Are You Tired, Worn Out, Burned Out?

I am.

Tiredness came slowly, sneaking up behind me like a shadow on my heels.

I tried to outrun it. Move faster. Work harder. Accomplish more. It’s the way I’d always approached life.

I have two autoimmune illnesses–Celiac Disease and Sjogren’s Syndrome, which plays a huge part in my fatigue, I’m sure.

Finally, at 51, I’m learning to rest. Slow down. Be still and quiet. Wait on His Strength.

Taking care of Julie is new for me.

And what I’m experiencing ties in beautifully with my word theme for the year…Surrender.

Last week, my sweet stepfather Gene read me this scripture. If you’re tired, worn out, burned out , I pray this scripture will bring a slow but steady healing.

“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 11:28-30 The Message.

‘Til next time,




  1. Ahhhh…..I want to crawl onto that hammock and chat the day away with you. The two of us could whisper our dreams and hopes and smile as we realize many, many of them have already been realized. We’d share our fears, our insecurities, and we’d gently sway them away as we share what keeps us building, striving, sharing, giving. Yes, rest is very important. To refresh. Revitalize. Regroup. I find my most fulfilling refreshment is in good friends….like you. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ohhh, B.J. What a beautiful response. I love your words. Thank you, thank you. And when you come over to swing in my hammock, be sure to bring Charlie Bear.

  2. I love that version of Matthew 11:28-30! And I love the thought of being with you on that porch. 🙂

  3. Hi Julie, I sense the peace flowing through your words. Surrender brings such sweet relief, but I struggle with staying in surrender. Your bible passage is a sweet reminder of how to stay in surrender and rest in Him. Blessings to you! Thanks for that reminder today!

  4. Hey, Vicky. Surrender is beginning to be so moment by moment for me. Letting go over and over. Thank you so much for reading and for your precious comment! My prayer is that we both STAY in surrender. xoxo

  5. I’m learning to slow down and sometimes give up doing something. I’m always better off for it, too. :o)

  6. What a journey for you…and when you’ve learned more about taking care of you, you’ll share it with us…
    I feel the deep breath in your words,

  7. Julie,
    I can just hear Gene reading this verse with his Okie accent. So healing. Praying for sweet times in the Lord’s presence for you. Thanks for being so transparent. Many blessings, Bev

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