TITLE: Casting Our Cares On Christ
By Anne Harrell
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Casting Our Cares On Christ
This morning when I woke up I had a lot of stress on my shoulders concerning things that would take place this week. As I sized up the things that needed to be done immediately, I begun to wonder what I was going to do with my oldest son come Thursday; he was aging out of the system. The help I once had with him being autistic as a child was not going to be there anymore. The state would no longer cover him in a group home. Then I thought about my next to the youngest son, who is in the same group home as him but comes home during the week. Here both boys have been fighting like cats and dogs for the last week. There seem to be no end to the problems that were rising. Lord what am I going to do? Dear Lord I just can’t do this by myself. I need your help! Thoughts have gone through my head of what am I going to do. My course of action is to get down on my knees and pray. I will look to the Lord earnestly to pull through the crises that are set before me.
I have been thinking about what I can do about the problems. You know when I think about it Christ wants me to come to him in prayer and tell Him what is bothering me. When I cast my cares on Christ, He is then carrying my burdens. I no longer have to worry about carrying the weight on my shoulders. Christ is carrying it for me. “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” (1Peter 5:7 KJV)
You know when we pray believing that the Lord hears us and that we will receive them we shall have them if it is in the will of our Father in Heaven. Our faith in God should be made stronger in our weakest hour. When we come earnestly to Christ, He hears us. When our crises are so immensurable yet when we have faith that God will take care of us, the problem with the help of God can be dealt with ease.
Mark 11:22-24 (KJV)
“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
The worry over what was going to happen with the boys isn’t as great as it seem when I first woke up. The dilemma isn’t too substantial for Jesus. When I placed all of my cares into the hands of Christ I can handle what ever comes my way. Christ will give me the strength to get through the day with what ever is sent my way.
2 Cor. 12:5-10 (KJV)
“Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
No matter how much the boys fight, God will give me the strength to carry on in life. My heart may be weary but Jesus is there with me.
Not only have the boys with their autism been brothering me today but I have fears over my husband Mark Sr.’s health. Mark had a heart attack eight years ago and over time his heart has weaken more. It has been more to the front of my brain with just last week he begun to have problems again. We went through test and wasn’t able to find out what really happen to him. There are theories that he was having problems with his blood pressure, along with arrhythmia. Was this the beginning of problems that are going to be painful with him? Does this mean he might not be with me much longer? All those thoughts have been on my mind. The fear of the unknown, just the thought of losing Mark sends me into a tizzy. I just feel like I can’t go on without Mark Sr.
This just has not been the best of my days. When I step back, I can hear Christ telling me over and over Anne just give it to me. Place it on my shoulders, they can handle the pain. For I love you! Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Wow ! Christ is reaching out to me a sinner! He loves me so much. But God … No Anne give it to Me and I will give you rest!
When ever the feelings of uncertainly comes my way I will go to the Lord and ask for help. He will give me the strength to deal with Mark Sr.’s health. I can rest safely in the arms of Jesus. He will give me the peace beyond understanding. Therefore today could be the end of my life or Mark’s but keeping my eyes fixed on Christ and staying in prayer I am ready to meet my Lord. 1Peter 4:7 (KJV) “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”
Therefore when ever crises come my way I will give the thanksgiving to the Lord. He sees the whole picture where I just see a small part of the picture. In the end the Lord will be given glory and honor and praise. Philip. 4:4-9 (KJV)
“ Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
Thank you Lord Jesus, for being there today for me when I just didn’t know whether I was coming or going. You saw into my heart and saw the pain I was experiencing. You were there when I cried out Jesus help me. You were there by my side. You held on to my hand so that I won’t fall or trip. Thank you Jesus for showing me Your everlasting love. In Jesus Name AMEN.
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