Tag Archives: Burdens

One who knows

“Each heart knows its own bitterness and no one else can share its joy.” Proverbs 14:10

Maybe it’s time to take unrealistic expectations off other people. No matter how well I try to explain what I’m going through to others, they’ll never completely know how I feel. They can’t, and that’s okay, because God knows.

He sees every detail of my life. He knows every twinge and hurt endured along the way. I can come to him with my need for mercy, healing and peace.

He knows the thrill when something good happens. Others may get it to an extent, but there is one who understands completely.

Yes, we share with others. We tell the griefs, share the joys and listen to theirs. We carry each others burdens the best we can. But if I’m looking for another person to fully get it and understand, my search is going to be futile.

Here is my comfort: “But he knows the way that I take … ” Job 23:10

There is One who knows and may He keep you in His tender care.


In the here and now

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


i long to be

on the same planet spinning

not merely gazing from a distant star

to experience you in the here and now

not by a telescope far.


and that your

internal compass tilt

the fragile axis of life events

tipping here and then over there

and sometimes saying

just sit.


by Patty Perkins


“Come to me…and I will give you rest.” My hope is to know his presence as an internal, guiding compass—not just read his word from a distance. It would be easy to learn all about him and miss knowing him.

*The One Year Bible, January 16, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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A daily bearing

Psalm 68:19 “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” (NIV)*


When life weighs heavy

Words fly wrong

Hearts sit wounded

He carries strong.


When doubts swell high

Irritations dig deep

Decisions loom big

He’s there for keeps.


When life’s too much

Loaded with care

A Savior waits

Daily burdens to bear.


poem and photo by Patty Perkins


*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.