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Tired~ Five Minute Friday

December 2, 2011

It’s Friday at last, although it came quickly this wild week. I feel as if I just put the Thanksgiving leftovers away last night, though it’s been a week since we ran out. These days have been a bit of a meesy blur.

But it’s time to just write. Five minutes to play the game. The rules are simple, write for five minutes, don’t cut it up with your sharp editing scissors, post it and encourage others who play. You can handle that, I know you can….

The prompt this week? Tired. 


Two nights ago I nearly fell asleep while ironing. I literally blinked for a moment and felt the weight of the day push me to the very edge of passing out into a deep sleep. I have never done that, nodded off while standing up- and I had jut posted that very day about the ridiculous busyness I find myself whirling in.  And I had to admit it to myself, I am tired. Wildly and stupendously tired.

That is not the way I want to spend this Advent season. I want to be rested, and relaxed. I want to enjoy the long afternoons, as the sun sinks down early and the coolness creeps in from outside.I want to linger longer by the tree, reading Christmas stories, and peeking at the lights through half closed eyes to see them twinkle. I realized that I was too tired to do anything. And I hit the brakes hard yesterday, forcing the slow-down that I am so terrible at doing. And here it’f Friday already. There is still much to be done, to prepare this place, to prepare my heart for this Christmas coming. But I am resolving now to say ‘no’ where I must so that I don’t miss it because I am too tired. I know you understand….

 

Did you play along today?

 

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  • Reply Manju Sara Jacob December 2, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I fell asleep waiting for my coffee at the coffee machine! I am glad I have someone else who do the same things.. (not that I want you to be so tired and fall asleep standing:))… But yes, you are absolutely right, this is not the way I want to wait for my Lord! My prayer is …guidance in making plans for this season…http://raisingboysinthenetherelands.blogspot.com/

    • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      Oh! That is sort of funny, and yet not. I know how you feel… Let’s cast our burdens on Him and rest in the comfort of his grace. He gives and gives, that we might see that we don’t have to ‘do’, just be. Bless you, this advent season.

  • Reply Christine- Fruit in Season December 2, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I’m so glad you hit the brakes!!!  You can’t savor life if you’re swallowing it all too fast.

    Psst….I played along today…

    • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Yay! You played today!!! And how right you are, we don’t taste the goodness of his gifts when we suck them down like a vaccuum cleaner. i know this in my heart, I am just too slow on the application. *sigh* He is gracious and good to me, reagrdless, thank you, Jesus. xxoo Love you.

  • Reply Michelle December 2, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Boy, I can relate to that one. Christmas decorations, cleaning the house, keeping children and dog out of trouble- no small feet and wrapping presents… It is a challenge. Inside I am pressured to speed up, but this year I may do less and just concentrate being a non-crazy mommy.

    • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      Nic eot see you here, Michelle 😉 Yes, I think the whole family can appreciate the ‘non-crazy’ Mommy 😉 xxoo

  • Reply kellysuekelly.blogspot.com December 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

    sure do! I think everyone is tired but it’s relative right? I don’t have to carry buckets of water from a well 20 miles away…THAT would make me tired…but I did have to bring all the groceries in from my car without any help and I don’t have a garage or a driveway so I walked about 50 steps…I think the best way to be refreshed is to walk in your gifting. what are you gifted in…serve in that area…not that you can’t let your household duties go, but find strength in giving out of your gift…so inturn you will be filled…blessings friend. 

    • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      Tired is relative. And giving out of your gift, is a great idea.

      A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25

      Bless you, friend, as you bless others 😉

  • Reply Cassi Brightforest December 2, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Oh how we can all relate to the realization of being Tired.. So tired.  What a good reminder to prepare my heart for this Christmas coming.

    • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      Blessings, to you!

  • Reply tinuviel December 2, 2011 at 11:35 am

    The honesty here is beautiful. Chronic illness means I’m well acquainted with “tired,” but one blessing, I suppose, is that it does help me slow down and learn the spiritual discipline of saying no and choosing simplicity. We ordered Christmas cards to send this year for the first time in a very long time, but I will have to pace myself and look at what else to relinquish to say yes to that.

    Thank you for your visit and comment at crumbs earlier in the week. It’s so lovely to meet you! Grace and peace to you in Jesus.

    • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      It is a discipline to be learned, isn’t it? This idea of slowing down, of just saying ‘no’, it doesn’t come naturally to me. But His grace, so sufficient and his hand always gentle as he leads me along the way…. Blessings to you, this Advent season. Praying you find rest and joy in the simple things, and above all else, in Him.

  • Reply Ro elliott December 2, 2011 at 11:48 am

    God is so kind to bring us to the end of ourselves…Helping us when we can’t help ourselves…
    Blessings as you take a deep breath…and find rest in HIm…

    • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      Oh thank you, kind friend. God bless you!

  • Reply Jamie @ Six Bricks High December 2, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Yes!  I’m slowing myself too, I don’t want to miss a bit of this season.  I’m tired of it all rushing by in one big blur.  I’m slowing down and soaking it in.

    • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Praying that you soak long in the candlelight of this beautiful season, and enjoy the small moments that hide in between the chaos… 😉

  • Reply Hilary Sherratt December 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Slowing ourselves down… I know the need. I am tired too, dear friend. But I’m with you, cheering you on, so glad that you are taking the time to be. To be still. To hear Advent and the promise of His coming. Thank you for your words and for all that you share with us in this space.

    Love,
    Hilary

    • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      Many thanks, sweet Hilary. ((hugs))

  • Reply steflayton December 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    oh girl … I was skyping with a friend yesterday afternoon and nodded off.  SO TIRED !! =)

    • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      oh my, THAT is tired!! hee hee, I hope your friend didn’t notice 😉 Rest up this weekend my beautiful friend. Enjoy the season.

  • Reply Caroline @UnderGod'sMightyHand December 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Oh, I hear you, Kris. To be awake and present in this experiencing the joy of the season with Him. 

  • Reply Christina Gilliland December 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Praying you will be continue to be able to slow down and get all that fun writing done too :) Great read!

  • Reply Jacque Watkins December 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I need to join you and get better at prioritizing and saying no if I need to. Thank you for your wonderful words today…praying rest for you friend!

  • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    oh. my.  i find myself falling asleep in many places, lately.  haven’t done it standing up yet, though :-)  and always somewhere i recognize, which i suppose is a good thing, too, yes?  ahhhh.  so much to soak up and absorb in this season.  i just want to sit.  take it all in.  breathe deeply of the fragrance He gives.  He is among us.  remembering that. . . moment by moment.  and praying for us all as we find Him in and around us these days.
    have a restful weekend!
    steph

  • Reply Anonymous December 3, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Oh…your words encourage and remind me too to take the time to enjoy this season, this time, this journey of anticipation and expectation of the celebration of His beautiful coming…I can’t explain how you did it…but thank you!

  • Reply Jana December 3, 2011 at 1:59 am

    This is beautiful. It all sounds so lovely and peaceful – I want to come sit by your tree! 😉  I don’t want to miss anything, either. So much anticipation for the birth of our Savior. I don’t want my busyness to overrun it or make less of His glory. 

    I’m praying you can REST this weekend and steep a while in His grace. XOXO

  • Reply Barbie December 3, 2011 at 3:42 am

    I’ve never fallen asleep standing up, but I often fade while talking with my friend over cover.  Caffeine doesn’t even work anymore!  Thankful for the slow down you had this week!

  • Reply Anonymous December 3, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Oh, friend… I can so relate. Thursday night, after fighting the good fight, I went to bed at 830.  While sitting on the couch, my head kept bobbing, desperately looking for a pillow. 

    Like you, I’m learning the power of the word ‘no” and how necessary it is to use it.

    Have a wonderfully blessed weekend, sweet friend!

  • Reply Jill Craft December 3, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I want to be rest and be still too, during the precious advent season!  Thanks for the reminder (:

  • Reply Trina Holden December 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I felt I went a weird direction with this prompt – encouraging  letting stuff go so oneis not so tired…and here I find the same desire, written beautifully and honestly

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