I’m Burdened!

Hunger is not the only battle students across the globe face everyday.  I sit across from students all the time as they describe the things they’ve faced in their short lifetime.


“I cut myself.”

“I never met my dad.”

“My parents are divorced.”

“My step dad molested me.”


The list could go on and on.  I sat across from a student at lunch the other day as he described his home life. 


“My step dad never really talks to me.  My sister and I hate each other.  My mom yells all the time.”  These people all live under the same roof and call themselves a family but they never even speak to each other! 


So I ask myself, “What makes me (home schooled little girl with the so-called perfect life) think I can get on stage and talk to them about God’s love when they don’t even know what it means to be loved?” 


They don’t even know what it’s like. 


I’m feeling about the size of my pinky toe right now. 


What do you think?

10 Responses to “I’m Burdened!”

  • princessjes says:

    I think it is AMAZING when God walks us through the tough stuff… we have even greater passion and understanding…
    Keep encouraging them Anna, they need to see hope! Hey my life is testimony for all of the above, that GOD IS BIGGER!
    That WAS my life, BUT GOD! *praise Jesus He loves us too much to keep us there!*

  • mandy says:

    we all have battle scars. we can’t breathe modern air without getting something stuck in our throats. its just not possible… and pain is pain. hurt is hurt. and LOVE is LOVE….

    trust in the BIG God who put you there to show them who HE is. and know that these kids are set up to really appreciate His Love…

    He’s THE Father to the fatherless.
    He’s THE Defender of orphans and widows.

    the fatherless will know Him as Father in ways we can never grasp.
    the orphans will know Him as Defender in ways we can never grasp.

  • Cindy Beall says:

    I think you can talk about love because you have received it from your family. You can help them to understand what love is and what it is not. That way, their futures will be paved with truth. That is, if they choose to let it.

    And also, sweet girl, the fact that you are aware that you are blessed and have never endured those types of hardships is key. You’d never tell them you understand where they are because you don’t. Just being a listening ear to them is key. Then, when you feel like you’ve earned their respect, you can gently guide them and being to impart the wisdom that God has given you in a GREAT way!

  • Hope says:

    Be encouraged Anna. I was one of those people – horribly family life, abuse etc. Listening to people who came from stable homes is what gave me hope and helped me to believe that God is a loving Father regardless of who else shares a home with a person. I’m rooting for you.

  • Anna says:

    Thank you for all the encouragement! God is really working on me through this… I’ll share some new thoughts in tomorrow’s post!

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  • Abbi Zeliff says:

    Anna, I agree with Hope in the sense that the students will start to RECOGNIZE love even if it doesn’t exist in their own homes. It is the desire to be loved unconditionally by someone–anyone–that will spur them on towards a personal relationship with Christ.

    God’s love is hard for any of us to comprehend, because it has NO LIMITS. Even the greatest home life cannot compare.

    That said, love doesn’t have to only come from families. I know YOU love them. I know their friends love them. It’s amazing how love tends to be contagious and grows and grows and grows once it gets started. These students are fertile soil, starving for “love deposits”. Keep doing what you are doing and EVERYONE will reap a harvest, both in love and in faith in Christ.

    Speaking of love, I’ve got SO MUCH for YOU! *HUGS*

  • Andy says:

    Be love to them. That is all I know you can do, be that one person in there life who tens year from now.. they will still look back and say “yeah that girl has more of the love of Jesus for ppl than anyone else I know”

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