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Overwhelmed

Discussion in 'Prayer Wall' started by Harmony, Apr 19, 2002.

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  1. Harmony

    Harmony His child

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    My marriage is struggling and has been for so long. I'm so tired of the problems in my life. My relationship, finances, my kids don't listen and I'm sick of ME! I'm just so tired. I feel like I have reached the end. No where to turn, no help. Lost and a complete failure.
     
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  2. StogusMaximus

    StogusMaximus Well-Known Member

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    Praying.

    It is time to lay your burden on Jesus.

    ******************************
    Why was my burden so heavy?" I slammed the bedroom door and leaned against it. Is there no rest from this life? I wondered. I stumbled to my bed and dropped onto it, pressing my pillow around my ears to shut out the noise of my existence.


    "Oh God," I cried, "let me sleep. Let me sleep forever and never wake up!" With a deep sob I tried to will myself into oblivion, then welcomed the blackness that came over me. Light surrounded me as I regained consciousness. I focused on its source: The figure of a man standing before a cross.


    "My child," the person asked, "why did you want to come to Me before I am ready to call you?"


    "Lord, I'm sorry. It's just that… I can't go on. You see how hard it is for me. Look at this awful burden on my back. I simply can't carry it anymore."


    "But haven't I told you to cast all of your burdens upon Me, because I care for you? My yoke is easy, and My burden is light."


    "I knew You would say that. But why does mine have to be so heavy?"


    "My child, everyone in the world has a burden. Perhaps you would like to try a different one?"


    "I can do that?"


    He pointed to several burdens lying at His feet. "You may try any of these."


    All of them seemed to be of equal size. But each was labeled with a name. "There's Joan's," I said. Joan was married to a wealthy businessman. She lived in a sprawling estate and dressed her three daughters in the prettiest designer clothes. Sometimes she drove me to church in her Cadillac when my car was broken.


    "Let me try that one." How difficult could her burden be? I thought.


    The Lord removed my burden and placed Joan's on my shoulders. I sank to my knees beneath its weight.


    "Take it off!" I said. "What makes it so heavy?"


    "Look inside."


    I untied the straps and opened the top. Inside was a figure of her Mother-in-law, and when I lifted it out, it began to speak.


    "Joan, you'll never be good enough for my son," it began. "He never should have married you. You're a terrible mother to my grandchildren…"


    I quickly placed the figure back in the pack and withdrew another. It was Donna, Joan's youngest daughter. Her head was bandaged from the surgery that had failed to resolve her epilepsy. A third figure was Joan's brother. Addicted to drugs, he had been convicted of killing a police officer.


    "I see why her burden is so heavy, Lord. But she's always smiling and helping others. I didn't realize…"


    "Would you like to try another?" He asked quietly.


    I tested several. Paula's felt heavy: She was raising four small boys without a father. Debra's did too: A childhood of sexual abuse and a marriage of emotional abuse. When I came to Ruth's burden, I didn't even try. I knew that inside I would find arthritis, old age, a demanding full-time job, and a beloved husband in a nursing home.


    "They're all too heavy, Lord," I said. "Give back my own."


    As I lifted the familiar load once again, it seemed much lighter than the others.


    "Lets look inside" He said.


    I turned away, holding it close. "That's not a good idea," I said.


    "Why?"


    "There's a lot of junk in there."


    "Let Me see."


    The gentle thunder of His voice compelled me. I opened my burden. He pulled out a brick.


    "Tell me about this one."


    "Lord, You know. It's money. I know we don't suffer like people in some countries or even the homeless here in America. But we have no insurance, and when the kids get sick, we can't always take them to the doctor. They've never been to a dentist. And I'm tired of dressing them in hand-me-downs."


    "My child, I will supply all of your needs… and your children's. I've given them healthy bodies. I will teach them that expensive clothing doesn't make a person valuable in My sight."


    Then He lifted out the figure of a small boy. "And this?" He asked.


    "Andrew…" I hung my head, ashamed to call my son a burden. "But, Lord, he's hyperactive. He's not quiet like the other two. He makes me so tired. He's always getting hurt, and someone is bound to think I abuse him. I yell at him all the time. Someday I may really hurt him…"


    "My child," He said, "If you trust Me, I will renew your strength, if you allow Me to fill you with My Spirit, I will give you patience." Then He took some pebbles from my burden.


    "Yes, Lord," I said with a sigh. "Those are small. But they're important. I hate my hair. It's thin, and I can't make it look nice. I can't afford to go to the beauty shop. I'm overweight and can't stay on a diet. I hate all my clothes. I hate the way I look!"


    "My child, people look at your outward appearance, but I look at your heart. By My Spirit you can gain self-control to lose weight. But your beauty should not come from outward appearance. Instead, it should come from your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in My sight."


    My burden now seemed lighter than before.


    "I guess I can handle it now," I said.


    "There is more," he said. "Hand Me that last brick."


    "Oh, You don't have to take that. I can handle it.


    "My child, give it to Me." Again His voice compelled me.


    He reached out His hand, and for the first time I saw the ugly wound.


    "But, Lord, this brick is so awful, so nasty, so….Lord! What happened to your hands? They're so scarred!"


    No longer focused on my burden, I looked for the first time into His face. In His brow were ragged scars-as though someone had pressed thorns into His flesh.


    "Lord," I whispered. "What happened to You?"


    His loving eyes reached into my soul.


    "My child, you know. Hand Me the brick. It belongs to Me. I bought it."


    "How?"


    "With My blood."


    "But why, Lord?"


    "Because I have loved you with an everlasting love. Give it to Me."


    I placed the filthy brick into His wounded palm. It contained all the dirt and evil of my life: my pride, my selfishness, the depression that constantly tormented me.


    He turned to the cross and hurled my brick into the pool of blood at its base. It hardly made a ripple.


    "Now, My child, you need to go back. I will be with you always. When you are troubled, call to Me and I will help you and show you things you cannot imagine now."


    "Yes, Lord, I will call on You."


    I reached to pick up my burden.


    "You may leave that here if you wish. You see all these burdens? They are the ones that others have left at My feet. Joan's, Paula's, Debra's, Ruth's…. When you leave your burden here, I carry it with you. Remember, My yoke is easy and My burden is light."


    As I placed my burden with Him, the light began to fade.


    Yet I heard Him whisper, "I will never leave you, nor forsake you."


    A peace flooded my soul.


    - Author Unknown
     
  3. Harmony

    Harmony His child

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    StogusMaximus,
    I have no words, except thank you, for opening my eyes and reminding me of the truth.
    Harmony
     
  4. Living for Him

    Living for Him RTrue24Fan For Rocky

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    Thankyou so much. You just don't know how much even I needed to hear this today...and I was having a good morning! It touched my heart,made me cry,and now I feel even better.Godbless you !
     
  5. Blynn

    Blynn Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for posting this Stogus. I needed it too.

    Harmony I will indeed pray for you. :hug:



    God bless you
    Roberta
     
  6. soulsisterclaire

    soulsisterclaire JESUS DIED FOR YOU & ME

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    "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. In his kindness God called you to his eternal glory by means of Jesus Christ. After you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power is his forever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 5:7-11

    I am praying for you!
     
  7. Living for Him

    Living for Him RTrue24Fan For Rocky

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    I'm sorry,I was still sniffling with my first reply...Harmony I will pray for you,I have been where you are ,as have alot of people. I am one of the ones who gave up.And even though I have the most amazing ,wonderful husband in the world now,as a new born again Christian,I see that God could have fixed my first marriage if I'd only let him in,and more then that,he says he can be everything,anything to us!Father,husband,friend,companion...so he could have been all of that and more to me if I'd only let him in alot sooner.

    Pray Harmony,come closer to him,trust me I know this to be true,the things he can heal inside us,things we thought were unable to be healed,HE CAN DO!And he wants to,

    Godbless you so much,and remember,as my mom always says."You ARE a child of the King!!!"

    Living for him,and loving him,Lori
     
  8. ZiSunka

    ZiSunka It means 'yellow dog'

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    praying!
     
  9. Avila

    Avila Boohoo moomoo, cebu

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    Catholic
    Praying Harmony.
     
  10. Kristen

    Kristen Blah Blah

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    Harmony, you are in my prayers. :hug:
     
  11. Mr.Cheese

    Mr.Cheese Legend

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    Stogus,
    You are the man.
    And where in the world did you get that name?

    Harmony, when you run out of you, fill up on God.
    It worked for me.
     
  12. Faith0263

    Faith0263 Bapticostal

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    Harmony believe me, I've been there...recently in fact. My heart goes out to you as well as my prayers. And Stogus? Thank you so much for posting that here. I've been looking for it because when my pc crashed I lost it. It really puts things in perspective doesn't it? Lori, I can relate first hand about that first huband also. I was married 16 yrs. to him. We have to learn to wait on God. He doesn't things in His time not ours. And thankfully we CAN give our burdens over to him, but most of all that by His blood we are redeemed! Thank you JESUS! :clap: and one more thing, Harmony. It helps me to remember Mark 10:27...which is in my signature. Meditate on it ok?
     
  13. Faith0263

    Faith0263 Bapticostal

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    :eek: well you know what I meant...I was married to mine lol...and that God DOES things in His own time ...sheesh sry yall lol
     
  14. Living for Him

    Living for Him RTrue24Fan For Rocky

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    :p Well,you made me chuckle,I didn't even look at it that way til you wrote the oops thing....that was funny faith !!! :D
     
  15. amie

    amie Survivor

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    Hi Harmony,
    I know sometimes it feels like life can really give us a beating! I want you to know that I am praying for and with you on this. Remember that every problem we have, every burden we take on, every negative situation we encounter...all of it is only temporary. The tides comes in and then goes out...And there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Blessings and Peace to you!
    Much love
    Amie :angel:
     
  16. OldBadfish

    OldBadfish Well-Known Member

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    Good stuff Stogus!

    Harmony, I will also pray.
     
  17. SeRapH&CheRi

    SeRapH&CheRi Sassy GurlMember!

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    Christian
    Stogus, that was an incredible reminder of how we really need to cast our cares upon Jesus. I am feeling quite burned out and need to make some important decisions and so that story you posted was a powerful reminder of how Christ really wants us to give everything to Him becuase "His yoke is easy and His burden is light". The story made me tear up as I thought about my own troubles and knowing the control freak that I am and this tendency I have to think I need to do this on my own. The Lord is convicting me of this sin. Thank you for reminding me of the power of the cross.

    And Harmony? You're in my prayers. Blessings to you. :pray:
     
  18. Christi

    Christi Well-Known Member

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    Been there too, Harmony...will pray for you. Thanks Stogus, many of us needed that.
     
  19. Harmony

    Harmony His child

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    Hi everyone. Thank you so much for your prayers.

    I'm feeling a lot better now. We finally got to go to a church yesterday that we had been interested in checking out. The only way I can describe it is to tell you one of the many things that happened to me during the service. I was standing there looking around, tears in my eyes. I felt some relieved and like a huge weight was gone. I thought, wow I've come home. It felt like when you carry bags or a heavy object up a flight of stairs to your apartment, and the releif you feel when you can lay it down. That's the best I can do about explaining it.

    Thank you so much.

    Praise Jesus!
     
  20. Living for Him

    Living for Him RTrue24Fan For Rocky

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    Praise the Lord ! Harmony,just keep doing what your doing and above all pray.Get Stormie Omartians book about "the power of a praying wife" it will change your life ! I haven't been able to put it down !

    Godbless you so much,
    Lori
     
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