We are well into fall now and honestly, before we know it the holidays will be upon us. Although it is a time of beauty and a time of celebration, the reminders of looming to-do lists begin to hang over our heads. Harsh weather has taken its toll on many cities and states and we know the winter snowstorms are not too far away. There’s the election that too many feel is heavy and overwhelming. And then there’s the ache of life’s trials.
Loss of loved ones.
Chronic or unsolved illness.
Yes, weary wants to settle within our spirits. It wants us to hold tight to our trials and to our to-do lists. It wants to steal our joy.
Friends, I can’t solve all the burdens piled high on your shoulders. I certainly wish I or somebody could. But I can point to the One who gives us hope. The One who is willing to take our burdens, give us strength and patience, and hold us up lest we fall.
Come to Me All You Who Are Weary
So, today, lift your hearts. Lift your eyes. And lift your voices to the One who calls you to Him and promises to give you rest.Lift your hearts. Lift your eyes. And lift your voices to the One who calls you to Him and promises to give you rest. #prayer #hope #rest Click To Tweet
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all 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. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30
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Great Encouragement for Hope
“Sometimes it is easy to feel incapable….
Inside, I can feel so mundane when what life is requiring of me is spectacular.
But I have learned lessons from these feelings earlier in my life, so I know when they come what is most likely wrong. There are usually two truths being revealed.
- I have ceased to abide.
- I have become over-responsible.”
Can you relate? Along with the weary, you feel incapable, overwhelmed, and inadequate? Fellow blogger and new friend, Gretchen Fleming discovered two truths about her own actions and thought life. She struck conviction in my heart with these two truths. I think she just may with yours, as well. She has written a post, Leaving the Miracle to the Master, you can read what happens when she entrusted God with her ordinary self. The self that compared to a long list of to-dos is simply “not enough”.
As I close, I pray not only that your time here today has breathed new hope into your spirits, but that you walk away convicted to open your hands and surrender the burdens that have become way too heavy for the journey. I pray you surrender them to Jesus. The One who loves you and relentlessly pursues you.
And, just so you know …
I’m so glad you’re here.