Choosing Rest Moment by Moment – Beloved Women – May 5, 2020

READ: “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 ESV)

TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT: “That’s okay, I can do it!” I said confidently as I grasped the handles of the wheelchair. During that moment, I refused the offer of help and proceeded to push my husband through the busy airport. Shortly after, my shoulders and back throbbed with pain as my petite frame strained against my husband’s weight and the tension of the wheels on the carpeted floor. As I paused in the security line, I pondered the foolishness of my choice. 

Sometimes we feel we can handle it on our own. In 1 Peter 5:7, we are reminded to cast or throw all our cares and concerns upon God because He is willing and able to carry them for us. Yet, often we refuse His help or pick the burdens back up within moments of laying them down. Casting is a continual, faith-filled choice that requires humility and trust. Amid life’s many stresses, God’s sweet offer of rest is ongoing. (Matthew 11:28) and He is working all things out for our good and his glory. (Romans 8:28)

So today, refuse to be heavy-laden, strip off anxiety’s weighty cloak, toss it onto God’s shoulders and step forward in a garment of praise.

PRAY: Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for Your offer of sweet rest. I am so grateful that You care about all the details of my life. Help me to recognize my need for You by humbly casting all my anxieties and worries on You. Thank You for giving me Your peace as You work all things out for good. In Jesus Christ’s Name, I pray, Amen.

REFLECT: What weight are you carrying today that you can hand over to Jesus?

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