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Facing a New Day

Come to Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28 NKJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Every new school year was an overwhelming experience in our house.

Raising five active and needy children—in addition to two exhausting careers—often caused my wife and me to remember the picture of a donkey with a too-heavy load. The donkey was lifted off the ground and stuck in the air. Under him were the words, “I can handle it. Just give me a minute.”

We found when we stopped trying to handle being overwhelmed by ourselves and instead put our loads in the Lord’s hands, we discovered peace and relief.

Life has been filled with labor that is often heavy and overwhelming since Adam and Eve experienced unpleasant results from their disobedience in the Garden of Eden. The woman received increased pain and suffering with childbearing. The man had to sweat away his life struggling with “thorns and thistles.” Now that both men and women work to provide for the family, women often deal with thorny jobs also.

Each day pray, “Lord help me.” Today’s verse is often misunderstood. We think it only applies when a person can’t figure out any more answers. But we aren’t to come to God only when we are at the end of our strength and have nowhere else to go.

Another verse is often forgotten in this competitive, fast-paced world: Without Me, you can do nothing. Jesus meant what He said. All good gifts come from God, and that includes our health and strength. We must continually come to Jesus for companionship and help.

Even as small choices determine quality and outcome, choices also determine life and death.

Each day pray, “Lord help me.”

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Robert L. Segress

The Rev. Dr. Bob Segress served as a licensed psychological clinician for twenty-five years. Upon retiring, he served for fifteen years as a prison minister. Retiring again, he began writing full-time after a period of boredom. He has written: The Biblical Approach To Psychology while serving as a college educator, The Shelton Series, and, in 2012, Ten Years Inside Shelton Prison. Currently, he writes for several publications such as Halo Magazine.