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For the tender-hearted…

Something I’m learning in this season… I’m tender-hearted. I hate cancer and suffering, especially kids suffering, and I want to do anything and everything I can do to help. It seems like every single time I look on Instagram, I read a new, horrible story about a family in need of prayer. And I’m honored to pray! But I have noticed I keep checking back for updates and weep harder and harder when these families have bad news. I started to notice myself walking around with a simmering rage deep inside. I had a growing cynicism for all things and little patience for people. “How dare they act as though they are having a rough day??? Don’t they know there are people with REAL problems!?!”

God has been having some hard talks with me about this. He loves my empathetic heart. He made me this way! But He reminds me that He is God and I am not. I can lead people to Him, but I can’t be anyone’s savior. Carrying each other’s burdens is good and right… but we can’t forget to leave those burdens at the Cross. So, my friends, if you find yourself burdened for someone else right now, here’s my advice:

1. Weep with those who are weeping. Don’t try to fix, offer advice, or fill them with things. They need to know you are sharing in their tears more than they need one more suggestion.

2. Pray. Actually pray. Like hit your knees and close your eyes and PRAY for the people and the situation.

3. Hand it over to God. It’s His. Not yours. He is the ONLY one who can make the impossible, possible. He can heal illnesses and He can heal hearts. Let Him do the work and you just sit back and relax.

4. Repeat 1-3 as necessary.

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