CASTING ALL YOUR CARES (PRACTICALLY SPEAKING)

Life is fast. I don’t know about anyone else but sometimes to me, everything just seems to be on fast-forward. Days fly by, weeks blaze past and boom! You’re aging.

There’s a thousand and one things you want to do and only so many hours of daylight to use. Your mind is constantly bombarded with pending goals and delayed dreams. Worry creeps in. Anxiety takes a seat and makes itself comfortable. You think you’re just thinking but in reality, you’ve slipped into anxiety.

You’re not alone.

 I’ve been there too. Honestly, I still find myself crossing that line occasionally. When a friend says “you think too much”, I pause to question myself if I’m really thinking (focused on solutions) or worrying (mulling over problems). It’s a tough balancing act but thankfully, we don’t have to do it alone.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:6-7 [KJV]

Those verses make a cute read but practicing them will mean switching from our old default mode and deliberately taking the time to learn a new way of dealing with life’s situations. Have you ever found yourself thinking about a situation in your life and how it’s going, you turn it upside down and inside out in your mind, considering every possible angle. In the process, you resolve that you should pray about it. You know prayer works and will produce results. But after all that thinking, you get up and go (or fall asleep like me). Does that sound familiar? That’s the old default mode at work.

Today’s encouragement is that at those points where we find ourselves being drowned in disempowering thoughts, instantly (not later, “when I get home”, “at 10pm”, “at the study table after I’ve gathered the Scriptures”, no, INSTANTLY) you roll it over to God. You cast your cares on him.

How? You use your words, sincere words. You tell him everything that’s going on in your heart (and I mean every thing). You know what I’ve found out? We don’t need to impress God with a show of strength in those moments. Look at David. I read the Psalms and sometimes I wonder if a grown man wrote some of those words or a crybaby did. But that’s the beauty of the relationship. He’s not offended or scared of your requests. He’s your Father and your joy is pleasurable to Him.

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God

Philippians 4:6 [The Amplified Bible]

Release the burden. Yes, do it today, right now.  Those heavy thoughts on your heart? Those concerns? The what if’s and how would’s? Lay them all out.

He cares for you; and He will bring you through. He’s never failed and guess what? He’s not about to start with you.

Now if you need to, set your phone aside for a moment (airplane mode) and talk to Him. He’s so eager to hear you.

Stay in His peace. Rest in His love.

Live by Design.

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