I am running on empty. Everything in my life seems to be piling on me all at the same time. I know that I can’t be the only one who feels that same way. As women, we tend to juggle a lot of things in the air and most of the time we make it seem pretty easy. However, there are times when we might “drop” a thing or two. Then, there are times when the whole kit-and-kaboodle comes crashing down around us.

I am not a fan of flying but it seems like I have been doing my fair share of flying lately. One of the instructions that you will always hear the flight attendants tell you is to put on your own oxygen mask before attending to anyone else. I understand the concept but it is not in us (women) to operate in that manner. We want to take care of EVERYONE around us first and then whatever is left over, we will take for ourselves.

I feel like my life is starting to look like my cell phone. I see the low-battery light blinking and I am now running on the low-battery mode. That is the mode that keeps you going but you are not operating at your full capacity. That means that it cuts out things that are considered unnecessary and energy draining. For me, that would have been the extra time that I have been spending on making sure that I was eating correctly. It was the time that I had been spending on walking. My morning devotional time has also been cut short. And, in return for those few extra minutes gained by cutting out those activities, my energy has actually gone down instead of going up.

I need to be plugged into a power source. I need nourishment for my body and my soul. I have all of the necessary items to give me power but I actually need to use them. Just like with my phone, I have the cord to plug into the charging brick, I have the charging brick that plugs into the wall outlet, and I have the electricity that runs to the wall outlet. But, if any one of those things is not operating correctly, then the phone will not charge properly. In my life, I have nutritious food, I have a treadmill, and I have a Bible. But, unless I eat the right food in the right amounts, walk on the treadmill, and read and try to discern the word of God, then I am not plugged into my power sources.

Ephesians 3:14-21

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Words that jump out of those verses at me are, bow, grant, strengthened, dwell, rooted, grounded, comprehend, love, knowledge, filled, abundantly, power, and glory.

It is easy to re-charge your battery when you have the correct power source. Eat the right food, walk the mile, and feel the strength and power that comes from the word of God.

Have A Blessed Day!

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  1. Here’s a prayer for all…
    The Lord will give you peace when you feel anxious.

    The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. –
    Colossians 3:15

  2. Tania, I had been feeling totally drained too for the last few months. My husband and I took an impromptu three day trip to the mountains with our fifth wheel trailer and did absolutely nothing! It felt so good to sleep in, drink my coffee without worrying about what needed to be done next! The cool fall air felt wonderful too! I lit my pumpkin spice candle, caught up on some reading and took a nap or two.? I definitely came home feeling much better and rested!

  3. Like Kathy I’m bone tired and stressed to the max. I really need to recharge my battery. These words were helpful today. Thank you.

  4. When I was a child, Sunday was a “day of rest”. The day was for attending church and a family meal. I think we would alll benefit from a “day of rest” in our lives.

  5. Laurie Hannus says:

    I totally understand where you are coming from today!! I’m struggling there too since I started a hobby job a year ago! The exact same things have taken a back seat, including attending church on Sunday morning. How do we prioritize and still have a fulfilling day that is not overwhelming? Is it ok to just take a few hours off to ourselves to regroup?
    How do other gals manage a full time job, housework, hobby job, family, friends, exercise, nutrition, and down time (I’m sure I left something out)? I’m working on figuring that out, so I’ll keep you in my prayers for the answers. In the meantime, take care and pray.

  6. Charlcy L. Green says:

    Your Sunday words are such a light in the darkness and I appreciate you! I hope you can rest and plug in to Our Lord today.

  7. Novella Truett says:

    exactly what i needed to hear today ! im running on empty. thank you!

  8. Always a blessing to read your post on Sunday. This speaks to my heart. I am bone tired and stressed to the max. I know that but stopping the madness is hard sometimes. I hope for peace for us all through Christ. Best…Kathy

    1. Bone tired and stressed is not what the Lord intended for us. You may not be able to stop the madness but maybe you can pray for peace.

  9. Marianne M says:

    Oh my gosh, I needed this today. Have been overwhelmed and drained. I needed to be reminded to take care of me! Hope you can get recharged!

    1. I know exactly how you feel, Marianne. I am asking the Lord to recharge my batteries.

  10. That is just what I needed today, thanks. You are so right, I have all of the right things available to me I just need to use them.

    1. I am happy that this message spoke to you, Shirlene!

  11. So sorry to hear you are feeling run down, I do hope the weekend is giving you time to recharge your battery. Are you still attending work or have you now been able to hand over to the replacement ? Returning to work and a poorly grandchild must have caused you worry. Take care of yourself. Jillx

    1. I am grateful that we do have the weekends to recharge and take time for ourselves.