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When You Feel Tired and Empty

Spend time in Jesus’s presence today.

Woman reading the Bible in the morning.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 ( NIV )

When I was a young mother, there was always too much to do and too little time in which to do it. Between working, cleaning the house, running errands, cooking, doing the laundry, taking the children to their activities, and shopping, as well as being a wife and mother, I was always busy. I just didn’t have much time for Jesus. I felt like a gerbil running inside a wheel, constantly running but never going anywhere. I was overwhelmed and frustrated. On Sundays, I was either too tired or too busy to go to church.

But as much as I loved my family, friends, and hectic life, I knew there was something missing. One night, feeling tired and empty, I reached out to Jesus. I knew that He needed to be a priority. It was time to make changes in my life. Dear Jesus, I will put you first. Please give me peace. I can’t do this without you, I prayed. The next morning, I began the day with a prayer. I listened to worship music on the radio. I realized that Jesus wouldn’t mind if I was washing dishes, cleaning the house, or driving while I prayed. He just wanted me to talk to Him. I began reading my Bible and devotionals more. We quit skipping church. My schedule was still busy. I had a lot of responsibilities, but Jesus was by my side.

Busyness can get in the way of spending time with Jesus. He longs for a relationship with us. He wants to lead us, guide us, and flood our lives with His grace and mercy. That only happens when we are in His presence, soaking up His love.

Faith Step: Spend time in Jesus’s presence today. Make Him your priority.

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