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When You’re Too Tired to Be Creative

Sleep deprivation is at an all-time high in our nation. So many of us feel tired and drained from the time we crawl out of bed at dawn until we fall back into it late at night. If it’s not a lack of sleep, it’s just being weary or fatigued. Sometimes because of illness, sometimes because of stress, sometimes because of just dealing with an angry and vitriolic nation. I mean, have you EVER seen people so angry? That attitude, which I encounter wherever I am nowdays, wears me down faster than anything. And I don’t know about you, but when I’m physically or emotionally exhausted, the last thing I can do is dredge up the creativity to write. So what are we to do? Well, consider God’s Truths for:

Writers’ Obstacle #2: Weariness and Fatigue

Matthew 11:28-30 – Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Isaiah 40:29–For this is what the sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says: Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved; in quietness and confidence is your strength.

Isaiah 46:4–Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Mark 6: 30-32–The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.

Luke 1:78-79–Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness…and to guide us to the path of peace.

Do you have other Scriptures to share? Please do so. And as you read His words, meditate on them. Let them sink deep into your heart. Let them remind you that the completion of this task isn’t on you, but on the One who gave it to you. Rest in Him. Let Him restore you. He is waiting and ready to do so.

 

 

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Give Yourself a Break


Writing is a funny occupation. Seriously. It’s funny and crazy and one HECK of a challenge. I’ve talked with authors in the last week or so who are thrilled to be writing, grateful to be writing, struggling with  writing, being driven CRAZY by writing (or more to the point, fast approaching deadlines). Many days, I’m immersed in the business of writing. Usually I love that. But every once in awhile, when the phone’s going crazy and my email is acting up and I’m behind on everything…well, I need a break. From deadlines and submissions and stress and all the facets of making a living in the crazy world of words and publishing. On those days, I take a micro-vacation. It can be last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, however long I need to rejuvenate my brain and enthusiasm.

When (not if, mind you) you find yourself needing a break, here are some suggested “trips” to try:

First, just STOP. Stop trying to write words, figure out problems, meet deadlines, fix problems. Turn off the computer, the phone, any and all technology. If you need to, shut of your brain. Then, WALK AWAY. get away from your desk, or wherever you focus on your work. Even if it’s only for five minutes, just leave everything.
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