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12 Ways to Turn Your Pain into Praise

Sapphires from Psalms

Better Than Jewels

Get Real, Feel, Deal, Kneel, Peel, Heal~Still looking at Praying Through, after we decide to get real, give ourselves permission to feel, and seek God as we deal, now it’s time to kneel before the Lord. That’s when we present our problem to the Lord, and ask him to speak to our hearts. There are times when I can be so full of what is on my heart, I don’t have time to focus on what is on God’s heart. He’s God, and he wants to weigh in on our challenging situations. Sometimes I fear I am so busy fretting about how challenging my problems is, and why God let bad things happen in the first place, I don’t take the time to ask him his take on the situation. Psalm 34:4, “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

Not only can we trust God to handle our problems, he gives us peace in the midst of them. I think that is the bigger miracle, and I am convinced that it is his presence that provides that peace. Philippians 4:5-6 in the Message reads: Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” I love how Eugene Peterson states, “Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray.” Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church teaches, “If you know how to worry, you know how to pray.” When we want to obsess on our problems, we instead re-word those worries into prayers and “cast” them on the Lord.

Here is how David describes it in Psalms 55:22, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” When I think of casting, I think of sauntering out onto the pier, flipping my wrist as the line zipped effortlessly out over the lake and leisurely holding the pole as I fish, after my husband bates the hook, of course! The fisherman at the time of this writing 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 is our picture as we heave our heavy burdens and leave them at the feet of Jesus. It’s a quick thrust of trust as we cast our cares on the Lord!  
The word sustain in the original language means to provide, to feed, guide, to comprehend, (He gets you. Your boss doesn’t get you. Your teenagers don’t understand. Your husband doesn’t get you, but Jesus does. He gets what’s going on around you. You don’t have to worry about tomorrow. He’s already there.) It means to nurture and to hold. In the original Hebrew the word for sustain is kuwl, pronounced cool. And I think it is pretty cool, don’t you?
Have you ever felt Christ wrap his arms around you and give you comfort and rest? Did you sense he understood you? Did his presence bring you peace as you felt him sustain you?

 

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