TIPS FOR WHEN YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH
You know when you’ve had enough. Stopping in your tracks, you sigh loudly, wondering why you are doing what you’re doing. Tears may come. You turn away from those you love and put down the things you enjoy doing. You let the day just roll over you without acknowledging the ripples or shimmers.
Maybe it comes after a cancer treatment, or a painful flare-up. Maybe it’s another doctor’s visit, or another handful of pills. It could be after a rough, sleepless night.
GOD SENT JESUS WHO IS ENOUGH
“I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) Oh good. Because right now I want someone to watch me grit my teeth through a wave of pain. I want someone to witness my slow movements, and frequent lapses of energy. Someone should see me cry angrily. A friend or family member should know I’ve left the phone off, closed the drapes, and just.turned.away. (2012) I’ve had enough.
And Jesus does that. He sees it all. As our gentle shepherd, He will abide with us. He has experienced pain, fear, disappointment, even anger. God sent Him to earth to understand what it is to be flesh and blood. He was as man is: vulnerable. “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:6-8
WHEN YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH
Here are a few tips on what to do.
• Remember that your strength is in Jesus. You were not made to be strong enough in devastating storms. You were meant to depend on Jesus.
• Take the time to rest. And rest again. And as often as you need to. Resting is a part of healing. And it’s often the path to stress-relief.
• Take serious time-out. If a simple road trip will distract you from your trials, do it. If time out means a soak in the hot-tub, or sitting quietly and coloring, or attending a concert- these are meant for you especially. Do what you can, but don’t do more.
• Volunteer. If you are able to be quietly involved in a charity that serves people in crisis – in any way, spend time focusing on others. Someone more ill than yourself, more devastated that you’ve been, or more broken-hearted because of troublesome circumstances- re-purposes your time. You will find that the compassion in you, given by Christ Jesus, will change your focus from yourself- to others. II Corinthians 1:3-4
GOD’S PROMISES ARE ENOUGH
• Journal or keep photos of past pleasurable times. Remember how God blessed those situations and the people in them. Make a list of His wonders in your life. What really causes you to marvel at God’s creation, His gifts, or His character?
• Sing praise tunes or simply listen. Repeat the words if you are able. Repeat the psalms and find one that sticks with you.
• When simple tasks become monumental because of your emotional state; seek help. There is help for cooking and household chores. Lean on a friend’s shoulder. Talking out your feelings is helpful. There is always help in Jesus. “Cast all your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you.” Psalms 55:22. If you can post-pone a dr’s visit, do that. Try to spread your appointments out over time. If you can safely take a break from a prescription a rest, do so. Seek God for healing as well.
• Let it all out. There is no shame in crying. Cry out to God. Talk to a pastor for counselor and for agreement in prayer. Cry on you spouse’s shoulder. Cry on a friend’s shoulder.
• Take the time to believe that you will be over this crisis soon. Truly set aside time to Hope. Read and repeat scripture about hope. Remember any success you’ve made in healing or enduring; even if it is only about pushing past fatigue or stomach ailments. Light some comforting candles, sit with Jesus for a few minutes – or longer- and just breathe in God’s promises to you. Praise Him for what He has done!
GOD BLESSES YOU WITH ENOUGH
I hope these tips help you get past the obstacles that seem insurmountable today, this week, or this year. I pray for God’s grace your life. Enough!
April Boyer © 2018