12/8/2022 – Crushing waves of tiredness

From Maia Mikhaluk in Kyiv (287th day of ruzzian invasion): There are days in these past 10 months when I feel spent and exhausted. I can’t tell how many out of 287 were like that, but they come as crushing waves, often accompanied by tears at inconvenient times. And this overwhelming tiredness feels frustrating – as if ruzzians are getting what they want, they are wearing us out. This is one of the reasons I don’t want to accept this sense of exhaustion. I also think that we (civilians) don’t have the right to feel tired. Imagine what our defenders are experiencing on front lines, how immeasurably harder it is for them! I hate this state of tiredness also because on days like these I equally easily break into tears or get annoyed and impatient.

I guess in our circumstances tiredness is easily justifiable, but we can’t afford it. Please, pray God gives us strength, energy and health to keep going strong at least till the day of Victory. Then it will not feel like a defeat to allow ourselves to feel exhausted, to cry and to find ways to rest.

82 days left till spring…

6 responses to “12/8/2022 – Crushing waves of tiredness”

  1. Dear Maia,

    Praying for you! May God give you strength! Thank you for expressing what it is like for you and many people in Ukraine right now. This helps us to know how to pray.

    Isaiah 43:1-3

    [1] But now thus says the LORD,
    he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
    [2] When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
    when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
    [3a]For I am the LORD your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.


  2. It is very natural to feel that way, and yes, the ruzzians are working on that sentiment. But remember Paul who said, “I can do all things to Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13). Just when you are out of energy, He will strengthen you! And I’m praying to that end!


  3. Praying for you and remembering the Father’s promise that, They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.

    Thank you for your example of courage and perseverance!


  4. I can only imagine, how difficult this could be, and yet not even know the 1/2of it. I myself have had the worse year in my life, long story, but recently was in the hospital for 26 days. It’s hard to understand why God allows such tragedy. I have to say when in hospital, I kept thinking of there, with no electricity, medical supplies, Drs, staff, etc and would just cry. It’s all so heart breaking.
    The scripture that came recently when reading about the “dark night of the soul” was 2 Corinthians 4:7-12.
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

    Praying, even in all the darkness you might know the light of Christ, his tender mercies and sustain hand.

    Lord, END this war! Strengthen the righteous, scatter the enemy.


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