Burden Swapping 65


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Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)

 

As I cried and screamed hysterically on the phone, my mother (who is now enjoying the comforts of Heaven), waited patiently for a moment to interject. First, she gently told me to calm down. Then she asked me to repeat myself so that she could assess what was going on with me. I had just been given some terrible news concerning my daughter’s health. She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF)…a chronic lung disease, which also affects the digestive system.

My daughter was eighteen months old at the time of her diagnosis. I came so close to losing her to what was labeled as “failure to thrive” more than once. And though it was difficult going in and out of the hospital, what I heard from the doctor that morning seemed like a death sentence at the time. It seemed so final. It sounded horrible. And I learned, that day, the word “chronic” means it is never going away…that she would have to live with this for the rest of her life. And though I was in a place of pity, my heart more so ached for my baby girl, and what burdens she would have to bear concerning her health in the future.

At the time, I had not yet accepted Christ as my Saviour. So I could not possibly comprehend what my mother was saying at the time. When she finally got me to calm down and could hear exactly what I was saying. She immediately spoke up and said, “She’s gonna be okay…she won’t always have it.” I tried to explain that “chronic” meant it is never going away. And she insisted that this would not be the case.

Yep…she had unshakable faith!

Though I was a little frustrated trying to explain this medical concept, I began to feel at ease, as a peace started to fill my bedroom while I was still on the phone having the conversation with her.

Fastforward a couple of years later, when I surrendered my heart to the Lord…I instantly understood the place of faith my mother was speaking from.

Suddenly, I realized could give this burden directly to Him. And I did!

We were years into it…and the treatment regimen was quite taxing. And things even progressed to the tune of up to six hospitalizations a year. None the less, God was faithful through it all. Clearly His grace has been present all these years.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

At the time we received that dreaded phone call, the average lifespan for CF patients was twenty one years old. My Kadazia celebrated her 21st birthday last year, and she is still full of life and has much of it left in her!

I had to learn how to embrace the hand of cards that was dealt to us. I had to learn that, even in the most difficult times (through infections, surgeries, and other complications along the way), God knew full well what I/we could endure. And He never let me cave under the pressure of it all. Here I am…we are…still standing and celebrating the beauty of life every single day we get to experience it.

As you read today, I encourage you…whatever your burden, yoke, or even a moment of uncertainty is…trade it for His. As promised, what He will give you is easy and light…even when it does not feel that way. Whatever God allows to happen upon you, He will never let it be for naught. Out of every tough circumstance, in accordance with 1 Peter 5:10, He will:

  • Establish you.

Through every trial, you will grow in faith as God proves Himself to be strong and mighty each time you trust Him.

  • Strengthen you.

He will remind you that His strength is made perfect in your times of weakness and will help you realize your untapped tenacity within.

  • Settle you.

Your Heavenly Father will help you to be content in the state you are in…and give you a measure of peace that can only come from and through Him. So whatever you are experiencing today, take a chance. Swap your burden for His.


Lord, thank you for being willing to make such a trade…to swap my burdens for yours. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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About Yolanda Perry

Yolanda is a devoted follower of Christ. As an author and speaker, she seeks out opportunities to spread the Gospel. Her personal mission is…
To Communicate & Demonstrate Unshakable Faith!

She is the proud mother of three and has one grandson, whom she adores. Her bonus family member is her spoiled rotten long haired chihuahau, Pennie.


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65 thoughts on “Burden Swapping

  • Jennifer Mullen

    wow, Yolanda! Thank you for sharing this story. As someone who has struggled with childhood illness, I have seen the toll it can take on a momma’s heart. Your daughter is a fighter! This is good solid advice for someone struggling with hard situations! Blessings!!!

  • Jeannie Pallett

    How powerfully your words speak of the sufficiency of the grace of God! What we think we cannot handle, He gives us strength for and surrounds us with His love. Truly He is Jehovah Rapha, the God who sews and mends our lives together and He has done a great work in you Yolanda. Continue to praise Him for the completed and perfect work in your daughter for He is more than able, more than willing! So glad to hear of the growth in your walk with Him and how He has taken you and changed you from glory to glory!

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Jeannie, You are correct. God knows how to and is able to give us everything we need for sure. It is always blessed to have you @ Speak 2 My Heart…here and on FB. You are such delight! Amen!

  • Gayl

    Yolanda, what an encouragement this is! God really does give us peace in the midst of trials. When my 24 yr. old son was given the diagnosis of muscular dystrophy (MD) at the age of 10, we were told that most were in wheelchairs by the time they were 12 and some would die by the age of 20. You can imagine how devastating this was to me, but God has been so faithful, leading us to an alternative care professional who has helped immensely. My son does use a wheelchair sometimes, but he still walks using a cane and is doing very well even though he struggles. God goes with us through our trials. He doesn’t always take them away but He does give us strength and grace and never leaves us.

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Wow Gayl…I love that God is at work in your kiddo too! He is so faithful to each of us. Some of my trials are responsible for me knowing just how strong I really am. And God is still not through in this within me yet, I am sure.

  • Faith Talk

    Amen. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I am going through a time right now where things don’t look so great but I know that God is in control and I have come to the point where I have to trust Him. No matter what you say out of your mouth you will come to the point where you have to believe. Faith works that way…at some point in your walk with God you will have to believe and it is as simple as that. So here I am at a point where I have to believe and I must say it is not fun but it is exciting to see what and how God will work this out because I know He is going to do it for me… that I know. Have a Blessed Day!

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      My God…I had no idea when I reached out and suggested you check out the blog. Oh but God know. I just want you to know that I am standing in agreement with you concerning God’s will for what you are facing. #OnlyBelieve #FaithTalk

  • Stephanie Tisby

    Praise God for His Peace, and Grace. This is absolutely beautiful, and encouraging, cast my cares and burdens on Him because He Cares for us. Oh how He loves us. I Love the picture absolutely beautiful. Miracles do happen !!! Praise God your faith was steadfast and immovable. Kadazia is very much alive and very well !!! She is a beautiful, and very talented young lady but all of your kids are !!!:)

  • Sue Detweiler

    Love these words:
    Out of every tough circumstance… He will

    Establish you.
    Through every trial, you will grow in faith as God proves Himself to be strong and mighty each time you trust Him.

    Strengthen you.
    He will remind you that His strength is made perfect in your times of weakness and will help you realize your untapped tenacity within.

    Settle you.
    Your Heavenly Father will help you to be content in the state you are in…

    AMEN. Thanks for sharing!

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Sue…Thank you for preparing a place for me to share! I am blessed to have tweet-met you Friend. I am speaking blessings and the favor of God all over you…exponentially…in Jesus’ Name!

  • Kristi

    Yes! –> “And He never let me cave under the pressure of it all. Here I am…we are…still standing and celebrating the beauty of life every single day we get to experience it.” Thanking God for His capable strength in you and your daughter. It’s beautiful. Yolanda, your testimony brings hope and speaks volumes. Thanks for sharing. Visiting via #RaRaLinkUp. 🙂

  • Vickie Munton

    Powerful testimony to the power and presence of a loving God! I agree with Sue–love this!
    “1 Peter 5:10, He will:
    Establish you.
    Through every trial, you will grow in faith as God proves Himself to be strong and mighty each time you trust Him.
    Strengthen you.
    He will remind you that His strength is made perfect in your times of weakness and will help you realize your untapped tenacity within.
    Settle you.
    Your Heavenly Father will help you to be content in the state you are in…and give you a measure of peace that can only come from and through Him. So whatever you are experiencing today, take a chance. Swap your burden for His.”

  • Bethany

    Yolanda,

    Great to connect via #RaRaLinkup! Thank you for sharing about the burdens you swapped : ) A well-needed reminder each and every day. I love someone with a chronic condition too, and I know the fears and the weight of it! Praise the Lord that it’s His strength and perfect plans that we can rely on.

  • Lisa Murray

    Beautiful story, Yolanda! So freeing to realize that I don’t have to carry the burden, I don’t have to figure it all out. I love the words, “He will remind you that His strength is made perfect in your times of weakness and will help you realize your untapped tenacity within.” He does help us realize the untapped, immeasurable tenacity He has placed within us! #RaRaLinkup

    Blessings to you today!
    Lisa Murray

  • Tai East

    Beautiful story, Yolanda! I know your Mom is in Heaven smiling down on you and proud to know that you inherited that same unshakable faith. Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

    #RaRaLinkup 😉

  • Amy P Boyd

    I am so glad to connect with you via #RaRaLinkup.I knew when I saw the title of your post that I needed to click over and read your words. And you did not disappoint ! I may not be suffering a chronic physical condition but we all face a chronic spiritual condiction without Christ. Praise the Lord that He is the Healer of it all. Thank you for sharing.

  • Ruth Clemence

    It is so wonderful to read how God has been so faithful to your family and has never given you more than you can endure. You are a strong woman in Him Yolanda and I am so blessed that you have come to faith! It is really special that your daughter could celebrate 21 years and I pray for many many more to come! God bless you my friend! 🙂

  • Crystal Storms

    I love your mother’s unshakeable faith that allowed her to speak life and bring peace to your heart. I am thankful God’s empowering grace allowed you to see His hand in yours and your daughter’s life.

    Today I’m swapping my insecurities with the security I have in Jesus!

    Thank you, Yolanda, for blessing me with your words and linking up at #IntentionalTuesday

  • Trudy

    I’m so sorry your daughter has CF, Yolanda, but oh, how good God has been in your lives, strengthening you all through it up to this day. And He will continue in His faithfulness. I was encouraged to read this today. I have a chronic illness, and sometimes I get discouraged, so It was so good for me to be reminded His grace is sufficient. Thank you.

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Oh Trudy, you be encouraged!!! God has it all in control concerning you. My daughter does not like what she has to live with, but she is determined to NOT let it dictate her life’s path. She is shooting for the stars…and you should too! God is FAITHFUL!!!

  • Sheila Kimball

    I had to learn how to embrace the hand of cards that was dealt to us. I had to learn that, even in the most difficult times (through infections, surgeries, and other complications along the way), God knew full well what I/we could endure. And He never let me cave under the pressure of it all. Here I am…we are…still standing and celebrating the beauty of life every single day we get to experience it…and I celebrate with you all you and your daughter have been through. What a testimony, Yolanda. You are such a strong and good mom. Praying blessings upon blessings for you and your precious “babies.” xxoo #RaRaLinkup

  • Mary Geisen

    Loving this from so many angles-as a mom I love the calm way your mom listened and then spoke volumes in letting you know your daughter would not always have CF. I love it from the viewpoint of my own mom who would do the same calming technique with me for many years until she passed away and finally from the view of a Christ follower. 2 Corinthians 12:9 speaks of God’s endless grace for us and we all need this reminder to know that God is willing to trade burdens with us. Blessings and thank you for these words today. Visiting from #TellHisStory

  • ~ linda

    Yolanda, this is a message so from your heart. It has touched mine. I celebrate your Kadazia’s 21 years and praise God for His ever-present mercy and grace in her life and your family’s. He promises so much and it is through clinging to those many, many promises that take us step-by-step. Faith grows and deepens. The words you share alongside 1 Peter 5:10 are noteworthy…literally words that I am writing in my don’t-want-to-forget quotes.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  • Kim Stewart

    Yolanda, oh my – whether its your encouragement on twitter or your beautiful words here, you always have just the right thing that my heart needs to hear. I have a 17-year old son with autism and I know that’s different than CF. I am so glad your daughter has done so well, which I’m sure is due to you and certainly your faith in God. Thanks for being such a great cheerleader of faith! #RaRaLinkup
    Have a great day, Kim

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      How ironic Kim…Kadazia cares for a little guy with autism. And within moments, he knew she was safe. Within a few weeks he was hugging her. Yep! This amazing girl of mine who has disabilities got herself certified with the state to care for others with disabilities. She would love your son! Wish they could meet someday!

      • Kim Stewart

        Oh my gosh yes that would be amazing. I’m blown away by young ones that have such a heart for special needs. It can’t be taught – it’s all God’s doing for sure. Thanks Yolanda, you truly are such a blessing to me!

  • Lisa notes

    That’s awesome that your Kadazia is still full of life! That encourages me today. Thank you for sharing both your initial reaction and how your faith has changed it through the years.

  • Judy Goddard

    I just found your blog. Your words spoke to me in many ways. My son was failure to thrive, due to my severe post partum depression. He is a robust 33 years old now. My daughter was diagnosed bi-polar several years ago. She’s now 26 and was married last September. Every day I have to remember to turn my concerns for her over to my Lord. Thank you.

  • Celi

    His promises are true and we need to hold steadfast to them, to Him. Through good and bad times He is always there, ever present making sure that there is nothing more than we can handle. Thank you for sharing your words of encouragement.

  • Kelly Balarie

    Amen Yolanda! I love this story and how you give all praise to God. He is teaching you and loving your soul so much through this – that is so apparent. I love your words. Keep shining in the amazing way that you do for Jesus! Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

  • emma

    Hi from The Small Victories Link Up! Thank you so much for sharing your story. It’s amazing what faith can do to get you through challenging situations.

  • KC

    This is such an encouraging post! I imagine you will reach and encourage many parents with little ones who’s health is not great. RaRaLinkup

  • Rachel

    Thank you for reminding me of God’s strengthen on days when I feel weak. Your story of vulnerability was inspiring. Thanks for sharing on Small Victories Sunday link up.

  • Pamela

    I love the verse in 1 Peter. Life always gives us hard places, but with God to establish, strengthen and settle us, we can “do life” with peace. What an encouraging post!