Growing Weary

Anyone else weary? Anyone else tired of doing good and not reaping a harvest? If you saw my post on instagram you know I have been having a really hard time. A friend sent me a sermon in the middle of my weariness and it encouraged my heart so much. The main point of the message? Do not become weary and miss the harvest.

“Let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

I have had to remind myself that I am closer to my miracle than I think. I can’t imagine the thought of giving up today, knowing tomorrow might be the day I receive my harvest. Does knowing you might be one day away from your harvest motivate you to keep going? I know it isn’t easy when it seems like your waiting season is so long and everyone else around you has what you have been wanting. But, it’s never a good idea to become jealous of others so stop comparing your plowing season to someone else’s harvest season.

Farmers or gardeners have never been able to cherry pick, so we can’t either. They can’t go out to their farm or garden and harvest their fruit if they haven’t planted the seed, pruned the plants, watered the plants, and endured some storms along the way. In the same way, you can’t just show up at harvest time. God didn’t create you to receive your harvest and consume fruit without producing the fruit along the way, so make sure you invest in your field. You might have to invest longer in your field than others do, but whatever you do, don’t give up!

So, what is it that causes the weariness? Why can I (or you) be fine for months, or even years and then all of a sudden feel like I can’t go on another day? The pastor pointed out that weariness happens when our own expectations and reality don’t meet. Those unmet expectations lead to weariness, weariness leads to apathy, and apathy births empty religion. And religion? It tells us that the reason we haven’t reaped our harvest is because we did something wrong and don’t deserve it.

So what can you do when you become weary?

  • Spend time with God. You are not weary because of what you are waiting on or the trial you are facing, but you are weary because you are not with God. Just as those in the bible had to do, it is necessary to spend time with Him. He will bring you strength. Make spending time with Him part of your normal routine and you will be filled up with strength to overcome your weariness.
  • Spend time in community. What happened when the weariness and depression overtook me a few weeks ago? I isolated myself. The enemy loves to bring the feeling of isolation which is why it is important to be in Godly relationships. Allow people to speak life into your situation when you don’t feel you can do so yourself. Weariness is not a battle you can fight on your own. Jesus walked with 12 disciples for a reason, and so should you.
  • Dream about the harvest. Strength is shaped by what you believe, not by what you see. A healthy heart dreams about the harvest, no matter what the field looks like. A farmer can’t stop caring and expect to reap crops. Similarly, when you stop dreaming about the harvest, you stop planting seeds and pulling weeds that are necessary to bring the harvest.

Don’t beat yourself up for growing weary, but do make sure you acknowledge weariness and do something about it. When you start to get weary, spend time with Him, reach out to other believers, and whatever you do, keep dreaming about the harvest!

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How have you experienced times of weariness from doing good?

PS. If you listen to this message, I would start it at the 4 minute mark.

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  • Paxetbonum
    Posted at 07:09h, 30 December Reply

    ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.’ Isaiah 55:8 What if the Lord has plans for your family that are different from your plans? ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’ Proverbs 3: 5-6. I was reading what you wrote and these two verses kept coming back into my mind. Hugs.

  • Kelly @ Southern Komfort Blog
    Posted at 07:25h, 30 December Reply

    Don’t become weary my friend! Praying that God continues to give you the strength, peace, and endurance to run this race 🙂

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 08:15h, 30 December Reply

    Praying and hoping for you. I find one of the best ways to keep from growing weary, is sharing your story as you are already doing. Knowing there are others experiencing the same thing as you, reminds you that you are not alone. In whatever it is that is breaking you down- you’re never alone. Thanks for sharing!

  • Adessa
    Posted at 08:16h, 30 December Reply

    I love. The point that you can’t stop caring and reap a harvest. Good points

  • elleseesyou
    Posted at 08:24h, 30 December Reply

    girl, i am weary too. i am blaming mine on the holidays. so many hugs and prayers to you. your miracle is coming!!

  • leah herring
    Posted at 08:44h, 30 December Reply

    So many prayers coming your way. I have been there and while it was many years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday. Love how open you are and can’t wait for your miracle.

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 08:49h, 30 December Reply

    This was my verse that kept me going working in youth ministry 🙂 … plant those seeds & DONT GIVE UP on where God sows them 🙂

  • GlamKaren
    Posted at 08:55h, 30 December Reply

    Love the “Dream about the Harvest” because it places a positive angle on anything… thanks!
    Karen |

  • Jenny
    Posted at 09:57h, 30 December Reply

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  • threekidsandafish
    Posted at 10:05h, 30 December Reply

    What a great, sweet reminder!! Being in full time ministry I fell weary alot, and this is a great reminder that it is worth it!

  • Leah
    Posted at 10:06h, 30 December Reply

    Thank you so much for this post. It came at a much needed time, and spoke to my heart. Very encouraging. Sending prayers your way.

  • Belinda
    Posted at 10:10h, 30 December Reply

    Perfect timing, Caroline. I am feeling incredibly weary today. Thank you for writing.

  • Jennifer T
    Posted at 10:39h, 30 December Reply

    Oh Caroline, I am continually impressed with your strength and endurance. This is such a good message! I am sorry for the times you feel weary, and I hope those times pass quickly. You are doing so much good! Thank you!

  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy}
    Posted at 12:15h, 30 December Reply

    Ah yes…it’s so hard to not compare myself to others. It’s crazy that even though I’m totally okay with where we are right now and I’m super excited about foster care, I still find myself getting jealous of all the baby photos on FB. We’d still be doing exactly what we’re doing with foster care regardless. Thank you for your encouragement. It’s truly inspiring that even in your dark times, you still reach for Truth and remain positive. That’s more than I can say about myself. I need to spend more time in The Word!

  • Daria
    Posted at 12:58h, 30 December Reply

    This is such a great reminder for such a time that is very much needed. Thanks for sharing!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 13:34h, 30 December Reply

    these days i think i am spending more time with God – which is always a good thing 😀

  • Lisa
    Posted at 13:38h, 30 December Reply

    This is wonderful. I pray that you receive your miracle. In the meantime I pray that you are able to enjoy the harvest.

  • Samantha
    Posted at 15:23h, 30 December Reply

    It’s a great reminder that we need to keep our focus on what is true, and lovely, and pure. Sometimes we need to see if our goals,expectation line up with God’s. It’s a great time of year to reevaluate and spend time in prayer.

  • Karin Rambo
    Posted at 15:47h, 30 December Reply

    Oh sweet girl, I wish I could reach through the computer and give you a hug. Ibdont know why, but God has really placed you on my heart for prayer. I do remember a sermon I heard once about not trying to rush through our Exodus journey. In other words, the Israelites had to wander in the desert in order to be ready for the Promised Land. If they would have gone in right away, they never would have learned to trust God for His provision. Such a hard thing to keep in focus when you just want to be in the Promised Land already!

  • Angie
    Posted at 18:17h, 30 December Reply

    I can’t imagine the depth or length of your struggle, yet I find encouragement in your hope and in your raw honesty. Ever praying for the miracle of your harvest.

  • Marissa
    Posted at 18:27h, 30 December Reply

    Comparison and jealousy are horrible thieves that can still so much joy and peace and wear us down. Dreaming about our harvests in 2016 and beyond with you 😉

  • katiebestxx
    Posted at 19:05h, 30 December Reply

    I love this. Definitely something I needed to hear after recent events. Thank you.

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 19:15h, 30 December Reply

    A woman and I were talking about adoption. She is seeking a child after lots of infertility. I was trying to find some posts about the costs and process for her. I came across this one, reading it today was such an encouragement to me now for other miracles I’m waiting for. If you haven’t read it, sounds like we’re on the same track.

  • Dreaming of Diapers
    Posted at 21:07h, 30 December Reply

    So tough to not grow weary at times…but very true…because I don’t want to miss the harvest…wise words as always C…xoxo

  • Branson
    Posted at 21:11h, 30 December Reply

    I seriously needed this tonight. You have no idea! And I know deep in my heart that what you list as #1 is what I need most… more time with God. Hugs, friend!

  • Sam Valladares (@samvalladar3s)
    Posted at 00:39h, 31 December Reply

    This post is excellent! I followed your Instagram. You make great points about how to be engaged in God’s Word not remain not religious! Thanks for your life!

  • Ifeoma Samuel
    Posted at 00:44h, 31 December Reply

    I caught this “Don’t get weary and miss the harvest”. This is pulling my heart right now…
    When we are weary, the Lord is our strength.
    Many Blessings to you

  • Alana
    Posted at 09:42h, 31 December Reply

    Caroline, I can so relate to you! I am weary in the waiting as well, but still dreaming about the harvest. My meditation verses this morning were Ephesians 6:10-20- the Armor of God. “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16). It is easy to grow weary month after month of nothing (it has been 34 months for me), but I try to remember to keep my shield of faith- thank you for the reminder to keep sowing the seeds and dreaming about the harvest! Blessings for the new year ahead!
    “For faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

  • Betsy Herman
    Posted at 10:05h, 31 December Reply

    So good! I am praying with you and standing with you and feeling the weariness!

  • Danielle DeVane Wells
    Posted at 10:06h, 31 December Reply

    YES! We’ve got some family members that are just so difficult! And all we can really do is love them like Jesus would love them. But being kind and nice over and over and over again seeing no results (so we think) is wearying! Thankfully God can work in hearts without our knowing – we hope that is the case! What great thoughts for continuing in our “race”. THank you!

  • booksnbakery
    Posted at 12:11h, 31 December Reply

    oh man, a good portion of this year I’ve been completely weary.Thank you for this message

    • Joy
      Posted at 18:27h, 31 December Reply

      Wow! What a message to ring in the New Year. Thanks so much for such a beautiful reminder that our harvest is at hand if we don’t get weary. Praying for and with you, Caroline. Happy New Year!!!

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 18:13h, 31 December Reply

    “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let Your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in You.” Psalm 33:20-22

    Life is hard sometimes, hey? I know. May God comfort you when nothing else can. *hugs*

  • Joy
    Posted at 18:30h, 31 December Reply

    Wow! What a message to ring in the New Year. Thanks so much for such a beautiful reminder that our harvest is at hand if we don’t get weary. Praying for and with you, Caroline. Happy New Year!!!

  • Annette
    Posted at 10:32h, 01 January Reply

    Sweet Caroline…go read this post, it is quick but it is real. The are actually three or four on this compost topic but this is the one I want you to see.

    It is hard. I have been waiting on something too. Blessings.

  • lifeofaministermom
    Posted at 15:39h, 01 January Reply

    So many nuggets of wisdom in here friend. ” You are weary because you’re not with God”. Wow. Letting His truth sink in…

  • amy
    Posted at 21:00h, 08 June Reply

    Thank you for sharing! The sermon you reference sounds great! Do you remember what it was called?

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