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It can be overwhelming when faced with a barrier or challenge in our everyday lives, especially when it’s a new experience, which we may not be familiar, or know how to prepare ourselves or respond appropriately. For some, they shrug their shoulders like it’s part of their daily routine. Others might respond with fear and anxiety, especially when we naturally have the tendency to feel hurt, weary, disorientated or overwhelmed in a given situation.

We do however have hope, and our hope is with the LORD God who is more than capable in giving us the indescribable strength and peace to journey in life, but without the fear or anxiety. We may still feel overwhelmed at the end of the day, but we are not alone in our struggles. The saying goes that you should take one day at a time, and it’s an encouraging saying for a reason. A daily dose of God’s grace is sufficient to sustain us, as we learn to embrace the challenges of everyday life and take one day at a time.

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:34, NLT)

We can also take heart and turn to the local and global church for intercessory prayers. There’s something special when we choose to open our hearts and share with others our struggles of everyday life. Personally, I found that by feeling vulnerable in my weakness, I invite brothers and sisters in Christ with intercessory prayer and share words of truth through Scripture. Only God’s Church can serve in ministering to others in His Word, in encouragement and in prayer. If we really want help from the LORD God, we need to lose the pride in ourselves and admit that we need help.

I have perhaps experienced in one particular moment in time, where I chose to share with age-minded Christians that I was struggling with depression. Not only did I feel vulnerable, when I felt compelled to share, but at the same time, I felt a great burden leave me, as I no longer wanted to carry this burden, but to ask the LORD to take it away from me. At the time, I felt overwhelmed and disorientated with life, but the LORD took away my burdens, and He gave me the strength and peace to live thereafter without dwelling my days on my problems, but to reassure my faith in the LORD and give Him the glory and honour.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT)

How will you respond with your burdens?

~Richard