Weary Warrior

If you have come expecting a good message today, I hope you won’t feel cheated by this.

The beginnings of countless potential blog posts clutter my desktop, but I haven’t been able to finish a single one. So, rather than rush through something that has the possibility to be good if given the right attention, I’m just going to be honest today.

I’ve got nothing.

No words.

And I’m choosing to be OK with that. A lot has happened in the last two weeks that has caused me to assume a slightly uncomfortable role. I am accustomed to being the strong one. The one encouraging others.

But, wow, I’m feeling heavy under the strains of life right now. It is nothing major, just many things heaped on all at once. I know without question that God has all this, but I’m weary and my eyes are a bit leaky.

I’ve recently found myself on the receiving end of others’ strength, encouragement, and prayer. While it has been a struggle to admit I need it, I am so grateful for those who have been lifting me up.

There is a small passage in the book of Exodus, just 9 verses, where Moses gets weary. When he held is staff high for the Israelites to see, they prevailed over their enemy, the Amalekites. Seeing the staff reminded them that victory was in God’s hands. As the battle waged on, Moses grew tired. When his arms sagged, the Amalekites gained an advantage over God’s people. (Exodus 17:8-15)

Moses needed somebody to hold his arms up for him.

His two friends, Aaron and Hur, did just that. They slid a stone under Moses so he could rest and then raised his arms high above his head for him.

Instead of letting life overrun me, I’m asking for you to hold me up in prayer. My faith remains strong, but my arms are tired.

When warriors get weary, its ok to ask for

So, what do warriors do when they get weary? They find strength and comfort in those around them. That way, everybody wins.

I’m learning to be comfortable asking for assistance. Since, the bible takes the time to record how Moses needed and received help to continue supporting God’s people, I will take that as wise counsel to do the same.

Have you ever felt worn down? Who came and propped you up? Share this and thank them for helping you regain the strength to carry on.

Are you in need of some support now? Comment below so we can pray for you, too. Reach out to a couple of friends who can come alongside and raise your arms for you.

If you have strength to spare, pray for the requests in the comments and be on the lookout for a weary warrior to support today.

Dear Heavenly Father, We know the victory is Yours, but we still grow weary and need some support every now and then. Give us the wisdom and discernment to admit when we are in need and the humility to accept support when it is offered. In Jesus name, Amen.

“Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for you feet so that what is lame may not be dislocated, rather be healed.“

Romans 12:12

If you enjoyed this post, check out Nichol Estern’s post one weariness… Because We are Weary of Fighting the Battles Alone

Linking up with Tracie Miles Blog Hop Friday! #stressedlessliving and Woman to Woman.

26 thoughts on “Weary Warrior

  1. Praying for you today, friend. And praying for others who feel weary. I’ve certainly been there, and I understand those times when words will not come. Knowing others are holding you up in prayer during those difficult times means so much. May God pour out His love and comfort, giving you the strength you need. I’m encouraged by the passage you shared. See? There you go encouraging others again! Blessings!

    1. Kristine! Thank you for your prayers. Ha! I know… As I was finishing I kept thinking well, for having nothing to say I still managed 500 words! Glad you were encouraged and I think I encouraged myself a little, too!

  2. Oh, Liz (((Hug))) Coming alongside you and holding up those precious weary arms of yours now.

    ~ Oh, Father, lifting up my sweet sister, Liz, to you this afternoon. Please provide rest for her weary soul. Thank you for her vulnerability and for the humility to lean on others, so that she can lean into you. Please settle the details in her world, and give her strength to begin anew again. Until then, Father, thank you for the opportunity to lift up her arms, so that she can rest. <3 ~

  3. Once again you have given strength, hope and encouragement to others as you ask for prayers for you this day. As we lift you up in prayer, we know our Lord has his arms around you and will give you whatever you need each day. Sometimes you will feel those arms as you pray and other times, a friend will call or knock on your door to be His arms and support. Thank you for sharing, Liz. Prayers and hugs to you!

  4. Hey sis! I second and third the other comments, your post still lifted me up in what it said and for the fact that I can relate. It’s difficult to ask for help and prayers. We strong willed women try to do it all ourselves and have a hard time showing when we are weary or fall short. You’re a wonderful mom and wife in addition to being a great support to countless other people. I am also weary and hope that we can lift each other up.

    Dear Lord, please keep Your daughter, Elizabeth Giertz, in Your loving embrace. Give her the strength to continue running her household and being there for her family. Send her loving friends to be an empathetic, listening ear. Please, God, fill up her tank to overflowing so that she may continue living for You and no longer be weary. Calm her heart and mind so she can receive your gift of peace. Help her remember that she has many prayer warriors who love her and are lifting her up to You. Give each of us a servant’s heart so that we are always ready to lift up those in need. In Your name we pray, Amen.

  5. What a wonderful and inspirational blog. It’s so difficult asking for help and prayers. It means putting pride aside and thats tough. May God bless you and keep you

  6. Dear Liz, thank you for your post, many of us feel overwhelmed and drained yet suffer in silence. My prayers are with you. Such a powerful blog. I am always here for you. Blessings Diana Rockwell

  7. Yes, I’ve been in that hard spot before where I had to recognize my own neediness, and it did not feel good! But at the same time, there was a sweetness of knowing God’s care and the care of His people that I hadn’t experienced before. Thank you for sharing this with us at Grace and Truth last week. It seems you found some words after all! 🙂
    Jen @ Being Confident of This

  8. You’re strong, even with no words. 😉 And the Aaron and Hur ditty? I LOVE that one and use it often. It’s a good reminder for a strong-willed, sometimes pride-filled gal like myself. I love that our gracious God is using others to lift your arms, Liz. I love that you continue pressing forward, even when it means pausing for a helpful prayer push. xo #livefreeThursday

    1. It is such a great reminder! This was actually written last year, but I’m finding it’s pretty true these days, too! Blessings, my friend! XO

  9. “So, what do warriors do when they get weary? They find strength and comfort in those around them. That way, everybody wins.” How very true. And it makes me wonder why I am so slow to ask for help. #livefreeThursday

    1. Oh, girl, me TOO!!! I think I wrote this last year, because I wanted to remember how awesome it was to be surrounded by people who would lift me up in prayer. I don’t want to get so busy I forget how much I need that… But alas, I found myself weary again this year.

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