Worry

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

Growing up in my parent’s home there was a painting of two birds with this poem beneath it.

Said the robin to the sparrow

I should really like to know

Why these anxious human beings

Rush around and worry so

Said the sparrow to the robin

Friend, I think that it must be

They have no heavenly father

Such as cares for you and me…by Elizabeth Chaney

Ok, so it’s not true that we don’t have a heavenly Father that cares for us.  We absolutely do! But it is true that sometimes we don’t act like it or we don’t believe it. Maybe we know it in our head but our heart struggles. We look at things through our eyes rather than resting in His love and provision for us. We allow ourselves to worry, to get worked up over things that might happen or things coming up in the future.  I am so guilty of this. I think of all possible scenarios and “what ifs” and can make myself sick from it. I have been known to stay awake all hours dwelling on them. This happened the other night. I could not get my mind to shut off.  My heart was so heavy and broken because of a situation I was made aware of earlier in the week and I was making myself sick with worry. It was when I was praying about the situation that the Lord gently brought to my remembrance a verse in the Bible…and I can tell you when I looked it up in made all the difference and changed my perspective.

I love how it is worded in the Message… Matthew 6:34 Give your attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

I was reminded of the children of Isreal wandering around in the wilderness. When they arrived they were full of complaints, “If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around with pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now, you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us to death.”  Exodus 17: 3

They worried about what they would eat…not trusting in the Lord’s faithfulness and care that he would provide for them, and yet He did provide …each and every day.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I am going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they follow my instructions. On the sixth day they will gather food, and when they prepare it, there will be twice as much as usual.” Exodus 17: 4, 5

For forty years he sent quail and manna and they never once went hungry. They didn’t need to worry about what they were going to eat ever, because God was faithful to them. He gave them just what they needed.  Although we later read in that chapter that there were times they saved more than they needed because maybe they were not fully trusting in his provision or perhaps just in case God didn’t come through the next day.  In those cases, the food ended up being filled with maggots so they couldn’t eat it. Will he not give us what we need to make it through if we trust him, rather than trying to handle things on our own?

He cares and knows what is in our hearts. He gets us. I don’t know what concerns are weighing you down today. I don’t know what you are facing or what is stressing you out, but I encourage you to trust Him to work things out according to His plan and to rest in Him.

Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest.”

1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares for you.

Heaven Bound –There’s More!!

Written by: Cindy Morrone

This will be impossible for me to describe in words.  I have been contemplating all week how to capture the essence of heaven.

Last week I shared Heaven Bound; if you haven’t read that post yet, it can be found here.   http://wearehiskids.com/2018/03/18/heaven-bound/)

The foundational Scriptures in that post are paramount to having a Christian faith.

There’s More!

Imagine living a life with …..no more death or mourning or crying or pain,…..(Revelation 21:4)

Let’s not miss the beginning of that Scripture, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes……” (Revelation 21:4)

He.

Have you ever experienced love from someone so profound that it’s impossible to describe in words?

Have you had experiences where love has overcome you and sharing it with another is lost in the translation?

A Mom’s kisses after a fall

Mom’s chicken noodle soup when we’re sick; no matter how old we are

A sibling giving you the last bite

The first call, text from someone that makes your stomach flutter; the first kiss

Your love asking you to marry

Your baby being born

First time meeting your child born by another and welcoming them into your forever family

Baby’s first giggles

Christmas pajamas from Grandma and Grandpa

Celebrating Christmas and Easter with extended family

A confidant praying over you

Grief of losing a loved one

An ah-ha moment reading the Word

An answer to prayer; a realization that an unanswered prayer was what’s best

Provision from nothing

An unexplained healing

A lost child returning; the fervent prayers preceding

If we were to wrap up all of the above and all the other moments in our lifetime where we experienced unexplainable love and multiply it by an immeasurable number then and maybe then, I think we could begin to understand the love that awaits us.

And this love is possible because of Him who will wipe away our every tear. The same One that keeps track of all our sorrows; collecting our tears in His bottle, recording each tear in His book (Psalm 56:8 (NLT) The same Person that has every hair on our head numbered (Luke 12:7)

The same Jesus who died; willingly, so we wouldn’t miss experiencing such love.

Happy Easter!! May we realize His love for us ever more deeply.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”  Romans 5:8