Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2, HCSB)
What is a burden? Webster defines burden for students as “to cause to have to deal with.” That’s why carrying my husband’s burdens makes my to-do list grow. : )
Some days it feels every way I turn, there’s more to deal with. I can feel weighed down by burdens.
Sometimes it’s a simple chore. Putting shoes in the closet that only got to the side of the bed. Wiping crumbs off the counter. Rinsing leftover oatmeal bowls.
Burdens come with heavier loads too. A job loss or transition. An illness or injury. An addiction that still gets the best of him some days.
Even the simple burdens can weigh me down and wear me out. Leave me feeling like I have nothing left to give.
But Jesus promises we don’t have to carry our burdens alone.
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, HCSB)
A Prayer for the Wife Who Feels Weighed Down by Burdens:
Lord, thank You that You daily bear my burdens (Psalm 68:19).
Forgive me for the times I try to carry them alone.
Enable me to cast my burdens on You. To come to You daily. For daily instruction. For daily grace. For daily rest.
I need You to sustain me and give me the strength I need (Psalm 55:2). Strength to carry on another day.
Thank You for enabling me to leave my burdens with You. Not to take them back with worry and complaining. But to trust in Your sustaining grace.
Help me to rest in You. To stay closely yoked and walk with You.
In You I have all I need. And all I want is more of You.
In Jesus’ precious Name, Amen.