It’s one of those days again. I want to crawl under the duvet and stay there.

I feel empty, wrung out and dry. Sleep-deprived. Dog-tired.

A body full of pain and a foggy, M.E mind.

Not at my best but wanting to be here for you just the same.

It’s hard to think straight today, and I’m so thankful God has equipped me to prepare these posts ahead of time.

On days like this it feels like I have nothing to offer God or man. Maybe you can relate?

Perhaps I’m looking at it wrongly.

[bctt tweet=”Maybe my focus should be more on what Jesus has done for me than on what I can offer Him”]

He deserves no less than our best, and it feels like we cannot offer that to Him if we’re exhausted, worn out and weary.

And yet..

Jesus knows our human limitations, inhabited a feeble frame like ours, became frail flesh for us.

He, above all, knows just what we can give and when we’re able to give it.

He wants us to respond out of love for Him rather than duty or obligation.

rest with Jesus WoJ pinJesus understands our every weakness, sees our frailty and pain, and knows our need for rest, to sit with Him a while.

We will always we refuelled, refreshed and restored by spending time in His presence.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” ~ Matthew 11:28 – 28

I believe He wants our overwhelming focus to be more on His generous offering to us than stressing over our response to Him, to rest in His sufficiency and grace alone.

[bctt tweet=”How can we give the King of kings anything He doesn’t already possess?”]

Well here’s an idea or two in no particular order of importance..

  • We can offer our lives as willing sacrifice
  • We can surrender our agendas
  • We can hand over our heartaches, cares and concerns
  • We can offer our time and energy, limited though it may be
  • We can freely give a sacrifice of praise
  • We can share His Good News with others
  • We can open our hearts to His presence
  • We can learn to sit with silence and allow Him to speak
  • We can offer all we possess for His purposes
  • We can never stop being thankful to know Him

And in return?

We have Jesus in our life as Lord and Saviour.

We have the ability to do all He calls, anoints and equips us to do.

We have Holy Spirit wisdom to guide our days.

We are able to rest in Him when we are weary.

We have sufficient strength for each new day.

We have boundless mercy, forgiveness and grace.

We are loved unconditionally, endlessly, lavishly.

And that’s something worth offering God deep gratitude and praise for.

May the song below minister to you too.

This is day 17 of write-31-days and five-minute-free-writes. I know I’ve often rambled beyond the allotted time. Thank you for your grace. The rest of this month’s prompts can be found here. We’re on the homeward straight, friends! Thank you for your support. It means a lot. 🙂

I’m also joining in with friends at Weekend Whispers where we meet together to share our faith journeys as we celebrate God’s hand at work in our lives. Come join us?