Three weeks ago I gave a sermon entitled “Lord, I’m tired.” The premise was primarily on “the rest of God” and came from Matthew 11:28-31. It was a great experience and I am becoming more comfortable speaking in front of a large group of people. I have our church leadership summit to thank for that. Having been presented with the challenge of delivering a session topic on “communicating effectively.”
The next day I enjoyed an extra day off. I do this as a form of self-care after I minister. I spend time in the word and do whatever else relaxes me. That day I went shopping but didn’t spend much money. I stopped by the bookstore and purchased a book entitled “becoming yourself” by Stasi Eldredge, but haven’t had time to read it yet. I also had lunch in the mall and bought something for my house. I need to keep it simple yet enjoyable. The latter half of this day included writing. A journal entry about a kid in Starbucks and my blog posts. It was a good day overall and a time to relax and be me.
I’m thankful for the opportunity and look forward to learning so much more. Below is a poem I recited after my sermon.
Lord, I’m Tired! -Poem
Lord, I’m tired…
tired of fighting.
tired of waiting.
tired of having to… (you fill in the blank)
tired of crying, praying, wanting YOU to move.
Your word says to not be weary
but weariness has set in.
Strengthen me where I’m weak
and enable me to stand again.
Lord, I’m tired…
of being in this fight!
When will you come and rescue me from this plight?
My arms are getting heavy
and my knees are beginning to weaken.
Stand firm in the Lord and allow me to strengthen…
your every need, will and desire.
Allow my Spirit to dwell in you.
My word to enrich every fiber of your being.
It will also strengthen…
Your knees which are feeble.
Your arms which hang down.
No longer will you frown
but now as I move on your behalf
You will smile.
Be encouraged in me
in my power and might.
Be encouraged that I sit high
and walk along side in your plight.
You are not alone.
©Yevette C. Gooden