Read Day #9 in Come With Me Devotional
Have you thought this lately?
I am so tired.
I feel overwhelmed.
I want to give up, crawl in a shell, push people away.
If I am asked to do one more thing, I’ll [fill in the blank].
These are words or thoughts that come when we are empty. Bone dry. So stretched and pulled that we aren’t sure what to do about it, so we just keep going. I’ve been there, and there’s a huge difference between being tired at the end of a good day, and being tired all the way through to your soul.
Today’s invitation is for that soul-weary woman. It’s for all of us.
We are invited to pour in as much as we pour out.
Even as I say these words, some of you are saying, “What? One more thing to do?”
No, sister. Not one more thing to do. Not at all. I wouldn’t do that to you. Rather, I want to talk about the one thing we desperately need so we can stop living on empty.
We need rest, and so did Jesus.
Jesus often withdrew to spend time with his Heavenly Father. We might assume (I did) that Jesus was filled to overflowing simply because he was God, the Son. That he had everything he needed without the need to replenish.
Jesus was tempted as we all were. That’s important to remember. His cousin was in prison. That’s an emotional drain. He had ministered and prayed for people all day. That’s a spiritual drain. When he healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law from her fever, people flocked to the house bringing their sick relatives. He remained until the sun went down to pray for them. That’s a physical drain.
So, what did Jesus do after that?
Did he keep going? Did he mark his list “done” for the day and write a new one?
Early the next morning, Jesus went to an isolated place. We aren’t told what he did there exactly, but in every other instance where Jesus withdraws, it is to talk to his Heavenly Father.
Jesus poured out and poured out, but he also poured back in.
What if we followed his example?
Right now, I’m studying so that I can share with you. It looks like pouring in because my Bible is open. I’m doing “spiritual” work. I’m talking about Jesus.
But the truth is I’m pouring out.
So this becomes my right-now invitation. To recognize how I pour out spiritually, physically, and emotionally, and to take time to pour back in.Pour in as much as you pour out. It won't feel familiar at first, but soon you'll see the beauty.… Click To Tweet
That looks different for each of us. We all pour out differently. We are in all stages of life. We have varying support systems (and some have almost none).
Let’s be honest about how we pour out, and balance that with an honest assessment of how we pour back in. Just writing this shines a light for me. When I’m through typing these words and hit “publish,” the Lord and I are going to spend some time alone. It won’t be formal. It won’t be a formula. It will be intentional time with just him.
We pull away to pour out.
Maybe you have a favorite chair. Maybe you walk as you talk to the Lord. Maybe you shut yourself in a prayer closet. It doesn’t matter where you go. Instead, what matters is that you shut out everything that distracts you (to the best of your ability) to get alone with God.
They are like trees placed along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit. Jeremiah 17:8 (NLT)
I don’t know how or why this works the way it does, but time alone with God fills every gap — spiritually, emotionally, and even physically. Maybe that’s because our source is God, and he pours out living water over those barren places.Time out from people and time alone with God renews our strength. #ComeWithMeDevo… Click To Tweet
Don’t be surprised that this is the one area where the enemy fights you the most.
He may come at you with these words:
You’re too busy to spend time with God.
He’s not going to listen, so why bother?
Spending 10 minutes alone with God isn’t enough. Wait until you have an hour.
He’s a liar. He’s always been a liar. He longs for nothing more than to distract or delay your spiritual growth. He is highly aware of what a spiritually, emotionally, and physically well-rested woman of faith can do to his plans.
Grab a journal. Keep it close. If you are assaulted with all the things you should be doing, jot that thing down in your journal (that way you can attend to it later), and continue in your sweet time with God.
Let’s accept the invitation to pour back in. May our roots go deep. May living water flow into our bone-weary soul and bring life to the barren spots in our faith.
21 Life Changing Invitations as we Walk with Jesus
Invitation #8: Pour in as much as you pour out.
- I love the scriptures found in the devo today. Read both of the scriptures found in Jeremiah (17:8 and 31:25).
- What is the promise in each of these passages?
- What type of rest do you need?
- Print out the Pour in/Pour out Assessment.
- List all the ways you pour out.
- Be honest about how you pour in.
- Are your roots deep? If not, let’s talk about that and be honest about ways to do that.
Come With Me: Discovering the Joy of Following Where Jesus Leads
Four years ago I found myself spiritually tangled and empty. I went on a two-year journey into the book of Luke. That changed my faith, renewed this Jesus-loving woman, and it is still changing me today.
If you haven’t taken your own “Come With Me Journey,” this book will gently lead you into the deep with Jesus.
If you are leading a small group, the accompany video DVD is available with a downloadable Study Guide (additional material). This can be used in a small group setting or a large gathering.