DAY 2: “Cast all your case on Him, for He cares for you.”

In order for us to cast our cares we have to believe that He is who He says He is and that He really cares for us.

Only 25 days until Thanksgiving!  Only 54 days until Christmas Eve!  Wait, what?  That can’t be it was just September!  Wait, I haven’t even started shopping yet or yet thinking about it. That means I need to order the turkey and plan the menu for Thanksgiving.  I need to find out what everyone’s plans are so I can plan!  What are we doing for Christmas this year?  Who’s turn is it to go where?  When are the kids out of school?  Whoa, did you feel your body tense up?  Did your eyes get big and your eyebrows lift?   How can it be time for the holiday season already?

Holidays can be stressful, but they don’t have to be.  After 33 years of doing holidays mixed with ministry, family, and life I have had some greatest hits and some not so greatest hits.  The thing to remember is this.  It’s not so much about whether you get a greatest hit or not.  It’s about faith, family, food, and fun!  Years later, knowing the reason for the season and creating memories with those you love will be the thing that everyone remembers. I grew up with a Danish grandma who knew how to cook and bake. She passed that love on to my mom and me as well.   Holidays were all about the food and of course THE SWEETS!  One of the traditions that we love is making Danish Aebleskiver. They are little pancake donut dumpling that you can put everything from jelly to maple syrup to powdered sugar in them or just eat them plain.  I even have my Grandma’s Cast Iron pan to make them in.  During big family gatherings my Grandma always did things with excellence but never seemed stressed.  She always reminded us about what really mattered.  Even when things don’t always go as planned if we keep our eyes on Jesus and everything else will pale in comparison.

Jesus of course is our role model for everything. He did everything with excellence but never stressed about anything. There were many times when He retreated to spend time with the Father to recharge and refuel. Think of how he constantly poured out and needed to be poured back into.  During the holidays we need to remember that we too need recharging and refueling like Jesus did.

1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.”

Notice it says cast ALL your cares. It doesn’t say some cares, or a few cares.  He says to cast ALL your cares on Him. He created us, before the beginning of time.  He knows how we are wired.  He knows what we need before we do.  He knows that we are not meant to carry any of the stuff we lug around.  But yet, we continue to lug it around almost as a badge of honor to say, “Look how much is on my plate today!” Then we pay the price somewhere down the road.  Jesus is telling us that He’s here to carry our load for us.  As we learn to give more of our “stuff” to Him the load becomes easier. We accomplish more, we are more fun to be around, we have more purpose, focus, and energy to walk in our calling.  We are here on earth for a purpose.  He has things for us to do, people we are to meet, places we are to go.  If we are loaded down with cares, we can’t do what we were called to do.

There were times when the kids were little that the only place I could go to get away from everyone was in my bathroom.  I would shut the door, sit on the toilet, and talk to God.  Funny, that it is called the “throne room”.  Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. If I could have 5 minutes by myself, it was golden.  And then I would hear “Mommy, Mommy, are you in there?”  Even the cat didn’t like having a door between us as she would meow and meow and put her paws under the door as to try to reach me.  Oh, the joy of motherhood.

Jesus always found ways to be with the Father.  He would disappear to be with the Him, cast ALL His cares, and then come back refreshed, renewed, and ready for the next assignment.

If we can learn to take even 5 minutes a day to cast ALL our cares, our plans, our lists, our agendas over to Him, He will refresh, recharge, and refuel us.  We will know what to pick up and what to let go of.  He will take our lists and help us maximize our time.  It’s so amazing that sometimes after spending time with Him it seems as He has added time to the clock. He knows what we need before we even can think or imagine it.

The last part of 1 Peter 5:7 says that “He cares for you”.  In order for us to cast our cares we have to believe that He is who He says He is and that He really cares for us.

Do you know that if you were the only person in the world that God had ever created, He still would of sent His Son Jesus to die for just for you! I encourage you to read that again, it is true. Why?  Because He loves you that much! He really does!  He wants to be in every little detail of our lives because He is the architect and author of everything. He has a plan, and it is a good one! His plans are sooooo much better than ours. He knows that Aunt Betty is going to do her thing at the family gathering. He knows that the casserole is going to burn, and the baby is going to have a blow-out in the middle of church! He wants to be in the middle of it all! He wants to be in the conversation. He wants to help with the lists.  He wants to sit with us at the table and eat with us.  He wants to shoulder our load so we can enjoy the moments with those we love.

So, today, cast ALL your cares (not one or two or a few) upon Him today for He cares for you! …And then don’t pick them back up! Take a breath, and truly give them to the One who is built to carry them, for He cares for you!

Say this with me today:  Father, in the Name of Jesus, today I cast ALL my burdens, my worries, and my cares upon you.  I leave them at the foot of the cross.  I will not pick them up again as I am not built to carry them. I believe that you love me. I believe that you are for me.  I receive that love now and I thank you for it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Shalom,

Mama Swan