Can You Cast Your Cares?

“Cast all your anxiety on Him b/c He cares for you.” 1Peter 5:7 How way COOL is it that we have a place to cast our anxieties? Ya, there’s the gym, yoga, our outlets and passions…a good hike, writing, wine tasting, card making, crafting, jewelry design, cycling, our life’s work that we love…all of what makes us us, matters. Our outlets matter. Our interests count.

But yikes, those worries can still set in.

As women, we’ve got a LOT going on. Things are happening. Fast. As moms, we have double the lot. We’ve got a higher calling here. And we’ve got one shot at raising our children.  Our kids grow up once.

And our worries won’t wait.

When you cast out, placing those worries in the hands of God, pay attention to what comes back on your line. As you put your trust and concerns onto Someone who can receive them and who is in control of all things, watch what happens as you are guided out of your fears. Might you be headed to a place of safety and peace if you release them? Or does holding on offer you more security?

There may not be perfection. There may not be instant resolution to what needs fixing. But there is  an invitation to hand your anxiety over to a God who wants to carry what ales you.  Just like you want to carry the anxiety your children may have over a problem because you love them so much, is as much as God wants to do the same for you.

Read one promise today. One scripture verse. Pray one prayer.

Then cast your line, mom.

Because He cares for you.

 

The Song You Aren’t Singing

We are all singing different songs today, aren’t we? Perhaps you are far from feeling like you want to sing or your song isn’t very cheery. Some songs are more like cries or pleas that come from a scared, desperate or concerned place, either for our children, loved ones, or ourselves.  There are songs we can barely sing because we are just plain old tired or we maybe we have lost our desire, our passion, our light. We don’t want to sing. Maybe we are too busy to sing. Too worried to sing. Too weak. Maybe even sick. On the other hand, we have songs of joy and gratitude or blends and combinations of high notes and low. Maybe we are just bursting with songs of praise and thanksgiving.

For those of you who are not, you can sing a sad song.

That is okay.

If you can’t sing at all, that works, too. You are just not there. Many of us have days where we aren’t.

Where can you go for a song? For words and notes that are uplifting, that have meaning? Hhmm…I have a place. Yes, but I mean after Disneyland. And oh yes, after the chocolate cupcake with white icing and sprinkles. Actually, before.

Scripture. Prayer. One Another.

Will you let God put a new song in your heart, today through Him and through His vessels?

But you don’t know what I am dealing with. True. But God does.

But this is bad, things are SO bad.  God knows how bad. He has walked the bad. The ugly. The unthinkable.

But I just can’t get a grip…and I am worried, and scared and I am out of answers. God is powerful. Your Creator. He is involved. He already knows the outcome. He has the answers.

If you are awaiting results of something and are fraught with fear,  if you are worried about something with your child or are so doggone weary you don’t know how you are going to make it till 4:00 let alone 9:00 p.m., know this:

God can carry the tune when you can’t.

God hears the melody of your heart, the words to your desires, the inflection of your voice when you have a question that is circling about. You may not be able to give yourself a new song, but He can. He is pretty amazing that way. When you can’t lift your voice to sing, He can give you the ability and the means.  Your new song might not be void of pain but can be filled with direction, strength, focus, confidence, wisdom or trust.  Will you let Him give you that song to rest in the benefits? If you do, the tune you are humming might just take you through the day on a new, meaningful note.

And you can sing that truth all the way to Disneyland or to your favorite cupcake.

Scripture References

“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love, for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” Psalm 59:16

He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” Psalm 40:3

“Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.” Psalm 96