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Is Your Burden Heavy? - Wholly Loved - June 18

Is Your Burden Heavy?
By Susan Aken

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

I felt so weighed down!

I enjoy photography and decided to use a little suitcase to carry my photo equipment as I went to the lake. Pulling it around made such a loud noise that I carried it half the time. When I went to the shore I had to lug it along. My fun was gone. After two miles, I was anxious to get rid of the weight. How free I’d feel!

It occurred to me this is what we do in life. We carry heavy burdens that weigh us down and steal our joy.

I thought of family concerns, hurting friends, the uncertainty in the world, and my own daily struggles. I remembered that Jesus told us to come to Him to find rest. He promised that His yoke is easy. It brings freedom not slavery because it means He’ll carry our burdens for us. 

When I reached the car and left the suitcase, I grinned as I hurried back unhindered.

I need that freedom in my spirit. When I talk to Jesus about my cares and concerns and give them to Him, He carries them. I’m free to be who He created me to be and live with joy.

We all have burdens we carry. Some are heavier than others but just by living in this world of pain and sorrow we’ll face some kind of trouble everyday. What burden are you carrying? Jesus gives us an invitation to find rest in Him.

Susan Akenis a homemaker, teacher, writer, and frequent contributor to Wholly Loved Ministries’ projects. She lives in Nebraska but was born and raised in Oklahoma. She and her husband have one son. Her greatest love is for the Lord Jesus Christ who has redeemed her and set her free. Susan enjoys reading, photography, spending time with family and friends, and writing. She has a heart for prayer ministry and loves her church. Visit her online at

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