I am slowly, but surely, working on a Tightly Wound Woman devotional. Day #1 is below. I would love to hear your feedback and comments as I design this for you!:)
Day #1: The Heavy Weight
Do your shoulders ache?
Do you feel weighed down by pressure to do more and be more?
Are you weary from carrying all that you feel responsible for?
Over a conversation with a woman named Jan I realized that I had a serious weight issue. No, it was not the kind that you face by adjusting food intake or incorporating exercise but the kind that presses down hard on your shoulders and prevents you from living as freely as you could.
From a young age Jan carried the weight of being responsible for things that were not her burden to carry. She, now in her fifties, was currently facing health problems and believed that part of the reason was all those years of taking on things in the name of “responsibility” that were not hers to begin with; they had taken a toll on her body.
As Jan shared her struggles she shed light on mine too. In my ultra-responsible mindset, I had taken on things that were outside the territory that God had given me.
It can be a good thing to be reliable and there are many things that we are responsible for, but we were not made to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. Jesus died on the cross with the heaviness of sin upon Himself. God allowed that to happen so that we could be set free from the sin that holds us down.
May we follow Jesus, the Head above our shoulders; the One able to carry us (and the whole universe too).
“They stoop and bow down together; unable to rescue the burden, they themselves go off into captivity. ‘Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.’” (Isaiah 46:2-4).Stop: Communicate a spiritual posture of trust in the Lord by relaxing your shoulders and opening your clenched fists. Take a moment to breathe deep. Breathe in His grace and breathe out His praise and ask God to help you trust His leadership and sufficiency.Look: Read Psalm 146. Consider memorizing one of the verses the was particularly meaningful to you.Listen: Focus, Track 6 from the Echoes of My Heart album (available on Amazon)
Dear God, You know that I want others to see me as capable and dependable, but I am tired. I am weary from carrying burdens and I need help. Thank You that You are able, more than able, to do anything. Please help me to lean on You more. Teach me how to rest in Your sufficiency and trust Your ability to rule the universe. Thank you that You care about all these cares I have and You ask that I cast them upon Your capable shoulders. Help me to live free and confident in Your Sovereignty. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
He cares about every care we carry and is ready to lift the load as we lay it down.I’m linking up with Kelly for the #RaRaLinkup and Holly for Testimony Tuesday.
Also linking up with my Wednesday gals…
Meredith for Woman2Woman, Kristin for Three Word Wednesday,
Holley for Coffee for Your Heart and Jennifer for #TellHisStory.