Running On Empty

“I just don’t think I can do this anymore,” my friend said through her tears as she discussed the overwhelming sense of hopelessness she faced as a nurse in a global health crisis. “I know that God has called me to nursing, but I’m overwhelmed and emotionally drained,” she confessed. Seeing that a cloud of exhaustion had come over her, I responded, “I know you feel helpless right now, but ask God to give you the direction you’re seeking and the strength to persevere.” At that moment, she decided to intentionally seek God through prayer. Soon after, my friend was invigorated with a new sense of purpose. Not only was she emboldened to continue nursing, but God also gave her the strength to serve even more people by traveling to hospitals around the country.

As believers in Jesus, we can always look to God for help and encouragement when we feel overburdened because “He will not grow tired or weary” (Isaiah 40:28). The prophet Isaiah states that our Father in heaven “gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (v. 29). Though God’s strength is everlasting, He knows that we’ll inevitably have days when we’re physically and emotionally consumed (v. 30). But when we look to God for our strength instead of trying to sprint through life’s challenges alone, He’ll restore and renew us and give us the resolve to press on in faith.

When have you tried to handle overwhelming situations alone? How might you look to God for help?

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for helping me when the challenges of life seem unbearable.

Published by 5thgenerationgirl

Tammy Wynette is a mother of three and a “G-MA” (grandma). Born in Warren, Arkansas, she currently resides in Sacramento, CA and is pursuing an AA degree in English at American River College, with plans to transfer to California State University, Sacramento (Sac State). She is an active leader and role model in her community, she works with teens sharing and teaching poetry, as well as providing insight for young parents to prosper. She has certificate from NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) and is a trailblazer & Griot, keeper of stories/traditions passed down from her ancestors. As an Author and motivational speaker it’d be an honor to present at your events to inspire, encourage & let our VOICES be heard! She has short stories and poems published in Our Black Mothers Brave, Bold and Beautiful!

19 thoughts on “Running On Empty

  1. That was a wonderful and empathetic response you provided to your friend, Tammy. The pandemic has been so challenging to everyone and their mental health – and especially to frontline healthcare workers. The burnout is real and devastating.

    Prayers work for me. They bring me comfort and ground me in the reality that while challenges can be exhausting and overwhelming, they rarely are insurmountable and we can get up and try again the next day.

    Hope they bring the same comfort to your friend. Take care.

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    1. Hello Ab, you are so awesome and as always I appreciate you; however, I think I may have to change the way I post these.
      I thought it was just one other person who perhaps wasn’t actually reading but since i know you do dor sure, I assumed that because I put the “Our Daily Bread” logo at the top, my readers would know that is where these come from as I start my days with these devotions and sometimes, I share. From now on I will be putting the actual authors name as well, lol.

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      1. Hahaha. Yes, it’ll be good to clarify! Sometimes, and speaking just for myself, the caffeine doesn’t quite absorb into the bloodstream. 😆

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  2. 💜 Goddess Knows Better than “God” EveryOne; it’s Simply that He just THINKS!!! He is Smarter than She is, what a Fool “God” is EveryBody

    nisi mortuus nec neque nolite vicit 🤭🤫🤐


    💎 – Diamond Hard – 💎

    💎 I have no further questions for “God” just answers for Him if He Cares To Ask; ask me anything you like and I will answer to YOU!!!

    nisi mortuus nec neque nolite vicit 🤭🤫🤐

    💎 – Diamond Hard – 💎


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