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My Heart is Heavy

November 24, 2015

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For the last couple months (while we were moving and living with my mom before we closed on our house, and moving into our new house) we sort of just took a break from watching the news. It wasn’t intentional, but our life was so crazy busy that we sort of got out of our typical routine of watching the nightly news and a bit of news in the morning.

But then we moved into our home and re-established our routine. And the terror attacks in Paris happened and I found myself gripped by the day’s news night after night. Facebook exploded with opinions and articles and information about all that had transpired, and I found myself increasingly anxious about ISIS and terrorism and the state of the world that my child would inherit one day when she is an adult.

Does anyone else feel heavy about that, too?

I know and believe that we worship a God that is bigger than any of these issues, and that the brokenness of this world only magnifies the glory that awaits us in heaven. But sometimes my mind gets transfixed on the practical, everyday battles, pain and struggles that exist on this earth.

Our world is so very broken. And although I’m tempted to think that it’s just our time and age that’s broken, I think back and imagine our ancestors must have felt the same way during the days of WWI and WWII and countless other tragedies and trying times.

I’m weary from people telling my my opinion is wrong or that it’s not valid or doesn’t match up with theirs, but more than that, I’m weary from having an opinion all together. In this day and age of Facebook and 24-hour news cycles, I need to be reminded (daily) that Jesus is in control.

When we’re weary, scared, upset or just itching to pick a bone with someone on the interwebs, let’s bring all of those things to the cross and set them at the feet of Jesus.

Friends, the good news that I so often forget is that we don’t have to carry the burdens that weigh heavy on our hearts and minds. Coming from someone who has let those burdens get the best of them this past week, I’m so thankful that I can surrender it to a God who is bigger than even our greatest fears.

Madison

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4 Comments

  • Reply Allison Erickson November 24, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Yes, yes, and yes! Thank you for sharing and putting into words what I’ve been trying to for the last two weeks. Lifting up our babies to be strong, confident, and compassionate with heavy news and news feeds is something I’m working on daily. Thanks, again, Madison.

  • Reply Linda November 24, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    So well put! I agree wholeheartedly with this! Thanks for saying it so well!

  • Reply Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy November 25, 2015 at 12:57 am

    I feel this way too. I have a three month old and have been struggling with postpartum anxiety anyway, but the tragic news makes it worse. I’m seeing a counselor who told me to stop watching the news because it’s not like I’m in control of the future anyway. I try to remind myself that our world has been broken forever. The Holocaust really wasn’t that long ago!

  • Reply Robyn Black November 25, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    a thousand amen’s, Madison! i love how you said you’re weary from having an opinion altogether, i’ve been feeling that way for a while now and maybe didn’t realize how to say it until i read your sentence just now!

    this actually reminded me of something Beth Moore said in one of her videos for the James study that kinda stuck with me. she said instead of letting ourselves feel overwhelmed by information overload & the brokenness of the entire world, we should let God bring opportunities to us. we should look for opportunities where we are – in our realm of influence. it’s not our job to fix the whole world – that is God’s job. it overwhelms us because we were never meant to fix it. we can’t. God uses the whole church body to help the world and we are a piece of it.

    that’s really helped me to put things in perspective and make sure that i’m not being overwhelmed by something i know God’s got in His hands šŸ™‚

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