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“The rest includes victory,And the Lord gave them rest round about…the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand.” Joshua 21:44

Welcome to my daily devotional blog. It is truly my privilege to write this blog for readers around the globe- from one prodigal to another. Join us each day for a new devotional. Jump into a series, or search a topic by subject. I also wrote a Bible study of Jude, and I’m finishing up one for Jeremiah. These are perfect for a group of friends, or family devotional time. You can also work through the Bible studies individually using a personal journal in place of a group discussion.

We are each walking on our ancient path, navigating circumstances that God has allowed us to experience. Nothing ever catches Him by surprise, but they sure do catch us by surprise! Lay your burdens down and take your place in the fold.

An eminent Christian worker tells of his mother who was a very anxious and troubled Christian. He would talk with her by the hour trying to convince her of the sinfulness of fretting, but to no avail. She was like the old lady who once said she had suffered so much, especially from troubles that never came.

But one morning the mother came down to breakfast wreathed in smiles. He asked her what had happened, and she told him that in the night she had a dream. She was walking along a highway with a great crowd of people who seemed so tired and burdened. They were nearly all carrying little black bundles, and she noticed that there were numerous repulsive looking beings, which she thought were demons dropping these black bundles for the people to pick up and carry.

Like the rest, she too had her needless load, and was weighed down with the Devil’s bundles. Looking up, after a while, she saw a Man with a bright and loving face, passing hither and thither through the crowd, and comforting the people.

At last He came near her, and she saw that it was her Savior. She looked up and told Him how tired she was, and He smiled sadly and said:

“My dear child, I did not give you these loads; you have no need of them. They are your Devil’s burdens and they are wearing out your life. Just drop them; refuse to touch them with one of your fingers and you will find the path easy and you will be as if borne on eagle’s wings.”

He touched her hand, and lo, peace and joy thrilled her frame and, flinging down her burden, she was about to throw herself at His feet in joyful thanksgiving, when suddenly she awoke and found that all her cares were gone. From that day to the close of her life she was the most cheerful and happy member of the household. -Streams in the Desert