When the Details and Decisions of Your Life Become Too Heavy To Bear

It surprises me how heavy decisions can be. How they can weigh a person down.

Each little step toward a decision seems so inconsequential, yet together, details press in hard, making it difficult to take that next step. The full force of life decisions can create confusion and a feeling of isolation.

They overwhelm the senses, muddling joy and peace in the process.

Yet we often insist on handling the details of our lives alone, often thinking them too meaningless for God to care about. The Bible says otherwise.

You are worth more..

God Is in the Details

As I read the books of Deuteronomy, Leviticus, and Numbers over the past few weeks, I’m amazed anew at the details God poured into these accounts. It is readily apparent that the Lord was concerned with all the details of the Israelite’s lives.

Their decisions were important to Him, from what they ate to festivals they should celebrate to what days they should work.

He didn’t just give them a big picture commandment and walk away; God revealed the details of what each one looked like and how the Israelites could keep those commandments.

Still today, God is concerned with the details of our lives. We aren’t left alone to sort them out or shoulder the burden ourselves.The choices we make, the details we must decide on, are important to Him. 

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The Lord keeps record of our journey and catches each tear (Psalm 56:8).

God knows our thoughts and our needs before we have them, our words before we say them (Psalm 139:2, 4).

Yahweh answers us when we call (Matthew 7:7).

Does that sound like a God who doesn’t care about details? We aren’t left alone to walk the journey of our lives. 

God sees. God hears. God cares. 

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Don’t Walk Alone

So are the details of your life weighing you down? Are there decisions that just seem too hard to make? 

Don’t feel you must make them alone. Don’t think your life details too inconsequential to matter to the Lord of the universe. 

Bring them to Him. Ask Him for help in carrying the burden. 

The Lord understands the burdens we feel. He gets it. Jesus carried a far heavier burden than any of us ever will. 

Ask Him for help. Expect Him to do so. Then step forward, knowing you aren’t walking alone.

The details of our journeys can still weigh heavy, but with the Lord pointing us in the right direction and helping to shoulder the load, there can be joy and peace in the process.

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7

Reflections: What details are weighing you down? Have you given them to the Lord to help you shoulder them? Why or why not?

I’m excited to continue recording blessings this year. Since beginning over 3 years ago, I’ve counted more than 3,500 gifts in Ann Voskamp’s Joy Dare! What a blessing! So here we go in 2015: #3660–3680, read my entire list by clicking here.

  • Word games–fun and educational!; Plenty of wood stacked in the basement for these cold days; Rachel’s sweet way of reminding me of the little blessings in life, like Hello Kitty bubble bath and a new toilet seat–I guess I should appreciate them as much as she does
  • Day with bright blue skies and mild temps; Ease of shopping online; Watching my youngest play a little jazz
  • Crazy cat chasing snowballs–the only cat I know that loves snow; An evening of snuggling on the couch with Rachel; Playing in the snow with 2 of my favorite people
  • Waking up to the hoot of an owl at 5:30 a.m.–I think he has his times mixed up; Soft powdery snow drifting off the trees; Dad demonstrated again today how to fully live every day by fulfilling a lifelong dream of skydiving on his 85th birthday–happy birthday Dad, love you!;
  • Early morning carpooling with Joey; Surprise run-in with one friend and planned tea with another–good morning; Driving toward a gorgeous sunset
  • A lifetime wrapped in love; All the birthday wishes I received–wish I could reach out and hug each of you–thank you!; A day with much laughter
  • Morning frost creating sculptures out of trees; Deep winter peace; Worshiping at my mother-in-law’s church and hearing a powerful sermon on faith

By His grace ≈



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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

2 comments on “When the Details and Decisions of Your Life Become Too Heavy To Bear
  1. Cecelia Lester (Quiet Spirit) says:

    Julie: I sometimes have things that weigh me down that I think I can handle myself. Then, I get into deeper problems than I already had. But, God is still working on me. I find I am seeking God more during this time of Lent. And He is helping me in concrete ways. Blessings to you and yours.

  2. You are so right Julie, we try and do everything on our own. We fail to seek the counsel of our Father. Or either we don’t like His answer and chose to go it alone.

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