Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Baggage

















Most of us have baggage and it is very heavy. We often trick ourselves into believing we have "checked it" at the feet of Jesus. However, quite often we quickly grab it back and continue to trek the mountains of life with it on our back. The load of unnecessary baggage is in our way. When we carry unnecessary baggage it prevents us from being healthy, productive vessels.

Today is a new day. Let's shed the unnecessary baggage of our past by "leaving it" with Jesus and step toward the light of the future.

"Cast your anxiety upon HIM, because HE cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7


Leaving the burdens behind,

Andrea

55 comments:

Jackie said...

Hey Andrea!

Thanks for the beautiful reminder that I have some baggage that still needs to be check and no longer claimed!!

Have a blessed day!
Jackie

Mary Moss said...

Oh, so very true, sister! I was just thinking about this topic this morning!

Love you!

Frau said...

Great Advice Andrea!
Have a wonderful day!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Excellent post, Andrea! Have a beautiful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Mary Ellen ~ Carolina Momma said...

Great post!

Goose Hill Farm said...

Good morning, Andrea~

How beautiful it is that we can leave all our baggage at the feet of Jesus, never to be claimed again. Now only if others will leave our past baggage alone and let it be!

Blessings~
Laura

Still Learning said...

Definitely great advice. Jesus is truly our healer and he is able to take our baggage, our anxiety and give us true lasting peace. Amen to that!

Jenn

RCUBEs said...

That has been my prayer...for the Lord to remove what's dragging me...and me becoming ineffective for Him...Thank you for this powerful reminder. Love you sis and have a great day. Be strong in the Lord's Mighty Power!

Susan said...

Awesome reminder! Thank you!

SmilingSally said...

Letting go. That's the hard part, isn't it, Andrea? I hope you have a great day.

kymber said...

Very wise words indeed! Letting go of our baggage without picking it back up again - that is EXTREMELY hard to do at times!
Great post!
Blessings to you,
Kymber

christy rose said...

Thanks for that reminder Andrea!! I will be checking my baggage in today!!

He & Me + 3 said...

That is my most favorite verse and yet I still try to carry it on my own sometimes. Thanks for the reminder to lay it down at His feet and leave it there.
hugs,
Mimi

Carol said...

Andrea,
Knowing and doing are two very different things. Thank you for reminding us of this Truth.

Blessings,
Carol

Tracy said...

Thanks for this reminder; it is so easy to give my baggage to Jesus, but then later pick it up again. I'm grateful that He does invite me to give it all to Him

Loren said...

Amen my sweet friend....tis sooo true! We lay it down, pick it up because we in our minds don't feel it is being taken care of quickly enough or the way we think it should....Let us ALWAYS remember that Gods ways are not our ways and HIS thoughts are higher than ours and to trust HIM .....HE knows best!

Beautiful Mess said...

Truly amazing reminder-because sometimes we don't notice that heavy shoulder bag (or 50lb suitcase) is still with us.

Must lay it down!

Cathy said...

Amen! Thank God we are new creatures in Christ Jesus. Blessings ~

Mary said...

Great post, Andrea...this is certainly an area we all seem to struggle with, isn't it? My granddaughter gave me a little plaque that is my daily reminder...it is 1 Peter 5:7 in a modern version, "Let the Lord have all your worries & cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you."

Have a wonderful day...God bless!

Mary

Karen said...

Amen...such a simple truth that makes a world of difference in our lives...if we obey...thanks for the reminder....

Jenn@Spejory said...

What a blessing that we don't have to carry it all ourselves...that Jesus takes it with joy and we can leave it with Him. The trick is remembering to leave it there. Thank you for the reminder!

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

How very true Andrea! Our fleshly baggage comes in all kinds of disguises!! Thank you for the reminder to check it at God's door daily. One of my favorite quotes from Corrie Ten Boon is:
"Don't wrestle, just nestle."

Thank you so much Andrea for your sweet comment on my blog and for becoming a follower. I am so happy to meet you and will look forward to getting to know you better.

Lee Ann

Chester said...

So true! Just when I think I've unloaded one piece-another one shows up. At least I think I recognize it and don't cling to each piece as it appears. Thanks for the reminder.

Chester's Mom ;0=)

Heart2Heart said...

Andrea,

This is so true that even as we walk in and out of different stages of our life, we fail to check our luggage in at the front desk with Jesus. We need to leave it there and not bother to pick it back up again.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Rosemary said...

Amen to that!
Thanks so much,
Rosemary

Libbie said...

Hi! That was a treat to read that today! I am a blog jumper too. That is my favorite way to travel around blog land...kinda of like opening a present as you never know what the next click will open up! Thanks for stopping by! Keep writing & I'll keep reading!

LisaShaw said...

Wow Andrea, your words sound a lot like all I shared during the 7 day lay it down. Amen and Praise the Lord for His faithfulness to minister to our hearts as HE does.

Thanks for your comment on my other blog earlier. Thank GOD for the precious Grand parents He allowed both of us to have for the time frame we each were able to have them. Praise the Lord we will see them again.

vanilla said...

Excellent reminder. We pick up the baggage again, I think, because we don't trust God completely, or because we love the junk in our life more than we do Him.

He is sufficient!

Elise said...

lovely !

Angie said...

Andrea...this is what I've been dealing with the past 2 days! Unnecessary baggage!

And I am just nuts enough sometimes to think "I won't bother Him with this..." Right. How silly is that!

I so appreciate your words here today!

Aine Willis said...

Andrea, I wish I would've read this before going to work this morning. I felt like I was carrying around past mistakes and what ifs all day. Thank you for sharing this. God Bless :)

Lori said...

what a wonderful message!!!

Tea With Tiffany said...

I've walked too many roads carrying bags. SO thankful for the freedom of walking with Jesus bag-less.

Love your pics and devos.

Hugs!

Just Be Real said...

Great encouragement and reminder dear one. Perfect scripture. Blessings and hugs always!

Denise said...

Amen, well said.

~*Michelle*~ said...

thanks for the great reminder.....sometimes I am white-knuckling all that baggage as I am tripping and struggling and then I wonder why....*sigh*

Warren Baldwin said...

Looking at pictures like this definitely makes me want to drop the baggage and take a hike in those beautiful woods/hills. Good post, thanks.

ruth said...

Oh, how my heart leaped when I saw your profile. A writer and poet has signed up to follow my blog! Whoa, it's an honor to have you visit my blog, Andrea. Thank you. I love your blog! I'm excited to read more of your posts, and to visit your other blog.

I like what you wrote in your profile ".....there's always time to write and read." and your prayer, too.

Many blessings to you!

sarah said...

thanks for this Andrea. It's great knowing we don't have to carry 'the stuff' alone and more than that...we can give it to Him. Tons of blessings. You're the best. Sarah

Holly said...

Andrea,
Nice to find your blog... I'm glad you opped by mine so I could find YOU! This was so good and yet made me smile. I have a best friend and we tell each other all the time... Give me your suit case back... You are trying to pickup the baggage again and I refuse to let you have it.....lol It is so true. I to am guilty of casting it all at Jesus feet to find I'm trying to pick it back up again....... Good post! Holly

Edie said...

Great reminder Andrea! I'm guilty of picking it back up sometimes.

Love you!

Being Me said...

Amen to that, they just accumulate all by themselves, and we forget, until we start to feel the weight.
God Bless you
BM

Shirley said...

Amen

Catherine Anne said...

Thanks for this

Runner Mom said...

This is one of my favorite scriptures! What a beautiful reminder!Thank you!
Hugs!
Susan

Jeanette Levellie said...

Thanks, Andrea. I love this quote from a Bible teacher, "Your past may be an excuse for poor attitudes and behavior, but don't let it be the reason you remain stuck."

Love and blessings,
Jen

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Amen, Andrea. What a blessing that we can leave our baggage at the foot of the cross!

Cylinda Nickel said...

Whoops- Caught me with some luggage! :)

Deborah Ann said...

I hear ya...so tired of hauling this everywhere. Thanks for the great reminder to toss it, I'm feeling lighter already!

COUNTRY MOM said...

Andrea, Great Post. Prayers that we can all let go of unwanted baggage. Blessings,

Jo said...

Hi, Andrea!

What lovely, thoughtful messages you put out there for all of us!

I just wanted to return the blog love and to thank you for your always supportive comments.

I'm so happy to have my computer back (after six weeks--ugh!) so I can catch up with everyone.

Looking forward to continued inspiration from your blog!

Peace, love and happiness,
~Jo
'Diary Of A Sad Housewife'

Sanctified Together said...

Very encouraging words!

Nana Jul said...

Amen! Lord help us to see when we reach for that one little thing to add back into our bag. All those little things sure get heavy! Remind us not to touch it!!
He will do it...Nothing is too hard for the Lord!

Girl In a Glass House said...

There was a reason that Jesus told us to lay it down . Our tendancy is to say to Him "Its OK I can do it" and we limp along under our heavy loads ...thank you for the reminder

Crown of Beauty said...

Excess baggage is costly, and such a big bother!

You are right we need to cast our baggage to the Lord! He cares...He truly cares!

Love
Lidj