Worry Stones

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Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

We live in an age where there is plenty to worry about. Just watch the news for a half hour and you’ll be tested. Yet, the Word of God says in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that there is nothing new under the sun. I’m pretty sure things seemed quite dire to the Israelites when they were hanging out at the edge of the Red Sea or even to David when he was hanging in the caves and wasn’t on a spelunking mission. We are not the first ones to feel like the world may be coming to an end and we won’t be the last. We are not the first ones to feel the weight of worry which is why God tells us in 1 Peter 5:7 to cast our cares upon Him because He not only cares for us, but He can handle it.

First, let’s look at that word cast. Thesaurus.com also describes cast as fling, toss aside, hurl, heave, launch, eject, thrust and the list goes on. Just replace the word cast with one of its synonyms to give the scripture a new perspective.

Heave all your anxieties upon Him because He cares for you.
Fling all your anxieties upon Him because He cares for you, etc.

This gives us an amazing picture of the heart of God and the weight it bears. Jesus can handle anything we cast at Him, as my dad once said, “There is nothing that can knock God off His throne.” That includes anything that brings you angst. Just give it to Him.

I remember years ago when I saw two teenage girls come out of a new age shop on a busy city street. They carried in their hands “worry stones.” The idea is that you were supposed to put all your worries onto those stones. My heart broke and I went to them to share a story about a man who came to carry all their worries over 2000 years ago. The love of Jesus Christ that came to bear the weight of their worry and fear. A love that doesn’t have a heart of stone. Worry is just like that stone. The only useful purpose it has is to be a weight.  With worry you end up with a burden you weren’t meant to carry.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. –Corrie Ten Boom

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? –Jesus (Matthew 6:25-27)

So…let it go, it is weighing you down.
Let it go, He carried it for you already.
Let it go, you are in His hands.
Let it go with a ferocity and remember that He cares for you.

Lose the Fear

Yes, this is a repost from last year, but I couldn’t help it, it’s a new day and it’s a new blog :)

Losing Fear

Losing fear has got to be one of the hardest things. It’s like breaking out of a
very familiar place into unfamiliar territory. You almost question whether it is
right because breaking out of it seems foreign. Sometimes it feels like it
chases you down. God’s word says He has not given us a spirit of fear but one of
love, power and a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7). God is love, not fear…so why is fear
the familiar place? We become accustomed to fear because it almost makes more
sense than faith…in fear we can imagine what may happen and “prepare” ourselves
for it…maybe so it hurts less? Faith requires trusting in something you cannot
see and not allowing your imagination to take over (because lets face it most of
the time our imaginations…well imagine the worst).
Fear of the unknown is a
big one, yet our imaginations fill in the blanks and cause more trouble than
trusting in God and His wonderful plans for us (Jer 29:11). We place our trust
in fear because we think whether conscious or not that it will protect us, we
see it, it is familiar…with fear we can imagine the worst…versus with faith we
hope for the best. We must learn to trust in God completely…even though it may
seem so foreign, because He has nothing bad in store. Why is it easier to trust
in fear and let our imaginations take over then just to say, “you know what I
don’t know what will happen, but I know God’s love is bigger than this issue and
God’s love for me ALWAYS comes through.”
99% of the time our fears never
come true, but God’s love ALWAYS comes through. So let’s trust in that, because
after all…perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
Lose the fear and gain
the faith. Remember all you need is the size of a mustard seed.
Faith moves
mountains…fear builds them. So….lose the fear.