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Light Load…

 feather hand pixa  How do you carry? With arms bent in weight or hands lifted light? Is it even to us to carry?

The world has not changed much over the last couple thousand years. Jesus commented of those who were the rock stars, political leaders, ‘respected’ of their day “They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. Everything they do is done for men to see.” (Matthew 23: 4 NIV)

What loads are we carrying today, ones others put on us – ones we’ve picked up ourselves. The world is a heavy mess, it will always be til the return of the Savior.

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There is really only one burden we need carry “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)

But what to do with all the weight we feel “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1Peter 5:7 NIV) Even in this, no conditions. It doesn’t say ‘then He will care for you’ it says ‘because He cares’. Already done, regardless of what we do. At the ready to lift us up, enabling us to carry Him with us and to others.

An alcoholic spouse, a wayward child, a dementia bound parent, unfaithful friend, lost job, ill health, these are not ours to carry. Cast them – heave, thrust, toss, hurl – really, just let go of. These are things best carried in arms bigger than ours.

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So I’ve found in sitting next to the death bed, speak of Him. In fear of losing all, lift up Him. Take the worry and heave it on Him in prayer. Take the fear and hurl it on Him with lifted eyes and hands. Take any regret and thrust it on Him living for now, not then or when.

Deep breath before the appointment, quick prayer before the reaction, song of His in our soul when laying down, Word buried in heart to start each day. These are light and lift our hands, arms are freed to move beyond our heaviness and quickened to carry Him to another burdened soul.

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October 12, 2014 Re-Fresh…

Refresh1     I confess, I don’t know what it’s like in other parts of the world but in America – for those who have a relationship with Jesus – Sunday, today, is the day we seek to walk a bit slower, to think a bit deeper, to sing a bit louder, to live a bit more the way we are called… It is not the only day we are to put Him first but if we will rest we will re-fresh…

Re-Fresh – The very word indicates that we are no longer fresh, we were, and now we need to be again. Refresh in a way that doesn’t let troubles wrinkle us, refresh in a way that doesn’t let anger ruffle us, refresh in a way that doesn’t let fear leave us limp and lifeless…

Refresh in a way that does show up in our faces, in our voices, in our relationships. How, how do we refresh even one day a week? Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NIV)

It is more in our souls we are weary than in our bodies. It is more in our relationships we are weary than in our work. It is more in our thoughts we are weary than in our needs. Fear, anxiety, dread, doubt, worry drain us and we need to drink from the well that never runs dry, to refresh our parched and longing hearts with the Refresher – …Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-38 NIV)

Today… RE-FRESH!