6 Critical Tips For Healthy Burden Bearing

I casually flipped through the local paper on Sunday morning before church.  I got to the beginning of the classified section – which always begins with the obituaries.  I saw the photo of a young man and my heart froze.  I started to read what was written in his obituary and my heart was broken and deeply grieved.  I glanced back at his picture, thinking how handsome he was, closed the paper and finished getting ready for church.  My thoughts kept drifting back to this boy, “He was only 15.  One year older than my daughter.  How could such a thing happen?”  I knew that my heart would be heavy about the circumstances for some time.  I knew that I would be burden bearing for this family.  I needed to remember what I had to do in order to deal with this in a healthy manner.  Here are my 6 Critical Tips For Healthy Burden Bearing. 

Have you ever felt very heavy-hearted after hearing about a tragedy - even if you didn't know anyone involved? And that feeling continued on throughout your day? You may have even cried when you thought about it. If this sounds familiar, you might be a burden bearer. Here, I give my 6 Critical Tips For Healthy Burden Bearing.

What Is A Burden Bearer And Am I One?

Before we get into those 6 tips, maybe we should go through what a burden bearer is.  You may not have even heard the term before.  

Ever since I was little, I was shamed for being sensitive…or ‘over-sensitive’.  I would cry easily, I would feel grief deeply within my soul.  I would hear things like “You need to toughen up” or “You need thicker skin”.  A parent should never say these words to a sensitive child.  There was a reason why God created me to be so sensitive.  

A sensitive person is more likely to be extraordinarily sensitive to the Holy Spirit.     Read More

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How To Create A Simple Prayer Journal

Do you struggle in your prayer life?  Do you find it difficult to force yourself to have time set aside for prayer?  And then feel guilt and condemnation when your head hits the pillow and you realize you didn’t say your daily prayer?  Or weekly prayer…again?  I don’t think there is a Christian out there who can honestly say they have never struggled in their prayer life.  How many of us can say that at some point (many points for me) and in varying seasons of life, we have struggled with prayer?  I have developed a prayer journal for myself and I’d like to share with you How To Create A Simple Prayer Journal.

Do you love the idea of a prayer journal but not sure where to start? In this post, I explain how I do my prayer journal...and some tips to help you to fulfill your commitment to pray regularly. How To Create A Simple Prayer Journal

Keep It Simple…Silly

I think this is one main key to finding success in prayer life.  Instead of a bunch of rules and pages to flip through, a simple method will help to encourage us to continue on with prayer.  I’ve seen binders with about 15 different tabs – more than enough to overwhelm me!  If it works for that person then that’s terrific…but it won’t work for me.  

**Don’t miss the Facebook Live video showing my journal – it’s at the end of this post!!**

I also want to have some creativity with my journal.  A neatly lined up and ‘organized’ prayer journal isn’t what I was wanting.  I wanted some freedom in how I added requests and praise items.  I have enjoyed gluing little papers and cardstock into my binder and writing requests on those.   Read More

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Listening For The Still Small Voice

Suddenly, there was an awkward silence.  Our conversation came to an abrupt halt.  I awkwardly cleared my throat clearing while my fingers restlessly fidgeted my teacup.  My colleague glanced at her watch to see if it was time for her to leave.  I don’t think either of us was completely comfortable with each other yet.  Someone’s got to say something!  Do you know what I’m talking about?  Small talk ensues.  We nod heads to the topic of the weather or the latest sports game.  But the awkwardness remains.  Does this sound familiar?  Sadly, this is often also felt in our own prayer lives.  We think we ought to talk God’s ear off with our petitions and desires.  Or maybe our complaints and whining.  But God longs to talk to us.  He wants us to be Listening For That Still Small Voice. 

Has your prayer life become nothing more than a list of things you shout out at God? Is it all you talking and never listening? Do you know that He yearns to speak to us? He wants to have a relationship with us and that means more than a one-sided conversation. Listening For The Still Small Voice.

To Hear Is To Be Silent

We live in a fast-paced culture where silence is not golden.  Quiet is extremely difficult to find.  And somehow, this concept has transferred into our prayer lives.  We talk at God, hand over our requests, say a few thank-you’s and then end the conversation.  Read More

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