Left Side: “I need to send that email.” Right side: “I can’t believe he hurt me like that.” On My Back: “What time does the store open I need to stop there before work.” Left side: “I need to look for apartments for my client.” Right Side: “Lord, I need to say a prayer for my family.” On My Back: “My co- worker asked me to pray for her too.” Flip pillow over: “I have to fill out paperwork for my 2nd job”. Ring Ring Ring: It’s my alarm, but I have been up for hours tossing and turning from one side to another…
I can’t sleep. Those who know me, know sleeping is one of my favorite things to do. For some reason, lately no matter how bad I want to or how much I try, I just can’t. I’m tired, frustrated, irritated, and disgusted. I used to hear older people say, “Lord, give me peace of mind”, but I did not realize how important it was until I didn’t have it. My spirit and mind were not at peace.
“Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord. There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. I will lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:5-8 KJV)
Sometimes it is so easy to say let go and let God. It’s not hard to utter the words. The difficult task comes in actually doing it. Sometimes the load gets so heavy we just feel like we need to help God out a bit. But God doesn’t need our assistance; He is God all by Himself. At times we get so caught up in other people’s stuff, not just our own. We take on tasks of trying to heal our family’s pain, mend our friends’ heart break, be our children’s personal encourager, and our co-workers’ project manager. Ever feel like you are busy being everything to everybody, and there’s no one to be anything to you? That’s how I feel. I pour out and I worry about everyone else and no one cares about ME…but God…
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and be deceitful men shall not live out half their days: but I will trust in thee.” (Psalm 55:22-23 KJV)
Trust in the Lord. Allow Him to have your burdens. He has defeated all your enemies before the fight even began. At times it is easy to be overwhelmed and feel that we have more than we can bear and too much on our plates. You will continue to feel that way if you are unable to cast your cares on the Lord! I still feel this unrest in my spirit, but I have a better understanding of how to conquer it.
“Come onto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30 KJV)
I come before You seeking peace. I pray that You will allow me to give You the burdens that I carry for myself as well as everyone else. Daddy, I thank You for making me the type of person that is concerned with all Your children, but give me the spirit of discernment so that I am not consumed by it. Daddy, I turn ALL the things that I cannot handle over to You. I know that all things work according to Your will. I take my hands off of my problems and replace them with Yours. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to know that God will take care of the all the problems you have. Whatever is keeping you up at night, turn it over to Him. Put your trust in God that He will take care of you as he has always done. I EMPOWER you to encourage others to know God and allow Him to help them lighten their load.
Ms. Sherita Shelton currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Professional Counseling and is currently pursuing her counseling license. Sherita works as a therapist and case manager for children as well as adults. She facilitates groups for single women and offers mentoring and individual counseling for her clients. Sherita’s favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lot not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”