by Marcie Bridges

Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail). 
Psalms 55:22 (AMP)
A few short months ago I stood at the river’s edge, rock in my hand, ready to throw it into the river and watch its weight sink it to the bottom.

The idea was to write the things burdening us—things weighing us down keeping us from allowing the Water of Life from flowing through our hearts and bodies—onto the rock. Once we had prayed over our rocks we walked to river’s edge to through them away.

Cradling the rock I read each word I had written on it. And as I read them I asked God to release me from each one.

Finally, with one good swing of my arm, I let go and watched as it sank to its death. But in its death I found life.

However, we Christians, just like the Israelites, tend to only live in our newfound freedom for so long before we pick up a rock or two and plop them into our pockets. Then we carry that weight with us until one day. . .

The dam breaks apart. I get tired of carrying this weight that has gotten heavier and heavier. Then I finally call out to God and throw the rocks into the river once more. 

When will I ever learn?
I lost the weight but it came back
I lost it again and look where I’m at
heavier than ever this weight has become.
Tried and I tried to get back on this horse
rode it around felt good for a course
then he would buck and off I would fall

never to return to horse riding at all.
“Why bother anymore?”
snakes into my brain
there’s no use in giving it one more think
I guess I’ll just live in this horrible state.
“You can do this,” I promise.
Comes back His refrain.
Quietly and gently He lifts me up
setting me back onto a solid rock
whispering encouragement and love
lay down your burden for a fresh start.
Slowly I raise my tear streaked face
He holds out His hand with eyes of grace
there I lay my burden of weight
trading in my sorrows for joyous peace.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©23 April 2017
All Rights Reserved.

My friend, are you carrying a weight too heavy to bear?

Take the stones out of your pockets and throw those weights into the River of Life. There you will find the fresh, living water flowing through your soul enabling you to walk in freedom. 

From My Heart to Yours,
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