Words to Encourage – Matthew 11:28

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28, ESV

We all could use more encouragement. As we go through life, sometimes things happen that are outside of our control. Other times we have to face the natural yet perhaps unpleasant consequences of our actions and choices.

When the challenges of life are threatening to overwhelm you, do not struggle on alone. Turn to the Lord Christ Jesus for comfort and guidance. He is a loving and caring Friend who wants you to share the burdens of your heart with Him in prayer.

No matter what you are going through or how you got there, the Lord cares deeply about you. He offers you rest and peace even in the face of adversity and trials.

All He asks in return is that you let Him in to your heart so He can heal you. Depending on your wounds, it may take time to fully heal and, depending on your situation and struggles, you may stumble some along the way but never give up on trusting the Lord.

Friend, embrace the rest He has promised to give, for He loves you dearly.

Matthew 11:28 overlayed on a photograph of a woman looking out over a peaceful field of golden grasses.

Words to Encourage – Psalm 55:22

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22, ESV

Continuing on with the theme of encouragement, many of us are carrying burdens we have collected throughout our lives. Some may be new and some may be old, but burdens are burdens whatever they be and they drag us down.

Whatever is weighing you down today, may you cast your burden on the Lord and allow Him to sustain you.

It is very easy to fall into the trap of self-reliance and trying to overcome our burdens through our own strength and ingenuity. However, I have found in my personal struggles that the more I try to do it on my own, the more overwhelmed I end up and the more out-of-control the situation(s) become.

There is a peace and calm that comes with letting go of that control and letting God handle it His way. So, Friends, let us set aside pride and self-reliance and give our burdens and challenges to the Lord Christ Jesus.