Baros

Man, it’s been a crummy week.

Lots of traveling, lots of stuff with the kiddos, friends…life. It has been a good reminder of the fact that even when things start to feel upside-down, there’s still something we can do for each other in the hard seasons.

Years ago, when people rallied around me during my pregnancy with Audrey, I realized that one of the most amazing gifts I received was the love of people who only knew me through the common bond of Christ, and those women offered a part of themselves for me. Many of you emailed me letting me know that you had specifically asked the Lord to allow you to carry a part of my burden. Wow.

I’m sitting in a Starbucks writing this, and I’m tempted to burst into tears because I remember that time so well. I know without a shadow of a doubt that the Lord honored your requests, and as a result my burden was lighter. To this day I have an image of the way He may have distributed that hurt to those who were willing, and the most beautiful part of it all is that He received all the glory for your faithfulness.

In my quiet time today, the Lord led me to a few scriptures and as always, a little bit of deeper study led to insight that blessed me beyond measure. Sometimes when you’re reading the Bible, you see things that seem contradictory. As I read Galatians 6:2 today, it seemed pretty clear that this “sharing of burdens” was important. It says:

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Okay. Got it.

But then, right below it in Gal 6:5, it says this:

“For each one of you should carry his own load.”

Interesting. So what gives?

Before I say anything else, let me say this. The Bible is not supposed to be intimidating. It’s not supposed to make you afraid to dig further down, or to seem like an academic, far-away, untouchable instruction manual. It’s a love story, and you are a part of it.

If you see commentaries on the Bible, or anything fancy that talks about the Greek or Hebrew words, or anything like that, just know this: God never intended the Bible to feel “over your head.” He wants you to invest youself and take the time to understand things, but He never wants you to be intimidated by the Word. Rather, He wants you to be empowered.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes. Galatians. And why does it say that we are to share burdens and then say that we are all supposed to carry our own loads? Which is it?

Here’s what I discovered.

In verse 2, the Greek word used for “burdens” is “baros.”

Don’t wander off because I said Greek!!! Come on back! Just think of it this way. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, and the New Testament in Greek. So when you say “the Greek word,” you are really just saying, “in the original language.”

Okay? You back. Good.

And how in the world did I ever figure out the Greek word?

Because I speak it fluently. As well as Hebrew, French, and at least three African dialects.

Well, either that or I have access to the Google.

I love this website, and this Bible in particular for this kind of study.

Sooooo, baros. Hello new friend.

Baros means “heaviness, weight, burden, trouble.”

Now onto verse 5. Using the same methods, I find (in about 2 seconds) that the word used in this passage for “load” is different. This word (in Greek…hello fancypants) is “phortion.” It lists the word “burden” in it’s definition, but upon reading a little you will see that it is different than the one mentioned earlier. Innnnnnteresting.

Here’s what I found:

The word “photon” does not connote any weight; it is simply to indicate that something is being carried. It’s the same word used in the passage that says, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Mt. 11:30). It’s what we are called to carry, and essentially it means that we are going to stand before God one day and have to give an account for our lives, and that is not something that someone else can carry for us. (via W.E. Vine)

Greek and Hebrew aren’t scary, but that is. Because it’s the kind of conviction that motivates us to seek Him and make our lives a beautiful offering.

The former (baros) is the weight of this world-the pain that comes from living in a fallen world with fallen people. And it connotes weight. I know, because I feel that weight every day and so do you. There is a major difference between the two, and while we can’t shoulder the burden of someone’s life choices in light of eternity, we can shoulder the burden put on our friends here on earth. And I really believe that it’s more than a suggestion.

Isn’t that cool? I know this isn’t really a “pretty” post, but the purpose is to get you motivated to dig into your Bibles, and also to ask for you to pick up some weight for some sisters in Christ.

I love that this is a safe community where we can bring our burdens and allow the Lord to distribute them. Feel free to use the comment section as an altar and lay down anything we can pray about, even if it isn’t detailed.

We will be honored to share the load.

With so much love,

Angie


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  • Aprilbest1981

    God has been bringing me back to him and this was shared on a day I needed to hear it…thanks so much! I attended the Women of Faith in Indy last year and you made me laugh harder than I have laughed in years…it was refreshing…I don’t really full on laugh that easy so you know you were funny :)

    • Hisabidinglove

       DEar Angie,
      I just wish to thank you for sharing your story of Audrey Caroline.  It touched my heart and I just today read on a blog by Michelle Duggar (mom of 19, featured on the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting) that you had written a song that really helped her during her recent stillbirth of her daughter Jubilee at 19 weeks.  So i searched out the song and found I will Carry You on You tube. 

      I cried so hard.  It is a beautiful video, and you and dh are special people to share it.  I think it is wonderful that it is still helping others (such as the Duggars) now.   I struggle with faith sometimes and it’s very helpful to hear of others’ trust in sad situations.

      My husband happened to be flipping through radio stations and heard you and your dh giving the story of Audrey Caroline and was unable to turn it off.  He is normally not one to listen to these types of stories, and he was so touched and encouraged in his walk with God.  He’s struggling, so I am grateful that you all were able to encourage him.  Thank you!

      Incidentally, I have an online friend who knows your dh’s parents b/c they are also missionaries in the Congo, and actually had your in laws over for dinner last fall I believe.  They are the Greens (I think that’s their last name.  the mother’s name is Tally and the daughter is Bethany) 
      I found this out b/c I asked them to translate the song Esengo into English for my daughters as they wanted to know what it meant.  Bethany mentioned that she knew your inlaws.  Small world! :)    At least on the world wide web anyway :)   LOL

      I am still praying for you all

      Samantha

  • anonymous

    I have been married less than a year and I already am seeing my marriage starting to collapse. I don’t know what to do or how to stop it.

    • http://twitter.com/jenchic Jen Martinson

      I will be praying for your marriage.  

    • Anonymous

      Praying for you, your husband, and your marriage. I’m not sure if this something you’d be interested in, but our pastor has been preaching some AMAZING sermons on marriage (roles of wives/husbands) etc. Here is the link: http://centralsf.org/sermon-audio I would start with Part 2 (1/15/12) “What’s a Wife to Do?” and then continue on. He has just really spoken about what the Lord believes marriage is and how the Bible clearly states His rules that we are to follow once married. Please know that this is just something I’m sharing ONLY if you want to watch/listen. :) Thought it might be of some encouragement… Again, PRAYING for you BOTH.

    • Mariah Magagnotti

      I’m praying for your marriage

    • Coby

      Praying for your marriage.  I have seen marriages completely restored and healed.  I will pray this for yours.

    • guest

       If you can find a Christian marriage counselor I know they can help.  Also, pray together and read the word together.

  • http://profiles.google.com/katemariecraig Kate Craig

    Loved learning the more accurate translation of those verses! Thank you!

  • Emercke

    I know the Lord blesses us all, at times it is hard to remember our blessings and other times we can’t stop praising Him for them.  I take great comfort in knowing I can “carry” another’s burden/load when I am strong and know that, in turn, my burdens are being carried when I am in a moment of weakness.  May God bless your friend in her time of need and may He bless you as you carry her burdens until she is strong enough to share that load.

  • http://twitter.com/jenchic Jen Martinson

    Angie, thank you for this. You not only share your heart here but you teach us too.

  • crystal

    I love how you really dive into the Word Angie – it inspires me to do the same  :)   I have a prayer request though that has been a huge burden to carry.  My son was in an accident a few years ago that was my fault. I had him on the tractor with me and he fell and now his leg will never grow on its own and he doesn’t have a kneecap anymore.  The guilt and sadness can be overwhelming – so please keep my son in your prayers. I do believe God can perform a miracle in our lives but the thought of others praying for that as well is a comfort to me.

    • http://ashleywb.blogspot.com AshleyB

      I’m praying for your son and for you Crystal.  I pray you have others surrounding you who can help carry your burdens physically, as well as spiritually.  Specifically for you, I’m praying that you would find peace and healing in God’s consuming Grace and Mercy.  

    • Nicole Rodriguez

      Crystal, I would love to carry some of that burden for you.  I will be a prayer warrior for you and for your son.  And know this: it was not your fault.  It was an accident.  When my middle son, who is almost 5, was 18 mos, he was with me in the bathroom and was sitting on the bathroom counter while I was doing my make-up.  I turned my back to him for a second to pick up something and next thing I knew – he fell backwards to the floor.  I reached down to grab him off the floor – he was screaming – and as I put my hand on the back of his head I felt a golf ball size indention.  I twisted him around and there was a huge depression on the back of his head.  I screamed for my husband to call 911.  He was taken by ambulance to the ER and was found to have a skull fracture.  He was then transported to another hospital and we were expecting to have immediate surgery.  GOD was working miracles as we were on our way – the team of doctors took him and examined him and ran another CT and said there was no need for surgery.  The depression wasn’t touching his brain.  No bleeding.  No brain damage.  He spent 24 hours in the Pedi ICU and then was sent home.  He had follow-up CT’s for the next 3 mos and then was cleared.  He is healthy and perfect.  All this to say:  I was on my knees begging for a miracle for him.  I was begging for it to be me instead of him.  It was all my fault.  How could I have let this happen?  I was right there!  It wasn’t my fault, just like it wasn’t yours.  It was an accident. 

      In HIM,
      Nicole

    • http://www.embracingthecraziness.blogspot.com Queen of the Crazies

      What a horrible burden to bear.  :(  I will pray for you.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my goodness…my friend and I were just talking about this exact topic/verse yesterday – while I happened to be telling her about your blog being a MUST READ!

    It’s such a long story, but she is subbing for one of my dearest friends who just had her first baby last week. :) After a long road of pain/heartache, miscarriage, and doubting that the Lord would ever allow her to get pregnant again…she called me super early the day after Father’s Day, last year, to share her exciting news! She had only told her husband (the day before) but wanted to share with me because she was so overjoyed.

    Rewind one year prior and I was the friend who was heartbroken and crying right alongside my friend when she called to tell me she was having some bleeding. My heart knew IMMEDIATELY what was happening, but I tried to “play it cool (while on the phone)” as I told her just to stay home, take it easy, and call the doctor. I PRAYED. Then, my tears started flowing. Later that morning, she texted to say that she had gone in and had … lost her baby. She was just shy of 9 weeks.

    In my friend’s eyes, her world had completely caved in and she was in a dark place. I was SO worried for her. Yes, she had/has such a strong faith, but during that season of heartache and loss…she started to doubt. Satan was trying to grasp hold and he wasn’t about to let go. Therefore, I knew I had get down to serious business and STRAIGHT to the Bible I went. I started searching scripture and writing verses down – not just for her, but me as well. Galatians 6:2 happened to be one of the verses that I tried to fulfill. Along with constant PRAYER and sending her certain devotions, I simply tried to “pick up some weight for my sister in Christ.”

    I don’t always know that I’m doing exactly as I should while trying to carry some of the burden, but I follow His word and trust Him to show me during those times.

    Ang, know that I’m praying with you for your “situation” that you’re carrying right now, friend. What a BLESSING you are during this time.

    XOXO

  • Melissa

    I have someone that I feel God is wanting me to minister to, but I’m not sure how.  I would love some advice.
    A woman who is always working in the childcare at my gym when I drop my son off is filing for divorce.  (I’m trying to not think about the fact that I wish she wasn’t filling out forms and looking things up on the computer when she is supposed to be watching my child!)  Anyway, she said today it is her second divorce.  She wasn’t even going to file yet, but her boyfriend has decided he wants to marry her, so she has to (she had decided she was never getting married again, after two failed marriages, but he talked her into it).  I have very strong opinions about divorce being wrong (except in cases of abuse) and living together before marriage (which she and her boyfriend are doing, while she is married to someone else).  I think the Bible is pretty clear on those things, but I know that judgment is not what she needs right now.  She always talks to me about these things when I see her and it feels like she is reaching out.  I would love to help her, but I don’t know what to say.  I don’t agree with her life choices, so I don’t want to encourage her in these things, but I do want to give her some comfort and show her that Jesus loves her no matter what she has done or has been done to her.  The gym I go to is a Christian place, run by the Salvation Army, so I can definitely share anything about my faith and offer Scriptures without being asked to leave (unless she shuts me down).  What can/should I say to her?

  • Kristin Smith

    Such a beautiful post. I remember that time well too…tears flowing every day as I would read of your Audrey, of her kicks and your pending delivery…praying for you and Todd and asking God to wrap you in peace. It was such an honor to be a part of her life in that way…and I know that this has lead you to a place where you DO minister to others. I pray that i am open to doing that for those I meet as well….and in all honesty to do it well in my own family well first! I am praying for your heartache and for the situation someone you know is going through. Take good care of yourself during this time friend!

  • http://ashleywb.blogspot.com AshleyB

    This is such a good word.  
    I heard a speaker not long ago teach on these exact passages and she loosely translated the term “load” in Galatians 6:5 to the English word “knapsack.”  The place, as you said, for those responsibilities that only we can bear.  I love that imagery.  And thinking about bearing burdens, Moses comes straight to mind.  The burden he bore as an intercessor on behalf of those he loved so dearly, but who continually fell so short is a beautiful example. Not only that, but looking at his journey is also a wake-up call.  If we are going to intercede for those we love, it is costly.  Worth the cost, but costly nonetheless.  I’m praying for you, Angie – and all others here- who are bearing those burdens and being Light and Life in the lives of His Children.  

  • Anonymous

    It’s so nice to hear someone break things down so as not to intimidate.  I have the Hebrew Greek Key Word Study Bible and love it.  I understand so much more just by looking up those little numbers in the back.  Thank you for the link to the Blue Letter Bible site.   It looks like a jewel.  Prayer appreciated for my husband who is home from the hospital after a bout of irregular heart rhythm.  Thank you.  Praying for your friend and others found here. 

  • Melaniemd

    That was so nice to have it broken down for me because I often get confused and give up! I really love how you break things down it makes me want to dig deeper. I completely agree, it’s such a blessing when others carry your burden and it blesses me when I carry others burdens! 

  • Nicole Rodriguez

    Love this post.  I’m doing Beth Moore’s James study right now with my bible stidy group at church and am LOVING it!  I mean real, true love.  Like real love.  It is so amazing what you can figure out with just some time and enthusiasm to dig around in the bible.  It truly is GOD’s love letter to us all :)

    And as for a burden to be carried, a fellow church member of mine just found out at the beginning of February that her 6 year old son, Clayton, has cancer – a tumor in his ear.  He starts chemo tomorrow and has already had 2 surgeries since the start of February.  She has started a blog: http://claytonWINS.blogspot.com  GOD has already begun to work miracles in his treatment and work HIS way into the lives of the doctors and nurses.  HE really is who HE says HE is!!!

    Thank you always for you posts and your heart :)

  • Marije

    Stupid question, does that mean that the English bible translation isn’t correct or complete?

    • http://www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com angelac519

      not a stupid question at all!!!! the best way i understand it, there are a lot of words in the bible that have been translated into english, but might not carry the full weight of the original text. a great example of that is the word love. the bible often uses that word, but the original might have been a version of love that meant something different than another occurrence. so by looking at the original text we can understand the true meaning of the text better.

  • http://www.pitchperfectpicture.blogspot.com/ Ckrupke7

    Thanks for the encouragement and the non-scary Greek/Hebrew translations:) Thanks for digging!

  • Coby

    I love this!  I love digging deeper into the Word and seeing what the words meant in the original Greek and Hebrew.  It helps me understand just a little bit better what God is saying to me!

    I love the way you put it – loving someone and bearing the burdens of people whose only common bond is Christ.  I love that one day, in heaven, we will get to meet the people we pray for – people who we may not meet this side of heaven, but whose burdens we share, and who have shared our burdens as well.

  • Sheila

    Thank you for being open to where God is leading you, even if it isn’t pretty.   I would like to lift up my marriage and husband at this time.  We are living seperate.  I am making choices that I truly believe God is directing me and giving me the strength to make because I am weak, so very weak.  In God’s love, sheila

  • Kayla

    I want to lift up our whole life situation.  In the last two months we have lost a vehicle, our home, and my husband’s job.  We have a 21 month old little girl and a baby on the way and I find myself in tears each night as I try to go to sleep.  We have to be out of our home in two months and I keep clinging to the fact that I know God will reach down and intervene, but while we wait for a miracle… for a home… for a way to feed our children… I am simply overwhelmed by the burden we carry.  And we believe God holds us in the palm of his hand, we believe He will carry us, we know He has a plan but when you are standing in the dark it’s so easy to feel like the waters are going to sweep over you.

    • http://www.embracingthecraziness.blogspot.com Queen of the Crazies

      I’m praying for you, Kayla.

  • http://theredemptionsongs.blogspot.com/ Brandi

    I so needed to hear this and I just am greatly encouraged. I certainly get discouraged at time but to lean on God and His faithfulness is the best thing to do. I just love the idea of sharing each other’s burden’s, and I know that He is working all things together for my good.  I love my Key Word Study Bible a great deal and it is amazing and informative.

  • Cathie Quillet

    What a beautiful heart you have! It is always reflected in every word you type! Thank you as always, for sharing what God teaches you!

  • Jill Getman

    I needed this today.  Feeling the same way, overwhelmed with life right now…

  • Holly G-M

    As a long-time reader, but mainly lurker on the responses, I had to speak out today. I love the way this was explained, it really speaks volumes. With all the burdens needing to be lifted, I wanted to offer up a praise, a moment of joy. Today, for the first time since tearing the SI joint out in my hip for the second time  (back in May), today I danced! It was something I loved to do before, but my physical limitations prevented me…but not today! What brought on this pain-free moment of joy? Finding out that the novel God allowed me to write while in my lowest moments, was going to be front and center of our local newspaper tomorrow.  Today I am praying for those who need to be lifted, because today I am more than strong enough to do so. I will help bear the load, as so many helped carry me these many months.

  • Lizzie

    Please pray for one of my students. She is 10 years old and is moving to her 5th foster home. Mom has already terminated parental rights, and living with Dad is not a viable option right now. This child feels like she isn’t wanted — she is shuttled from home to home. We fought to keep her at our school; she desperately needs consistency. She adores me, and I’ve been showing her that she is loved in every way I know. Please pray that this is the RIGHT foster home for her, and if it isn’t, then I hope she will become adoptable soon, because I want her. More than anything else, I want to take her home with me and prove to her that she IS wanted and loved.

    • http://www.reallytruly.blogspot.com/ Mimi

       As a mom who adopted her 2 children, this brought tears to my eyes. Praying for you and for that dear child!!

    • http://ohlauradarling.blogspot.com/ LauraSchwarz6

      I work my county’s child protective service agency, and seeing stories like this all day every day just breaks my heart.  While foster care is so often the safest option for a child, it is NOT easy.  Praying that she finds stability soon…

    • Brandi S

       I would contact her caseworker and let your feelings be known. Just make it known who you are and that you are willing to be a permanent placement if one becomes needed in the future. If you dont know who her caseworker is, then you can call the state and ask for the number to the foster care division, and then ask the receptionist if she can give you a childs caseworkers name! Praying now for gods will to be done in this childs life…he already knows her future and who knows it could be with you :) We met  boy/girl siblings in 2005 but a few months later we switched agencies and lost contact with them. In 2007 we saw the girl listed on our states heart gallery and contacted the state to inquire about her. Long story short she was already in an adoptive placement but the next year in 2008 we brought her brother home and adopted him shortly after his 10th birthday :)

    • Armywife1

      Lizzie, praying for you to have wisdom and guidance as you talk to social workers and for peace and strength as you show this precious child the love of God.  Be strong, God is with you giving you the words and encouragement to plant all of these seeds in this darling girl’s life.  He can make a way when there seems to be no way.

      Praying for you and her right now.

      With Love in Christ,
      Brandi

    • Armywife1

      Lizzie, praying for you to have wisdom and guidance as you talk to social workers and for peace and strength as you show this precious child the love of God.  Be strong, God is with you giving you the words and encouragement to plant all of these seeds in this darling girl’s life.  He can make a way when there seems to be no way.

      Praying for you and her right now.

      With Love in Christ,
      Brandi

  • http://hikingtowardhome.com/ Sharon@HikingTowardHome

    I FINALLY got a Key Word for myself… LOVE. IT. Love that you dig deep and share with us.
    My prayer request… seeking God for our next ministry / pastorate, due to the last two bad experiences I have been dreading our next step, but the Lord is good and is helping me to not be afraid of what HE may have for us,
    and continued victory over depression (moving forward Praise the Lord.)

  • Melissa Irwin

    I love this, Angie.  And I have this bible and love it so much.  It has been an incredible learning tool as well as an aid in my own writing.  I have JUST finished writing a book…. prayers for guidance there would be so appreciated.. I haven’t started contacting publishers yet.  

    I also was a willing burden carrier for you back in those days that you asked….and I learned something so valuable in that experience.  The grief I carried for you was excruciating but so worth it.  I really learned the power of Christian community in a way I had not known before.  

    I would so greatly appreciate prayer regarding the launch of my photography business.  No income yet… (uh, fear)…  also for some very special and amazing children I am connected to in Africa… I have major responsibilities and precious lives, minds and hearts are in the mix.  Thank you!

  • Amber Peters

    Hi Angie, thank you for your post.  Please pray for my friend Betty Jo and her husband Ken.  He has cancer and they just found out today that it has spread to his brain, lungs and rib.  There are no treatments left and Hospice will now start. They have given him a few weeks left.  They are Christ followers and Ken’s faith and praise to the Lord have been remarkable and a blessing to see during his 18 month journey.  My heart is so heavy for them….mainly for his physical suffering, but mostly for my dear friend Betty, for I know this is the hardest thing for her to lose her beloved husband.  If there was ever a couple who cherishes one another and openly displays their love for one another, it is Ken and Betty Jo.   

  • anonymous

    I just found out that the man I have dated for the last 6 years and planned to marry was living a double life and was seeing at least two other women at the same time. I spoke to one of the other women last night, and he had told her many of the same things he told me- that when he finished school they would get married  and have a family. This is a man I though I was building a life with, a man I loved, a man my friends and family adored, a man I gave my virginity to….now I’m making a doctor appointment to see if he gave me a disease in return. I am now questioning everything I ever thought was true and wondering if I can ever trust again.

    • Janoskyfamily

      Dear sister,

      Your post just touched my heart and I want you to know you are not alone.  I am praying for your situation and will gladly help share your burden.  God IS with you in the midst of your circumstances and loves you.

  • Julie

    My husband lost his job yesterday. We have $60 in the bank because we have been struggling financially since our construction business began to fail when the housing market crashed and he got this job. God has provided for us many times but I will admit that we are weary. Thank you. 

    • http://teasinglydiverse.blogspot.com/ Amanda

      I will be praying for you, Julie! I know what that situation is like, and it can be just plain exhausting. I know you know that God is your provider, but it can still be hard even having that faith. But in addition to being our provider, God is our place of refuge and peace and I’m praying that in addition to the knowledge that he will meet your needs, you’ll also feel his deep peace in this time and feel that you can rest in him.

  • Lisadingle

    Please pray for my friend Rachel.  She is scheduled to deliver her baby girl this month (March), who will likely only live for moments – similar to what Angie went through.  Please pray for comfort & grace for this family. 

    Also Angie, thank you for sharing this more in-depth look at this passage.  I have always found it interesting at well and sometimes wondered if it meant keeping the balance of carrying each others burdens but ultimately each person must make choices with what they are carrying.  Sort of like a reminder to not become codependent at the same time kind of thing.  Anyway, more stuff to chew on…thanks!

  • http://teasinglydiverse.blogspot.com/ Amanda

    This is such a good word! I’ve seen this in practice time after time, and it never ceases to amaze me. I’m not one to accept help with much of anything, including “burden carrying” (I’d prefer to be the one helping others – part servant’s heart, part pride) but in the past two months since I moved to Nashville I have been so blessed by my amazing circle of Christian girlfriends who have just prayed so hard for me. It has carried me through (even if it does have the side effect of making me more homesick for them than ever, ha!). My prayer request is to find a job (the right one!) here soon, and that Nashville starts to feel like home. I’ve met some lovely people, but I don’t really have real friends here and it’s hard to be hours away from the people I love.

    I’ll be praying for the requests shared here tonight.

  • Kristi

    I learn SO much about the Bible from these posts.  Thank you for being so diligent in your study … it definitely makes me want to learn more.  If I could request a prayer for my sister who is dealing with a very hard situation, I would appreciate it greatly.  I can’t say much more about it, but I know she would appreciate any prayers.  Thank you!

  • Jl0630

    Please pray for my son Andrew.  He is not living a Christian lifestyle right now.  It has been going on for 4 years.  I pray for him everyday and sometimes I get so frustrated and I am so heartsick over this.  Among other things, he has been in trouble for a hit and run, having possesion of xanax and marijuana (sp?) and theft.  He has stolen my medicine, he has stolen money and items from his brothers.  It got so bad we had to put a padlock on our bedroom door.  He cannot hold a job.  Right now he is living in another town with some friends.  He was raised in a Christian home, used to be very active in youth.  I would so appreciate the prayers.  Thank you! 

    • Jl0630

      I would like to add, he is only 20 years old.

  • Rebekah

    I need load-sharing right now! We are moving away from our city (15 yrs) and home church (10 yrs) and even our first house – which we made a home – together (5 yrs). We are leaving great second-family type friends (some about to have babies!), great care for our 3 yo daughter (as well as her friendships) — We truly believe it’s God’s will, but it’s still very, very hard and many, many unknowns remain. Pray that God will prepare a way, including the perfect house and neighborhood at a price we can manage financially and care/school for our daughter — and church and community where He wants us to serve. This transition is/will be hard. I need His peace, His joy, His provision, His direction, His covering.

    • fatgrammafinn

      i often think back to one of my favorite lines from one of my favorite books, “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut “(peculiar) travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God”. Somedays I’m Ginger Rogers, somedays I’m Elaine. I pray that you and your family have more Ginger days than Elaine days.

  • Celie

    The carrying of your burden with you was an honor you have and will continue to minister to so many through your beautiful Audrey. Thank you for the honor of allowing me to carry that burden with you. Today and I can’t even wrap my mind around this one I as you have children in heaven. This young mom of 26 with her babies last week ran to the corner store on the way home approached the turn that many have lost lives in ended up in the bayou. Her two babies didn’t survive they drowned 7 and 9 years. Please pray with me for this mom.
     Love and prayers still for you from a far.
    Celie
    http://faithandpatience.muchloved.com/frame.aspx?df=false

  • Kmreid

    Thanks for the opportunity to share- we could use prayer for patience and to keep up hope as we wait to adopt- it has been a long journey in our eyes.  We know God’s timing is perfect, but sometimes you get weary in the wait, as the weight is weary at times.  Thanks for your prayers!

  • Robyn

    Thank you so much for this post – I am a novice at reading and understanding the bible, so ‘digging in’ seems overwhelming at the moment.  But I am SO anxious to do just that – any advice on how/where to get started??  Please pray for me that I may find guidance as I start this process.  My husband just recently lost his job and because of that and many other events in our lives, is turning away from Christ.  I am trying to be the strong/faithful one for both of us and could use some advice/encouragement.  Please pray that he will find the Lord again and a new job!  Thank you for sharing your heart here – it means so much to so many people!!

  • Alexa

    I just read this today. A few days ago I wrote you an email precisely about how you have a gift for inspiring your readers to dig deeper into the Bible. And now this….love it.

    I have some tough decisions in the coming months (relocating, new job) that I would love prayer for…

    Alexa

  • Brandi S

    Another great post as usual! ) Sharing the load, what a great concept! There are many moments in life where I would like to take the “load” off someone else and or like someone to take the “load” off of me. Your post reminded me to give graciously all that I can! :)   In light of your offer for prayers, here is an important one I have been praying about lately…my husband and I struggled with infertility for over 7 years and were finally blessed with a beautiful baby girl in october 2010. (We adopted our son in 2008 when he was 10 yrs old but really wanted a baby)..Anyway we are now hoping to be blessed again with another baby. We have been trying only for about 3 months but of course it feels like forever ! Please pray that the lord would bless us with another one of his beautiful miracle creations this year :)

  • http://www.sprinklesandwrinkles.blogspot.com/ Brittany

    Angie, thank you so much for the encouragement. =)  I’m 21 weeks pregnant and two weeks ago was told that our baby is not expected to survive after birth.  My husband and I are determined to love this precious baby and enjoy being Mommy and Daddy to her here as long as we can, but we are also praying BIG things for this little one.  We would so appreciate prayer, as we’ve already experienced over the past two weeks what a blessing it is when others come alongside to carry these kinds of burdens.  Thank you thank you for these words today- water to the soul. =)

    Brittany

    • http://www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com angelac519

      praying for you now.

  • Woodsn918

    That brought such a revelation to my spirit. I don’t have to walk around like I’m in this all by myself. Just ask!
    I would like to request prayer for my 13 year old daughter. She has Type 1 Diabetes, this dis-ease comes with a lot of heart ache and challenges. Please keep her in your prayers, and I rest because I know that God has his hands on her. Be blessed in all you do!

    • Vonda

      Oh, sweet sister in Christ. My eight year old daughter also carries the burden of Type 1 diabetes. It  is a long, lonely road sometimes, isn’t it? One that not very many understand at times. We are almost three years into this, and I still find myself at times going from anger (at the disease) to heart ache for all that she endures. For the innocence that has been lost. For what it takes from my other children. What it has done to my husband and me. I will pray for you and your daughter.

      • Nikki

        Thank you Ms. Vonda for your response. I pray God’s blessings upon you and your family. I speak life into our daughter’s futures.
        We too just began her 3rd year battling diabetes. I know that God is able to do above and beyond what we can ask or think. I try to turn my anger, tears and sadness into praise, but someday’s it’s hard to that!!! God knows and he sees us right where we are. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I to, will pray for your family.

  • EG

    Please Pray for my husband and I as we long deeply for a child. We have been married 6 years now, and have tried for the last 5 years to have a baby. We have become pregnant nine times, but for unknown reasons have miscarried all nine of our precious Angels, the latest being at 12 weeks. We need strength, wisdom, guidance, and a miracle.

    • Kristy

      I am praying for you right now. 

      • EG

        Thank you so much!

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  • Tami

    Please pray for me as I seek restoration within relationships inside of my church this week. I have experienced deep hurts that have lead to losing respect and trust of others. I know Christ is calling me to go forward in prayer as I seek out these people and share honesty this week. This is extremely hard for me as I am not at all a confrontational person.

    Thank you

  • guest

    I am new to this site, but have found it overwhelmingly helpful as I struggle with so many unexpected difficulties.  2011 was not a kind year to my family; my mother-in-law (who we took care of) died after years of medical struggles, my mother was in a terrible car accident, my father’s cancer returned, and my husband was in two car accidents (neither were his fault), the second one totaled our car.  Throughout all of this, we kept our sanity because we were so thrilled to be expecting our second son, who took us six years to conceive.  Unfortunately, significant medical mistakes were made by our doctors during labor and our son suffered from lack of oxygen and subsequently, severe brain damage.  He was born on New Year’s Eve and lived just 37 days.  While I am thankful our son is not suffering anymore, I struggle to make sense of this and feel so broken.  This weight is the heaviest I’ve carried in my life.  Thank you for reading my post; have a blessed day.

  • Em

    Please pray for my anxiety and OCD to remain under control. I am trying to fall pregnant and have conceded that I need to take medication for my mental health conditions and I worry that i will affect the baby. Please pray that I also can fall pregnant.
    Thank you so much Angie, I have read your blog soon after Audrey was born and went home to her heavenly Father. I pray that you are well
    Em
    From Australia