Tag: His burdens are light

Thank you

It is so easy to let life pass by and forget every good reason to be grateful to God.  We can get so easily distracted by the challenges, circumstances and the main essence of living.  We can get entangled with the ups and downs,  distresses of life that appreciating God becomes a mere thing to us.  So I took time out to reflect on the seven reasons to be grateful to God.

#1 LIFE

I would like to appreciate God for being alive  as a living being not as a living doing or dead being.  Being who I am in Him not in my efforts but resting in Him in spirit and truth, permitting Him to take full control.   It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life John 6:63.

#2 NATURE

Have you ever walk along the road, in the fields or park with the aim of appreciating His beautiful nature created by Him and most importantly the air we breath.   I am really grateful to God for He is the air I breathe, His presence brings life to  me.  When the wind blows His spirit moves.   He has given us dominion and authority over the fish of the sea, birds of the air, the animals, over every creeping thing on earth and all the earth (Genesis 1:26).  It is a privilege to have full access to the earthly nature and enjoy life in abundance.

#3 FRIENDS, FAMILIES, LOVED ONES AND DESTINY HELPERS

Thank you Lord for bringing alongside my Husband, friends and families to love, support and encourage me.  Life without my loved ones is an aimless worthless one.  I appreciate you all for the Lord using you as an instrument to impact my life especially my loving Husband.  Moreover the people whom I call destiny helpers the Lord has connected me with that helped, guided and mentored me in fulfilling God’s purpose in my life, I would like to say a big thank you.  God has divinely orchestrated it all to fall into alignment with His plans and purposes

#4 HE IS MY PROVIDER

I cant take for granted the fact that He has been my provider from the beginning and will be to the end. My daily needs are catered for (Matthew 6:11).  Knowing that He has a storehouse of secret treasures waiting for me to walk into and possess with boldness and courage of who I am in Him.  It has already been made available so I thank You Heavenly Father for giving me divine access to all that I require and desire according to Your will.

#5 HE IS MY HIDING PLACE

When challenges or problems try to overwhelm me, I find refuge in Him.  Perfect peace, perfect rest is found in Him.  He is my hiding place, my place of refuge, place of rest and restoration in Him.  I have learnt to trust in Him even when my mind cant comprehend but my heart trusts in Him.  Thank You for being my hiding place during the storms of life.

#6 BECAUSE HE IS GOD

I cant complain because You are God, You are the first and the Last.  Everything works out for good because You love me and I am called according to Your purpose (Romans 8:28).  You called me Your beloved daughter in whom You are well pleased with.  I have a PHL degree (PRECIOUS HONORED LOVED) in You (Isaiah 43:4).  Therefore I am not afraid of who I am in You, THANK YOU JESUS

#7  I STILL STANDING

This year has been challenging for me with problems and circumstances being thrown at me everywhere nevertheless I am still standing.  You never gave up on me and You will never leave me nor forsake me.  These problems have tried to weigh me down but His yoke is easy and His burdens are light.  What a wonderful God He is, what a loving Father He is, I AM THANKFUL TO GOD

There is so much more to write about but these seven reasons to be grateful to God are a starting point,  They are endless, I can never stop thanking God for who He is,  all He has done and will do.  I keep my eyes fixed on Him not on my surroundings, my eyes are permanently set above not below, I look up to the sky and trust Him to see me through it all.

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Sometimes the ups and downs of life can get in the way of your relationship with our Heavenly Father.  There is bills to pay, family responsibilities or emotional stress that tries to press you down.  The burdens you carry can become so heavy to the extent you feel like giving up on life or your mind becomes cluttered with resolutions to the problems you experience.  The Lord wants you to walk and work with Him and learn the unforced rhythm of His grace .  ‘Walk and work with Me’, ‘learn from Me’ and you will find rest.  His yoke is easy and His burdens are light, take His yoke and rest in Him.

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.” Mathew 11:28-30 Message

On a regular basis, I reexamine myself  to check out where I am with my relationship with the Lord.  During these times I enquire of God with regards to my progress in my walk with Him.  You have searched me, Lord,   and you know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise;  you perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down;  you are familiar with all my ways.  Psalm 139:1-3 NIV  Sometimes it seems like I am far away from Him and other times I feel so close but with the desire to get even closer to Him.  I find myself answering questions, ticking checkboxes of my strength areas and crossing out where I need to work on.  Today there are three questions thrown at you right below, search your hearts, test yourselves with the help of the Holy Spirit .

Do you have a relationship with the Lord?

Trials and tribulations can stand in the way of your relationship with the Lord.  Your eyes can be pinned unto the problems of life and forgetting the God we serve. You can be tired, worn out and burned out on religion that you don’t know what to do.  So if you do not have a relationship with the Lord, He is saying to you ” Come to Me, come to Me you broken one and I will give you rest.  Come to Me you burdened and heavy hearted one and I will make it easy and lighten your burden”.  The Lord wants you to start afresh, if you don’t have a relationship with Him and if you do have one, He wants you to be closer to Him

Have you found rest in Him?

Finding rest in Him is when your mind is renewed, your soul is refreshed, you are not worried about the present, past or future because you know that God will work it out (Psalm 47:10, Psalm 23:1-2).  Whatever happens you still trust God so nothing shall separate you from the love of God(Romans 8:35).  Finding rest is abiding in the secret place of the Most High..  You can only find rest in Him when you have an intimate relationship with God.  Knowing fully well that your can always go to Him and pour your heart out to Him, tell Him where it hurts and He brings healing and restoration.

How do you walk and work with God?

Your walk with the Lord is a journey and along the road He shows you His unforced rhythms of grace, for you can’t do it on your own.  His grace is sufficient to carry you through every challenge you experience.  So when it seems like there is no way and you have come to the end of the road, rest in Him and trust Him to see you through.  The road might seem so rough and bumpy but our Heavenly Father is there to walk with you, teach you the easy, light way and ability to live freely in abundance of His grace through Christ.  Its a process and you have a responsibility to play in working with God and He will work it out.  He will speak to you through the Holy Spirit to encourage, counsel, help and guide you.  You will listen to His voice and obey His instructions.

 Prayer

Lord I pray for those who passing through a difficult season that You will strengthen them and lighten their burdens, for Your yoke is easy and Your burdens are light.  Nothing is too difficult for You, I pray that You will give them peace that surpasses all understanding and they will find rest in You.  Lord let their walk with You be steady and easy, learning the unforced rhythm of grace.  In Jesus Name I pray Amen, Amen and Amen

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When the Lord breaks you, He remould’s you back to the way He wants you to be. There are challenges in life when God had broken, crushed me to pieces that I felt hopeless and  became a stumbling block.  I felt oh broken me, can I be remolded?

When I lost my dad was one of those moments because He died without me having a chance to say good bye and that was really painful. Also when I was homeless, unemployed and had no where to run to for help, this was frustrating for me but thank God I have come this far moreover going further. These are a few of those times

But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over, Jeremiah 18:4 NLT.

When life’s issues, pains, hurts, disappointments, despair, feeling unloved and all the rest breaks your heart and bones in pieces and leaves you crushed and shattered. The Lord seems so far but He is near. Because He said He will never leave you nor forsake you. He is there to carry your burdens and make it lighter for His yoke is easy. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;He rescues those whose spirits are crushed Psalm 34:18 NLT  At those point in my life, I did not have a deep relationship with God but now when I pass through challenges it draws me nearer to Him.  I spend more time in His presence and remind myself that the devil meant it for evil but God meant it for good, Genesis 50:20.  My joy remains in Him and not the situation and my eyes becomes so fixed on Him to trust Him and believe that He would make a way where there seemed to be no way.

He brings healing to the broken hearted, it does not matter what you are going through. Allow God to work through you. He knows the end of the matter, even though it might look so disappointing, useless, or fruitless now, God has a greater plan and purpose. All the broken crushed pieces in your life, The Lord is moulding you, removing the bad, rotten and decayed parts, keeps remoulding to bring out the best in you.  He is our potter and we are His clay.  But now, O LORD,   You are our Father;  We are the clay, and You our potter;  And all we are the work of Your hand, Isaiah 64:8 NKJV.   It is not for you to understand how our creator executes the works in your life but trusting in Him, leaning not on your own understanding and allow The Lord to direct your path.

Sometimes He has to stretch you so much that  you feel like breaking, He knows your limits and how much you can bear.  If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure 1 Corinthians  10:12-13 NLT.  

The Lord did some work in me and through me, removing the stones, clutters and dirts and still continues because I have not arrived at perfection.  He has healed me and made me whole.   He healed my broken heart and gave me hope for tomorrow.  I would like to briefly share with you some of the steps I took to receive my healing:

  1. Let it go: Surrender all your burdens, emotions, past, bitterness, unforgiveness and problems to God and He will deal with it.  So it is no longer in your hands.  Shake it off.  Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail) Psalm 55:22 Amp.
  2. Permit Him: Allow Him to mend the broken heart because He is your potter and we are the clay, Isaiah 64:8.
  3. Believe : Believe that He can heal you completely because Jesus paid it all on the cross so there is no cause to suffer.  He has redeemed us from all our sins, for more on Christ our redeemer.
  4. Work and Walk with Him:  It is a step by step process and a journey to receiving your complete healing.  It requires an agreement between you and God that He would work it out.  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.” Matthew 11:28-30 The Message

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