Friday, September 13, 2019

Find Rest In Jesus

Are you weary? Are you feeling the burden of carrying too many heavy loads?










In my study on Rest, I have come across Matthew 11:28. The Lord is calling me to Him and He will give me rest.




What burdens are you struggling to carry by yourself? That heavy load was not intended for your shoulders alone. The Lord wants to help you with your burdens.



Health Issues Are Overwhelming 





That thought really hits home for me. I have been struggling through some health issues and dealing with a lot of doctors visits and hospital visits. It all gets so overwhelming for me.




However, the load that I have been carrying and struggling hard to maintain is all online.




I set up a newsletter to go along with my blog because I felt it was something that I was "supposed" to do. The more that I struggle with it, the more that I beat myself up and feel like a failure, the more I hear the Lord telling me that it isn't something that He intended for me to do.




As much as I do not want to let anyone down, I just feel that letting go of my newsletter is the best course of action for me.




4 Verses To Ease Your Burdens 






1. Psalm 55:22 ESV 




Cast your burden on the Lord , and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.




We can find comfort from all of our daily burdens when we cast them upon the Lord. He never intended for us to struggle through this life on our own. Turn to Him. He is there waiting.




2. Galatians 6:2 NIV 




Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.




When we extend a caring hand to someone in need; when we offer to help carry their load; it will not only benefit them, but us as well. Let others see Jesus within you as you offer to help someone with their burdens.











3. Psalm 68:19 NIV 




Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.




Turn your cares over to the Lord. As you do, be sure to stop and thank Him for all of the ways that He carries your burdens every day.




4. Matthew 11:28 NIV 




“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.




The Lord is calling. He wants each of us to come to Him and find rest




Here is my SOAP of Matthew 11:28.





S:


“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 NIV

-- other translations --


"Come to me, all of you who are tired and are carrying heavy loads. I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 NIRV



“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 GNT


O:


The Lord wants me to bring Him my burdens, my heavy loads
He promises to give me rest


A:


When I feel overwhelmed
When I feel tired
When I feel burned out
I need to take my burdens to the Lord
Turn to Him and He will give me the rest that I need


P:


Dear Father, 


When I feel overwhelmed, tired, burned out, please help me to turn to You with my burdens and to trust that You will give me the rest that I need. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen.















It Is Okay To Rest


Where Do You Put Your Hope?


A Time To Dance


Pain Is A 4 Letter Word























Are you weary?
Are you feeling the burden of carrying too many heavy loads?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.



































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Friday, August 30, 2019

It Is Okay To Rest

How do you take a rest without feeling like a failure? How do you rest without feeling like you are letting everyone down?









I am struggling so much right now. Honestly, I have been so depressed and overwhelmed by things. I just feel like everything is piling up on me and I cannot get a grasp on things.



I need to rest.





To me, the thought of taking a rest means that I have failed. I have not managed to do what I feel the Lord has called me to do and so, here I am with my tail between my legs, feeling like I just messed everything up. I feel like I have let you down.




However, with all of my on going health issues, I feel the need to take a step back and rest.





Lord Willing, I will continue to blog.





It is my hope, Lord willing, to continue to blog. I may only post something every other week, or if I really feel inspired, I will post once a week. I am going to be studying on rest and as I learn something, I will post it here.












That is my hope, anyway. Everything else, well, I just don't know. Pinterest in and of itself is overwhelming for me. I plan to go back to doing just the basic things. Meaning that I am only making one pinterest pin per blog post. Anything more than that is too time consuming and leads to my being overwhelmed.




Fb..... I will still pop in from time to time. I will not be sharing bible verse images on my fanpage, at least for the time being.




John 4:5-6 NIV 




So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.




* Even Jesus rested * 




Prayer: 



Dear Father, 




Thank You for always being there. Thank You for allowing me time to rest. Please, Father, help me to find my rest in You and not to end up listening to the evil one as he tells me that I am a failure. I know that as You journeyed into Samaria, near the plot of ground Jacob gave to Joseph, You were tired. You needed to rest. You sat down by the well until You felt refreshed. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen.












Where Do You Put Your Hope?


A Time To Dance


Pain Is A 4 Letter Word 












How do you take a rest without feeling like a failure?
How do you rest without feeling like you are letting everyone down?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.
































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Friday, August 16, 2019

Where Do You Put Your Hope?

How do you manage through things when you feel overwhelmed? Where do you put your hope?









I am having a hard time. I am really struggling with depression. Everything just feels so overwhelming for me.




I have had a doctor's appointment each week for about 3 weeks now. It would be one thing if it were the same doctor every time, but that is not the case. Each time, it is a new doctor. This means that I have to go in to detail explaining things about my medical issues.



101 Questions





I just went to an appointment with a gastroenterologist. I answered 101 questions. Now, I have an appointment for a colonoscopy, but will also be getting an endoscopy done at the same time. Luckily, I will be put to sleep, so hopefully, I will not know a thing.




The next step will be to look at my gallbladder.








Normal Life Struggles 





All of that is enough to make me feel overwhelmed, but you throw in normal life struggles and, well.




The past couple of weeks, I have been trying to do a little more cleaning, around the house. I can only afford to apply about 10 minutes of my time before I need to take a break. Honestly, that is not an exaggeration.




Now, after a couple of weeks, I guess I had hoped to start receiving help in keeping things clean. So, when I attempt to clean a new area, I worry how long it will be before it is a mess again.




Since there are three of us living here, when I do not receive more help with things, I start to feel taken for granted, overlooked, like I do not matter.




Depression is such a hard thing to live with. Most days, it takes everything I have within me to pull myself out of bed in the mornings. Once I am up, it takes everything within me to keep from going back to bed.



Focus On The Blessings





I am trying hard to find positive things to focus on. Blessings are being revealed every day. I only need to stop and look for them.




Psalm 39:7 NIV 




“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.




-- other translations --




Psalm 39:7 NIRV 




"Lord, what can I look forward to now? You are the only hope I have.




Psalm 39:7 NLT 




And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.










Prayer: 




Dear Father, 




When things are dark and overwhelming, Lord, where do I place my hope? My only hope is in You ( Psalm 39:7 ). Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen.
















Pain Is A 4 Letter Word


Bible Reading Plan, Pain


Find The Joy
















How do you manage through things when you feel overwhelmed?
Where do you put your hope?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.
































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Thursday, August 8, 2019

A Time To Dance

What is your experience with going to the doctor? Do you feel a sense of dread?









Oh the joy of having to answer 100 questions for a new doctor. Do you have any allergies to any medication that we need to know about? Do you have a history of X ? Is there a history of X in your family?




One question that I was asked was about my energy levels. I give a little chuckle every time a doctor asks me about my energy levels. I mean, come on, just because you are an ENT doctor and I am here about my sleep study, does not mean that I instantly have energy. But you are adorable.



My energy tanks very quickly. 




So, I have to explain that I have a pituitary tumor which has messed up everything. The hormones that are usually produced by the pituitary gland are not being produced by mine. As a result, I have secondary adrenal insufficiency. I do not have a lot of energy any more; no matter how well this machine says I am sleeping. And my energy tanks very quickly.




Luckily, he knew exactly what I was talking about. He asked me questions about my condition that shows an understanding on his part. I am very impressed with him. Sadly, there just are not that many in the medical field (be it doctor, nurse, tech person) that know anything about Addison's Disease.










I did learn something from this visit.  





I was diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea. My oxygen, on the other hand, was more of a concern. He said it was dropping into the 60% range. That is very scary to think about.




I want to encourage you to read through Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV.




Here are the verses that really speak to me, at this time.




Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 NIV 



There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,









Prayer: 



Dear Father, 



Please help me to remember that there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. Help me to remember that there is a time to weep, but there is also a time to laugh. Help me to remember that there is a time to mourn the loss of what could have been, but that there is also a time to dance and to give you praise. In Jesus' name, Amen. 









Pain Is A 4 Letter Word


Bible Reading Plan, Pain


Find The Joy


You Will Give Me Rest













What is your experience with going to the doctor?
Do you feel a sense of dread?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

































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Monday, July 29, 2019

Pain Is A 4 Letter Word

How are you doing? How is your pain level? What are the different types of pain that you struggle with?







Pain.




It is another one of those four letter words.




My pain. I am living with fibromyalgia. I have finally been able to see a rheumatologist that is trying to help me with medication.



Sleep Apnea, C-pap, and Claustrophobia, Oh My




I have recently had a sleep study done that revealed sleep apnea. So now, I sleep with a c-pap machine. I have used the machine over a month and I am still struggling with feeling claustrophobic due to wearing the headgear.




Ever since May, I have had this odd icy cold feeling in my outer thigh. So far, nothing has been determined about the reason for that.




Then there are my stomach issues. I have been dealing with bloating, indigestion and weight loss. I have no appetite because I just do not feel good.







No Ovarian Cancer, But More Tests





On a good note, I have found out that there are no signs of ovarian cancer. I will now be going for a colonoscopy which because of my secondary adrenal insufficiency, the thought really scares me.




I do want to mention something else, ever since my gynecologist appointment, I have been having major cramps. I just do not know what to make of that. She, however, is not concerned at all. She said, "As long as you are not bleeding." Um, okay, but I am in pain.




All I want to do is curl up, in the bed, in the fetal position, and cry.




Everything is just so overwhelming for me right now. My gynecologist said that if the colonoscopy does not reveal anything that is helpful, she wants to do a laparoscopy.




Matthew 7:7-8 NIV 




“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.







Prayer: 




Dear Father, 




Help ______ to ask because it will be given to ______. Help ______ to seek because ______ will find. Help ______ to knock because the door will be opened to ______. For when ______ asks, ______ will also receive. When ______ seeks, ______ will also find. And when ______ knocks, the door will be opened ( Matthew 7:7-8 ).
In Jesus' name, Amen. 







Bible Reading Plan, Pain


Find The Joy


You Will Give Me Rest


Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3












How are you doing?
What is your pain level?
What are the different types of pain that you struggle with?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.






















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Friday, July 19, 2019

Bible Reading Plan, Pain

When you think of your pains, do you believe that God's grace is sufficient for you? Can you trust in Him to give you strength as you endure your pain?









Oh Lord, please take this pain away from me. I am really suffering from the weight of it all and just do not have the strength to do my daily chores.





Have you ever pleaded with the Lord to lessen your pain? You are not alone, in your struggles.




I finally had to reach out to my gynecologist's office to find out, well, anything. I was starting to feel like I did not matter. Like I am invisible.








I received a message within 2 hours letting me know that the results from my ultrasound looked good. I guess this means no signs of cancer. I was then asked to come in on July 25th to discuss the next steps.




More tests?






All I want is to feel better. I want to be able to sleep at night without having sharp pain in my thigh wake me up several times.




Now, let's look at Paul. He mentions having a thorn in his side that he asks the Lord, three times, to remove. However, the Lord does not remove it, does He? No. He tells Paul that His grace is sufficient for him.




So, when you think of your pains or your thorn, do you believe that God's grace is sufficient for you? Can you trust in Him to give you strength as you endure your pain?




1 Corinthians 12:6-10 NIV 




Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.







Prayer: 





Dear Father, 



Oh Father, how I suffer. I plead with You to ease my pain. I pray that You will help me to understand that Your grace is sufficient for me and that Your power is made perfect in my weakness. That is why, for Your sake, I will delight in my weaknesses, in insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties that I endure. Because I know that when I am weak, then I am strong. In Jesus' name, Amen.















Bible Reading Plan, God Hears


Bible Reading Plan, Taming The Tongue


Bible Reading Plan, Names Of God


Healing Bible Reading Plan









When you think of your pains, do you believe that God's grace is sufficient for you?
Can you trust in Him to give you strength as you endure your pain?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.































I would like to invite you to join me on my fb fanpage starting in August as I work through this Pain Bible Reading Plan.








Monday, July 15, 2019

Find The Joy

How do you handle things when you feel overwhelmed by life's struggles? Are you able to find the joy in your trials?











Can I be honest about something with you? I am really struggling with depression.




Everything is piling up on me





I feel like everything is piling up on me and I feel so overwhelmed by it all. I have stomach issues that have been going on for way too long. I have this weird nerve thing in my thigh that is causing me pain. I am not handling the tests well at all.





Then you throw in normal every day things. I still need to make sure the dogs and birds are fed and taken care of. I still need to wash clothes and do dishes.




I feel like I am letting everyone down.






I do not feel good. And, honestly, I just want to curl up in the bed and have a good cry.










Did you know that in James we are told to consider our trials as pure joy (James 1:2)? I find it hard to comprehend. I am in so much pain. I am struggling with having to endure medical tests and not handling them well at all. And I am so depressed. Yet, in this verse, it says, "Find the joy, Leigha, in all your struggles."





I know that I can consider it pure joy and, in fact, I can celebrate because I know that these trials I am suffering mean I am closer to Christ. <--- Amen!





Let's look at this verse as I SOAP through it.




S:




James 1:2 NIV 




Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,




O:




Consider what pure joy? trials, tests, struggles
When? whenever you face tests, trials, struggles
A few kinds; some kinds of trials? many kinds of trials




A:




Consider it joy, celebrate when I face struggles of many kinds because I know that I am closer to Christ and where He wants me to be








P:




Dear Father, 




I lift all of my cares and worries up to You. I pray that You will help me to find the joy in my struggles and to celebrate as I go through these trials because it means I am closer to You and where You want me to be. You are an Awesome God! In Jesus' name, Amen.













You Will Give Me Rest


Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3


Don't Pull Away 














How do you handle when you are overwhelmed by life's struggles?
Are you able to find the joy in your trials?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

































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Find Rest In Jesus

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