Strength for the Weary

Ps 34 18I find myself at the computer, once again, attempting to put words together that inspire, challenge, and encourage myself and others to live an extraordinary life. I want to live an extraordinary life – a life of obedience to my Creator, leading me on an adventurous path that impacts the lives of those I come in contact with. Today, as I once again attempt to put words to my story, I realize that I am weary. I am physically, mentally, emotionally, and relationally weary.

Micah 7 7This too is part of living extraordinary. Life is not easy. It is filled with ups and downs, gains and losses, joys and pains. I cannot plow through life like the Energizer Bunny (haven’t seen that commercial in a while!) without refueling my tank. I need good sleep, mental rest, moments away from decisions and pressure, good food, hugs, and some big doses of laughter. I have received many of these throughout this season, but I realize today that my tank is dangerously low.

Is 40Have you ever felt like this? I hope the words found in the photos and links (like this one) on this post will encourage your hearts and lift your spirits for whatever journey you are facing. They are an encouragement to me just like many of you continue to bless and encourage my soul.

Let us not become weary in doing good,
let us continue to . . .

Be Extraordinary!


(I’m Traci, the “Be Extraordinary!” blogger. I share insights that challenge and encourage moms to be the best version of themselves. To me, that’s an extraordinary life! Click HERE to receive blog updates and a free newsletter.)



10 comments on “Strength for the Weary”

  1. Holly Reply

    Love these verses! Adding them to my memory list! Traci, I cannot imagine what you’re going through. I can only try to imagine. Prayers going up for you. Give big hugs to your kiddos for me. Ok. Even joe:). Lots of love going your way and hurting heart for you

    • tracicast Reply

      Thanks so much Holly! You have been so kind, thoughtful, and encouraging during this season. So blessed that I met you! 🙂

  2. Tom Tanner Reply

    One of the hardest things to do is to stay under the burden when we feel weak, weary, and in pain. In the midst of all of it, you are growing stronger in your faith and gaining new perspectives for the journey. You are also encouraging others to stay under their particular burden and modeling the Christ-like response to pain for your kids.

    Hang in there, lady. You might not be able to see it as clearly as those of us looking in, but YOU ARE living that EXTRAORDINARY life! You and yours are in our prayers as always!

    • tracicast Reply

      Thank you Tom! You and your family are extraordinary blessings in so many different ways.

  3. Heidi A. Reply

    I feel you sister! (Love <3) One of my husband's favorite passages is 1 Kings 19, when Elijah had had a particularly exhaustive season of ministry and stress, he in essence becomes mentally and emotionally weak at heart and just wants to throw up his hands, and if we're honest, sometimes we get to this point. But God… (Two of the best words in Scripture)… Instead of urging him on, and pushing him forward told him to rest, gave him food to eat, and water to drink. He tenderly told him TWICE, "Arise, and eat, for the journey is too great for you." He didn't straight off say, get up and go. He said, I can see that the journey is too great, rest now and gain your strength back. The passage goes on to say that the period of rest and refreshment lasted 40 days, after which God passed by him in the gentle breeze where Elijah experienced God first hand. And finally, God then brought Elijah Elisha who would minister to him and help him in his work. So Traci, "arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you." And it's ok; I'm blessed by your transparent weakness; it helps me know I'm not alone! You wrote earlier this week about the gifts you have received from people, receive this rest now from Him! Love you.

    • tracicast Reply

      Great words and reminders Heidi! I long for the day when I feel fully refreshed and strengthened, and for now I choose to REST! 😉

  4. Dad Reply

    What your going through reminds me of some years in my life I thought I would never get past it, well I got past most and hopefully learned from the rest. My heart aches for you. Love you always Dad

    “In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing” Theodore Roosevelt

  5. Bev Landgren Reply

    Traci –

    I am praying you can take some time soon to refill your soul. I’ve been there, where you are. Pure exhaustion of the soul. Feed it with scripture and prayer for sure, but don’t forget to feed the creative part also. Knit, crochet, sew, whatever it is that feeds your creative soul. I have found that knitting while in quiet prayer recharges my batteries and calms my frantic mind.

    Many prayers for you and your family during this time.

    Hugs –

    • tracicast Reply

      Bev – Great reminder to feed the creative part of myself too. It’s easy to feel guilty resting when there are so many things “to do, do, do”!

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