My friend recently asked me, “When was the last time you slept through the night?”
I laughed.¬† (Because, really, it’s been forever.)¬† Then I had to stop and think.¬† Probably about¬†3 months¬†into¬†the pregnancy with my first daughter.¬† So that puts us at the 6 year mark.¬† Like I said, forever.
I bet you get it.¬† Maybe you don’t have little tiny ones waking you in the night, but I bet you that you don’t jump for joy when your alarm clock goes off in the morning.¬† Stressful work, overwhelming commitments, and yep, those precious little kiddos have a way of messing with sleep that leaves tired as a banner over the day.
We’ve all read the articles about exhaustion, and basically what they boil down to is, GET MORE SLEEP.
To me, this is supremely unhelpful.¬† I would if I could.¬† I bet you would, too.
There is plenty of information out there about how much sleep you need, and how turning off electronics is important, and how to apply¬†whatever magic¬†remedy with 600-thread-count sheets and a soothing noisemaker and bingo! A beautiful, 8-hour chunk of interruption-free snores.
Maybe that works for some people, but at our house, I only wish it was that simple.
Now, I know that sleep deprivation can be quite dangerous, and I’m in no way advocating not trying to get more sleep.¬† Hey, I’m all for more sleep.¬† But here’s the deal:¬†I try to get more sleep.¬† I really, really do.¬† And I’m just in a stage right now where it just. isn’t. happening.
So how does a weary, worn-out, exhausted girl function and live happy through seasons of sleep deprivation?
I’ll be diving into all of that in my upcoming e-book: Tired: Living Fully Engaged Through The Weary Season.¬† But I wanted to chat with you guys about it, too.
Because, I don’t want to wait until I’m getting 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to really live.¬† I don’t want to put my life and my ministry and my joy on hold for the decade that my kids are little.¬† And when I read that God uses trials in my life to grow and refine me, I can see glimpses of an eternal purpose behind all the tired.
I have been allowed these trials (yes, the constant weariness and the headaches)¬†by a loving God who desires my best – and as Beth Moore so aptly states, He places more priority on my character than my comfort.
I need less to be comfortable and more to lean on Jesus.
I don’t need a headache free life.¬† I don’t need uninterrupted sleep, because if I did, that’s what I’d be getting.¬† For some reason, the God who loves me has called me to this season, this “trial by tired” for reasons only He fully understands.¬† He loves me, and this is His best for me right now.
And for all the rest I’m¬†not getting on my pillow, I can absolutely rest in that confidence all day (and all night) long.¬† My deepest need has always been, and will always be the One who made me.
I need more and more and¬†MORE of Jesus.
Are you in a “tired” season?¬† What most encourages you in the midst of all the weariness?
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