let your weight of burden go

I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me. Philippians 3:13b

I have had a few conversations of late where wonder was expressed at how I can leave my past behind me.

It was not easy learning to let go and to forgive, but I figured out quite quickly I couldn’t hold on to the old me if I wanted to become the new me He had in mind with my design.

The tighter we grip our past, the less able we are to step forward.

We weren’t meant to be under that kind of strain, nor to carry that kind of baggage.

God reminds us that we are to:

Come to Him, all those who are weary and burdened, and He will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Al;though I knew this as we all do on one level, God made this verse come alive to me in a very unexpected way.

One day, soon after my second child was born, I was walking from our car into a mall to go shopping.  The moment i got out of the vehicle, with each subsequent step, I could feel an increasing weight being applied onto my shoulders. I felt more and more weary,  with a strong sense of despair all at the same time.

I was beginning to hunch and limp so much so as I kept walking I thought I might be having a stroke. I was pretty close to completely freaking out on the inside when it suddenly occurred to me to pray in the moment.

So I did.

The weight briefly got heavier as i did, and then i heard, “Are you ready to let Me carry those burdens?” in His sweet soft voice.

That was the eye opener my squelched down hurting soul and spirit needed.  I stopped, prayed and asked Him to take anything i might be carrying off of my shoulders, and to give me rest in the place of those burdens.

He did, almost immediately.

My  exhaustion and sense of burden lifted. My back straightened, my neck and shoulders loosened up, and my gait realigned with every step i took after giving Him that weight.

The weight of our past and our disappointments we were never meant to be lugging along with us.

We were meant instead to carry the weight of glory, Beloved.

The moments in our past where we were hurt or experienced a sense of loss?  He asks us to give Him those as we draw close to Him.

The moments in our past where we felt joy or celebrated? These too can become traps when we stay stuck in them, and can’t move beyond them.

We are meant to live in the now of this moment, Beloved.

God has reminded us in his Word how He has plans and a purpose for us, each and every one of us.  Good plans.

Plans which will incorporate the blessings and lessons from your the past, as He uses them to help His design come to light.

If you haven’t fully stepped out of the reach of those shadows lurking from your past, take comfort.  God knows.

His plan is for your full freedom.

And your full freedom will come to pass, because He isn’t a liar.

When the weight of the past speaks loudly at you, remind it you know it isn’t His voice trying to get Your attention.

Its time to take the igniter out of the liar’s hands, and let God heal and remove the past wounds weighing us down.

Then He can reignite…

Our hearts with His love.

Our minds with His hope.

Our bodies with His touch.

Our purpose with His guidance.

Our lives with His life in us.

Before this busy season of celebration begins to pick up speed, set some time aside to soak in his Presence.

Just like a bubble bath relaxes you physically and emotionally, soaking in his Presence helps the dirt of the past to be washed away as He restores and rejuvenates your spirit.

Let the weight of His glory cover you and make you whole as you place the weight of your burdens and hurts into His loving hands.

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thee pressure cooker of problems aren’t designed to see how much heat we can take, but to remind us to come to Him.

Sounds good on paper, but is it true?

Being refined is a hard process.

God tries reaching us with His words, but many of us ignore them.

He may try using kind people around us to remind us He is for us and we are never alone when we are His, but we just think they are nice, and miss His prompting behind the scenes.

He paints majestic pictures in the sky, in the waves, in the lightning, with each birth, and every season….and many of us take just complain about how terrible the weather is, and miss His reminder in the scene.

When all we can see is the problems, we can miss His outstretched hand inviting us to come.

He beckons us with love.

A heart overwhelmed with wanting to care for us.

To be with us through the storm.

To strengthen us in our pain.

To give us peace amidst the chaos.

Are you missing Him beckon?

Whatever you are facing, He is greater.

I can say that with absolute faith, as He has been with me through more trials than I could share in a month’s worth of straight writing.

He has beckoned me to come through them all.

My husband is facing some serious back issues again.
My eldest started university, my baby will start next year.
I have pain that has been an almost constant companion for decades.

God has beckoned me to come into His wide open arms, and been there with me every nanosecond of every moment along the way.

I can be real with Him, cry with no comprehensible words, and He gets me.

He reminds me of His presence throughout my days, through an unexpected kindness, a smile, a song lyric, a sunrise, a chirping bird or a sudden gopher popping its head up (that is a story for another day).

God put it on my folks’ heart to loan me their car for a few weeks while they were vacationing…and I have needed it more than any of us realized this past eight days.
God put it on their heart because He knew I would need it.

I am safe when I rest in His care.

He has always provided what I needed no matter what I was facing….every single time.

Don’t let your problems bury you.
Allow them to point you to the God who is beckoning to be all you need with each problem.

Lighten your burden by sharing it with Him. Let Him show you the way through.

weight

What is weighing you down?
I am not meaning physical weight, although in some cases (like me) our outside is affected by our inner emotions.
I am meaning the kind of weight you feel you can’t get out from under, or you can’t put down…

If we look at the word ‘weight’, I has a few meanings:
As a noun the heaviness of a person, or thing-especially one being lifted or carried.

As a verb: Either to hold (something) down by placing a heavy object on top of it OR attach importance or value to (something)

So the actual item (or burden of concern for a person) we are weighted down by is both an actual weight and a perceived (because of the importance we place on it) weight.

Weight.
The burden we place upon ourselves over a situation, person or object.
A heaviness we were never designed to carry.

So how do we unload ourselves from this weight we were not meant to be slogging around with, crippled underneath?

When we have burdened ourselves by staying up into the wee hours wracked with ‘What ifs’ playing over and over in our minds?

Wait
A verb, wait means to stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens.

We are meant to wait upon God when we are feeling weighed down with anxiety or a concern.

We are to delay doing anything else as we wait for God to speak, guide and love up on us. He also lightens the load:

Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Weight.
That which we were never designed to carry.
Wait.
For the one who willingly gave His life to carry it all.
WEIght
eats us up from within if we keep it too long, its that harmful to our health
WAIt
As we breathe in God, and breathe our the anxiety, we become:
Calm
Peaceful
Heard.

It’s time to get out from under the weight you may be struggling with.

Its time to wait for God to reveal more of Himself, and help us to give over what we were never originally carry.

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