“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 My body, mind, heart and soul hurt after surviving a 60% company layoff and facing an impending office move. “Survivor’s guilt”, losing the daily companionship of so many friends, and the prospect of cleaning out and packing up the office for our move the following week made me want to go home, put on my pajamas, curl up with a book and sleep. I just wanted to escape all of life's
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 I felt so helpless. My friend had come to me, her soul and spirit in agony. She needed prayer and consolation, but words failed me. Although I wanted to pray, at that moment I had nothing but gut-wrenching grief for my friend’s pain, and all I could do was hug her, sit with her, and cry. My mind just seemed to go numb. I felt like such a failure, both as a Christian and as a friend
"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31 Have you ever watched a baby learning to walk? Their parents don’t scold them or become disappointed when they fall down. In fact, that would be ridiculous! Instead, parents are most concerned that their children learn what the
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 NIV Can you imagine what your life would be like if it were completely stress-free and perfect in every way? But living in this world, true perfection is impossible for us to envision. There is always something to worry about, even for the most blessed person on earth. That wasn’t the case for Adam and Eve, though. They lived with perfection every day, and God, himself, supplied everything