~~I've been wanting to write for the last few days but I've been fighting off an awful head cold all week. It just seems to get worse and it's so hard to think when you feel like your head is being squished.
~~Which is frustrating for me because I have so much that I need to get done in the next few weeks. I have to laugh though, because I think it's all part of the lesson that God' been working on me.
~~You see, I have a confession:
I'm a control freak.
Not with anybody else or their lives.
Just with me.
I can be quite the mean boss to myself.
~~And even though God has promised to carry all my burdens if I'll just take them to Him, I tend to forget. Oh I take them to Him, but then I pick them right back up and go on my merry little way.
~~These last few weeks I realized that some things I've been carrying for a while were starting to effect me physically. I've struggled with my Nana's passing more than I ever knew I would.
So I've been praying for God to help me learn to let go of my burdens; to trust them to Him.
~~Monday as I was praying about this, the thought "Cease striving" came to mind. I looked it up and it comes from Psalms 46:10. "Be still, and know that I am God." One of the translations of "Be still" is "Cease striving." I looked into it and found out that the expression "cease striving" means in the Hebrew to "let your hands drop" or to "let go" or "relax."
One commentary (which is a very good read) said
"God will not put His hands on a difficulty until we take our hands off."
Wow! I never thought of it that way. Here I am, thinking that somehow I'm helping God out by carrying my little burdens and fretting over them when in reality I'm keeping Him from being able to do His part.
~~My normal tendency is to be a perfectionist, and worry, and fret, and try to carry everyone else's burdens myself. But I'm learning to let go.
Because He has promised to never let go of me.
Thank you for letting me share today.
I'm so glad you're here! "The Art of Life" is where I share my journey as an artist & Momma. It's a place where I hope to encourage other women that they are artists too. In this small little space I seek to share, document, and be reminded of God's wonderful grace, all around us. ....And I would be so happy to have you journey alongside me! So grab a cup of coffee and linger for a while. I hope you leave feeling refreshed.