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Topic: Weary (05/03/12)

TITLE: Weary Women
By melinda morgan


Weary Women

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

When we really stop to look at the world we now live in, it can be heart-
breaking and overwhelming. There is so much pain and suffering in the hearts of
so many. Very recently I have felt God leading me to get out and spend time
with the women in my community. This is a very difficult task for me due to the
circumstances that are involved. The women I am to attempt to reach are sick
with addiction, and many are prostitutes that I see every morning while walking
my son to his bus stop. I pass them daily while going to and from his bus stop as
well as going to the grocery store, the library, and church. I see the pain in their
eyes and feel the weariness they must endure every single day. There are days
that I am unable to shake the emotions I feel knowing that I was once sick with
addiction and weariness, and I have been saved by the grace of God while they
are dying inside.
It has occurred to me on many occasions to share His Word and offer some
advice to express how much God loves them. I have spoken to a couple of these
women briefly, but couldn't find the appropriate words. I have lost much sleep over this absence of wisdom to speak of faith and God's never-ending love. This
absence has recently been replaced with the courage of using my past suffering
to share my story with these women. I have battled with weariness and hopelessness most of my life. A weariness that kept me in bondage without hope.
As women, we all find ourselves weary and overburdened in our struggle to
survive and endure the weight of the world as it gets heavier and heavier. Only by
letting go of the pain and handing our lives over to Christ can we see our way out
of darkness. Each of us has a story, and our story can give encouragement to others no matter the differences, we have one desire that we all share and that desire is the strength to endure what lies ahead. In Matthew, chapter 11, verse 28, Jesus says if we are weary and overburdened, come to him and he will give us rest. This overwhelms me to know that I only have to go to Him for the rest I need. He will and has given me rest when it seemed impossible. I find refuge in His word, and joy in sharing this message with others. As we use our faith and God's guidance, we find ourselves resting in His everlasting love.

When I approach the weary women in this world, I have the knowledge of the promises of our savior, Jesus Christ. I have the memories of when I was so tired from my addictions that I at some moments prayed for death. I have not forgotten the pain and hopelessness that consumed me, not allowing me peace of mind or love in my heart. I was empty, cold, and lost. I suffered many years, alone and afraid. It was not until I was at rock bottom, that I found myself reaching out to God and begging for mercy, for rest. In that desperate moment, He gave me mercy and rest. I know that without his grace I cannot endure the troubles of this world. I also know that I only have to go to him for that grace. I no longer suffer, for I have been freed from that bondage. God has loved me all my days, I just had to remember.
If you are suffering, sick, and overburdened, be still. Call out to Jesus, go to him, and He will give you rest. The weariness will disappear and be replace with joy, mercy, and most of all everlasting love.

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Nancy Bucca05/10/12
How right you are about the value of sharing with others. It reminds me of that passage in Isaiah 58, that if we share our bread with the hungry, then our light will quickly break forth.
Donna Wilcher05/10/12
Thank you so very much for sharing this. This was told with so much passion and in sight, I suspect this is a true story.

Jesus does indeed come to seek and save the lost, and we are the vessels He uses to reach them.

There's nothing more powerful than our own personal testimony. We can say to them..."Been there, done that, got the T-shirt!" Giving us an opportunity to share what Jesus has done for us, and helps them believe He'll do the same thing for them.

Great title and great writing! Keep up the good work!
C D Swanson 05/12/12
Beautiful testimony. This was a well written entry, which I believe is a true account.

Jesus Christ, is our reason for eveything, and the only reason for our eternity.

Nicely done...and those women would benefit from hearing about your testimony. Perhaps in a secure "meeting place" for addicts. You would be a beam of hope for those in need.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV). One of my "many" of my favorite scriptures.

Great job...God Bless you.
Thanks for sharing.

Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/12/12
This is a great lesson. We may not always want to do what God is calling us to do. However, with his support it's amazing how the blessing can turn around and we are the ones being blessed.
lynn gipson 05/13/12
As a former prescription drug addict I applaud you. I too, work with women who are addicts, the ones who will listen are the ones who have had enough, and most will not turn away when you talk to them of the hope and forgiveness of Jesus. God Bless you for wanting and caring enough to help.
Cynthia Dawson05/13/12
What a read that is! I've known someone nearly my entire life who lives addicted and it's a horrible life for them. It takes a very special individual for God to work through to reach them. I feel this is very well written as it made me feel emotions not only for the MC but for the women she was speaking about.
Vicki J. Cypcar05/17/12
I read entries completely right brained, and this entry brought tears to my eyes. It's good to see I am not alone in this world trying to do the right thing - which is just so much harder than going with the flow of this culture of egos. This is my favorite entry btw. :)


C D Swanson 05/17/12
Congratulations. God bless~