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Ask Jill: Overwhelming busyness and burdens

Q: Do you have any advice for how to break free from overwhelming busyness?

I once read about a woman who fasted from technology. Isn’t that a great idea? I don’t know how she managed to do it, since we’ve all become so dependent on technology in our daily affairs. But she did it—and she came back a refreshed person.

After taking that break, she was able to return to her day-today life with newness and clarity. And so whatever it is that’s overwhelming you—technology, certain activities, food, a too-busy schedule, or anything else—fasting from it might be a great idea. Ask the Lord what you need to fast from and be willing to fast from anything that’s controlling you.

Q: How can I know which burdens I should carry and which I should let go?

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Since He was talking to fishermen, and probably while sitting in a boat, Jesus was essentially saying, Oh, you little boats that are sinking because you’re overburdened, come to Me, tie yourself to Me, yoke to Me. The burdens you yoke to Him will never sink you. So yoke to Him and be willing to unload all the burdens from your “little boat.”


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