Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Burdens and Strong Shoulders

From Tuesday's prayer journal-

Father God, thank you for your grace today. Thank you for helping me and lifting the weight of my burden that I have carried these past few weeks off of me. Thank you for making my burden bearable. For shouldering my load with me.

You say "come to me all who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light." I don't think I've ever really experienced that before. It's incredible. I still have the things that have been troubling me, but the impact of them is lessened, the extreme weight of them is lifted. In my mind I have a picture of myself under a heavy cross, and you come alongside of me, and take the principal of the weight onto your stronger, taller shoulders, and we continue on together. How gracious you are.

Another way I have witnessed your grace in this, is that you have allowed me a significant amount of time to get used to the changes that I need to live out, the daily adjustments that must be made. I've seen that I can do it, and I've been able to let go of the importance I previously placed on food related things. Thank you for your tenderness Lord.
Part of my struggle has been with food allergies and the knowledge that an IgE allergy to soy has a pretty far reaching is EVERYWHERE. Along with almond, hazelnut, and who knows what else as I wait on my test results. I also have had some pretty intense back/back muscle pain and a headache every single day. I awoke with the same problems Tuesday, and spent time praying in the shower for help. Somewhere between the shower and breakfast, my burden lightened to be bearable. It didn't happen in an instant that I recognized. I just realized at one point that my headache was gone, my back was FAR less sore, and my emotions were more under control. I just wanted to give a frame of reference for you. :)

I share this because I feel led to, and I pray that somehow it helps you today. I don't know how the Lord would choose to use it, but I trust He will.

The Lord is truly our strength. May you experience his help as you bear your cross today, knowing that he comes beside you and lifts the brunt of your burden off of your shoulders.

I love you, O LORD, my strength.
Psalm 18:1

- just megs


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Precious Megan,

It is a delight to see your comment and to come and visit with YOU. I cannot think of any other way to deal with what you experience, other than to give the burden to the Lord. After medical help runs out and we are told that there is nothing left to do, we seem to think that there is no longer any hope, but somewhere, somehow, our faith tells us otherwise. It is a blessing to your faith and to hear that your burden has been lifted to a point that you can RECOGNIZE it, and the pain, forgotten. MAY JESUS BLESS YOU EVERYDAY with His peace...PEACE and courage to see this through. BUT I PRAY that you will find relief. OH! AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY! I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND!!!!! My very first giveaway about 1.5 years ago, I NEVER SENT OUT! YIKES...I still need to send that gift! OOOP! SO VERY LOVELY TO CHAT WITH YOU..I so love your mom. She is my best friend.

Blessings to you dearest Megan, Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear Megan! I keep seeing a new post on my blog roll for LITTLE ITALY, but it doesn't come up when I click! TAKE ME AWAY!!!! Anita

Rachel said...

White Flower Oil ( was introduced to me by my mother. During one of my headaches, she gave me this tiny bottle of oil and told me to massage it on my temples and forehead. Amazingly, it worked! Somehow the oil penetrates into the affected area and relieves the pain.

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