woman_thinkpadEach day as I sit down with my laptop to write, I quickly pray Psalm 19:14.Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Then I write and rewrite over and over again to make sure I’m doing an okay job at whatever it is I’m supposed to convey. There are days I have no idea what to communicate. I feel an urging to write but have zero idea as to what words will flow from my heart, through my fingertips, and eventually, “out there” to the blogosphere.

I shouldn’t be surprised that the writing process presents itself in this manner to me. It is no different from how life usually works. After all, we awaken every morning with a general plan for the day ahead of us, but we have no idea what will transpire by the end of that day. We don’t know what our conversations will hold, who we might touch with our words (for good or bad), or what new people or circumstances God will send in our path.

I am clear on one thing: God calls us to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). Blogging can seem all about the blogger. Yuck! There is no doubt that you have to know who I am in order for you to see if your precious time is being spent wisely by reading my posts. And for the sake of practicality, I have to use my real-life circumstances to connect you to the point of the post. Yet, I still do not want this to be about me. I want it to be first about Jesus, and then about you. After you read, I want you to walk away feeling some sense of encouragement.

Learning the sound of someone’s voice via the written word is difficult. You cannot hear the inflection in my tone. I could easily be misinterpreted. It’s quite frightening to me.

I’m writing these posts in hopes of bearing your burdens. Even though I don’t know most of you reading the blog, God knows who you are, and I pray His blessing, healing, and overwhelming love over all of you every single day.

Over the next couple of days I am going to be talking more about what it means to bear the burden of someone else.  Today, I want you to know that I’m praying for you. I’m working to bear your burdens. I take it seriously. God has so much for you. I don’t know if anyone else has ever told you this, but you were created in His image to worship and serve Him. Through making the choice to love Him, you will find freedom, grace, and mercy. You are loved, and I am praying for you!

Are you working to bear the burdens of those around you?

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