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Feeling overwhelmed today

'I am worn out from sighing and can find no rest.' Jeremiah 45:3 NLT

Even the people we most admire in Scripture experienced times when they felt 'worn out' yet unable to rest.

Jeremiah said, 'I am overwhelmed with trouble! Haven't I had enough pain already? And now the Lord has added more! I am worn out from sighing and can find no rest' (Jeremiah 45:3 NLT). The psalmist put it this way: 'I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living' (Psalm 27:13 NKJV). Then he goes on to say: 'I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings' (Psalm 61:2-4 NLT)!

If you're feeling overwhelmed today, take a minute to pray this prayer: 'Lord, it feels like the weight of the world is on my shoulders and I know this isn't your will. Teach me to cast my worries and concerns on you, knowing that you have promised to take care of me (see 1 Peter 5:7). Give me courage to change the things I can, grace to accept the things I can't, and wisdom to know the difference. Never let me become so busy that I forsake my quiet time with you. Teach me to be still and know that you're my God (see Psalm 46:10). Thank you for being my refuge; a very present help in this time of trouble (see Psalm 46:1). In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.'

Soulfood: Josh 1-4, John 14:1-14, Ps 118:10-18, Pro 28:1-4

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