Taking Away the Heavy Yoke
by Joanne Ellison

Good morning, Making Space for God community! Now that we’re “unofficially” into summer, let’s talk about rest. For some people, summer can be a truly restful time – no school or schedules. And for others, it seems even crazier than the school year, with vacations, family visiting, camps, etc. But God invites us – at all times, not just summer – to rest in Him. Whatever this season looks like for you, give your worries and burdens to Jesus. He will take your heavy yoke from you. Below is an entry from my devotional, Sitting at His Feet, with some encouragement that the Lord has given me about this process of rest —


I know that you are worn out and have resisted giving in to much-needed rest. I long to bear your burden and take from you the heavy yoke of stress. My yoke is easy and burden light. When you release the concerns that you carry to me you will find rest. I have the answers that you need and the plan to navigate this trial. When you come to me I will take the heavy backpack of worry and the concerns that you have and carry them for you. Have you forgotten that I give strength to the weary and am your greatest advocate? I will lead you in the way that you should go and help you to find rest in me. Do not lean on your own understanding. Seek me and you will find a straight path unburdened by the cares of the world.

Proverbs 3:5; Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 11:28-30




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  1. Sara Castengera

    Thank you so much Joanne. It seems that I am always in need of encouragement to slow down a little bit and let God lead me in the way that I should go. Happy Summer everyone!!! Sally Castengera

    • joanneellison

      We all need to hear “slow down” from time to time. I am in my summer rhythm and love this slower pace. Blessings to you my friend- j.


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