Thursday, May 10, 2012


Lately I've been feeling drained. You know that feeling, don't you? When your physical and emotional meter is hovering on empty.

Well just like in everything, God is using it for good. How?

* By forcing me to focus on what's most important.

* By making me say "no" when I would have normally said "yes."

* By taking me through some very real emotions that I've been able to use in my writing.

* By reminding me to rely fully on Jesus because my own abilities aren't enough.

* By reminding me that it's important to rest, eat well, and take care of myself.

I feel like now He's pulling me out of my drained state. I'm beginning to feel renewed and refreshed.

When was a time you felt drained? What did you learn?


  1. Hmmm ... I definitely feel drained this morning. Having a newborn tries the patience when you're losing much needed sleep. So I relate to your list of "lessons". Still praying for the renewed and refreshed part ;) Praying for you!

  2. I've been feeling pretty drained recently.

    I work full time, then writing, then we have back to back kid big graduations, and a family wedding in NC in a few weeks. These are things I can't say "no" to. I really look forward to the family gatherings. If you throw in the unexpected stuff...well, you know...draining.

    I agree on your tip about focusing on what's important. Right now, it's all about my family. We're all moving and growing so fast this year. It's so amazing to watch and feel.

    I'm learning - by taking it one day at a time. God is walking it with me.

  3. Yep, I think those are the times that we actually need because it reminds up to turn to Him more.

  4. I definitely felt drained over the past winter months. Not. Fun. But I recently spent a week with friends in South Carolina..we relaxed, we wrote, we brainstormed, we did work that didn't feel at all like work. Exactly what I needed.

    And I like what you said about being drained reminding you to depend on Christ!

  5. Julie,

    I love how you're able to see the lessons during this time. I pray you find much rest today.

  6. I'm glad you are feeling refreshed! I've most definitely felt trained. Surrounded by piles of laundry and housework and just feeling like there is so much to get done. I love that God fills our cups and by remembering to spend time with him, the workload seems lighter.

  7. I'm with you, Julie. I try and spread myself too thin sometimes, too. I like to write at night, and sometimes, I stay up too late doing it. I pay for it the next day, unfortunately. It's funny how often I think of something you wrote once, on Twitter I think: Writing is like caffeine. That's so true!

    How's the novel coming?