It has been a long week.  Father was diagnosed with cancer.  He does not have long to live.  Mother spent most nights crying on the phone to you, looking for support.  And she wants to meet this weekend!  She says you have always been logical one and now needs someone logical and not emotional to help her organize everything.  And work.  Work!  It is the busiest time of year and with the new promotion, you want to show that you have earned it, but, on top of everything else, a major supplier has ceased production.  It is a lot to handle on its own, yet now…  You feel that you have not yet had a moment to yourself to process all that has happened, to cry and grieve, to handle things in your way.  How are you going to get through this?


Over the course of life, everyone experiences a day, week, month, or year like this.  It seems that everything that can go wrong does, and you are left to try and deal with it on your own.  But you are never alone!  You always have a friend standing right beside you.  You can cry on His shoulder, lean on Him for support.  When things get really bad, He will carry you through.  There is just one catch…you must ask!


Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  (Matthew 11:28-29, ESV)


That friend is Jesus Christ!  When we are overwhelmed with our problems, we can turn to Him for relief.  


March is Spiritual Wellness Month!  It is the month in which Spring officially arrives, even if the weather may not always agree.  Spring, a season of renewing and planting.  It is fitting, then, that in March, we also focus on our own renewal and planting.  Do you have a blooming relationship with the Lord?  Or does your relationship need some watering and growth?


Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.  (1 Timothy 4:7-9, ESV)


A relationship with the Lord, does not happen overnight.  We must plant the seed, water it, care for it, before it begins to grow and flower.  Just as we go to the gym to train our bodies to be fit, we must also spend time with the Lord to develop our relationship, which will benefit us far more than physical training ever will.


This month, Spiritual Awareness Month, focus on your relationship with the Lord!  No matter what stage of your relationship, it can always grow!