Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cast Your Cares on Him



Worried? Anxious? 

Cast your cares on Him!

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Do you ever wake up worried? That’s what happened to me today. I didn’t realize it at first. I felt a little edgy, but quickly dressed and headed out for my morning walk with my husband and the dog. Usually, this exercise results in me feeling more calm and relaxed, but that didn’t happen today.

As we walked, we discussed a few issues; our finances, kids, work. My tone quickly went from casual to heated. Now that I think about it, no wonder I began feeling anxious. Our finances are tight. With the exception of our 16 year old, our kids are spread out, living their own lives, doing okay, but way out of our grasp (okay…way out of my control!). And both Chris and I have a lot on our plates in terms of work. 

We’re both being pulled in many directions, with the challenge of being independent, our own bosses. It’s a work style we choose, but it comes with its own set of challenges—time management, self-imposed deadlines that we can blur, working in our home environment that sometimes screams paint me, mow me, launder me, fix me!

We ended our walk with some prayer, as we often do. The right idea…but I kept interrupting our prayers with commentary, some exasperation and frustration, and chatter. By the time I got home I was feeling anxious and worried. I did what my husband calls emotional conversion. I think it’s also called displacement in some circles. I took my anxiety and worry, and tried to alleviate it by dumping it on someone else. In this case, it took the form of a text to my daughter that expressed my worry about her. Of course, if I had taken a deep breath and thought for a moment, maybe I would not have hit send with a message no one needs to receive first thing in the morning!

What I was really trying to do was take my own worries and get her to take them on herself, quickly; to own them, so I wouldn’t have to feel them. Pretty selfish, but probably not all that uncommon. The good news? My daughter was not engaging me. In response to my anxious words, she texted, “Don’t worry about it. Love youuuuuu.” I apologized for dumping.

I heard the words echo in my mind, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” I took the deep breath I should’ve taken sooner, uttered a prayer of release and thanksgiving, and began to feel that peace that surpasses understanding. Ahhhhhh…


How about you? Do you ever hit the ground worrying? What worries you? What do you do to alleviate your worry? Do you have a favorite scripture that reminds you He can help? I’d love to hear from you!

7 comments:

  1. I lost my job 3 weeks ago. I have been miserable - hiding in my bed, unable to shake the depression and pull myself together. It was taking a toll on my young son. At a major fundraiser for his parochial school, I won nearly $4000 in the 50/50 drawing. That's when the epiphany came, God IS watching over me. He knows how much I need Him now, and He's here for me! The company I worked for may have taken my 1/2 full glass and tossed it out on the ground, but with God's help, I'm going to refill that glass, to the brim, with the sustenance I need.

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  2. Oh...I get it. You just want to close the harsh world out. But wow...God just loves to surprise us with how He is really watching over us and providing for us. With God all things are possible...and You can do all things through God because He will strengthen you. He's got your back! And I'm praying for more lavish surprises to come your way.

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  3. Hi Elise,
    I can totally identify with the "displacement". I get frustrated and pass it along unintentionally. You know the old saying, "when momma's not happy, nobody's happy!"

    I'm not the big worrier in my family. My husband gets it from his mom, and my daughter gets it from her dad. For me (AND my family), "Jesus Calling" has been a Godsend.

    My verses re: worry - Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you. We have to do the casting. He already does the caring.
    And Ps. 91:14-16.

    Love you friend. Let's get together soon!!!
    Susan

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing Elise! I feel very much the same way these days! I think so many of us can identify with you! What an awesome reminder to cast our anxiety on HIM! Thank you!
    Maria Teresa

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  5. I must confess, worry does creep up more often then I'd like. It shouldn't really when we remember we have a Faithful Lord. I too recently "grouched" at my daughters just last night. When I thought I was "handling" my worry, my daughter said, "Mom, what's the matter, you're being so grouchy at us!" She was right. I was taking it out on them. I worry more and grouch more when I haven't spend enough time with Him. So that was a good reality check for me. Another was, God is in Control. I decided to print this out in big letters and hang it on my kitchen window. Thank you, Lord, for working it all together for good for those who love you!

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  6. Oh no, I NEVER have a problem with waking up worried and anxious! Yeah, right...
    "Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid of discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you."
    1 Chronicles 28:20

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  7. I asked permission to post this comment, because I love my friend's response to worry...PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, AND PRAY AGAIN...
    Now that is a story that was meant for me. I've decided that the only good thing about worry is that I now almost immediately pray -- and since I am a worrier, I pray all the time! Newly-driving son, pray. Daughter lonely because best friend moved to London, pray. Husband flying, pray. Parents aging, pray.

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