What Are You Carrying

What is in your heart, today?

(NIV) Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

A number of Christians I see put on a front. They want to appear strong and near perfect to other Christians. “I don’t experience that, ever. I don’t understand that because the Bible says, x, y, and z.” To be honest, I do not think all Christians are aware, nor are these kind of comments meant to say anything negatively. The problem is these things can easily hide pride. They paint something over us, perhaps, we cling to too deeply.

And pride leads before a fall.

I know many times I’ve tried to fight my own battles with my heart, soul, and mind. I try to give God time and focus. I try to equip myself with what I think will be a good weapon, picking the right scriptures. But the truth is, I think it is ok to admit full defeat as well. I think we should do this more often, in fact.

I think and believe in admittance of weakness. Paul, for example, had all sorts of spiritual gifts and abilities. Yet these he did not want to boast in. There was no point. Instead, Paul was very open about embracing weakness and boasting in that so Christ and His power, not ours, would rest upon us.

(NIV) 2 Corinthians 12:09, “But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

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For the past several weeks, I’ve really been focused on the heart. And recently, fellow bloggers have also written about the same topic.

Maybe we are hiding something from others we can’t open up to just yet. Maybe we are ashamed of ourselves. Maybe we are trying to block everything out because the burden of it is too heavy. Maybe we want to run away because we don’t know what to do.

That’s okay.

We can talk to Him. He loves us at our core despite being tainted. He promises to cleanse us from the inside out if only we go to Him, repent and forgive. He understands pain. That’s why Jesus went through pain.

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He will hold our hand when the thunder is too loud and the lightning frightening in our storm.

And He will carry us back to where we need to be, where He wants us to be, sometimes even if we are kicking and screaming. Sometimes when we are too weary to get back.

(NIV) Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Temptations, sins of the flesh, and fears are nothing to Him. He is not afraid or shocked because He has been there through it all, and He’s seen everything. If you’re tired of a front, if you’re sick of feeling trapped in a corner, He loves you right where you are. He loves me right where I am. We are not called to be perfect by the world’s standard. But we are loved by Someone who is Perfect.

You are not in this battle alone.

And we can have His love too if we let Him lift our burdens and take His yoke in our heart.

What are you carrying today?

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Monthly Scripture – (NIV) Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

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29 thoughts on “What Are You Carrying

  1. I think Christians can have more peace because of knowing Christ but most certainly that doesn’t mean we ought to be prideful or inconsiderate of others. But you are right about feeling like we have to hide or mask our feelings, pain, burdens. Also, great reminder that we cannot forget to turn to God – just because we know God’s word and have peace – we can fall down an slippery slope if we are forgetting to actually go to Him! I fall into this at times – I know it.

    I am carrying a heavy burden of an addict sister and a very hurt mother. This has been a very long and tiring road and we are all exhausted. I have been praying for two days straight for God to lift this burden and help me get through my mixed emotions and to certainly help my mother before she has a heart attack. Prayers appreciated. (I don’t post on this because some of my readers do not need to be involved.) ❤

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    1. No worries I can lift this up on my prayer request for the community as well and I do not have to go into specifics just that God lifts your burden. He knows what you are going through.

      We can have peace through Christ when we turn to Him, definitely. There are burdens and battles that are weighty too like you shared. We see David open up in Psalms. Moses’ struggle in the desert. I think we all have something most likely going on, perhaps even daily. Weakness is where prayers are more vulnerable and honest. Weakness is God’s specialty. He can reach us in ways maybe we would not have seen or felt otherwise. I pray He gives you assurance and clarity soon.

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  2. Amen – we are never alone. ❤ Great post T.R.! 🙂

    I used to put on a front when it came to depression – always trying to look happy. It does no good to hide it behind a smiling mask. And like you said, He sees behind the mask anyway. 🙂

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  3. Hey T. R.! I really enjoyed reading this yesterday. Immediately something specific came to mind that I needed to carry to Jesus. It wasn’t until this afternoon that I finally dropped everything and spent time just pouring out my heart to Him – and by then I had honestly forgotten about ever reading this, haha. But when I was done, I remembered, and I know that Jesus used this to help bring me to the place of carrying my burden to Him today. Thanks for letting Him use you to draw me closer to Himself – and to remind me to cast all my cares upon Him, because He so cares for us. ♥

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    1. Wow, thank you so much for this! Actually, today when I was going over a book a friend and I are studying, I talked to God about how I want to help others draw closer to Him and I wondered if I was doing that. I think He definitely used you to help me see people are seeing Him in my writing, and He is getting the glory. ❤ That's what I want so thank you for taking the time to let me know. It means a lot! God continue to be with you and guide your heart!

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      1. Oh wow! Praise Jesus! How exciting! ^.^ Man, what a wonderful God we serve, that He answers, that He comforts. And that He uses His body so often as His instruments for sending answers and comfort. And what a thought that as we make Him and following Him our focus, blessing others just naturally results. What a Jesus!

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  4. Hmmm this one really went to the cores of my heart. I’ve been trying to work things out on my own and trying to fight the battles with my own strength but yet I continue to fail. Its time to hand it over to Him for once and for all. Thanks so much for writing this. May His anointing continue to burn afresh upon you in Jesus name Amen!
    Blessings! ❤

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  5. Pride is one of my biggest downfalls. Cody says I’m bullheaded, to which I agree. I feel I need to carry everything on my own and often I get crushed under the burden if it all. I do it because “I get things done” but that is my arrogance speaking. The Lord gets things done. He is always there with his hand on my shoulder and it isn’t until things like my car incident that happened that I realize it…or *want* to see it. Faith is so hard to attain because it means you have to swallow your pride and believe that He will provide. That has been a real struggle for me because I want things done MY way and on MY time…but it’s not up to me. He knows better than I and I need to accept that.

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    1. Amen, Grace! It is very hard to do these things and I hear you completely!! I feel like Abraham. I have to be willing to sacrifice everything I hold dear and trust God He will provide in His own timing. ❤ because He always has.

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