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Celebrating 30 Years of March Retreat, Devotional #2

We hope by now you have received your 30-Day Devotional Guide created by your Flourish Committee. If you haven't, we may not have a correct address for you. You can find a printable pdf version of the Devotional on our website or at Over the next several months, we will be posting each devotional on our blog as well, helping us to celebrate this milestone throughout the year. Today's blog post commemorates the second year of the March Retreat.

#2 1993 Speaker: Char Binkley

A Woman's Life- A Balancing Act

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

~Philippians 4:6-7~

Have you ever felt like you are struggling to keep your head above water? As a mother of 6 active kiddos and wife to a pastor, I can relate to that statement more than I’d like to admit. The constant: laundry, dishes, messes, chauffeuring children to and from sports, homeschooling, and church duties some days have me just trying to survive. OK, let’s be honest, most days, I’m just trying to survive. We all are in different seasons of life, but I know that we can all relate to the feeling of being stressed, overwhelmed, and unbalanced.

The Bible gives us hope by telling us that we can lay all of these stresses, worries, and burdens at the feet of Jesus because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). I don’t know about you, but that has to be one of the best feelings—knowing that I can lay it all at the feet of Jesus because He cares for me. He cares about lil ol' me...mind blown! And He cares about you!

So how do I go about releasing these burdens to Jesus, you might be asking? That is a great question. The Bible tells us exactly how to attain freedom from our burdens. It says to let your request be known to God by prayer and supplication, and in doing so, God will give you peace, a peace that passes all understanding. What a relief it is that we don’t have to fret over these burdens anymore, and we can go on praising Jesus for our answered prayers.

Lord, help us to lay down whatever worries, stresses, or burdens we may have. Help us to leave those burdens there and not try to pick them back up. Jesus, we thank you for your peace, the peace that you have everything under control so we don’t need to worry about it, and we praise you for answered prayer.

Thoughts to meditate on:

1. What burdens have I been carrying around that I need to lay at the feet of Jesus?

2. Have I resisted the urge to pick them back up and carry them again?

Author: Kathy Odegard

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