We’ve all been overwhelmed with the pressure to do it all. Adding more and more tasks to our already busy schedules will weigh us down and will affect every part of our lives; a lot of times in a negative way. North Americans are, on average, over-spent with their time, resources, and commitments.

Trying to do everything by yourself is exhausting.

Moses found himself in a similar place after the great Exodus of Egypt. He was trying to lead hundreds of thousands of people (if not millions), by himself. His father-in-law, Jethro, watched Moses judge all of the people of Israel from early in the morning, until the late evenings.

The next day Jethro took Moses aside and told him that he was being unwise and then gave him step-by-step instruction on how to make immediate changes.

Jethro said that the men should bear the burden with Moses. (Exodus 18:22).

Moses had a decision to make. Was he going to say, “Excuse me? Do you know who I am? I am God’s chosen vessel and He used me, and me alone, to bring a great deliverance to Israel. Who do you think you are, telling me what to do? I am more than qualified to do this all by myself.

Thankfully, Moses hearkened to the voice of his father-in-law. (Exodus 18:17–27).

I know first hand how difficult it is asking for help when I am overburdened. What I am encouraging you to do today is advice I find hard to follow. Nevertheless, we are the body of Christ for a reason. We were created to bear one another’s burdens.

Simply put—We need one another.

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:26–27.

I want to bear the burden with you today, please feel free to share a prayer request in the comment section below—I promise I will take time out of my day to pray for you. You are not alone!

Angela Overton
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Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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    Tina Hice

    Please pray for my family. My part of this world seems to be falling apart around me. Husband and children on drugs. Husband has been arrested on Domestic Violence charges and my son has too. I’m helping care for 4 grandbabies. I am exhausted!!

    • Angela Overton

      Tina, I woke up at 5am this morning and saw your comment and was immediately moved to pray. I cannot imagine what you are going through right now, you must be so tired from trying to take care of everyone, all while trying to keep it all together yourself. One thing that I felt when I was praying was to encourage you—you are investing in your grandbabies future by teaching them about the love of God. Your grandbabies will always remember your love and commitment to God and it is making a difference in their life.

      I will be continue to pray for your husband and children—and you! Psalm 55:22 says, “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” God cares about your broken heart, your broken home, and the things that have scarred your spirit. He is our healer and a God who is touched by the feelings of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15). He loves you so much, and He loves your family and desired them to be set free from their bondages. In Jesus name, move in Tina’s family today. You are more than able, Lord.

      Sis, you are not alone, please don’t ever believe the lies of the enemy that whispers falsehoods about your worth. You are deeply loved by our Savior. And—you are my sister in the Lord, I’m standing with you and praying for you!

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      Hi Tina, That is a familiar road. Praying for peace that passes all understanding. Praying for your safety and your family’s safety. Praying that God would renew a right spirit in your husband and son. And that the anger and rage be replaced with calm. God can give them hearts of flesh. Praying that your spiritual and physical needs be met and that you are all surrounded by supportive people.

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    Hello and thank you for your contonuing encouragement and words of wisdom. “Alone” is very much how I feel as the first and only Apostolic in my family of 6. I am alone praying for my 4 kids. I am alone praying for their dad. I am alone praying for elderly parents and inlaws. Yes, it’s wonderful to have church body pray for me but really, I’m all alone. It’s been years. I’m exhausted and broken and so often my faith waivers. God has shown me many personal blessings and I e experienced many miracles. However, the journey has been very lonely.

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      I would like to encourage my sister Val. Our situations are somewhat similar. I’m first generation Apostolic from Portugal. Married to a first generation Apostolic. I came to Truth in 2001 and prayed for my parents and two brothers to come to Truth. Buried both my parents never seeing that prayer answered. I was devastated to say the least and led me down very LONELY roads. Looking back, those lonely times were some of the best experiences with JESUS that I’ve ever had. He’s also given me a very sensitive friend (first generation Apostolic herself) that will check in on me quite often. That is the beauty of the body of Christ. Yes, there are times when it gets lonely, but it’s comforting to know that the Lord is touched by the feelings of our infirmities. And, as the body of Christ, I pray we all stay sensitive to His voice, to His leading, because He will give us plenty of opportunities to minister to others.

    • Angela Overton

      Thank you so much for your comment, Val. Family is God’s will and it is God’s will for your family to be saved, too. A scripture I often pray is, “it is not Your will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” (2 Peter 3:8-20). God has heard every single prayer you have prayed for your family and He wants them saved even more than you do.

      I am praying for your family and will stand and believe with you that you will not be the only one serving the Lord in your family for much longer. Don’t give up hope and keep praying—prayer really does work. The enemy is the father of lies, when he says, “You’re husband and children are never going to be saved,” declare the word of the Lord saying, “Thank you, Jesus, that my husband and children are baptized in Your powerful name and have received the Holy Ghost.” You are a beacon of light in your home, I’ll be praying for God to give you an extra measure of faith.
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      Here is a good article on Focus on the Family about being married to an unbeliever. They have some really great content.

      https://www.focusonthefamily.ca/content/mismatched-marriage-when-one-spouse-is-an-unbeliever

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        Angela, I’m so grateful for your prayers and encouragement. Thank you!

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    First I want to comment to Val — be encouraged, you are never alone when you are part of the body of Christ😊. I can relate though to how you feel outside my family, it’s not easy to stand for your faith when it feels like so many are focused in the opposite direction. I’ll be praying for you that you feel the love of Jesus all around and that he sends you someone locally in similar situation to build a connection with. I’ve always felt like I don’t need a huge circle of friends but I’ve always prayed Jesus just send me someone, one person I can really connect with. I’ll be praying that for you!

    I’d just like to ask for prayer for upcoming family decisions to be made — do we stay put where we are or take a leap now and move. I just want us to be where He wants us, I know that’s the only place for us! So I’m really open to whatever His plan is, Lord just show us your will and your way!

    • Angela Overton

      Melissa, I will be praying for God’s will to be accomplished in you and your families life. I know how important it is to make the right decision. A minister once told me, “When you want to be in the will of God, He is very aggressive in keeping You in His will—His rod (of correction) and staff (of direction) will comfort you, (Psalm 23).” Praying you receive the confirmation you need. In Jesus name.

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      Hi Melissa,
      Praying for God to direct your steps. And many thanks for your encouragement and prayers.

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    CaSaundra Hill

    Please pray for Julia mu daughter battling a drug addiction

    • Angela Overton

      Casaundra, I will be praying for your daughter to be delivered from her addiction. If I may share my brothers testimony… He was addicted to heavy drugs and was also a dealer, but my parents never stopped praying for him. After years of praying, he was delivered and He is now pastoring and is powerfully used. Your prayers make a big difference, keep it up. I will be praying with you!

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    Katreece Robinson

    My oldest son Wyatt needs deliverance from depression rebellion strongholds he needs a breakthrough spiritually he needs to draw closer to Jesus and obey his word respect his elders submit to authority.
    My son Silas needs favor and a full-time position at his company with benefits. My son Jeremiah has applied with the city that he needs to get into the apprenticeship program. Healing for all of my children. Salvation for my daughter Allie and her husband Mike and their children. Supernatural provision for a vehicle for our family and a business vehicle for my husband. Complete healing for our marriage.

    • Angela Overton

      Katreece, every single need you meantioned above is known by God. I will be praying for each and every request and I am going to write your prayer requests down in my journal (along with everyone else’s) and pray over them consistantly. There isn’t anything too difficult for our God; He is a deliverer, the God who opens doors no man can shut, our healer, Savior, provider, and a master of restoration. I love the song “Waymaker,” because even when we can’t see it, God is working. You are not alone in your quest of praying for your family, I am binding with you, in Jesus name!

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    Dodie Woolem

    Lovely devotion this morning. Something women tend to forget often. But we are NOT alone. I’m sure it was a typo…😊

    • Angela Overton

      Dodie, thank you so much. And, yes, you are NOT alone! Haha, thank you for letting me know about my typo, I just fixed it. 🙂

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    I was so moved by these prayer requests and will pray for each ladies need, many needs here greater than my own. I too have felt so alone in my journey with Him, at times it has been a dry and barren land that I have walked in. My husband is lost and it has been 34yrs, he is a very good man but he does not know and is not interested to know my saviour, there is no one at my church like me, so I’m alone in this double life. But, words cannot begin to explain how much God has sustained me, how much He has taught me, He has brought me through many lonely times and feelings of not belonging because of my situation, all lies from the devil. Thank you.

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    Amy Windisch

    I need help with expressing concerns to my adult children. I question my own motives and the purity of my own heart and that I haven’t been the example of Faith and righteousness to qualify me to speak. So I hold my tongue because of fear of alienating them. I think that the only one that I can change is myself and only with Jesus’s help. And yet, the nagging question keeps returning….should I say something?