Ya’ll, this is a heavy season. Whether its rising Covid cases, the continued mask and quarantine debate, heart-breaking world events, or just the normal pain and strife of life, we are all probably carrying weight around each day.

My natural tendency to be positive, bubbly, and excited about what’s ahead can too easily be impacted by the heaviness around me these days. Even last week as I was thrilled to see a full room of women worshipping and working out together at Holy Barre, my joy too quickly turned to hesitation as I realized it was a full room of women gathering while ICU beds across the country are filling. The weight of juggling it all is too much at times!

Our next Wellness Revelation group kicks off at Labor Day weekend. (click here if you’d like to learn more and join us!). This study was originally called ‘Lose What’s Weighing You Down.’ Because while we may want to lose some physical weight, our bodies are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what’s weighing us down! There’s so much more to it, which this study dives into, but my question now is ‘What’s weighing you down today?’

The harsh reality is there is value in ‘heaviness’. Let’s not avoid or ignore it. Let’s find the purpose. Weight gets our attention. Heavy weight causes our arm and heart muscles to burn. Heaviness disrupts comfort, stirs our hearts, and hopefully draws us closer to our King.

Jesus says His burden is light in Matthew 11:28-30. He desires to carry our heavy load and replace our worldly burden with His eternal one. Jesus gives us grace and peace in place of sin and shame.

However in order to understand the true weight of the gift of grace, we must grasp the weight of sin. We need to pause, hold, and feel the tension of our sin and brokenness. Repent in the pain and in humility. Then set down the sin and pick up the grace!

I advise you to be careful to not hold onto the sin too long and try to carry it around on your own. The enemy will quickly add the weight of his lies to the weight of your sin and create an even heavier burden of shame. Put down that sin and shame in surrender and pick up His grace and peace!

Sin and shame weigh us down. Holy grace lifts us up and strengthens us! And the beautiful resistance of all this weight lifting brings growth! So stand firm on His holy ground, hold His grace and peace high, and keep your eyes on Jesus!

Join me in this full-body flow . . . ‘Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’ – Hebrews 4:16

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