Come unto me....and I will give you rest

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I was rather manic recently, as you can see :) I have been writing long posts to share my thoughts and feelings which is therapeutic to me. Sometimes I also write long emails to share with some friends. I do have racing thoughts on most days and find it especially a relief to be able to share on this blog. Thanks all my dear blogging friends and readers, for dropping by and share my experiences. Thanks for all your prayers and encouraging comments! It's a joy to get to know all of you and to be able to mutually encourage one another and support one another as we strive to manage our bipolar disorder or depression so that we can be more functional and useful.

I am thankful to God for His mercies and faithfulness in answering my prayers and providing some freelance assignments for me. It is because I am able to work freelance that I am able to continue to write and share my experiences and God's goodness to me on this blog.

As I am rather manic, I do still have problem slowly down. I know I need to slow down and pace myself moderately as past experiences have taught me that prolonged manic and hyper-activity will lead to a severe depression episodes that can last for months at ends.

I have been very occupied in these days doing 2 freelance job assignments, developing my blogs, doing volunteer work for my church and making bookmarks for my church friends. I do enjoy these very much and sometimes lost track of time, or forget to take short breaks in between. I have been feeling rather tired at the end of each day for the last 2 weeks. I know these are early signs that I am over-straining myself. I am trying to slow down and take rests in between. I do pray that God may grant me wisdom to manage my time and strength so that I don't fall into severe depression again.

Today I felt very tired even in the afternoon and had to take a nap, which I don't usually do. As I laid down to rest, I commit myself unto the Lord. I asked for His grace to help me to cope with each day in His strength and not to over-strain. I am reminded that my strength and joy is in Him and I pray that He will not let me forget Him or let any work/activities let priority in my life.

I thank God for the joy of seeking Him in prayers and devotions every morning and evening. This evening, the Lord encouraged me with the following passages from Matthew 11:

Matthew 11:28-30

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


Thank God that when I feel tired and weary after a long day, I can come before our Lord in prayers and commit myself, my family, my church, my work, etc etc to Him, and find rest in Him. It is truly blessed to belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, to have the assurance that all things are in His hands. I must not worry or be overly anxious but learn to cast all my cares upon Him because He cares for me. Thank and praise Him.


"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28


I took this flower at the Sentosa Flower exhibition at Sentosa Island, Singapore.

4 Kind thoughts:

Anonymous said...

yes, Nancie, (to nag you :) do rest sufficiently whenever you feel physically tired

in Christ,
grace

marja said...

Hi Nancie,

Matthew 11:28-30 has been very important to me too - especially when I was a new Christian. Thank you for reminding us of it.

Yes, I've noticed that you're rather manic, because of all the writing you've been doing. I pray that you'll be able to pace yourself and keep taking those important rest breaks. You need to let yourself land, coming down gradually and safely.

I can identify with what you're going through. Have been there many times myself.

I'll be praying for a safe landing for you. Take care, friend.

Mariposa said...

I love the title...and at first look, it had unburden my disheartened heart at this very moment. Then I read on...and yes, you are so true with manias...that is a challenge to me too, and we just know that we have to slow down. God always, has a special way of reminding us that we have pushed ourselves too much, so we get tired...so we get sick.

I'm still nursing myself from a pain of betrayal from a friend...and how hypocrite and prideful I've been, what took me so long...why fight it when all I need to do is jut to offer it all up to Him...

Beautiful post! Thank you.

my life with bipolar disorder said...

Thanks, Grace. I really appreciate the nag :) I do need it from time to time as I am very forgetful. Getting old :) Take care, dear sister.

Thanks, Marja, for your prayers and encouragements. I am so encouraged to know that you and others are praying for me. The Lord is reminding me through all of you of His love and goodness to me. Yes, I do need to slow down and remember those important breaks! I am keeping you in my prayers too. Hope you will also pace yourself moderately and continue to find much joy and strength as you give of yourself so sacrificially to others in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ. Take care, dear friend.

I am so glad, Mari, that God's Words have helped you. Praise Him. Truly, it is a mercy that we can cast all our cares and anxieties, our pains and sadness, upon Him Who loves us. Praying for you in your difficult situation. May God enable you to entrust yourself and your friend into His hands, trusting that He is sovereignly working all things for His glory and your good (Romans 8:28) even in this painful experience. I have had such experiences in the past too and it's not easy to deal with those emotions. May God's Words continue to strengthen your heart and enable you to forgive and learn precious lessons from it. I find that praying for the other party, no matter how much we have been hurt, helps to heal the wound to some degrees. May God's love and faithfulness comfort you. Take care, dear friend.

 

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