Friday, September 20, 2019

When Burdens Weigh You Down

By: Sarah Geringer

Are you feeling weighed down by heavy burdens?

I have been carrying around a few burdens lately. Some are expected in this busy season of launching my book. Others have been handed to me without my consent, yet I must deal with them. They are pressing on me like a weight I can physically feel.

When we feel burdened like this, we must turn to God first for help. He never intends us to carry our burdens by ourselves. He delights in helping us. None of your burdens are too heavy for him.

Jesus promises to help us carry our heavy burdens. He wants to teach us in his gentleness and humility. He tells us that his yoke is light--that's because he's doing the heavy lifting for us (see Matt. 11:28-30).

God showed me a meditation verse in my One Year Bible reading to help me deal with my burdens this week. I want to share it today to encourage you:

"Give your burdens to the Lord,
    and he will take care of you.
    He will not permit the godly to slip and fall."
Psalm 55:22 NLT

When we give our burdens over to the Lord, the pressure falls off. Knowing that he will take care of me and keep me from slipping and falling brings me comfort. Does it bring you comfort too?

I've been naming my burdens to him in prayer and holding my hands out as I imagine releasing them. By using my voice and hands to engage in this prayer, I feel the weight lifting off of me. Sometimes I have to do this again and again to truly experience God's peace. Yet day by day, God is helping me get stronger in faith as I surrender to him.

How will you release your burdens to God today? I encourage you to meet him in honest prayer. Name your burdens and pretend like you are handing them over to the Lord. Repeat Psalm 55:22 out loud, gaining comfort from the verse. I pray that you will be strengthened by God's Word and his loving presence.

Here's a prayer to bless you this week:

Heavenly Father,
I praise you for your mighty strength.
With your help, I don't have to carry my burdens on my own.
Lord, you know all about the burdens I carry.
I give them over to you now.
I trust that you will take care of me
and not let me slip or fall, because you love me.
Lord, continue to do the heavy lifting for me today.
In Jesus' name,
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Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and God's peace to you,

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Reflection questions:

1. Which burden is heaviest for you right now?

2. How can meditating on Psalm 55:22 help you release this burden?

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