Are you weary or tired?

Do you suppose that there is a difference between being weary and tired?  I know that sometimes these words are interchangable, but as I think about it, I see a distinction.  At the end of a busy day, I am tired.  My mind and my body both crave rest.  I may feel physically drained and welcome the soft warmth of my bed.  After a long day and a good night’s sleep, I awake refreshed and ready to take on a new day. 

Being weary, however, is different for me.  Thinking about all of the unpleasant things that I have to deal with on a daily basis makes me weary.  Reflecting on some current events makes me weary.  Watching people I love make decisions that hurt them makes me weary….and the list goes on. 

At the end of a long, busy day my body is tired and so I rest.  When I feel weary I must remember that my strength comes from above.  Sleep refreshes my body, prayer renews my soul.

10 thoughts on “Are you weary or tired?

  1. I do think there is a difference between tired and weary. Tired seems to be more physical, whereas weary seems more emotional, or spiritual. But both do seem to call for rest and nourishment, definitely.

  2. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving your kind comment.

    I have enjoyed visiting yours and will be back to visit again.

    I have been both weary and tired as of late and have found myself resting more frequently in the arms of Jesus. How thankful am I for that resting place!


  3. Thanks for the post. I have been both tired and weary for a while due to a personal situation. Sometimes, I don’t even feel that God will change the situation for the better. After trying to improve the situation, my efforts have been mostly futile. My only comfort is that God is with me through it all. Day by day.

    1. Oh Helen, I will keep you in prayer. Sometimes surrendering and waiting is all that we can do. It makes all the difference that you know that God is with you. Stay strong and know that others are with you in spirit and prayer.

  4. Weary seams like a loss of hope/drive (not complete loss necessarily) before starting or real exertion while tired is more due to exerting a type of effort.

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