Giving Your Burdens to the Lord

A practical and symbolic way to give our burdens to the Lord. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible
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There was a burden in my life that I carried over ten years.

It wore me down, affected my health, damaged my witness.

Some burdens we create for ourselves. We can unpack those through forgiveness, repentance, or attitude changes. 

But some burdens are placed on our backs by life circumstances, loved ones or enemies and nothing we do will unpack them. They aren’t under our control.

There was a burden in my life that I carried over ten years. It wore me down, affected my health, damaged my witness. The truth in this 1-minute devotion helped me to do something to symbolize giving those burdens to the Lord. I hope the truth in this devotion will help you too.No, we can’t unpack them…but we can unload them.

So I decided to do something to symbolize this step in my life.

I drew a picture of myself kneeling at the cross and laying my burden down.

I dated it and signed it, and I plan to look at that drawing whenever I think of picking that burden up again. 

When I want to reach for the burden, I’m going to consciously think of grabbing the cross instead and recommit that burden to the Lord.

Do you have a burden you need to unload?

"Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you." Psalm 55:22 and 1 Peter 5:7

If you want to commit your burden to the Lord, why not write it down so you will have a record of it. 

Date it and place it somewhere you can refer to it - maybe in your Bible. 

Let it remind you that the Lord now carries it, not you.

Or you might want to make this reminder a part of your journal. 

If you'd like to learn more about creative journaling and how it can enhance your quiet time, check out the Bible Love Note's Facebook group Jesus Journaling that has over 1600 members who share their creative efforts and insights.

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This 1-minute devotion shares a practical and symbolic way to give our burdens to the Lord.


  1. What a beautiful illustration Gail. This reminds me of Pilgrim's Progress. When Pilgrim reached the foot of the cross, the straps holding the load/burden on his back broke. The burden fell off, he was free. Thank you for sharing this Gail and showing your own vulnerability. ~ Abby

  2. Enter your comment...thanks Gail,this has really fix me up ,yah it has really put me in the right track,and it reminded me of a dream I once had,God spoke to me,daughter, focus to heaven,

  3. lovely reminder! thank you for sharing this, Gail.

  4. I loved this and took a stab at writing my first burden:

    The burden of an unkind coworker. On Friday morning, 2/14/20

    I gave Myself a blessing by casting my burden at the foot of the cross. Ruminating thoughts of how my coworker mistreated me, and hurt me deeply. 5-long years. I am finally tired of giving this individual real estate in my mind. I still work closely with her and our relationship has improved but she chooses to remain an acquaintance. Years ago I stopped trying to become her friend. So, we’re simply cordial and professional co-workers. I’m casting years of feeling unliked and emotionally hurt by this woman to Jesus so I can finally heal. And grow to love her with the love Christ has given me.

    Jesus will bear for me what I cannot.

    Remember This!