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The blessing of burdens

We must recognize the difference between burdens that are right for us to bear and burdens that are wrong. We should never bear the burdens of sin or doubt, but there are some burdens placed on us by God which He does not intend to lift off. God wants us to roll them back on Him—to literally "cast your burden," which He has given you, "on the Lord...." If we set out to serve God and do His work but get out of touch with Him, the sense of responsibility we feel will be overwhelming and defeating. But if we will only roll back on God the burdens He has placed on us, He will take away that immense feeling of responsibility, replacing it with an awareness and understanding of Himself and His presence.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (13 April, "What To Do When Your Burden Is Overwhelming")


To have God share my burden is a far sweeter thing than to have Him relieve me of it. The work is His, but fellowship with Him and training to bear the likeness of Christ is mine. Lord, never take those gifts from me.

(This reminded me of thinking about burdens a few years ago.)

A bit refreshed over yesterday. I do hate when I get "stuck" like that—hate the surface irritability and anger, hate the raging insecurity underneath. That's not who I am, and it's a waste of life for me to live that way.

CG tonight, our first at the Meridan house in Wallingford. Though it fills the day a bit more, having someone else host is a blessing. My routine will probably be to leave the office a couple of hours early and travel to Wallingford to study and be still awhile before group. Meeting at my place made that challenging. Additionally, Jeremy loves hosting (I think Natrix does too), so this gives him a chance to exercise that gift and a greater likelihood of joining us.

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Burdens

Yeah, Jesus did say, "My burden is light." So, if we find it heavy, that just means we're trying to carry too much of it ourselves, and we need to give it back to Him.

Odd thought just struck me: we'll probably never meet in person here on earth, and I can just see us meeting in Heaven: "Shadow!" "Banzai!" lol