Thursday, July 9, 2009

Finding Rest in the Midst of Exhaustion

"Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders. My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word."—Psalm 119:27–28

Finding Rest in the Midst of Exhaustion

"I'm so tired." The hands of the clock poke me in the back, prodding me to, "Get up! Get up! Get up!" The fear of being late to work surges adrenalin through my sleep deprived body. Exhausted and exasperated, I rouse my sons from their beds with the reverie, "Go! Go! Go!"

Accustomed to the roar of time's cannon and the whizzing shrapnel of my battle-fatigued voice, my brave, little soldiers march through the morning routine and out to the car.

Negative cash flow, emotional, physical and mental exhaustion tempt me to give up. How is it possible that my body withstands inhuman exhaustion? Solo parents persevere, capturing the vision of a champion—bent over, drenched with stress's perspiration, zombie-marching one foot at a time forward while no cheerleaders look on. The only yells I hear emanate from my children's mouths.

Does solo-parent fatigue weigh you down? Praise and worship music pumps up my dead weary walk. Listen to one of my favorite songs, "God Will Make a Way." The lyrics and calming melody encourage my spirit as I struggle to stay motivated on the treadmill of life.

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