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Lay down your burdens…

There is something about this time of year that seems to spread people thin. Whether it is finances, illnesses, family issues, or other burdens…well, they seem magnified during the holiday season with the frantic rush to get things done, show up to parties, and buy gifts (for most these days, this means trying to come up with money that is not in the bank).

This time of year should be simpler and the aim to please the masses should quiet down a bit. This season is not about material gifts, it is not about ugly sweaters (though they are kind of funny), and it isn’t about having the perfect centerpiece to accentuate your best china.

Personally, I would rather have someone’s time throughout the year even it is just a note from time to time to say, “Hi! I am thinking of you!”. I want someone’s time, I want their friendship, and I want their love more than anything else. I think, perhaps, that is really what we all want deep down inside. I very much appreciate gifts when I receive them, but I do not need them.

I want the gifts of the heart. That is what I crave; I want the heart. I am going to hazard a guess and say the heart is what God wants, too.

There is something much deeper that I want my children to understand about the holiday season, not to mention the other seasons of the year. I want my children to recognize the need for kindness, giving of the self, and being thankful for all that we have.

I cannot help but wonder if, perhaps, we collectively made those things the priority for the holidays that the atmosphere might shift. Maybe we wouldn’t feel the life being drained out of our spirits just trying to keep up with the ‘obligations’ of the season in the midst of financial stress, illness, bad news, and other adversities that come our way.

Today, I want to offer you my time and my heart. If you are carrying burdens, I invited you to lay them down here for a while and allow me to pray for you. If you are in need of prayers, feel free to make it known in the comments (you do not need to give any details, because God already knows them). Simply say, “Pray for me” or “I need prayer”. If that is not comfortable, you are welcome to use the contact form on the menu overhead.

I invite others to pray over the ones expressing need, as well. Let’s give each other the gift of our time today and carry some burdens for one another.

98 thoughts on “Lay down your burdens…”

      1. Father God, please strengthen Pastor Larriba and give him peace as he officiates today at his uncle’s funeral. Lord, You know that one of my favorite verses in the Bible is “Jesus wept,” because this assures me that You share our grief and our burdens. We do not grieve as those who have no hope, we know we have the gift of eternal life with You. Thank You, merciful Father! In Christ Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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      1. It was a very beautiful and joyous celebration of life. We all cried and laughed and hugged each other. We also had meal together and our family was brought together. It was very nice and we so very much appreciated the prayers you all sent up on our behalf! Thank you all and God bless you all richly in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.

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      2. Since we are in our 40’s and starting all of this so late, the gray hair is already making an appearance. Maybe our old age will be a plus when they are teenagers – they might have mercy on us two old geezers! 😀

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    1. My heart goes out to you and your friends. I have praise music going today and right now I have the Shane and Shane Psalms album playing. I don’t know if you have heard any of those songs, but Psalm 46 is powerful. I will be continuing these prayers beyond even today.

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      1. There were so many times when I was in a storm and just wanted someone, anyone to pray with me and for me. It was so hard to find that kind of support and I don’t want anyone out there to feel like they can’t ask for prayer.

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  1. On my blog, I often ask for communal prayer. I already see people asking for prayer here which is so awesome because God hears every single word of every prayer. You have separated what I call the “retail Christmas” which is commercially manufactured vs Christmas. I pray more people will focus on Christmas. When my daughters ask me what I want as a gift from them, my answer is always the same…time with them. There is great power in communal prayer! Thank you for sharing your walk of faith!

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  2. thanks..please pray that i pass the test, trials, and tribulations that is being laid down before me as a challenge for almost a year now…i have been economically inactive for almost a year now..though spiritually strong..

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      1. I am more than willing to share in prayers and show support to those who need it. 🙂 I will continue to pray for you and all of these other requests. May God move mightily in all of our lives!

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  3. Thank you for the invitation of praying. I have the same post in mind for the coffee community tomorrow. I am following your lead of letting others that I am open to pray for them. Let us spread ‘heart’ in the blogosphere. Let me know what I can pray for you, too.

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  4. OMG JD, I am LOVING your new page layout! Sorry, I’m pretty sure there is proper ‘jargon’ to describe that, but I can’t think what that is at the moment.:) It’s so beautiful and you’ve also identified yourself as ‘JD’. This is all new isn’t it? I’m sure this wasn’t there, the last time I looked?? Marie XxX

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      1. Well I’m glad you didn’t ignore the ‘tug’, JD, as I’m being tested right now, so I really could do with as many prayer buddies as is humanly possible.:) Thanks for that post asking people if they have prayer requests – that is such a lovely thing to do for others. I believe that is altruism, is it not? 🙂

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  5. I Love Shattered in Him both the Scriptures and the Song below, although I have shared them with you before I hope you will enjoy them again. Today I needed to be reminded of their Truth.

    I’m asking a few of my Blogging friends to pray for me, thank you for offering to pray for those in need. I had another accident this Morning, Thankfully I’m OK this time but my Mobility Scooter is badly damaged which will make things difficult over Christmas, unless it can be repaired before. I would value your Prayers.

    Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you, I have called you by name you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression you will not be burned up, the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD your God The Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”

    Jeremiah 29:11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of Peace and not of evil, to give you a Future and a Hope.

    Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the Children of Men.

    Christ -mas Love and Blessings to you and your family and for the New year too – Anne.

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  6. God does not grant all complete healing, whether from abuse or any other calamity. That mistaken idea has convinced many wounded souls of their lack of worth in His eyes. God does not, however, abandon us in our pain. We may be broken, but we are never lost to Him. ❤

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    1. Such a great point! Many have been further wounded by the notion there will be a ‘once and done’ moment or that eventually all layers will be removed. It is like forgiveness; we have to walk it out daily until the glorious day when we see Him face to face.

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  7. Bonjour
    C’est mon ami
    L’ordinateur qui vas de cœur en cœur
    Grace aux petits mots d’amitié
    Qu’ils lui sont confiés

    Il est venu me demander
    Si je n’avais pas un cœur à honorer
    Je lui ai remis ce petit message
    Qu’il vienne le déposer sur ta page
    Même si tu habites dans le lointain

    Je sais qu’il en trouvera le chemin

    Bonne Année 2017

    Passe une très belle journée ou soirée avec ta famille à table , en ballade ou autre

    Si tu as quelques petits rayons de soleil dans la semaine profite de ceux-ci

    Gros bisous Bernard

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  8. Wow, I am astonished at how many comments have been added here, since I first read and commented on this beautiful post!!

    I wanted to let you know that I have ordered your book, yay! I also wanted to let you know that I am taking a break from blogging for awhile. This isn’t a New Year’s resolution. It’s just that I made a resolution last year, on January 1, 2016, that I would finish my memoir before the year was through. This did not happen, not even close. And when I looked back over the past year and asked myself WHY I did not achieve my goal, what stood out in my mind were all the hours I spent in a typical day, reading and commenting on blogs.

    For this reason, I have made my blog private temporarily and I have unfollowed all of the blogs I was following. I miss my blogging friends already! Your blog is going to be especially challenging for me to stay away from. But hopefully I will finish my manuscript and be back soon.

    God bless you and your precious family in this new year! ❤

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    1. It does take a lot of time and effort to read and interact! I have had to step away a bit recently, just to re-calibrate my mind and my heart (for a variety of reasons). Plus, my WP runs so slowly now that the time and effort required to interact has gotten a little more difficult. Anyway, I get it! Go get it done! 😀 😀

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