word of God. If we realistically think about it, our life is probably not going to change or slow down any time soon. I remember when I was planning my wedding I was so busy, but thought surely things would slow down once I got married. They didn’t. Surely, they would slow down after one year of marriage and getting used to things. They didn’t. Almost two years into my marriage and things just seem to get busier and busier. However, I have found that the key to being busy without always feeling exhausted (there are seasons) is that we make ourselves busy with the things of God and that we work with God instead of for Him.
Matthew states the following:
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (New King James Version, Matthew 11.28-30)
Notice that God doesn’t say “stop working,” “take a vacation,” or “jump ship and abandon your responsibilities,” rather He says, COME to Me, do MY work, work WITH Me. When we are exhausted we need to take a step back and look at the things that have become a priority. Are they things we have been called to by God, or have we just made ourselves busy for no reason?
It is okay to say NO so that you can say YES to the things that truly matter.
I once heard someone say that when we say “yes” to something we are saying “no” to something else. In other words, what you take on as a responsibility is going to take the place and time of something else. Make sure you are busy with the things that matter. And lastly, make sure you are busy with the things of God. Work WITH God, work doing the things OF God, and in those things you will find your rest.