Encouragement to live in God's sweet and empowering grace every day.

Encouragement to live in God's sweet and empowering grace every day.

Cast your anxiety on Him

Cast your anxiety on Him

“Cast your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

I live on a dirt road that has seen many years. Each year, I dislike driving on this road more and more. If a person doesn’t drive careful the potholes will eat them up and they have no mercy. There’s no favoritism. They love any vehicle. The worst time of year is the winter. There is no set day for the plow to come and sometimes it’s a few days before it does. When that happens, everyone chooses to drive down the middle of the road which results in one set of tracks. The same thing happens when it’s very slushy.

We’ve already completely gone through our first bout with snow this year here in Western Montana. Just between you and me, it would be alright with me if it didn’t come back. The snow itself, I love. It’s beautiful! It sure would be convenient if it snowed everywhere except the roads though.😉 A couple of weeks ago, before the snow all melted, me and my car had a major battle with the slush. It was throwing us all over the road. I was holding onto the steering wheel with all the strength I had. I asked God to keep all oncoming vehicles away while I plowed down the one set of tracks. Otherwise I’d be stuck or thrown into the ditch while moving over into my own lane.
Talk about anxiety!! I was full of it! Even knowing I had to drive the road left me full of anxiety. I kept praying the plow would come so I wouldn’t have to fight the hard-to-get-along-with road. For three days in a row, I prayed God would make someone come plow.

On that third day, God reminded me that He can take care of me even on the worst slushy day ever. I didn’t need to beg for the plow to come. I just needed to trust Him all the way through the slush. I could cast the anxiety of it all onto Him because He cares for me. He also reminded me that I have never been stranded by the roadside.

Anxiety! Who needs it, right? But as Thanksgiving quickly approaches, some will fight the anxiety that can come with it as they struggle to meet deadlines during the shorter work week, making sure the house is perfect, getting children to and from school, cooking, secretly wishing some people weren’t coming and buying that last minute food. All this anxiety can lead to frustration and cause loss of joy.

Philippians 4:6-8 tells us to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

There are different ways we can cast our anxiety on the Lord. Gratefulness comes into every part of our lives and I can’t help but wonder if in the midst of our flurrying about getting ready for Thanksgiving, if we reached out to someone, it might alleviate some, most, or maybe all of our anxiety. I’d like to encourage you to try this way of casting your anxiety on the Lord. Reach out in love to someone this week.

God bless you and have a very blessed Thanksgiving.💗

With much love, Susan

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