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A Place of Rest

"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. Matthew 11: 28-30 (TLB)

Nathan Cox lives in Texas. There have been many times in Nathan's life when he has felt so overwhelmed that he has become very anxious, critical, and hopeless. Being a full-time student with a part-time job and volunteering with a local youth ministry can be exhausting, and he doesn't have much time for himself. Nathan wants to do the best he can, so he puts a lot of pressure on himself to succeed. But he often doubts if he is good enough.

One day Nathan was sitting in his room about to go to class, but he couldn't seem to find the strength. Unexpectedly, he felt a nudge from God to pray. He began to tell God what he had been thinking, what he was feeling, and why he felt so down and hopeless. A lot of the internal weight and struggle began to lift as God reminded him that he has a place that's secure and safe for him to be honest. In prayer he has a place to run to when he feels down and a firm place to stand when nothing else is working out for him.

We have a God who truly and deeply cares for us. When the busyness of life begins to overwhelm us, we can remember that Jesus doesn't want us to carry that weight alone. We can hand over our burdens to Jesus who will give us the rest we need.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, help us to give all our heavy burdens to you. Thank you for renewing us when we feel hopeless, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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