Some things, I just cannot handle! Take these heavy cares off of me… They are Yours, Lord.
Help me now! And I see You working. Thank You!
Early church tradition affirms that apostle Peter was the author of this letter, First Peter.
Indeed, the purpose of this letter was not to provide a record of the life of Christ, but instead, Peter was encouraging Christians with the comforting spiritual realities behind the persecution they faced.
Peter wanted to emphasize — JESUS, THE OVERSEER & CHIEF SHEPHERD — of all Christians, and when He appears, those who have a relationship with Him will, also, be glorified.
7 casting all your care [anxiety] upon him, because he [“Chief Shepherd”]
cares for you. https://youtu.be/qkOFKPJQ6a8
13 Peace to you all, who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
I encourage you —
…to memorize Philippians 4:6-7.
“In nothing be anxious;
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
That word…Entreat, appeal, beg, petition, beseech, plead, invocation, request, solicit, urge, pray!!
And the peace of God, [there’s nothing like it; you can’t buy it!]
which passeth all understanding,
• shall guard ..shall keep…
• … your hearts (Yes, your heart hurts, but only for a while),
• and your mind & your thoughts, (You’re preoccupied with the heartache, but only for awhile),
enjoying life…smiling and sharing more love…in Christ Jesus.”
Life is a congregation of choices & decisions.
What will you choose today?
“Our world is a joint creation. We have the power…[and we, each, have a profound affect] on those around us!”
From, “Healing Our World” by Mary Ruwart
When we try to control others, we ourselves, become the Controlled.
Like a stone thrown into a quiet pond, our actions and reactions have a rippling affect …outward…affecting our world.
One action towards our neighbor, ripples outward into the community, affecting our “world.”
It goes without saying that the holidays bring on added stress. On top of everything else we’re dealing with, including aches & pains, overdue bills, the expectations of others…just to name a few, we’re dealing with buying gifts, managing the budget, while cooking for relatives that we don’t see everyday, and balancing demanding schedules! No wonder we’re stressed!
But remember, the holidays is about so much more than gift-giving and parties.
So, take a breath, relax and remember this universal fact:
All of life is about sharing our feelings of love …It’s about friends and family and community. Without that love, nothing else really matters. I mean, when it’s all said and done, the love and the memories are all we will have remaining!
When my strength is just not enough, I’ve got a Friend Who will never stop fighting for me!