Have you ever had a week that was so overwhelming that it made you physically tired? You just felt so drained and out of sorts that you were unable to function. Function to me means being able to type on this keyboard lots of the time {web ministry} and I didn't even feel like sitting here and typing away at something I love - had desire, but no will power. I was constantly lying down to take a nap, getting up and not feeling the refreshing I thought I would feel when I got out of bed. Now that gets to be depressing.

Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

I knew that God's strength would pull me through, but I needed a touch of the Master's hand at the moment, and I wasn't getting through. I had set here for a few days, getting more tired every waking hour, not really knowing what my body was going through. Last night, seems the refreshing came my way after I called on two wonderful women to pray for me and I took a nap. After the nap, I went about my task of working on my website and felt great, until I got sleepy again.

The humanism in us causes us to push and push until our bodies are no longer able to function to capacity. In fact, sometimes they refuse to function! My husband's brother died this week, and the funeral, coupled with working on my website, caused me to over do it. I've been guilty of sitting in front of this monitor until my eyes would literally close and my head would begin to nod - not a good state to be in, if you want to get work done. Why can we not treat this vessel that the Spirit of God inhabits as though it's a castle? After all, God's Spirit inhabits us only through HIS Grace, and we should treat our 'Guest' with the utmost respect!

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

Proverb 3:24  -When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Too often we overlook the needed rest and cause this human vessel to go out on us. When we aren't up to par, then the Spirit within us cannot function like it should. We are giving more thought to our 'feelings' than we are the Spirit within us, and not letting the Spirit control us, but our feelings.

Psalm 28:7 - The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Too often we accentuate the negative and forget about the positive. If we were to rely more on God's word, praise him more in all things, then the body would be more in tune with what the Spirit wants for us and we would be less likely to overdo in this human body.

Oh God, let this being before you praise you in all things, honor you with my time, talent, and the life I lead. Give me more insight into what you would have me do for you each day. In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.

Copyright 2004 by Barbara Sanders, Empire, AL. Used by permission.
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