We are well into fall now and honestly, before we know it the holidays will be upon us. Although it is 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 to many feels 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.
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.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of 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
“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. Click over to her post, Leaving the Miracle to the Master, to read what happens when she entrusted God with her ordinary self. The self that compared to a long list of to-do’s 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.
Now, friends, it is time for you to share some more hope with the world! I am praying that God has hand-picked hearts that will be encouraged through your words. I pray He uses your words to point boldly to the hope found only in Him! Thank you for sharing your hearts and your words of hope here.
And, just so you know …
I’m so glad you’re here. ♥
What I ask of you:
1. Share only one URL (to a blog post, not the actual blog) that resonates with the topic of HOPE. Anything that gives us hope for tomorrow. Hope for victory. The little things and the big. Anything that inspires us to lean into Jesus and let Him carry us through.
2. Important: If you don’t have a blog post or podcast that resonates with HOPE, join in other ways as you pray and encourage others with a comment or a prayer.
3. Please leave a comment on the link just before yours. Would you love on them well? Encourage them in their efforts to share the hope of Jesus. If you have time, stop by more than one sweet writer’s little corner of the blog world!
4. Of course, I would love it if you would follow me via my blog and/or social media channels! Signing up for my blog gets you fun freebies and post updates, plus I get to know you a little better!
5. If this gives you hope, would you consider sharing it with others to give them hope, too?
6. Please either grab the #MomentsofHope button found here or link back to me to encourage new linkers.