For the Heavy Hearted
Today, I woke up heavy hearted. Do you ever do that?
It wasn’t like I could pinpoint one thing that made me feel this way, but I felt it.
A heaviness in my soul.
When I feel that way, I know that I need to give whatever I am feeling to Jesus. The healer of my soul.
“Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—He will carry your load, He will help you out.”
I don’t know how to explain it, but when I fix my eyes on Jesus, the heaviness in my heart feels lighter.
Maybe your heart is heavy today too?
Stressed from the pressures of this holiday season…
Worried about a loved one…
Concerned about your health…
Confused about what choice to make next…
Uncertain about your future…
Saddened by someone who has hurt you…
Life can throw so many things at us that sometimes it feels too much to bear.
“Don’t fret or worry, pray and the peace of God that transcends all understanding will guard your heart.”
Sometimes we get weary, and we don’t feel God working in our lives. But He is, friends. And He is working for our good. There is JOY ahead.
“The moment we get tired of waiting, God’s spirit is along side, helping us. It doesn’t matter how we pray—God knows us; better than ourselves. God works all things for the good of those who love Him.”
1 Peter 1:6
“So be truly glad there is wonderful joy ahead. Even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.”
“But me, I’m not giving up, I’m waiting for God to make things right.”
This morning, I spent time reading these beautiful words from scripture and listening to songs of Praise. God spoke to my heart, and I wanted to share them with you.
God is so Good.
I’m praying for all of you with heavy hearts. I pray that you find time to lay your burdens at the foot of the cross.
ONLY JESUS can give us the peace that our hearts desire.
We sang this song in a church we visited a few weeks ago, and I loved it so much. I wanted to share it with you today.
Thank you for this! I woke up heavy hearted today too and your email/scripture verses popped up in my inbox and it was just the message I needed. Have a wonderful day!
So glad to hear that, Joyce! Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas! Traci
Thank you for this Traci. I needed this today, just beautiful❤️
Thank you, Velda!
Thank you so much for sharing this. I recently started following you and I really needed to hear this today. It was no accident that I found your blog. God puts people in our paths when we need them and/or their words of encouragement/advice. Thank you for sharing your faith.
Love your blog/YouTube channel and I’m loving seeing your beautiful home come together.
Carol, I am so glad you read my post and that it touched your heart. To God be the Glory! Thank you for your sweet words!
Most often I just watch you on Instagram or YouTube, but this morning, the subject of your email caught my attention….I clicked on it and the tears that have been close to the surface came pouring out…I had to stop reading because I could no longer see the words thru my tears.
One of my sons, who has been in the local detention centre since May, was transferred To a federal penitentiary ( prison) on Friday….we knew it was coming but didn’t know until we went to visit on Friday……I know he did some wrong things, I know that this is his consequence, but I also know that because his birth mom drank while pregnant that he has a damaged brain….many people have given up on him…but I’ve been his mom since he was 2 years old….I can’t do that….my heart breaks that he’s in there, especially at Christmas. I told my husband that I couldn’t attend church this morning because I knew I would weep thruout the service….thank you for your encouraging words…my heart thanks you…I’m very thankful to the Lord for giving me day to day strength to get thru another day. God bless you.
There is nothing greater than a mother’s love, and we can never give up in our children. Your son is so blessed to have your love in his life. I pray for his protection while in prison, and I pray that He may know He is loved by His Heavenly Father. I pray the Lord gives you strength to face each day, and may He send you blessings you didn’t expect through it all. God bless you, Marie!
Thank you Traci. Thank you so much for this. Today in church that same “great sadness” poured over me. And it was so so heavy. Our pastor preached on Psalm 118 and it spoke directly to my heart. Then I come home and was going to text our daughter and saw you had a new post up. I never look at them on sundays, I try and take a break from social media in Sunday’s. And I open your post. Cue. The. Chills. Thank you for speaking to my heart today. Your words have brightened my spirit so much. Thank you for sharing what God showed you – you have been used by God to make a difference in this Michigan mama’s heart. 😊😊. Blessings my friend…
I am so glad the Lord spoke to you through my post today! I am humbled by His goodness!
God bless you, friend!! xoxo Traci
As I sat on my couch reading this with a heavy heart, I was reminded again Who is in control! I have a brother in a nursing home, recovering from a massive stroke in September (his wife is legally blind and they have no children) , another brother who has a virus today (my sweet hubby is taking care of his needs this morning) and a daughter who is homeless, with no job, no resources (mostly because of bad decisions she has made). But, I am reminded that God knew all this was coming and has given me strength to make it through! Thank you for your devotion today…it has reached my heart when my heart needed reassurance! God Bless and Merry, Merry Christmas!!
What a great attitude you have, Gayle! I know the Lord will see you through these difficult times! I pray you have a very Merry Christmas!
Wow. I needed this today! I woke up grumpy and couldn’t pin point why.
Thank you for this very timely post, Traci.
You’re welcome, Sharon! Merry Christmas, friend!
I can’t remember how I found your website but I think you are the SWEETEST, most beautiful person! I look forward to your posts about your feelings. Seems we think so very much alike. Thank you for what you do.
Oh, thank you, Jan! Thank you for your kind words! xoxo Traci
Thank you for sharing that beautiful, beautiful song and message!!
God bless you!
Thank you! My 30 y/o son is battling stage 4 cancer. He lives 1100 miles away so the distance makes everything do much harder. Thanks for being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and writing this post ❤️
Oh Moriah! I am so sorry. Praying for you and your son during this difficult time. Sending you (((Hugs))). xoxo Traci
Traci,I too have been feeling a heavy heart. There is so much sadness and evil in this world. I do not know what people do without the Savior! Thanks for sharing and helping us realize we are not the only ones feeling weary at times😘
Yes, Jen, this world gets me down too. Sometimes it feels overwhelming. But we know who holds the Victory and this is just our temporary home. We have to keep our eyes focused on Him. God bless you! Traci
My heart is heavy today also…….but I do know why. Our good friends lost their 18 year old son in a car accident on Friday night. Praying For them for God’s peace that passes understanding.
Oh Judy, that is so awful. I cannot imagine their suffering. May the Lord be near them in their grief and comfort their hearts through the holidays. xoxo Traci
Thank you for this message Traci! I have been following Hope for Haleigh on FB for years. She and her mom helped get cannibas oil legalized in GA. Any way, this poor child and her parents are going through so much, that her parents are running on zero sleep and questioning every decision they’ve made regarding the surgeries, meds, etc., etc. They are believers, but are really wondering why so much continues to be put on them, and sweet Haleigh. None of us have the answers, but I keep reminding her that God is with them. And of course, I pray for them daily.
Hi Ginger! My heart hurts for Haleigh and her parents. I know it is so hard to see your child suffer. I pray that they are able to see God’s hand through this somehow and that He fills them with His peace. Thank you for sharing. xoxo Traci
Thank you so much for your post today. I felt like you were sending it directly today. I have a very heavy heart today. My father passed away this morning unexpectedly. I was emailing family and something made me look in my in box and read your post. This has been a very difficult year for me. I found out I had a tumor on my spinal cord and less than one month later my husband was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.we both have undergone surgeries and have had tough recoveries. I’ve never been a super religious person but the challenging we have been facing have strengthen my faith and my relationship with our Heavenly Father. With my fathers passing I truly needed your words today. ( and I know I’m not the only one)
Oh Carolyn! I am so sorry for your loss! This years sounds like it has been a very hard one for you, and I am so sorry. I am saying a pray for you and your husband as you journey this road together. May the Lord show His face to you daily in the little blessings all around us. May He give peace to your troubled heart. May He shower you with His love. xoxo Traci
I truly believe everything happens for a reason, such as finding your blog and Instagram post after reading an article in a magazine that mentioned you.
Here you are again! Speaking about a heavy heart and I needed to hear what you said!
I’m so glad you found me too, Diana! So glad the Lord spoke to you through this post. He speaks to me through my sweet readers as well! xoxo, Traci
Thank you. Life has been good and sweet with just normal interruptions.
Until the last few weeks. And now my heart is so heavy and hurting and it’s out of my control. This is what I needed to read today.
Praying that the Lord brings you peace through your circumstances, Sharon. Thank you for sharing. xoxo Traci
Amen, Traci. This time of year a lot of us feel this way. I lost the three most important men in my life…one after the other, in the past three years. First, my dad, then my son, and this year, my husband. I have relied on my faith to guide me through and the knowledge that God is in control. People ask me how I keep going. I keep going because God’s got this, just like he has everything. God bless you and your family.
I am so, so very sorry for your losses. I cannot imagine how difficult that has been on you. I wish I could give you a hug. You faith in the Lord is such an encouragement to me as well! God bless you as you continue to grieve and heal. xoxo Traci
Bless you Traci and all of you who responded today. I have a heavy heart for several reasons and just can’t get myself to do any decorating for Christmas. Reading all of the responses makes me realize that there is so much more out there that people are dealing with every day.
I agree, Joan. Sometimes heavy hearts can keep us from being motivated to do things. I feel that way sometimes too. I pray you are able to have a wonderful Christmas season! xoxo Traci
O my goodness I woke up Sunday morning feeling heavy hearted and couldn’t really pinpoint it either, but after praise and worship at church it lifted. Honestly I think God is calling us to pray for our President. Talk about heaviness.
Thanks for sharing!
Beth, I am so glad that the Lord lifted your spirit! Worship and praise always lifts mine too! xoxo Traci
Thank you Traci. I have so much to be grateful for in my life, but I too have been heavy hearted. Mostly because someone I tried to help and befriend has turned on me. The Holy Spirit told me to be cautious with this person, but I wanted to give her help and encouragement. So many things that happen in life can rob us of our joy. Putting our troubles at the Saviors feet is sometimes what we must do to survive and move on. He can help us though all things. Bless you for your beautiful words and sweet spirit.
I agree, Michele. I am so sorry this person hurt you. It can be so hard to move on sometimes. You have the right attitude, though, and I know the Lord will see you through. xoxo Traci
God is sending a message through you for all of us! Thanks I needed this today!