Midweek Push

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)

I swiftly darted down two flights of stairs to help unload the groceries from the car. It seemed doable; it seemed bearable because I had done it many times before. I grabbed 6 bags in one hand and 6 bags in the other. At the time the bags didn’t seem heavy at all. As I began to walk back up the two flights of stairs I noticed I had the milk, the water, and just about every canned good you could imagine. It’s amazing how weighty something becomes during your fatigue. Why did I grab so many? I figured that if I could grab as much as possible in one trip, I wouldn’t have to go up and down those stairs so many times. I wouldn’t dare admit that I thought I was superwoman!

I was carrying so much weight that it messed up my walk. I was breathing heavy so it affected my talk, and what should have taken 1-2 minutes turned into 5-10. The heaviness completely slowed me down. During my struggle to make it up the stairs, I looked up and saw my roommate with that umph umph umph look on her face; you know, the one we receive when we know we shouldn’t be doing something. I immediately knew I was about to get fussed at but instead she reached out her hand to grab a few of the bags and asked, “Why are you carrying so much, I could have helped you?” I didn’t even argue with her statement, I happily handed over 6 of those bags! Despite MY thinking, I was not superwoman!

As I sat down to take a break from the extreme fatigue, I could only think about Jesus and how He must feel when we try to do it all on our own. We read the scripture found in Matthew 11:28 as He asks us to come unto Him if we are heavy laden, and even promises to give us rest, but do we? We read in 1 Peter 5:7 where Jesus wants us to cast our cares on Him because He cares for us, but do we? If we are honest with ourselves, sometimes Jesus is the last person we call on in times of trouble and great distress. I wonder how often does Jesus ask the question, “Why are you carrying so much, I could have helped you?” Thank God for roommates, friends, & family members that see our struggle and strive to assist. But there is someone that sticks closer than our friends, family, or roommates; that’s Jesus, our Savior! Jesus was willing to LAY down his life completely for us, and He Did!

The word Hallelujah (Alleluia) is the Hebrew & Greek Word that means “Praise The Lord.” We can sometimes miss our shout because we are so heavy! We must get to the point in our lives where we have our Hal-LAY-lujah moments! Just like Jesus was willing to LAY down his life for us, we must be willing to LAY down our weights at His feet! I know I’m not the only one that has thought I could be superwoman, carrying as much weight as I wanted; and I’m sure I’m not the only one that has proved that statement wrong!

There are times in our lives when we are struggling, hurting, in pain, or miserable but instead of LAYing it at the feet of Jesus, we harbor and hold on to it. Someone reading this message right now needs to join me in LAYing “it” at the feet of Jesus! I don’t know what your “it” is; maybe you are going through an ugly divorce, a sad breakup, loss of a loved one, financial woes, stress from working two jobs & trying to make ends meet, the feeling of being 40-single-and a misfit, the weariness of being married but still lonely, the troublesome health rollercoasters, mistreatment at your workplace, disconnection from your spiritual and biological family…I don’t know what “it” is, but You and God know!

Have you been there? Are you there now? Whatever “it” is, God can take care of it for you if you LAY it at his feet today! Are you ready for your Hal-LAY-lujah moment? I sure am!

Shanita R. Jones

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  1. My name is Karen. I have been so very heavy lately. This message has allowed me to turn it over to God and leave it with him. I am going through a terrible divorce. My children have taken their father's side. It hurts so bad. I constantly beat myself up wondering could I have done something different. Please pray for me and my family. Pray for renewal. Thank you for this message. It's not everyday you can get real life messages that show God working through someone else the same way he is me. I want to get this weight off me so I can shout. I'm in tears because this message has touched me that much. Do you have a book?


  2. Good Morning Karen. We have prayed for you! We know that life's changes can be overwhelming at times, but we are praying that He gives you the strength and support around you to help you endure! If we can be of assistance in anyway, please do not hesitate to respond here or email us at swapideas2011@gmail.com. Together we can get you connected to some Christians in your area to help you in this time of need! We don't profess to have all the answers, but we know a God who does!!! May you continue to be encouraged through this ministry.

    We will release our first devotional book 2012! It will be a great aid to helping you break free!! God is more than Good! Keep praying! :-)

  3. This message is for me.

  4. Kawanda, that means you are joining us today in Laying "it" at the feet of Jesus!! We are happy for your release! :-) hal-LAY-lujah!

  5. Stepped all over my toes. And I'm joining today to LAY it at his feet. Thank you for the continuous encouragement you give through this ministry

  6. Asha, It stepped on our toes too!! That's just what the Word of God will do! Thank you for your feedback, we are blessed you are a part of this ministry! :-)

  7. The closer I get to Jesus <3 The more I LAY at His feet! Somedays it feels like I never get up! hal-LAY-lujah! I too joined this site today and WILL be passing it along to other's as well! Blessings Sweet Sister's in Christ, for You do have a PURPOSE!!! <3

  8. Stephanie, very well said! Very well! We like the part you said about never wanting to get up! That is a wonderful feeling to have! We are thankful you are here! We are thankful for your encouragement and prayers! We are thankful that you will be passing this ministry on to others! As sisters in Christ, we must continue to uplift one another and encourage one another to have a closer walk with Jesus! We will be praying for you! We pray that you spend as much time at the feet of Jesus as possible! For it is in our humility that we grow!

  9. I just read this and all I can say is HALLLLLLLLELLLLLLAYYYYYYLUUUUUUJAHHHHH!!! Right on time sister!

  10. Greetings Sisters! Wow Shanita and thanks for that message of inspiration! Your message makes me think of the lyrics to the song What A Friend We Have in Jesus ... Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bare. All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer ... MERCY!! If only we heed and believe! Karen, I've gone through what you're dealing with, hit me up via email if you want someone to listen ... sparkles_29715@yahoo.com

  11. DeAnna, how thoughtful of you to provide your email address for Karen! Karen please please contact her! That's what S.W.A.P. Ministries is all about! DeAnna, yes it reminds us of that song! If we sing it and believe it, we can truly experience more Hal-LAY-lujah moments!! Thanks for your response!

  12. WOW, This message really encouraged me, seeing it reminds me of a familiar situation, up and down a flight of stairs with grocery bags. Time after time, and burden after burden I stop and ask God to give me help with the strength of all the baggage of life. I am so learning that casting all my cares on God is the best way to relieve all the stresses, stressor's, and depressors of the day. Thanks much for the reminder to cast all my cares on Jesus.

  13. Loria,

    Amen! We must cast our cares on the Lord. Sometimes we forget and God reminds us! We are encouraging you to keep allowing God to handle your baggage. He has promised that we can find rest in him!

    Thanks for sharing your response, means a lot to us! We'll be praying with you!


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