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Come All Ye Who are Weary

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 by

01-23-Stillwater, MN-002There are times in my life when I feel so weary.  All I can do is to put one foot in front of the other to get anything done.  Sometimes that weariness is a result of grief:  loss of a relationship, loss of a loved one to death, loss of a dream.  It can be so overwhelming at times that I just feel like hiding out in my house and not relating to anyone.

When this happens, I have 2 choices as I see it.  One, I can succumb to this weariness and do nothing to get out of it.  Believe me that is no fun, I have done it and you may be able to identify with that route.  Or two, I can reach out to the one place I know there will be comfort and help…God’s Word.

As we were driving along the highway last week, I passed a sign that we all see when driving long distance:  “Rest Area”.  My physical needs can be met at a place like this but it made me think of Scripture that suggests a place our spiritual needs can be met as well.

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28

Jesus bids us to “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.”  Where is your secluded place?  Do you have a place you can get away to rest from all your work?  Do you do it regularly?  I am asking myself the same question.  It seems to be important to me to have my own place to go and rest and meditate on God’s Word.

So here is my plan.  We have a guest room upstairs and my daughter’s room, neither of which get much use now that she is living away from home and living on her own.  I will be moving the furniture from the guest room down to the basement, after I clean it up, and preparing an office for myself with a rocking chair where I can come away and be with Jesus.  Guests can stay in my daughter’s room from now on with overflow moving downstairs.

What will you do to give yourself permission and a place to rest?  Share your ideas below!

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  1. Paula Jo, I love how you say “give yourself permission” because in the past that’s where the problem was. I had a hard time giving myself permission to rest until I was a mess. For now, I’ll find my secluded place early in the morning or after the kids go to school.

    • Hi Ally! So glad you came by to look at my blog and that you could identify with the post. It sounds like a great plan to go for early morning. Good luck! Pop back in and let us know how that is going! Cheers!

  2. LOVE! Much needed right now! I recently lost a relationship too, and I have NO idea why. I’ve been so sad for a few months over it, more mourning because I honestly have NO idea what happened, or what I did. I’ve felt like no one loves me, and I’ve been learning a lot of God lessons in this time too. I recently started in the beginning of my bible, and the plan is just to read it straight through, and I’ve been enjoying my God time a lot. I have been blessed by spending time with Him, and I’ve learned so many life lessons in this time. I just hate suffering through it, and can’t wait for Heaven in times like these. Im just exhausted. As for your question…a place to rest. Hum….I need to think about that. There really isn’t a lot of rest with 4 little kids, and home shooling! HA! I like to hide in the bathroom, but that isn’t working either 😉 hehe.

    • Hi Liz! I am so glad you came here and read this post just when you needed it! I can’t imagine how busy you are with your kids and home schooling! I pray you will be able to find that time and place for resting. Perhaps your hubby could help there? Blessings to you this day! Come back again!

      • I just love this post and love the idea, right now my special place is the recliner chair in the Living Room early in the morning when it is peaceful and just me…:) This especially came at the perfect time, February 1st is the day that my son was admitted to treatment in Jamestown, The week prior to his admittance he went MIA from his roommate, his job & his sober/clean friends, if it was not for reading the Bible, talking to Pastor, talking with Bob and Chris’s friends that really care about him I was afraid I would end up in the hospital, I take medication for Clinical Anxiety & Depression, which really helps a lot. I am very thankful that the Lord answered my prayers and my son turned himself in for help. I pray that Chris will come to see that he just needs to Let Go & Let God fill your life with peace, joy, love & happiness. thank you Paula for your beautiful photos & posts, the Lord has truly blessed you. <3

        • I am so glad this post helped you Nancy. Our prayers are with you and Chris. Take that time to rest and go away to be with Jesus in that recliner chair! Blessings!

  3. Thanks Chama for coming by my blog! Blessings to you!


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