Last week I wrote that great post about kicking pregnancy exhaustion in the tail. This week I've reread that post everyday and tried to muster the courage to keep going. I'm just so tired.
It's not an all day kind of tired (Praise the Lord!). I'm great until 5 pm, then the world comes crashing down around my ankles. I want to curl up in a ball and cry. I just want to run away!
Away from the mess. Away from the teething baby. Away from work and responsibility.
Except running requires energy, so I stay.
I get something on the table for dinner. I smile at my husband. I don't yell at my kids, and sometimes I even wash the dishes. Sometimes.
All the while I feel like I'm about to go all weak-kneed and flimsy. I need Someone to lean on. Someone bigger, stronger, and wiser than me. Someone who sees the light at the end of the tunnel and knows just how good His plan for me really is.
I know pregnancy exhaustion isn't the end of the world. It will pass and it could be worse, but that doesn't make my struggle or your struggle any less real. "It could be worse" doesn't really make this any better.
Just remember that even when our struggles are small, God's promises are still very, very big.
His Word doesn't make me less tired (I still need sleep!), but it does make me more patient, more hopeful, and more loving even when I'm exhausted.
So here are my favorite verses from the past few weeks. Feel free to download them and print them out if you need a reminder of God's joy and strength in weakness.
Are you tired? What is weighing you down this week?
I promise, you won't find an "It could be worse" here! Just a smile, a hug, and prayer.