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“Come to me, all 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

For the past four days I have been in bed with back issues. Not at all the way I wanted to spend my time however, I simply couldn’t walk or move without pain.  Its funny when you’re hurt how everyone will ask, “how did you do it?” and my answer was simply ” I have no idea, I don’t remember doing anything out of the ordinary.”  I was speaking with a friend this morning and it hit me how I hurt myself…worry and anxiety!!!  We can be  so burdened down with the cares of this life, our kids acting all crazy, car issues, money woes, marital conflicts, family issues and not even notice that maybe these issues can be why we suffer physically. Medical science has proven that stress and anxiety can contribute, if not cause, heart trouble, migraines, difficulty sleeping, depression, irritability and the list goes on and on. When Jesus said come to me all who are weary and burdened He had me and you in mind. He knew the pressures of life would affect us negatively if we didn’t go to him. We need to know where to go when the cares and stresses of this life weigh us down. I was literally weighed down in my back and my neck. I told my husband it felt like there was this weight on my shoulders and neck area that was so painful I couldn’t lift my head up. The enemy wants to do just that, cause pain that disables us from looking up. Up in figurative terms is to the Lord. He is our help and has created a plan to safe guard us from these unnecessary symptoms. So if you’re in physical pain I would ask that you take a moment and go to the Lord and unload. Tell Him all your worries, fear, cares, anxieties and troubles. He said that if we do that He would give us REST, emotional, mental and physical rest. What an awesome exchange, we give Him our cares and in return we get rest. I need rest don’t you?