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    Handing Off Your Burdens

    Navigating school, fighting dangerous peer pressure, making peace with your parents and creating healthy friendships are all components of a modern girl’s life. Sometimes, all of these things can be overwhelming. The good news is that as a Christian, you have the knowledge that God fights for you and loves you so much!

    In fact, when you feel heavily burdened, Jesus wants you to give it over to him:

    “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28

    Aside from the stress of school and friendships, many of you are seeing the stress of the economy affecting your family. Although it’s a tough time in the world, try not to take this stress upon yourself. Believe that we live for the Heavenly Kingdom. We don’t have to feel held by this world’s economy. Here is one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible:

    “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?”-Psalm 27:1

    You can be a source of strength to your family during these tough times. Remind them to put their faith in God — He is ready and wants to help shoulder their burdens. Remind them to have faith, that our minds and hearts can help us through even the worst struggles.

    “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” -Romans 12:2

    If you’re feeling alone, reach out. Whether it’s to us at Project Inspired, your friends, family or your church members, we’re all here for you. Most importantly, don’t forget that God is here for you. You have a bigger support system than you can even imagine.

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    Christi Givenhttp://www.christigiven.com
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.

    21 COMMENTS

    1. That was an awesome article… I needed it. I’m a junior, but I have been stressing about College for months now. I don’t know how I’m going to pay for it. And it’s been hurting me. But now I know that God can take my burdens for me. I told him to take my stresses about College because I couldn’t deal with them, and he can. And a verse that kept me going was 1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you.” 🙂

      • I was worried about college, too. My Dad lost his job and we couldn’t afford things like cable, gas, or cell phones. Sometimes, we’d skip dinner or just eat what we could find. But God got us through it. Now he has TWO well paying jobs and incredible hours. (FAFSA helps out a lot too. Plus government loans and a payment plan. Don’t be ashamed to get all three, I did. Oh, and sign up for the highest meal plan. Trust me, you’ll love college.)

    2. A few days after moving into my dorm, I found out my roomate is an Atheist. At first I thought all Atheists were jerks and insensitive, but she was really nice so I pushed the thought aside. Fast forward two months. Yesterday, I was on facebook, and I saw the page Jesus Christ had posted a picture. I thought it was funny, so I shared it on my wall. A couple people liked it. The picture was targeted towards atheists. Here’s what it said: “Atheism: the belief that there was nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason what so ever into self-replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs. Makes perfect sense.”

      I think I offended her because she began hurling insults towards Christians, saying we’re all homophobes, religion is the reason for all the hate and wars in the world, and that we need to take responsibility for the christians who push people into suicide. I was shocked. I lived with this girl for two months, and she says all that? I have gay friends, I have friends who don’t believe at all. I didn’t blink an eye whenever she told me about her Atheist Society meetings, but the second I post something I find humorous, after two months of listening to this girl talk, she freaks out. I couldn’t believe the things she was saying to me. She told me to own up to my religion. Believe me, I held my own in the argument, and eventually she said she was done debating. She told me Atheist Society would love to answer my questions, then posted a similar picture, only targeted towards Christians.

      I don’t understand why she would turn on me so suddenly, then say “We can still be friends.” REALLY?!?!?!?! I was offended by her “Dance like no one’s watching” she organized. But I didn’t say a word. If she was offended, why didn’t she just say so? I would have removed the picture if she’d been nice enough to ask. She turned into a completely different person.

    3. This is exactly what I needed right now! This is so wonderful that you would post this because it is entirely true! Many times we forget that there is someone orchestrating the world and we just get caught up in our burdens and we don’t realize that we can let them all go! Thank you so much 🙂 this post really helped me to remember and I hope it will reach out to other girls too so that they know that they CAN give up those burdens!

    4. Hi. I am having a tough time right now and am having trouble giving everything to God. I want to but I don’t know what is holding me back. I have a boyfriend that I feel doesn’t care about me, My mom has a bad back and it hurts her to walk and she is depressed and can’t find a job, I want to be able to manage God, school, and myself, and I want to be an actress but still live for God.

    5. I have a question, what if you have this burden and you know its wrong and you don’t take any action in it at all because it absolutly discusts you and your so ashamed you even have thought process about it and when it goes away it always comes back even whey you pray waht do you then?

      • Ask God for forgiveness, trust me- he’s heard it all, seen it all, knows all, you can come to Him with anything and seek his love and guidance and repent to Him. Trust me, He wants to help you and open His arms to you.

    6. I’ve been struggling with depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember. I didn’t let anyone know until last year, my Sophomore year of high school. I grew up hearing those passages all around me, but sometimes I’m so mad at God because I don’t know what I did wrong. You help me slowly realize that God will always be there no matter what. Thank you. <3

    7. TRY TELLING THAT TO MY PARENTS WHO AREN’T VERY RELIGIOUS! I FEEL LIKE I’M MORE RELIGIOUS THEN THEY ARE! IT HURTS TO ASK MY PARENTS FOR ME TO GO TO CHURCH SINCE THEY DON’T EVEN GO NOR WANT ME TO GO BECAUSE THEY THINK THE CHURCH (ESPECIALLY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH) IS A ‘BUSINESS’.

    8. Ever since kintergarden, I carried all the hate and mean actions, words, ect. to myself and not tell anyone about it. I’m now in 8th grade and they increased…my catholic class hold it against me that I won’t do Catholic prayers or services. They mainly critized my spiritual talents in art and music…I already had several of my sketches of biblical heroes ripped up when I’m not around. I already forgave them a long time ago…but all there actions and words ect. built up to the point where my back hurts when I try to stand up straight. My church friend Dave already asked me if I was alright but I lied saying I was fine. Every time at church he seems to watch me carefully when I’m there….always asking if I’m alright. It hurts to carry this around and lie by saying I’m alright.Please pray for me to have the courage to tell someone the truth.

      • I’ll pray for you girlie!! I go to a Catholic School too as a protestant, I know how it can feel to be an outsider. But never be afraid to ask God to lift your burdens, He will give you the courage and the strength! Keep on persevering and forgiving and giving it to God!

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