My Mother’s Purse

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My Mother’s Purse

Nehemiah 4:17
Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon

Psalm 55:22
Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken

Matthew 11:28
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest

Ever since I can remember, my mother always carried a very large purse. If anyone ever needed anything, my mom could most likely pull it out of her purse. The one thing that stands out to me the most was her seemingly never-ending supply of cough drops. I can remember on more than one occasion, my mom digging into her purse, pulling out a cough drop and walking up the aisle to offer it to the preacher.

As my mom grew older, it seemed like her attachment to that big ol’ heavy purse grew stronger. The purse never left her side. She kept it by her chair in the living room and got frustrated if anyone moved it. I wouldn’t be too surprised to find out that she carried it to the bedroom at night when she went to bed. If you offered to carry the purse for her, my mom would grip it tightly to her side with both hands and let you know that she was fine.

One time at a gathering at my sister’s house, my mom had her purse in its all too familiar place next to her chair. It came time to eat and my mom grabbed her purse, hefted it onto her shoulder and made her way precariously to the buffet my sister had laid out. By this time, mom wasn’t walking very steady. My sister and I were concerned that she would be unable to handle carrying a plate, much less doing so with that heavy purse in tow. My sister asked my mom if she could take her purse, and assured her that she was with family, it would be perfectly safe. My mom hesitated, but she loved food almost as much as she loved her purse, so she relented. Without the heavy burden of her purse in tow, my mom was able to delight herself in the bounties of the buffet laid out before her. 😊

What are you carrying around today that is keeping you from receiving all God has for you? It may seem like a good thing, but is holding you back from trusting God. Or it may be something like fear, unforgiveness, trust issues, insecurity, anxiety, etc. This time in history is different than anything we have ever experienced before. It is so important to remember that even though things may look dim, our hope is in Jesus. He has prepared a banquet before us. He has so much more available for us to partake of, but it may require letting go of some things to fully partake of all that he has!

Heavenly Father, we look to you today. It is our desire to know you more. Reveal to our hearts whatever it is that needs to be dealt with today……We give it to you. We ask your forgiveness for allowing these things to take hold of us, to become so familiar that we don’t even recognize the space they are taking up in who we are, or what we trust in. I ask that you flood each person that is reading this now with an overwhelming sense of your presence and desire to know you more. I love you Lord Jesus. I thank you for the work you are doing now. In Jesus name, Amen

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