to the one who is tired of trying

autumn afternoon at the beach

“For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” (Isaiah 54:10)

Oh precious one, I know you are trying so hard. Trying to shake off the weariness when you get out of bed in the morning. Trying to face the day and hold on to hope at the same time. Trying to bear the weight of hurt. Trying to be more while trying to be less. Trying to push aside the sadness, and find the beacons of light in the darkness.

I know you are tired. Tired of being disappointed — by yourself or by others. Tired of picking up the trail of broken pieces of your soul, of your heart. Tired of waiting for a change. Tired of trying to fit in. Tired of fighting to believe you are enough as you are. Tired of carrying the weight of worry, of drowning in sorrow. Tired of being tired.

I hear you. I am there with you.

“For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.” (Jeremiah 31:25 NLT)

Know this, dear one — your Father in heaven, He is the God Who Sees. He sees your weariness, He feels the dull ache of your soul. He loves you with His everlasting, patient love. Nothing is ever wasted with God — no hurt, no suffering, no times of trials or times of waiting. He gives beauty for ashes; nothing will ever be wasted in His hands.

So today? Quiet down to hear His gentle whispers, that tell of His love for you. Still for a moment, to grasp the wonder of His grace. You were bought at a price; you were washed clean and sanctified. You have been redeemed; you have been set free. You are a new creation, being renewed day by day. You are being transformed into His image; He calls you by your name. He calls you beloved; you are His.

There is no need to try so hard, to be perfect and to get it all right. The Lord is calling you to come to Him and find rest for your soul. Tell Him of your hurts and hardships, tell Him of your weakness and failures and difficult days. He will never turn away; He will never reject you. He is here, willing to heal you and bind you up. He is here, waiting for you to let go of the weight of this life and turn to Him. He is here. He is love.

“Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.” (Hosea 6:1)

I love these words of encouragement and hope by Charles H. Spurgeon:

“No stars gleam as brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky. No water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand. And no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs through adversity. Tested faith brings experience. You would never have believed your own weakness had you not needed to pass through trials. And you would never have known God’s strength had His strength not been needed to carry you through.”

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33 thoughts on “to the one who is tired of trying

  1. Tired…I get tired sometimes. Tired of waiting for certain events in my life to happen. As you mentioned in your post, I have come to realize that I don’t have to try so hard. When I stop trying so incredibly hard, I am less tired. God has my life under control, and I need to let him lead the way.

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    1. Ronja

      I’m so thankful that the Lord calls us to come to Him and find rest in Him, because I find myself trying too hard time and time again. Whatever He commands or demands, is not greater than what we can do because His strength is our strength! If only I would always be quick to remember that! Thanks for stopping by, Laura!

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    1. Ronja

      Those really are such blessed moments of beautiful grace when the Lord pours His over us, be it in the quiet whispers or somehow else. I’m so glad you stopped by, Sarah!

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  2. This is such an important concept in our Christian walk. Yes, we need to be obedient to His calling in our lives, but He is the one who does the work. ~Phil. 1:6 reminds us that “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Thank you for encouraging us today. (Linking up from Everyday Jesus)

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    1. Ronja

      Sharita, thank you so much for sharing this with me! I can’t even tell you just how happy you made me — not because I made you cry but because God is so good! I’m so, so glad that you let me know that there was a reason for sharing this message from the Lord, for writing here. So thank you! :)

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    1. Ronja

      I’m with you on that one, I love it when the Lord speaks on the same topic or message in different places. It is such a grace of God that He makes sure we get what He wants to say to us!

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    1. Ronja

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Lux! I’m so happy to hear that you were able to find some encouragement for your heart here today! Praise the Lord!

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  3. hi ronja, i love your post today. thank you. you reinforce what our pastors are telling us all the time. jesus has taken on all your sinful mess already and paid for it on the cross. he already lived a perfect life and gave you that record. he has your messed up one. it changes the whole paradigm doesn’t it? along the same lines you mentioned, i love matthew 11:28-30. blessings sister:)

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    1. Ronja

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Martha! I’ve been studying 2 Corinthians 5 this week; and it is just so wonderful and beautiful how God reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ and what it means to us now, like you so well described. I’m so glad you stopped by! Blessings!

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    1. Ronja

      Praise the Lord! I’m so happy you were able to find encouragement here, Erica! :) Our God certainly is so, so good to us! It never stops to amaze me how faithful He is to help and strengthen us, to carry us through the hard days. Thank you for your sweet words and your visit, Erica!

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  4. Joan

    So often, during our times of trial, our relationship with Lord grows. I think it is because we are “forced” to rely on Someone other than ourselves. That has been a great lesson for me as I have carried my dependence upon Him to all aspects of my life. The trials, the joys, the peace and the celebration. God is always there. He will never forget us.

    Blessings, Joan

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    1. Ronja

      Amen, Joan! What a great blessing and comfort it is, that we can find the Lord with us no matter what our days hold. Thank you so much for sharing this piece of wisdom with me, Joan! Blessings!

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  5. Such an encouraging post! I hadn’t heard that passage by Spurgeon before and I absolutely loved it! I need to save that for my kids one day- it is so wise and something we need to constantly be reminded of. It is so important to keep this kind of perspective! Thanks for sharing!
    -S.L. Payne, uncommongrace.net

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    1. Ronja

      What a great idea of saving the quote from Spurgeon for your children! It certainly is such a beautifully written piece of wisdom and it turns my heart towards Christ every time I read it. Thank you for your visit! :)

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