A few years ago, Eryka Badu wrote a song call “Bag Lady” and shortly after that song was released I remember hearing Bishop Vashti Mckenzie preached a sermon call “Bag Lady”. The focus of the song and the sermon was about all of the things women carry around as they move through life and how we shouldn’t do that. How we need to learn to “pack light”. The song touches all women by listing all types of bags we tend to carry and Bishop McKenzie provided the analogy of how those “bags” (or extra stuff) impact us as women in her sermon. Basically, we were all covered in someway and we were instructed to “pack light”. In other words, we need to learn to release those things that way us down, slow us down, hurt us, keep our arms tired and our hands full. Those things that burden and keep us in bondage. One of the things I thought about that wasn’t really highlighted was the stuff we pick up and put in our bags that don’t even belong to us! The extra stuff that we either want to keep safe or keep away from others so they don’t have to carry it. Today, empty or release your bag. Clean the bag out! Get rid of receipts that can’t return. Get rid of expired coupons (maybe some friends that are no longer friends), empty lipstick tubs (things that you like but no longer have value), gum wrappers (residue from stuff that you no longer need or as long gone) that are sticking to the bottom of your handback. Put the bag down, straighten your back and raise your arms/hands and surrender to God. Matthew 11:30 says, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” and Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken”. Be bless!