#WISDOMWEEKEND | Matthew 11:28

For the months of March and April, Defying Shadows will be dedicating their weekends to sharing Wisdom from the Bible! Be on the lookout for some great posts from some great guest posters, past and new! Today, I will share my thoughts on Matthew 11:28! ~Nichole

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28, NIV

This past Tuesday I went to the doctor because I wasn’t feeling all the best. When I walked out of the office, I had a prescription for some medication to treat Pneumonia and instructions to get a chest xray. I felt defeated.

The life of a college student can be very exhausting, but the month of April is especially draining as it full of final assignments and exams. The doctor told me to go home and rest, but the determined (and sometimes stubborn) personality of mine convinced me to go to school, collect my homework and talk to my teachers. The next morning, I was up and back in class writing tests and listening to lectures. I’ve pushed through all week because the reality is, if I miss class I will fall behind, and that is just not an option at this time of year.

The exhaustion added up over the next few days and I could barely wait until Friday after class when I could relax and hide in bed. Life didn’t slow down though and I was up late working instead. So why am I telling you all this?

I found it quite fitting that this week I was supposed to write about my thoughts on Matthew 11:28, when I experienced one of the most exhausting weeks of the year. I found myself praying each day, asking God to give me enough energy to get through the day. God is pretty amazing. Not only did He give me the energy to get through the days, but He gave me the energy to spend an hour on the phone with my Best Friend, and more than enough energy to spend time with my family, despite my illness.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

God has been there for me through some of the toughest times of my life. I love that I can pray and ask Him to help me through my struggles and He answers my prayers. God might not make the tough days easier, but He will give you the perseverance to get through them. When you are stressed, take a minute and pray. Bring your angst, your fear, your worries, or struggles and place them at the feet of Jesus. It will be okay. Don’t give up!

Love,

Nichole

profile (2)Nichole is a Social Media Marketing Manager and a Non-Profit Movement supporter. She grew up on a farm where she learned what it means to work hard and what is involved in being successful. She is an avid coffee lover who enjoys a good movie or book. She takes great joy in organizing, scheduling, and volunteering. Her passion for volunteerism extends specifically to those who are hurting, whether it is emotionally, physically, or mentally.

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