Nehemiah 1:4 ” When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.”

Nehemiah’s tears were for the ruined city of Jerusalem. His burden for it was immense,  for the Lord had laid on him the obligation and passion to rebuild the walls.  A burden is a faithful focus of prayer over a long length of time…personal burdens being for family and children.   But God also burdens us with other outside issues…things that when we hear about them, we react and ask,  “What can I  do God?”  But the problem arises when we react to everything…and our efforts become scattered and ineffective.  We try to do it all,  and instead become frustrated, and discouraged.  We can’t do everything for everyone…but we can do something. And the wisdom lies in discerning the burden from the emotion.

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