For the last 1 week, I have been experiencing extreme exhaustion. These few days, I am beginning to experience symptoms of depression.
I am finding it hard to wake up in the morning, terribly exhausted, my mind so slowed down that I can't think or feel properly, no energy to do anything, can't enjoy anything I do, my feelings are basically flat, and a terrible sense of uselessness is overwhelming me... but I am praying and resting in God.
I know that God loves me and He is sustaining me through this valley experience. He has a purpose for me to go through this and His grace is sufficient for me, as He promises. He will restore and deliver me in His time.
Meanwhile, I will make use of whatever resources He has given me to get better. I am praying and reading the Bible, and other encouraging books, and looking to God to strengthen my soul spiritually.
I am going to rest as much as I can so that in time to come I will be ready to serve God again. I will endeavour to keep up with my exercise daily to strengthen my body and mind.
I need to fight the negative thoughts that threaten to overwhelm me. It is important for me to remember that these thoughts will go away once I am better. So learning to recognize them and challenge them is important so that they do not pull me down further.
I am thankful to God for all of you, your visits, prayers and encouragements. These are tokens of God's love for me and thank God for everyone of you.
I am resting in the following promises of God, and hope that it encourages you too:
“My grace is sufficient for thee.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
IF none of God’s saints were poor and tried, we should not know half so well the consolations of divine grace.
When we find the wanderer who has not where to lay his head, who yet can say, “Still will I trust in the Lord;” when we see the pauper starving on bread and water, who still glories in Jesus; when we see the bereaved widow overwhelmed in affliction, and yet having faith in Christ, oh, what honor it reflects on the gospel!
God’s grace is illustrated and magnified in the poverty and trials of believers.
Saints bear up under every discouragement, believing that all things work together for their good, and that out of apparent evils a real blessing shall ultimately spring—that their God will either work a deliverance for them speedily, or most assuredly support them in the trouble, as long as He is pleased to keep them in it.
This patience of the saints proves the power of divine grace. There is a lighthouse out at sea: it is a calm night—I cannot tell whether the edifice is firm; the tempest must rage about it, and then I shall know whether it will stand.
So with the Spirit’s work: if it were not on many occasions surrounded with tempestuous waters, we should not know that it was true and strong; if the winds did not blow upon it, we should not know how firm and secure it was.
The master-works of God are those men who stand in the midst of difficulties, stedfast, unmoveable,—
“Calm 'mid the bewildering cry, Confident of victory.”
He who would glorify his God must set his account upon meeting with many trials. No man can be illustrious before the Lord unless his conflicts be many.
If, then, yours be a much-tried path, rejoice in it, because you will the better show forth the all-sufficient grace of God.
As for His failing you, never dream of it—hate the thought.
The God who has been sufficient until now should be trusted to the end.
Taken from CH Spurgeon's Morning and Evening, 4 March, Morning
"My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. " - what a blessed assurance and comfort! God's grace is sufficient for me. His strength is made perfect in my weaknesses.
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Thanks for your encouragement. Take care and have a blessed day!