Come Who are Weary

Jesus didn’t say, ” Come to me all who are crushing it, and I will give you rest.”  He said, “Come to me, all who are weary, and I will give you rest.”  If you are discouraged, tired, or weary, don’t worry.  That’s exactly how Jesus expected you to come to Him.

Matthew 11:28-30 New Living Translation (NLT)
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Intentionally Thankful

thankfulEncouraging Ideas: “Sometimes it’s easier to fuss than it is to be thankful.”

And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy! ~ Psalm 107:22

Let us be intentional to sacrifice our human nature by choosing first to be thankful, before focusing on or responding to the things that burden our hearts. Davis)

A Great Story of God’s Deliverance.
Jim’s story goes like this – inhis words.

When I was in the Navy, I drank like a sailor. When I got out of the Navy, I drank like a sailor. You could say I went overboard. Swam with sharks and chased mermaids. Spent all my clams in the octopus’s garden. The deeps and the darks suited me fine. Closing time came; I looked around. I was all alone in Davy Jones’s lockup. Looked for a way out, but there was no ship in the bottle. Just more bottles, and every one an ocean. Took a long time before I settled on the bottom. But look! A boat on the horizon. A life raft with my wife and daughter in it. “You’re here,” they cheered. “Take us ashore!” “I’m just a drunken sailor,” I said. My wife reeled me in. “No, you’re the captain.” I looked to the stars and plotted our course for home.

Jim Ruland’s story sails along on clever metaphors, but on a deeper level, it’s a moving look at one man’s desolation and the renewal he found in his family’s faith and love. It’s a story of God using a man’s family to stop Satan’s diversions in his life.

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Receive Relief

receive reliefWhen your problems are in your hands, the weight may crushed you. However, when you pass your hardships over to Jesus, they become microscopic in His mighty hands!

If you look to Jesus you’ll receive the protection, deliverance, restoration or provision that you need!

Are You Trying to Carry The Load? Let’s Give Our Load To God

Are You Trying to Carry The Load? Let’s Give Our Load To God

The Good Friends Question of the Day: “LIKE” or Comment, if you think “It’s God’s job to carry the load.”  Post your Prayer request a.k.a. your load here today and let’s give it to God to carry 🙂 or call – 1-800-944-8443

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Jesus said, “Come to me. 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 11:28-20

Over Committed or Burned Out: Whether it is work, school or family, sometimes Burnout gets the better of us.

Five (5) tips to help bring balance back in your life.

1. Re-adjust your priorities. Cast aside things that don’t need your immediate attention.
2. Delegate more. Call in the cavalry to help get things done. Consider saying “NO” more and “Yes” less.
3. Invite sensory and calming experiences like music, touch and rest into your day.
4. Bring color and beauty into your world. Buy flowers, look at art, experience nature.
5. Exercise. Get your body moving and breathe, breathe, breathe.

Stress vs. Burnout
Characterized by overengagement Characterized by disengagement
Emotions are overreactive Emotions are blunted
Produces urgency and hyperactivity Produces helplessness and hopelessness
Loss of energy Loss of motivation, ideals, and hope
Leads to anxiety disorders Leads to detachment and depression
Primary damage is physical Primary damage is emotional
May kill you prematurely May make life seem not worth living
Source:Stress and Burnout in Ministry