I Am Tired, Lord

Posted on 11/11/2018 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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lyrics by Horatio Spafford
music by Philip Bliss

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

lyrics by Munster Gesangbuch
music by Schlesische Volkslieder

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.

by Benjamin R. Faust

You are my life
You are my strength
You are my song, Jesus

You are my heart
You are my soul
I want the whole world to know

That you are everything to me
And for all eternity
I will sing your praises

I give you my life
I give you my strength
I give you my song, Jesus

I give you my heart
I give you my soul
For you have made me whole!

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Father God, thank You for this chance to worship You with other believers. I know You are here and I want You to know that I feel blessed to be able to share what You have placed on my heart. May You receive the glory for all that we say, think, and do. I pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

You all may be seated.

Today, if you haven't figured it out, I am here to share a fireside chat with you all. These are informal little tidbits of what God has given to me in the form of sermonettes. Please make yourself comfort. Grab a drink and a snack. Pull up a chair. Here we go.

Today's fireside chat is called "I Am Tired, Lord." I don't know about you all, but sometimes I get tired. I get tired of trying to make people understand what I believe, what I say, and why I do certain things.

I have realized that I can get tired physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. There might be others way as well, but those are the main ones I think.

For physical tiredness, we can feel it in our bodies. Our bones, muscles, and joints get weary and are in pain.

Mental tiredness can be seen as our thoughts are racing. Or our memory is lost. Maybe even that our head hurts from too much stress and overthinking.

Spiritual tiredness can be seen as our souls are weary. We feel like our flesh is "winning" so to speak and we can't get out of the hole that we dug. We feel trapped and yet we want to soar above the clouds.

Emotional tiredness is when our feelings and emotions have taken us on a roller coaster and we can't seem to come down. We have gotten to the mountain top and we are so tired, so weary we want to cry, but not tears come out.

I am going to share some things I have posted on Facebook years ago about this topic.

I have been thinking about two different things about being tired.

The first is in the Bible, Exodus chapter 17 verses 10-12 says

10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.

11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

12 But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

Here in the Bible it speaks of Moses getting tired and Aaron, his brother, and Hur holding up his arms.

Sometimes we need people to hold us up in prayer because we are tired.

The second thing I thought of was the Footprints poem.

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,

"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?"

The Lord replied, "The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you."

Mary Stevenson, 1936

This poem reminds me that when I have felt tired, in anguish, crying and full of sorrow, and feel defeated and beaten up from this world, Jesus carries me. He says, "My child, I have carried you through all of life's hardships because you are mine. I lift you up so that in your weakness, you are made strong by my strength!"


So, my friends and brothers and sisters in Christ, if you find yourself tired in any way, don't not forget that you are a part of the Body of Christ. We are family. We will carry you if need be. We will pray for you. Jesus will carry you as well.

You are not alone. We are here for you. Do not be weary in well doing. Do not let the cares of this world weigh you down. Allow God to help you when you are tired and weary. Tell Him "I am tired, Lord. I need help." He will answer you with "My child, come. I will carry you. I will mount you up on eagles wings."

For we know it says in Isaiah 40: 29-31, "He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint."

Thank You, Lord, for always being with us. For being our comfort and our hope. For being our strength when we have none. For being with us no matter what. Thank You, Lord, for carrying us. You are our Lord and Savior. You are Who You say You are in the scriptures. You have never lied. Thank You for everything. And the next time I say "I am tired, Lord," You will smile and hold out Your hand yet again. "My child, come. I will carry you." I know You. You will continue to carry me and that, my Lord, is because of Who You are. Thank You. Thank You, Lord.

The altar call is quite simple. Come all you who are weary and heavy laden. Jesus will give you rest. If you are tired, allow Him to carry you.

What are you waiting for? He is waiting for you to come.

If you need someone to talk to or would like someone to pray with you, please instant message one of us on the ministry team. If you would like to get in contact with the pastors, go to almcyberchurch.org and click on the pastors' offices there. Leave your message and we will reply as soon as we can.

After this time at the altar, we will have fellowship in the room up the stairs to your left.

All are welcome to attend.

May God Bless you this week. May He Who rose from the dead remind you of His love. That He will carry you whenever you need Him to do so.