For me, fear was the worst! In my head I kept hearing a little voice that said “There’s no way you’re going to be able to handle all that this disease will bring!” But it wasn’t until I began to give it all to God, almost daily, that I was able to stop feeling overwhelmed. I had to give all those worries to God and recognize that I can’t, but HE CAN! He tells us so in one of my favorite verses, Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV):
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
When I took that verse to heart, I not only felt relief and comfort, but I found that He was leading me, helping me make big decisions with a clear mind and a real sense of relief! Sure, I still get tired, but when I do, it helps to remember what Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV) tells us:
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
How encouraged I was as I rested in those beautiful verses, finally beginning to understand the impact of each word. Another verse that encouraged me in the hard times was Philippians 4:6 (NLT):
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.
Did he say everything? Yes, Everything. I find myself talking to God many times a day. Sometimes it’s as simple as “Help!” And what’s so exciting is that we are told to come in confidence, knowing, with relief, that He loves us enough to want us there, right at His feet resting in His love.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
Thank you, Lord, for Your wonderful Words of Life!
Are you going through a big life change? I invite you to rest in the four Scriptures above and lean into God as He guides and comforts you in these next steps of your journey. And always remember to place your trust in the One who loves you most.