Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28

Thoughts

Hey Friend,

I want to begin by acknowledging the tremendous weight that you may be carrying on your shoulders. I obviously don’t know each and everyone’s stories, but in my immense wisdom of 38 years (lol), I do know that we all have a story. It might not look like someone who’s struggled with addictions, or someone with a life before Christ, but a story is a story, is a story. And it’s yours.

In a world that often feels overwhelming (sometimes at no fault of our own), it’s completely natural to feel weary, anxious, and helpless at times. You may wonder how in the WORLD do I stay motivated when the world seems to be spiraling into chaos, and the burdens of life are too much to bear. Sicknesses, financial setbacks, global issues, mental struggles, just life not going as you planned..

Raise your hand if this is you.

During these moments of struggle, I encourage you to turn to the wisdom and comfort found in God’s Word.

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus tenderly invites us: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

These red words (I love seeing red letters in my Bible. If you’re unfamiliar, it means those are the words of Jesus!) remind us that we don’t have to carry the weight of the world on our own shoulders. We can bring our weariness, fears, and concerns to Jesus, who offers us rest and peace. He understands the heaviness of our individual hearts and is ready to share our burdens. We were not MEANT to carry these things alone.

Jesus, as man, experienced the things we’ve experienced. He walked with His friends and felt their heartaches, their losses.

He wept. 

Isn’t that amazing to think about? Jesus, knowing He has full control over anything – He could raise the dead!! – still wept over his friends’ heartaches and had so much empathy that he hurt for them.

Knowing that, I can be assured that absolutely NOTHING I’m experiencing now is new under the sun (or.. the Son). The way Jesus had compassion for all of the people who were fortunate to cross paths with Him, I know that He cares for me, and he cares for you. The Bible is a history book, and I love knowing that God is unchanging and is the same yesterday, today, and always. 

In Matthew 6:26-34, Jesus also provides us with another comforting reminder, as if he already knew were going to struggle (imagine that):

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?… Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

This passage reassures us that God knows the needs of every little sparrow and adorns the lilies of the field with beauty. How much more does He care for you, His own precious child?

Whenever I read this verse, I picture a tiny bird flying overhead. Yes, as an animal lover myself, it’s cute and beautiful as a living thing, but in the grand scheme of things – it’s virtually insignificant, right? God doesn’t think so.

It’s okay to be afraid of what lies ahead, but remember that God is in control. He will provide for you and guide you through each day, one step at a time. I can attest that I struggle with not knowing what is ahead of me. In my younger years, I have had the unfortunate burden of not knowing where my kid would lay his head when he was young. There were choices I made in life that were immature and unfortunately, they didn’t affect just me. Before I knew God, He still cared for me. I am fortunate that I found the Lord when I did, because I don’t “worry” the way I used to worry back before I knew God. Sure, things still happen because we live in a fallen world where sin abounds and humans have free will, but again, God is unchanging. He knows our fears already.

He knew you would struggle with that extra drink. He knew you would check that website again. He knows you were mad at Him when you prayed for something.. and He said, “not yet.” But our timing is not His timing.

In moments of fear and uncertainty, lean on God for strength. Pray for the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7) and trust that His love and grace will sustain you. Sometimes, we won’t get it. We won’t understand why certain things happen, or why “bad things happen to good people.” Sometimes, it’s not for us to understand. You are not alone in this journey, and you don’t have to navigate life’s challenges by yourself. Trust in Him, in all circumstances. 

Surround yourself with a community of support, both from fellow moms and from your faith community. When I am feeling doubtful and struggling with my faith, I can count on my friends to smack me back to the reality that I am not trusting God! I remember lashing out in anger and venting to my friend, and she kindly and lovingly spoke life back into me and basically told me what I did NOT want to hear!

But I needed to hear it.

These are the kinds of friends you need in your circle. Strong Godly women that are going to stand firm when you are wavering.

These are the friends and sisters that you can share your concerns with, seek guidance from, and lift up in prayer. Together, we can find strength, encouragement, and motivation to face the world’s challenges with a renewed sense of hope, when the world starts to feel hopeless.

In conclusion, friend, remember that it’s okay to feel weary and overwhelmed at times. But always know that you have a loving Savior who invites you to cast your cares upon Him and find rest. Trust in God’s provision, and let His peace fill your heart, because He is with you every step of the way, even that weird, creaky broken step. I know that all sounds cliche if you’re a Bible reader.. but it is truth

Take a deep breath, acknowledge the moment and circumstance, and allow God’s grace to carry you through. Tomorrow will indeed worry about itself. You’ve got this, with God by your side. With trust in your heart. And with faith at every step as you keep moving forward.

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