Cast It Away

Anxiety is a problem for me. These days I can usually control it but that wasn’t always so. There was a time when I was nearly paralyzed by worry and fear. Anxiety was an invader in my life that was defeating me. I still have to be on guard against this enemy.

I have learned to recognize when anxiety is on the edges of my life. If I allow it, it will cover me like a heavy blanket. An important defense against worry or anxiety is to be aware of what triggers it and to be prepared to take action. For me, the main triggers are not getting enough rest, not eating healthy, and not getting any exercise.  Sometimes I let my guard down and as with most enemies, it will surprise me and that heavy blanket will be thrown over me and weigh me down.

When this happens and  I get passed feeling sorry for myself I know what I need to do. It’s time, past time, to talk to Jesus. Prayer is the best defense against any enemy. Still, it has taken me a long time to learn that part of prayer is letting Jesus do His thing. When we take our burdens to Him and put them at His feet that is where we are to leave them.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Pet 5:7 niv

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To cast something is to throw, hurl, fling it. It means to throw it off or away. Which is what we do when we pray for the Lord to take our worries and fears. But if you are like me you like to clean up after yourself. So what do I do? After praying and casting my cares on the Lord I pack them up nice and tidy and keep them in the back of my mind. I am getting better at leaving the heavy blanket with Jesus and moving on free of the burden for I now understand;

The LORD is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid?
The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
Ps 27:1 nlt

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

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1 John 5:3 nlt

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We may know in our hearts that this is true but in our heads we question it.
Our heads say this or that commandment is too hard and heavy I can’t do it.
Our hearts say this is too hard and heavy but with You I can do it.
Often our heads and hearts are not in tune with each other resulting in stress and anxiety.
To find harmony and peace we must look to the Maestro for guidance.

When I forget that I am a member of the choir and not the choirmaster
there is a lot of noise and little music.

How do you keep head and heart in balance and agreement?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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1 John 5:3 esv

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When we love someone we want to please them.
God is pleased with us when we accept and live by His laws.
He has given us His precepts not to weigh us down but to show us
the way to a good life; a life that expresses our love for Him. 

Is obey a word that is burdensome to you?
Does embrace, accept, or live by seem a lighter weight?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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Psalm 55:22 niv

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To cast something means to throw it away from yourself.
You can throw whatever burdens you have to the Lord
and He will carry the weight of them for you.
He will hold and support you;
He will not let you be tossed around.

Are you holding tightly to something that is heavy or painful?
Will you throw it to the Lord and let Him carry the weight?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

Facing Goliath

 

All of us have a Goliath in our lives at one time or another. They look and act differently at different times and seasons of our lives.  A Goliath can be many things.  Financial, physical, mental or emotional trials for ourselves or those we love.  Difficult decisions that must be made can seem too big for us.  The loss of friendship or job; divorce or a dream that never comes true, death of a loved one.  The list is endless.

Sometimes our Goliath seems small and inconsequential to others but to us they are giants.  How we face our Goliath determines the outcome.  Are we beaten down and overcome by our circumstances or do we overcome the adversary and have victory?

How do we face Goliath?  And how effective or successful or even sensible are our strategies and methods?

We can cry and wail and feel sorry for ourselves.  This helps a bit at first but long term it has no value.  So get it over with and move on.

We can run and hide.  At first it may be comforting to curl up in our bed and pull the blanket up over our head.  We may even get some much needed rest.  But giants are stubborn and persistent and will just wait for us to come out of hiding.  So get up and get ready for the battle.

We can be strong and brave and fight the giant all by ourselves.  Silly notion.  Goliath is big, a giant, with lots of experience in conquering the arrogant, prideful and foolish.  This is just not a good idea.

And my personal favorite.  Denial.  A problem, a crisis, a giant in my path?  No big deal.  Just let it be, ignore it, it will go away.  Never works. A Goliath never just goes away.   It must be dealt with and the sooner the better.

So how do we accomplish the impossible?

Face Goliath!  Acknowledge that it exits, know what it is and what brought it into being and why it is in your life.

But do not face Goliath alone!  There is One who desires to share our burdens, trials and troubles.  One who will not leave us no matter how big the Goliath.  One who will give us all the strength, courage, wisdom and fortitude needed to fight the battle and to slay the giant.

We only have to ask.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of  God in Christ Jesus our Lord.    Romans 8:37-39

But I wonder how often do we ask?  And I wonder when we do ask do we believe, really believe, that we will not be abandoned to face Goliath alone?

Just wondering