Too Many Loads
Posted in Daily Focus on Monday, August 18, 2014
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).
Does your burden seem heavy today? Too many loads of laundry, too many ungraded papers, half-finished art projects, or birthday cards left unwritten? Sometimes we are overwhelmed with all that has to be done as a homeschooling parent.
God sees and knows your burdens. He cares and will provide the strength you need to face each day’s tasks. Matthew 11:28 tells us, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Just when you think you can’t do another thing, trust God to send help in the most unexpected way. Homeschooling forces us parents into knowing that it is not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit that we are able to love and teach the children He has given us. Take heart and know that He will never leave you nor forsake you. After all, these are His children, and He will keep His promise to lift every burden you have.
Lord, I feel so tired. Please, fill me with Your strength to make it through today. Thank You for Your promises and not giving me more than what I can bear. Please, send the help I need to face all the tasks before me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
SISTER L 08/18/2008 15:54:17
Another great article, as always. Thank you!
DEE Z 08/18/2009 05:28:00
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22).
This is my motto for living. How easy it is lin life to move a little faster and take on more. It is so easy to justify, volunteering to lead one more charity event or service project. But... I have also noticed the more I do and the faster I move the dimmer God's voice becomes. I think this is why we are told to "calm ourselves" to "be still" because only during these moments of quiet with God can we truly listen to what God wants to tell us directly. This verse makes me think of Mary and Martha. Martha was so busy with chores she felt was important. Only Mary really understood what was truley important, that stopping and sitting with Jesus was really the better choice. I encourage all that read this today to take a moment and sit with Jesus you will be so glad that you did. Dee
SHERRY B 08/18/2009 09:18:34
I just lost my Dad Apr. 29. Was having a really bad morning. I usually wait till evening to check my emails. But today I did a little early. MY HOW GOD WORKS!!! I get overwhelmed sometimes with my grief, not knowing how to handle it and homeschooling too. But it is funny I got this today, because a friend said the exact same thing about Jesus not giving us more than we can handle. Thank you for letting God guide you in doing this devotion today. I really needed it.
LESLEY B 08/18/2009 15:03:22
I dont know who does these daily articles but God bless them. It seems it is always....ALWAYS what I need to hear. This is my first yeart to homeschool and I\'ve found myself in tears the last few evenings, I feel too dumb...and way too imperfect...good thing GOD is who He is. He is showing me how,,,,,,and when....and why....I\'m learning the laundry will get done...and if someone comes over and has something to say at the state of the floor....hand them the broom and mop. I figure we have nothing to be really all that stressed out about.....we have clean water...a place to lay our head at night....food to eat....and we want our days perfect....in so many ways they already are....Thanks be to God.
JULIE S 08/18/2011 05:25:46
This is so fitting this morning. Im feeling very overwhelmed with all that is ahead of me. Thank you Lord that we are free to home school. Julie
LEAH W 08/18/2011 05:46:33
Thank you so much!! Just what I needed today! Praise the Lord that He is with us always and takes care of us!!
CHRISTINA K 08/18/2011 06:06:03
This came at a perfect time...our daughter is having surgery today to hopefully fix a problem that has left her with several painful and serious infections. As school starts in a short time from now, I was working on the calender yesterday and I was starting to fret everything that this school year holds, trying to schedule all my students in, having time for school, church, my wedding gigs, extra-curricular activities...
The surgery and recovery was just one more thing to think about. Thanks for sending this message my way. It helped remind me that when times are the toughest, He is always there to help carry our load. (-: Thank you!
CHRISTINA K 08/18/2011 06:07:27
Oops...now reading that, I realized \"my students\" is confusing. I only home school our 2 children, but teach private piano and violin lessons in the evenings and two days a week at a middle school close by. (-;
ANGIE W 08/18/2011 07:06:28
This came at perfect timing!! This is my first year to homeschool our children that are 10, 9 & 5, then I have a 14 month old to keep entertained. I have us on the calendar to start Monday 22. I\'m using this week to make sure I\'ve got everything ready to go. I\'ve read through my first week of lessons to make sure I\'ve got everything. I think the anxiety is setting in because I catch myself rereading the lessons over and over, afraid of missing something. I think my biggest fear right at this moment is having a son in kindergarten, making sure he learns his ABC\'s and how to read and write. So as you see, I REALLY needed to read this today because the anxiety is overwhelming right now and I\'ve had to say lots of little prayers throughout the day to give me peace and keep me calm. So for you homeschool moms that have lived through the first day and survived, just wish me luck and say a little prayer. I know I can do this and God will be right there beside me, that alone makes me feel better.
GRETCHEN W 08/18/2011 08:41:35
I completely needed to be remined of this today.
KATHY S 08/18/2012 07:56:03
I decided to start school this year after \"Labor Day\". Just like I did as a child. And it gives me a little more time to prepare.
I feel as though no matter how much time I have, it still will be God who actually works through me in the teaching of my son.
Just like many other Moms on this blog, I have those thoughts of
\"am I qualified enough?\" \"Can I do as well as a teacher who actually has a degree for teaching?\"
The answers to these questions is yes. Yes I can because I have Jesus right beside me each and every day, I have faith, and with Faith all things are possible. That includes a plain old Mom like me being able to teach my son the best that I can.
Thank you for these devotionals. They are an encouragement, a form of therapy, and have become a daily \"need\" for me. I can\'t go through my day without reading them!
Pamela Nikodem 08/18/2014 15:00:05
I think of the song, Remind Me of Who I Am, and I realize we forget in the trials of life that we are the children of a Heavenly King. That the battle for our hearts and minds is not one to be taken lightly, but one where we battle not in our own strength but in His strength. Taking upon us, His cloak of righteousness, we can do all things through Christ who Strengthens us (Phil). I find myself faltering at times, forgetting how awesome my life is, despite the chronic nerve pain from my fall in January, stress over social media sites where trust has to be developed, failure to pull a 97-98% in a class I could have passed easily but scored a 95.60% (Not my goal), and well, you know? I complain and my burden seems huge: “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22). Then, I realize, my burden is a tiny speck compared to the Creator who made this world, the universe, and all that in them is. Who am I to complain? Human, that is who. So, today, I take this verse and apply to my life and say, without a doubt, the Creator is my Saviour and I am so blessed. Thank you for this first devotional today. I needed the refocus. It is all in HIs Hands and I will move and breathe in my King. Have a blessed day!