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The Weary Soul

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There are times in life that we grow weary. We grow weary of trials and tribulations, spiritual warfare, waiting on God to fulfill His promises, dealing with sickness, enduring disappointments, and the continual heartaches that come on our journey with Christ. Sometimes we grow weary of always being the peacemaker, the responsible one, the motivator or the one that everyone comes to for counsel.

It is not always comfortable being called to minister to people. Living for God and being the anointed one in the family means bearing a cross. The call of God is labor intensive and costly. The mandate of God will cost you time, many sleepless nights, hours of discomfort, and enormous strain, because some battles take more in order to gain total victory. Fatigue and feeling overwhelmed are usually the first signs of a weary soul. Getting overly emotional or sensitive about small matters are also signs of weariness. Being weary may impair our thinking, our prayer life, and our faith.

However, extreme stretching and intense pressure can move us, and force us to cave-in or give up resisting. This is why it is so vital that we recognize and address signs that we are too weary to continue. Weariness often shows up when we are at our weakest and lowest points. When weariness overtakes us, we must seek God’s throne of grace for our time of need. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16.) Our greatest battles with weariness seem to occur when circumstances are about to turn in our favor. The struggle often intensifies when our breakthrough is near. So, don’t lose heart or faint in the heat of battle!

To recover from a season of weariness, we must enter into a refreshing period, and allow our souls to be restored. David testified in Psalm 23:2 and 3, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul . . . .” Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus knew that we would breakdown under the weight of our labor, and experience extreme burnout from doing the right thing. Sometimes we have to learn how to lie down and enter into the rest that Jesus has prepared for us and allow him to reenergize us. If we faint, cheer up. Isaiah 40:29 says, “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”

Keep seeking green pastures for the rest that is found in the presence of our loving Father. Hold on even when weary. Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” We are about to reap the harvest. Our labor has not been in vain.

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Minister Kasiaa Thomas is a born-again believer and native of San Francisco. In October of 2005, she was licensed to preach by Pastor Steven A. Bailey, of the Olivet Missionary Baptist Church in San Francisco. She served faithfully for years under his leadership as an Associate Minister, Junior Women's President and Prayer Ministry Leader. Kasiaa is a licensed prophetical minister, teacher, singer, writer, entrepreneur, and licensed Insurance Agent. She works for United Insurance Company of America in Richmond, California.

In 2013, Minister Thomas graduated from Patten University with an Associate’s Degree. She is currently a member of the New Birth Cathedral in Oakland, under the leadership of Bishop Christopher Carl Smith. One of her favorite scriptures is 2 Timothy 2:15. She believes in teaching and preaching the Word of God with accuracy. Her greatest joy is seeing people restored to life through the gospel of Christ.