“Gifts to Give Myself This Christmas”

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Fighting Fatigue

SERIES: “Gifts to Give Myself This Christmas”


Exodus 15:22-27 NIV

22  Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.

23  When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.)

24  So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”

25  Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested them.

26  He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”

27  Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.


Exodus 16:1-3 NIV

1    The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt.

2    In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.

3    The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”


  1. I.            PHYSICALLY tired- FATIGUE – the solution is REST


Numbers 11:16 NIV – The LORD said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the Tent of Meeting, that they may stand there with you.


  • Divert DAILY
  • Withdraw WEEKLY
  • Abandon ANNUALLY


  1. II.         MENTALLY tired- FRUSTRATION – the solution is DETERMINATION
  • Crossed the red sea SINGING
  • Entered the wilderness SULKING
  • Came to marah  SINGING
  • The water was bitter SULKING
  • The water got sweet and they found  Elim SINGING
  • Returned to the wilderness SULKING


Galatians 6:9 NIV – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.


Two Frogs in Cream

by T.C. Hamlet


Two frogs fell into a can of cream,

Or so I’ve heard it told;

The sides of the can were shiny & steep,

The cream was deep & cold.


“O, what’s the use?” croaked Number One,

“’Tis fate; no help’s around.

Goodbye, my friends! Goodbye, sad world!”

And weeping still, he drowned.


But Number Two, of sterner stuff,

Dog-paddled in surprise.

The while he wiped his creamy face

And dried his creamy eyes.


“I’ll swim awhile, at least,” he said-

Or so I’ve heard he said;

“It really wouldn’t help the world

If one more frog were dead.”


An hour or two he kicked & swam,

Not once he stopped to mutter,

But kicked & kicked & swam & kicked,

then hopped out…

via butter!


  1. III.      SPIRITUALLY tired- FUTILITY (Exodus 16:1-3) – the solution is FAITH IN GOD


Psalm 27:13 KJV – I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.





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