When We’re Tired of the Fight

Have you ever been tired of the fight? Ready to sink into the abyss without a rope? Think you cannot take this life one. more. day? The desire to give-up can weigh heavy on our souls. Exhaustion sets in and our wounds are fresh and gaping. Or maybe they’re old and festering.

The last several weeks have yanked me down. Short, strong pulls on my soul. Stress and anxiety taunting me from the corners as I struggled to trust God’s whisper in my ear. The pressure to do. The pressure to be. The pressure to accomplish.

At home, the Queen Mother was on a rampage. I’ve yelled. I’ve fussed. I’ve failed. I’ve wondered will I ever get it right? And I’m tired. Exhausted. Ready to give up.

I’m not the only one. Maybe you feel this way too. Because we all get tired of the fight. We’re battle-weary. And I don’t know a single one of us who hasn’t stood in the middle of the ring wondering, can I go another round?

I look to my right and left, and we’re all getting bloody knuckles with blue-green bruises blooming on skin. A sister has lost her father. Another wonders if a scan will bring her the words, “cancer free.” And another who questions if life is ever going to stop throwing punches.

We each have a battle we’re facing. With exhaustion setting in, the fight drains our energy—sucks us dry. But my sisters, the fight doesn’t have to defeat us. And just because we’re tired doesn’t mean we’re finished.

Just because we’re tired doesn’t mean we’re finished. Because I’m sure of this, He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Phil. 1:6).

Did you see it? The words of hope? Will carry it on. There’s no giving up in those four words. They echo in our darkest moments, telling us we’ve not lost. Because even if we’re tired of the fight, our God is just getting started.

Sometimes we realize the only way to win is to step back. Breathe in. Breathe out. And then know—we cannot be overcome because our God has already won the final round.

There are days we survive only when we remember we cannot be defeated. It becomes our one-foot-in-front-of-the-other mantra. Because greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world, plays over and over again in our minds. I am strong because my God is a rock.

Have you ever noticed how light cannot be overcome? We stumble around in the darkest nights, grasping with hands held out in front, feet shuffling along the floor. Searching. Desperate to grab hold of light. Because it is the light which overcomes the pitch-black.

And then the sun peaks over the horizon. Casting out the night. Because darkness must give way to the Light. You may still be tired of the fight, my sister. Exhausted even. That’s okay. The fight is part of the tapestry that makes up our lives. Grab tight to our Jesus, our Light, our Fighter and remember He’s not finished fighting for you.

You’re going to make it.

Has anyone told you that today? Allow me to say it again. You’re going to make it. You’re going to live through this fight. And the morning will come. Maybe when you least expect it—but it will come. Because the Son always rises to overcome the dark night.

The Sonrise

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14 Responses to When We’re Tired of the Fight

  1. Berky says:

    Thank you for the words !!!! I love how the key words are bolded!!

  2. donna says:

    Don’t know how your knew what my weekend has been like, but thank you for this encouraging word. Somehow I hope to face tomorrow and all my students without my emotions worn ragged and exposed. Teachers don’t get to have off days…neither do moms. I am both.

  3. Pam says:

    I will be passing the link to this post on to a few of my friends who are struggling right now. Thank you for your strong and powerful words of encouragement.

  4. Thank you for the words if encouragement. Very, very timely. But! Of course He is NEVER late, always on time!

  5. Shannon Carter says:

    Sometimes I wonder if God gives you the perfect words to speak to me! This could not have come at a more perfect time. I was seriously asking this afternoon… When is God going to stop testing me? I feel like I learn & grow so much from everything he allows me to go through, but I can’t possibly claim that it is enjoyable of fun at the time. I get overwhelmed many days & will be using your words to help me pray His promises back to Him—He will complete the good work that He began. Love you & the words God gives you to share with so many that need to hear them!!

  6. Rose says:

    I randomly scrolled thru facebook and came upon your words. How could you have known that I have been on the brink despair. Thank you for your inspirational words.

  7. Polly says:

    Timing is everything..so thankful for the way God uses you to bless others.

  8. Kelli says:

    Candiss introduced me to your blog and read this entry out loud to me. What perfect timing. Words I needed to hear.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Just read this one and I can’t tell you how perfect the timing was. You are so gifted and I am so proud to call you my friend. Love you Roo!

  10. Anonymous says:

    My precious child: God has gifted you beyond measure. Your words speak to all ages and these words blessed me this morning. Thank you