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Casting My Care
Lord I continually set before you
My requests and all my needs
With thanksgiving I come unto you
My concerns unburdened to thee
I wait for your intervention Lord
In quietness of soul and mind
And worship at your footstool
Leaving my cares behind
And Lord I express my thanks for you
For all you are to me
I thank you Lord that I matter to you
Though at times I cannot see
Because of the circumstances in life
The things that I go through
I find my eyes are on the storm
When they should be looking to you
So help me Lord each precious day
No matter what life brings me
To carry on with hope and faith
And to rest in you with peace.
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep (died), lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep (dead).
. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
. Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thes 4.13-18)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
. to an inheritance incorruptible
. and undefiled
. and that does not fade away,
. reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith the salvation of your souls. (1 Pet 1.3-9)
T is doing has well as can be expected. This is all very difficult for her, but she is holding it together with the Lord's help. The beach sounds good, but I am not able to get out any more. My energy level is drained and I try to conserve my strength.
I too have enjoyed getting to know you. I appreciate that you are always there for us with a prayer, a kind word and some encouragement. You are a blessing and I have grown to love you a great deal.
I hope you have a wonderful evening Mom.
We love you dearly.
We need to love today as if there is no tomorrow, and leave positive impressions on the hearts of others.
Have a good day, you are loved.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.
There is no searching of His understanding.
He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint. (Isa 40.28-31)
I will be praying throughout the day, please, let me know how how thing work out.
Shaking Our Faith
When tragedies happen
and disasters occur
we’re often left in despair,
dazed and discouraged,
depressed and unsure,
wondering why God doesn’t care.
As the earth shifts and groans,
quivers and quakes,
and walls are reduced to rubble,
our faith often falters,
stumbles and shakes
when faced with times of trouble.
We sometimes blame God
for the terrible things
that cause agony and dismay,
forgetting the peace and
healing God brings
to those who don’t turn away.
Through the grief and pain,
all of life’s sorrow,
God remains steady and true,
supporting and lifting
to face each tomorrow,
providing the strength to get through.
God never leaves us
alone to face
the trials this world has in store,
but with mercy, kindness,
goodness and grace,
God’s love does continually pour.
by Connie Arnold
In evil long I took delight,
Unawed by shame or fear,
Till a new object struck my sight,
And stopped my wild career.
I saw One hanging on a tree,
In agonies and blood;
He fixed His languid eyes on me,
As near His cross I stood.
Sure never till my latest breath,
Shall I forget that look!
It seemed to charge me with His death,
Though not a word He spoke.
A second look He gave, which said,
"I freely all forgive;
This blood is for thy ransom paid;
I die that thou mayest live."
Thus while His death my sin displays
In all its blackest hue,
Such is the mystery of grace,
It seals my pardon too!
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1.2-4)
I am sorry you are feeling so sad, and sorry for the loss of your parents. I too have loss both my parents to cancer, and I understand the pain. Many here are suffering, and many here have dealt with extreme grief.
I don't know your situation, but I can sense the pain you are experiencing in your post. I am sorry I have not contacted you before today. This site is good, and we all try to encourage one another, and I want you to know that I am here for you. If you need someone to listen I am available. Any time you are feeling down, please, feel free to contact me and i will respond as soon has possible. I will also be praying for you.
God loves you and wants you to be happy.
I am happy to hear you have a friend that is helping you. Embrace all the special memories that will remain forever in your heart. God Bless you my friend, I will be praying.
A daughter complained to her father about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed just as soon as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil.
In one, he placed carrots; in the second, he placed eggs; and the last, he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word.
The daughter impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. In about twenty minutes, he turned off the burners.
He fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to her he asked, “Darling, what do you see?”
“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.
He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft.
He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.
Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. She smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.
She humbly asked, “What does it mean Father?”
He explained that each of them had faced the same adversity, boiling water, but each reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.
The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
The ground coffee beans were unique however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
“Which are you?” he asked his daughter.
“When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”
How about you?
Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with pain and adversity do you wilt and become soft and lose your strength?
Or are you the egg, which starts off with a malleable heart? Were you a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a divorce, or a layoff have you become hardened and stiff? Your shell looks the same, but are you bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and heart?
Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean changes the hot water, the thing that is bringing the pain, till its peak flavor reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water gets the hottest, it just tastes better.
If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and make things better around you.
When people talk about you, do you give praises to God?
When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, does your worship elevate to another level?
How do you handle adversity?
Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?
If Our Greatest Need Had Been…
If our greatest need had been information,
God would have sent us an educator;
If our greatest need had been technology,
God would have sent us a scientist;
If our greatest need had been money,
God would have sent us an economist;
If our greatest need had been pleasure,
God would have sent us an entertainer;
But our greatest need was forgiveness,
So God sent us a Savior.
Anxious? Take Vitamin A.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Blue? Take Vitamin B.
Psalm 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Crushed? Take Vitamin C.
1 Peter 5:7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Depressed? Take Vitamin D.
James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Empty? Take Vitamin E
Psalm 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.
Fearful? Take Vitamin F.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Greedy? Take Vitamin G.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Hesitant? Take Vitamin H.
Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Insecure? Take Vitamin I.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Jittery? Take Vitamin J.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Know nothing? Take Vitamin K.
Psalm 100:3 Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Lonely? Take Vitamin L.
Matthew 28:20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Mortgaged? Take Vitamin M.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Nervous? Take Vitamin N.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Overwhelmed? Take Vitamin O.
Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Perplexed or puzzled? Take Vitamin P.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Quitting? Take Vitamin Q.
1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
Restless? Take Vitamin R.
Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Scared? Take Vitamin S.
1 Samuel 22:23 Stay with me; do not fear. For he who seeks my life seeks your life, but with me you shall be safe.”
Tired? Take Vitamin T.
Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
Uncertain? Take Vitamin U.
Isaiah 43:10 “You are My witnesses,” says the LORD, “And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me.
Vain? Take Vitamin V.
Acts 5:16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
Wondering what to do? Take Vitamin W.
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
eXhausted? Take Vitamin X.
1 Timothy 4:7 But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.
Yearning for hope? Take Vitamin Y.
Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Zapped? Take Vitamin Z.
Titus 2:14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
I am so sorry for your loss. Rest assured you are not losing your mind, and it is completely normal to experience pain, confusion, and the feeling of being overwhelmed. Tears and anger are an important part of the healing process. Grief is not a sign of weakness. It is the result of a strong relationship and deserves the honor of strong emotion. Remember, it takes time to fully absorb the impact of a major loss. You never stop missing your loved one, but the pain eases after time and allows you to go on with your life.
I have lost several people who were very close to me in a short time, and I have learned that it is good to stay busy, and seek the help of others. You cannot rush your feelings, but it is very important to allow yourself to express these feelings. At first it may seem helpful to separate yourself from the pain, but you cannot avoid grieving forever. Someday those feelings will need to be resolved, but remember grief does not come with a time limit and the best that any of us can do is take it one day at a time.
Talk with friends, focus on pleasant memories, pray, talk with a minister, and seek the help from a counselor if necessary. You may also want to consider a grief group, which will allow you to be with others going through the same thing.
You have taken a big step by reaching out, and this will help in the healing process. I will be praying for you, and I am here if you need to talk.
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Cor 10.13)
O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. (Ps 139.1-10)