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Cast Your Cares…
When challenging things happen that are unexpected, whether it’s financial set backs, sudden illnesses or loss, or random tornadoes, the stress can become debilitating. That’s when I’ve learned to practice casting my care on One who is bigger, stronger, and more capable than I.

Psalm 55:22 reads. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” That verse gives me great comfort.

To really get the full impact, we have to put it in perspective. When I think of casting, I think of sauntering out onto the pier, flipping my wrist as the line zipps effortlessly out over the lake and leisurely holding the pole as I fish. The fisherman at the time of this writing didn’t have fancy rods and reels. They fished with nets that weighed 200 pounds.
They didn’t have cranes to help. They had to heave those heavy nets as they cast them.

There’s our picture:
We heave our heavy burdens at the feet of Jesus. Once I give God my burdens, the hardest job becomes not to take them back. That’s when I have to be consistent. As soon as I realize that I am worrying again, I heave them back to Jesus. This goes on until, at last, I leave them there.  I can be thick sometimes and waste a lot of time worrying to no avail. The best part of this verse is found in the meaning of the word sustain. The word sustain means in the Hebrew: to provide, to feed, guide, to comprehend (Jesus gets you. He gets what’s going on around you. You don’t have to worry about tomorrow. He’s already there.) It also means to nurture and to hold.

So the picture painted is that in the midst of our fear and confusion, we dump our problems at the feet of Jesus, then He pulls us up in His lap, and quietly listens to our pain while offering us comfort and direction. Dudn’t get much better if you ask me! The next time the world deals you a hand that is more than you can hack, think of this verse and let Jesus sustain you. And BTW, the Hebrew the word for sustain is KUWL--pronounced COOL. And I think it is pretty cool, don’t you?

Blessings,
Linda

Comments

May 27, 2013 @11:33 am

thanks so much for your encouraging, inspiring & annointed teachings, sister Linda! you're in my thoughts & prayers... Happy Memorial Day! God bless! from Sister Cecil of Hope Community Church ;-)

Chie
May 24, 2013 @09:32 am

That is a great verse,Linda.Psalm 55:22.Thank You & God Bless.

Mike
May 24, 2013 @09:30 am

Blessings to you ladies as you cast your cares on Him.

Linda
May 23, 2013 @11:13 pm

Thank you for this reminder Linda! I sooo needed to hear it right now. I thank God for you; for blessing you with the talent to help so many of us stay close to Him by giving us the proper tools. I also thank you for your precious time! You are truly amazing with all you have on your plate. You take the time out of your busy day to reach out to all of us. Thank you for all that you do and for being an inspiration to us all! Luv & Hugs,

Nicole
May 23, 2013 @07:00 pm

Please put me on your list for any communications......I really need you right now. And thanks again for the incredible support you gave me in your speeches at the retreat. You always lift me and give me hope.

Joan
May 23, 2013 @04:37 pm

Great stuff Linda! I so do this.. Give it to Him..take it back.. it's like picking up the rope in tug~o~war repeatedly. it wears my insides out. Thanks for feeding me this one. Barbara

Barbara
May 23, 2013 @09:05 am

WOW-so cool is right! As I prepare for my last day of work-going to retire-early. I am blessed by your teaching today. I will continue to "cast my cares-as He sustains me." Thanks Linda-I believe God used you to sustain me-very COOL!

Janine
 

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