Come, All Who Are Weary and Heavy Laden [Republishing]

For all who know the horrors of spiritual (or other) abuse and its impact on your body. May these words by Kendra Fletcher and the poem on trust God gave me to encourage me, remind you also that you are SO seen, SO heard, SO known and SO loved. These are words He also keeps returning to me too on those days I struggle to trust, to remind me just how far I have come, how deep His compassion for me is and how proud He is of me.

We grip, we grasp, we squeeze, we hold on as tightly as we can to the familiar.   We grip even when we know we need to leave a tough or toxic situation. We grasp at what is known to us, even if it’s been abusive to us. We squeeze, hoping that by doing so, the circumstances might change in our favor. We hold on as tightly as we can, because the known is often less scary than the unknown, even if the unknown will mean we can walk out unshackled and live free. […] From our fear and anxiety about leaving the known for the unknown to mourning the loss of all we missed while deeply entrenched in our legalistic communities, unfurling our grip can be the most excruciatingly difficult thing any of us has had to face, ever. And while we’re painstakingly extricating ourselves from the bondage and abuse that kept us there, we can feel very much alone in our journey.

Kendra Fletcher, Leaving Legalism: Learning to Love God, Others and Yourself Again

You tell me
Trust is a muscle
You tell me
Is feeling
And stretching
The heart
Of flesh
You have

You tell me
This contracting
Is Your labor
Trust in me
Bringing the peace
Of Your pacing
Your holy awakening
In my inhale
And exhale.

You remind me
It's in the releasing
In the yielding
To Your will
I can experience the fruit
And taste
The ravenous joy
Of living secure
By mercy.

You remind me
You're not withholding
The good
But only awakening
The best
An abundance
Of longing and hunger
You've planted deep
To know
Love everlasting.

You remind me
To not cower in shame
But in boldness
To move
To believe
My each and every
Change of mind
Departing the old
For the new
Is beautiful to You.

For, it's You
Who's moved my feet
Out of the mire
And onto the Rock
To shake off the dust
And behold
Your face
For You've
Ripped the veil
At the Cross
Your face in mine
Now ever revealing.

Yes, I will willingly
Bow my knees, strengthened
In Your repeated humbling
To drink the cup
Eagerly awaiting
Your sovereign completion
For, in the breaking
Of the bread
And this cup of life
I now recognize You
My Portion and Deliverer
The Resurrection and the Life.

Psalm 71:8 My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.

Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

Romans 8:14-19 (ESV) 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.

May God continually remind us all that we can keep coming to Him in our weariness and in the moments we feel so heavy laden. May God continue to encourage us not to press away our doubts and fears and unbelief but to come to Jesus, that He may lead us home into the arms of our Heavenly Papa, as He (Christ) unfurls His trust of the Father in us, piece by piece by piece, as He daily and moment by moment leads us to return and rest in Him. And may this Scripture put to song bless our hearts in Christ Jesus today:

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