When you feel burdened

This post is part of a series exploring how busy people feel and what we can do with those feelings. To see the first post in the series, click here.

Two passages from Scripture come to mind when I think about feeling burdened (both quoted from the NIV):

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. (Psalm 68:19)

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, this is Jesus speaking)

I offer to you several questions that would be worth discussing with the Lord in prayer. “Lord, …

Man carrying heavy load

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  • To what extent do I believe that these statements in Scripture are true? To the extent that I believe they are false, what are my reasons?
  • What daily burden(s) do I need You to bear for me?
  • To what extent do I experience the weight of what You command me to do as easy and light? To what extent do I feel burdened by what You command of me?
  • How do I experience Your gentleness in the midst of my burden? In what ways do I experience the opposite of gentleness, and who do I believe is treating me in that harsh way?
  • How do I want You to bear my burden?
  • How are You bearing my burdens right now?
  • What do I want my rest to look like? What kind of rest are You actually giving me?
  • Who in my life helps me with my burdens in the ways that these verses say You do?
  • In what ways am I coming to You with my burdens? In what ways am I going elsewhere to deal with my burdens rather than coming to You?

Question: What feels the most burdensome to you right now?

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