Exquisitely Tired

Once again, I am linking up with Lisa-Jo at the Gypsy Mama to participate in her 5 Minute Friday challenge. This is where we stop, drop, and write for 5 minutes straight on a subject, with no editing or going back.  (Okay, this is where I have to admit, I do a little backtracking and editing. And I do go a little longer sometimes. But, I am getting better!) Today the prompt is Tired—appropriate, isn’t it?

Here goes!


Tired …


This time of year I often think of Mary, the mother of Jesus. In my exhausted mother state, I wonder how different things were for her more than 2,000 years ago.

I can only imagine the exhaustion she experienced traveling so many miles while pregnant with her first-born. The weariness was likely no different in child birth than it is for most of us.

Then there were the trips on foot to attend the festivals and censuses, sometimes frantically searching for her lost boy. How different is that from my travels; attending ballgames, church events, and contests with my children? Often wondering where they’ve gone off too.

How weary she must have felt watching her now young man, the Messiah, experience the persecution and ridicule as He began His ministry.

And the anguish of watching Him suffer and die at the hands of His tormentors. Could I have handled it with as much grace?

Yes, Mary experienced the fullness of being a mother. The love… and the pain of mothering—just as you and I do.

Her life was ordained, blessed to be the mother of the Redeemer and Savior, encompassing all of the joys, heartaches, and exhaustion of being just that.

I can rest knowing that my life is also ordained: In this season to be a mother, a nurturer, and an encourager to my children. To experience the heartache, joys, and weariness of motherhood, in all of its fullness.

Oh, yes, I am tired! But it is an exquisite tiredness; journeying through this high calling! 

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“The LORD replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest’” (Exodus 13:14).

Reflections: Know that whatever your high calling is, it is ordained by God. Revel in that exquisite weariness that serving Him brings, and rest in Him! What is your high calling?

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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

8 comments on “Exquisitely Tired
  1. Robin says:

    I love your compare and contrast. Sure puts things into perspective doesn’t it! I completely agree, at the end of the day when we focus on Him with a heart of gratitude our perception of the fatigue is “exquisite”.
    Thanks and awesome words!

  2. Kim Smith says:

    Awesome post. Such a beautiful depiction of Mary as a mom and what all good moms experience. Love this blog!

  3. I wrote on mary today today and it does put all into perspective

  4. Carrie says:

    It’s terrific to meet you! Thank you for taking the time to stop by my site and leaving the sweet comment! I loved reading how you compared your motherly tiredness to Mary. I cannot imagine having that much grace and poise. I’d be a crying mess if I had to endure all that she did 😉 But your post made me stop and look at my exhaustion differently, and I appreciate the fresh perspective. This is truly a special season and a quiet piece of me realizes that I will truly miss these days of unrest and unexpected cuddles in the night! Blessings to you! I look forward to returning often to your site.

    • juliesunne says:

      My arms/home will definitely feel empty when my children all leave home, Carrie. I’m already having issues and it’ll be 9 months before my first goes off to college! Looking forward to walking this path with you!

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