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I’m Exhausted!


Gwen Smith

May 17, 2013


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I had just arrived at my favorite coffee shop. As I opened the door, the smell of freshly brewed java greeted me and filled my creative mind with possibilities. I was eager to get to work and excited that my warm, happy coffee-friend would come along with me for the ride. As I grabbed a cup from the counter and paid, I asked the barista how she was doing.

“I’m exhausted!” She lamented with a sigh.

I knew exactly how she felt. I feel that way a lot! I’m famous for trying to put ten pounds of living into a five-pound sack. She was tired. Stressed. Drained. Over-committed. Under-rested. Exhausted.

Yep. I totally know that feeling.

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Have you been there? Ha! Of course you have! It’s so easy for us to rush into our days and get busy with life stuff, attempting to accomplish mountains of tasks and emotional situations in our own strength. We are constantly pulled in a million directions. Trying to juggle the slow, steady drain of complicated relationships, crazy schedules, and weighty challenges.

The simple truth is, our exhaustion problems can’t be solved without God. I find it comforting to realize that we aren’t the first people to struggle with feelings like this. All throughout Scripture people got worn-out and lamented about their tired souls. David wrote countless Psalms about being weary, and Elijah was so exhausted at one point that he sank into a deep depression and lost his God-courage. Jesus spoke to a crowd of people in Galilee one day about the only sure-fire solution to our exhaustion problem.

He said, “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, NIV)

The MESSAGE paraphrase of those same verses reads this way, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, MSG)

When you keep company with Jesus you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. Does that sound appealing to you? If so, then it’s time to respond to His invitation. Whether you have thirty seconds or thirty minutes, pause now to turn to Him. Grab your prayer journal if you have one. Center your heart on His splendor and approach Him with reverence. While you are in His presence, empty your exhaustion out before Him. Tell Him the concerns on your heart and take a soul rest.

That day in the coffee shop, as I filled my cup I gave my exhausted, coffee-serving friend a smile and a knowing look. Then I spoke a word of hope to her heart and encouraged her to refuel in the secret place, the presence of God. She smiled back and thanked me for the reminder. She loves the Lord, but – like all of us – she sometimes forgets that soul rest is available.

Keep company with Him today. All day. When you do, you’ll experience His strength for each moment and His hope in each challenge.

Live freely and lightly in Jesus, girlfriend.

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Heavenly Father, You are mighty to save and all I need. Thank You for reminding me that I can always come to you and trade in my exhaustion for Your rejuvenation. I come to You today and ask that You would restore rest to my soul. In Jesus’ name, amen.

FOR YOUR REFLECTION: Read and meditate on the words that Jesus spoke to His apostles when they were tired and weary one day, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31b, NIV) Now read it again and add your name to it.

Allow the music and lyrics of “Sacred Place” to lead you into God’s presence right now. Turn up the speakers on your computer and listen to the song as you center your heart, mind, and soul on the Holy One.


FOR YOUR RESPONSE: Make a statement! Leave a comment below telling me, “I’m ready to live freely and lightly!” Need prayer? Post a prayer need as a comment below. Then pause to pray for the three prayer needs posted prior to yours.


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About Gwen Smith

Gwen Smith

I am an unashamed, imperfect worshiper of Jesus Christ. I cling to His goodness to cover my mess and purpose my days to live out the hope of the Gospel. It is my joy and passion to inspire women to live fully in grace and truth. I write books, devotions and songs. I speak. I sing. I worship. I post, pin and tweet. I am intensely in love with the Word of God and believe, wholeheartedly, that the Bible is divinely inspired truth.

  • Elaine Cooper

    I am SO ready to live freely and lightly and it is a day to day journey :-)

  • saved by grace

    Pray Lord You find me, here amongst my confusion. please Lord take this from me? I just cannot take another step carrying the load I bear, I lay it at Your precious feet Lord and wait on You, Amen.

    • Faith in Him

      Lifting you up in prayers. Burdens are very heavy when carried on our own. He will provide.

  • Faith in Him

    I too Lord am caring a heavy burden. Many around me are. We tend to keep all to ourselves and try to make life look perfect. Lord, I surrender my burden to you, all of it. I will not try to take control of it back. Please be with me and the others you know need Your presence in their lives. Help me to be still and listen for Your voice in my life and not fill me life with so much that i can not hear You. Thanks be to You my God! Amen.

  • Runner4life

    Remove the shackles that have bound me for a major portion of my life. Help me to realize I don’t need to “numb” myself in order to deal with the pain and hurts in my past. Teach me to love myself as you love me, Lord. Help me to live freely and lightly, trusting in Your word, will, timing and way.

  • Book Fairy

    This devotional means so much to me and I wrote down several notes on now to trade in my exhaustion for rejuvenation. I really hurt a dear friend of mine with careless and hurtful words on a day that I was emotionally, mentally, and physically spent. Now, she is having so much trouble forgiving me. A lesson learned on my part I guess.


    we are struggling at this miment .my daughter is a single mom with 2 children she has not been responsible with her life right now we have to make a tough decision please pray for my family and especially the children
    thank you your devotions are what keeps me going each day i am so encouraged
    god bless (grandma0

  • L.

    I am exhausted too. I have two young asthmatic children and caring for them and getting others : their dad and step-mom to help out and get on board is trying. My whole family exhausts me.Please pray for my children and their health to be great!! A healing ! They need it, I want them to just be healthy they are more ill than not. Also for people to just cut me some slack- I am not a bad person GOD BLESS YOU ALL MAY HE HEAR AND ANSWER ALL YOU PRAYERS QUICKLY !!!!

  • mojoy

    My family is under such burden right now. I am experiencing great difficulty with my health. my lung disease, diagnosed @ infancy, was in remission for a decade, but returned this year. my 6 year old son doesn’t understand why mommy can’t play anymore and my husband is under so much strain trying to take care of both our responsibilities, as I am practically bedridden. it seems more doors are closed than open. I am not even 30 and feel life is slipping away. God, carry my burden, carry my family. rejuvenate my heart in spite of my health and help me lean on you as I struggle through each day. amen.

    please pray for my family, that even if we don’t find answers to my health, we will trust God’s will no mtter what and lean on Him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeanne.green.73 Jeanne Green

    Your message spoke to me and encouraged me. I work full time and care for my Dad and special needs adult son. Both great callings but often tires me. We are also living with my Dad while waiting to sell our Maine home. We are in Minnesota now where I grew up. All taking a very long time but can’t help but feel all part of God’s plan. Need patience and an abundance of steadfast faith that will work out. So grateful to have this time with my Dad age 89. Been away for 35 years. Thanks for your message.

  • yuma granny

    Thanks for this reminder. I lead a Bible study each Tuesday and we have over 100women who attend. Sometimes that many women can exhaust a person. But oh how I love each on e. -As a long time Christian I have found that giving your exhaustion to God is a Good thing. It is not taking it back that is the temptation. Cast all your cares upon me for I care for you. WHAT A PROMISE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/carindajoy Carinda Claassen

    Thank you! This reminder was just what I needed today! I have found my soul rest in God and have remembered that He is in charge, He has it under control and He will give me the strength and rest that I need. God bless you, Gwen and thank you for allowing God to work through you to minister to so many people!

  • spec

    I was widowed at age 51 just 1 month ago after 32 yrs of marriage. My whole world is now turned upside down and I do not truly know much more than that.

    My job-I stopped 6 mo ago to care for my hubby=If I can go back the job will not do anything other than pay for insurance. We have-I Have =a 22 yr old college daughter that is a heart patient and must have insurance. This new life is truly overwhelming. I ask prayer for God’s grace, blessings, love, peace, and direction as we 2 girls are undergoing changes in many areas of our lives

  • alanda smith

    my prayer is to be emotionally free, I know we all have days but with me its constant, I want to trust God continually and know he has my back, my walk with him is new and I want to stay grounded

  • Mrs.B

    Thank you for your words and for Gods guidance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimberly.lampron Kimberly Lampron Troisi

    Oh My God, I am so Grateful for this message and for a place to come share with you and other Girlfriends. I am in a living situation that is totally unbearable, I know that God will not give me more than I can handle, but it sure doesn’t seem that way right now. I am in awe at the fact that I can rest in him:)
    Thank you Kimberly

  • http://www.facebook.com/natalie.s.sellens1 Natalie Sheree Sellens

    A full time job with shifts sometimes not finishing til half past 10 at night, moving to a different part of the country in 2 and 1/2 months, looking for a new job in that part of the country, looking after a husband who has so much work to do for his university course that it is getting him tired, stressed and sometimes just unapproachable. Yes I know the feeling of being absolutely spent. Feeling like if
    I were to be stretched any further, I would snap like a rubber band loosing its elasticity. This devotional has really spoken to me and reminded me of my Lord, who is always going to listen, help and be there when I need Him. He always will be there, always has been and always will be. Thank you Oh Gracious Saviour!

  • Yvonne

    I know much time has passed since you first wrote this but I am praying this morning that the relationship has been restored. And if not, that God will act in a mighty way today towards full healing between you both.