Thank you, Lord, for friends that are willing to bear your burdens with you…and send you obnoxiously pink flowers at work. (Those pink carnations!!! Ring Ching thank you Pi Phi for sincere friendships!!!)
He daily bears our burdens, according to Psalm 68:19. Everyday He feels the weight of my sin, my insecurity, my worry, my fears, my hopes (that are often the heaviest burdens), my pride and the list goes on.
This website looks really good. It makes me look good. It’s clean, pretty, pink and PG. This blog is the absolute best of my life. There are no pictures of tears from frustration, posts about how many times I messed up that day or cussed in my head or the times I really just dropped the ball from laziness or pride. That doesn’t mean that I don’t bear the same weight of burdens as everyone else. I try to keep this space happy and a testimony to the sweet goodness of knowing and walking with Jesus.
The truth is that I’m not always happy or trusting. I have some major burdens I am bearing, but God has also lifted many of them off of my shoulders. I read in Mark 5 a few nights ago that Jesus healed an ill woman and the Bible says, “…she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering,” (v. 29). He has done that very thing in me before and one of these days He could do it again. One day I will know that feeling for eternity. Oh, I can’t wait for that experience.
It’s not hard to figure out what my burdens are even if you have never met me. When you decide to put yourself online like this you have a decision to make: authentic or guarded? I went authentic because in Christ, I have nothing to be ashamed of. I want success, happiness, to follow my passions, to have a family, to build a house (and an empire) and have fun. I know I’m not the only one feeling this way. So many are struggling with self-esteem, negativity, anger, worry or disappointment. It sucks and I want you to know that it’s ok to cry, but to not forget that Christ is with you every step of the way and He has seen a day where you no longer are worried about the things of this world. On the other side of tears are understanding and a Father that hears you.
I say this all the time, but what’s so wonderful about the Bible is that it’s a living Word. In the thick of the struggle, the Word tastes the sweetest. So for my own personal benefit, I’m going to share with you verses that help me when I feel helpless.
Verses for the burdened
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2
I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. In your distress you called and I rescued you… Psalm 81:6-7
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Psalm 68:19
“My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. There is no one holy like the Lord there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength. Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away. The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them he has set the world. He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. It is not by strength that one prevails; those who oppose the Lord will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the Lord will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.” 1 Samuel 2:1-10
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.