Are you tired? Do you grow weary? Where is your hope?

Our Verse of the Week

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31

Devotional

Right now, it’s back-to-school season for me. My older daughter is back to high school with a full schedule of activities, and my younger daughter and I are gearing up for all her homeschooling extracurricular activities to start. It’s making for a very black calendar with less white space than I’ve had this summer.

This is just the season of the year. And this is just the season of our lives. I keep reminding myself that though it looks full compared to our summer schedule, I’ve made wise choices and protected important times: family dinnertime, Sabbath rest, sanity breaks in my days. And this pace won’t last forever. Right now we’re running, and the Lord is my hope to sustain me. I’m thankful for verses like Isaiah 40:30-31 to get me through seasons like this.

But my busy schedule is one of the more superficial examples of being tired and growing weary. I know many of you are experiencing much more serious seasons: stressful relationships, marriages, careers, spiritual warfare and health issues. They can all weigh us down during this long walk of life. Thankfully, we have hope in the Lord, and He’s given us this beautiful promise.

He acknowledges our struggles and strife, and He is faithful to lift us up.

Note: I included both verses together because the second is conditional on the first: “those who put hope in the Lord.” But personally, I’m only meditating on the second verse while maintaining the context. Feel free to meditate on both!

Suggested Meditation

Below is a look at my dialogue with the Holy Spirit while meditating on this passage. I meditate on the same verse every day for at least a week, and this is just a model to get you started. Meditating on scripture is a very personal journey and relationship with God, but you may find my Meditation Guide helpful. Subscribe now to my Newsletter and get immediate access to a Free Printable Library that includes meditation guidelines, a Meditation Journal Page, Scripture Writing pages, and bookmarks for this verse.

They will soar on wings like eagles: Lord, my hope is in you. I may be tired and weary, but I close my eyes and feel you lifting me up in the air. I feel my body rise to you and leave my worries behind. Thank you for being my strength.

they will run and not grow weary: Lord, sometimes I’m so busy, and my days are so full, that my body feels like it’ll stumble and fall–I grow weary. This may be a busy season, but it’s only a short season … a sprint. And you’re my sustaining hope. You renew my strength every day and I know I will finish this run strong.

they will walk and not be faint: Father, parenting is a long walk. Marriage is a long walk. Growing closer to you is a long walk. Thank you for being with me for the duration. Thank you for your grace and mercy, reminding me of the long journey … that I can pace myself, and you will sustain me.

Suggested Breath Prayers

For more info on Breath Prayers, visit the article You’re Just a Breath Away From God.

Hope in the Lord

Soar on wings

Run and not weary

Walk and not be faint

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