Monday, March 3, 2008

My Burdens are Light

Come to me and I will give you rest - all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke. Wear my yoke - for it fits perfectly - and let me teach you; for I am gentle and humble, and you shall find rest for your souls; for I give you only light burdens. Mathew 11:28-30

This morning in our walk, I did realise that my burdens are light. That his testing of me is pretty gentle... I have not been greatly stricken... I am cared for and provided for well. I also realise that I must deepen my faith. That his seeds are sown in shallow soil with many weeds, and they do not run deep in me. He is currently testing to deepen my faith, to strengthen my patience.

So today, as the testing begins, what do I do? I was definitely upset... But I gave a hug and a compliment, rather than a complaint and a whine... or perhaps I gave them all, but led with the hug? Richard was not on the top of his game, he never is... I did not give him much encouragement, but I did listen to his searching story w/o taking it personally and w/o criticism. I need to do better, Lord. I need your strength and patience so I can provide real encouragement. I need your patience so that I don't go for upset, first, and have to battle back angry words.

Your burdens are light Lord. Please forgive me for complaining and being doubtful. Please strengthen my faith dear Lord and my patience. I am weak and you are strong, make me into the person you want me to be dear Lord.

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