The Word On Monday: Casting Burdens On Him πŸŒ»

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee; he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22 KJV

When my daughter asks me what sustains means she says, “Mama does sustain mean help?” I answer “Yes, God is saying He will help you with your burdens.” It also can mean aid, support, uphold, maintain, assist, buoy, or carry.

Our heaviest burdens are easy and light to God and He can burden the load for us. We’re not meant to shoulder them alone. Sometimes we give them to God only to pick them back up, thinking that we can carry them, forgetting the One who says, “No, no, give it to Me!”

Our strength doesn’t lie in and of ourselves since we are finite creatures but our Infinite and Powerful God gives us His strength to face our trials everyday. He shall sustain thee: that’s His promise to us. He promises never to let those trials move us from righteously following after Him.

Charles Spurgeon says, In Jesus He accepts us as righteous and in Jesus He will keep us also.

Let those burdens roll off those stooped shoulders onto the strong shoulders of the almighty God.

Picture the cross, with your burdens written out ON A BIG PIECE OF CARDBOARD at the foot of the cross and leave them there.

God has got this! He promises to carry you through. Give it ALL to God and watch the fear, worry, and stress melt away. He will sustain and help you. It’s His promise.

Much love,

Viv πŸ€—πŸŒΉ

Waiting

My heart is expectantly waiting for your deliverance O Lord, as the cold days of winter are transposed by the warm winds of spring.

~Vivian Joy

This kind of friend…

There are only a few people you will ever be blessed to meet that will be this kind of friend. A true friend that loves you at your best and worst. Someone who listens and pats your head letting you cry it all out (or write it all out.)

But once you let go, and let the real you shine through, knowing that person still loves you and believes in you anyway in spite of the flaws, well, that’s a real friend.

I don’t know if this kind of friend is a common as we think. There is such freedom in being real, being who you are, letting go of fears that others may judge or think less of you should you show them the real person inside by expressing the depths of your heart. Sometimes, just saying how you really feel is better than bottling it up, because letting it out restores healing.

This kind of friend won’t judge or lecture because they understand rash words or feelings may just be our pain crying out. They know us and love us to know maybe we just need to vent and they understand the root cause of our pain.

Being real takes courage.

Being you takes courage.

But as my beautiful mama says, (paraphrased) Sometimes God uproots the weeds in our friendship gardens to only leave us with the flowers.

I’m so glad for the true flowers still left in my friendship garden. πŸ€—

I pray that I will grow to be this kind of friend.

β€œOh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”

― Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

🌻🌼🌷⚘🏡🌹πŸ₯€

Because of Grace

O child of God, be more careful to keep the way of the Lord, more concentrated in heart in seeking His glory, and you will see the loving-kindness and the tender mercy of the Lord in your life.

~C. H. Spurgeon

Grace. It means favor. A free and ready favor of the Lord. And it’s truly a gift.

When God gives us faith it’s because of His marvelous grace. Grace is the beginning force of our salvation which flows like a fountain or stream sourced from above. Faith is the aqueduct that trickles down mercy which currents from the grace of our good and benevolent God our fountain head. It’s only by God’s beautiful grace we are saved through faith in Christ Jesus.

There is a time when we must give grace to others, even when it’s tough.

By giving grace to others we are in essence being Christlike in reflecting grace upon them just as He’s shown grace to us.

When the kids are cranky and you want to be cranky back……give them grace.

When the boss is unfair and takes credit for what you did…..give them grace.

When the people you know decide to back off because they can’t understand what you’re going through…..give them grace.

Why?

The usual response recommended these days is to speak out, speak up, shake fists, rant…..

Giving grace isn’t the popular response, I know, but you know what? God gives grace to us constantly. Daily. Hourly. Minutely. So why not instead of getting mad and lash back, try giving grace and just see how God uses you to reflect His grace upon others for His glory.

There is a time and place to speak up and be a voice for the weak and for what is right, but not every personal jibe or irritation warrants it.


β€œThe same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances.” β€”Unknown.

I love this quote because it really shows to me just how much grace truly is a gift because if it weren’t for God giving grace to endure our trials, they would not help us grow in godliness, but instead they would harden us.

Praise God for His grace to endure and reflect His glory as we grow in grace.


Thank you Cindy Dawson from Real Christian Women for asking me to share a few thoughts on grace. I greatly value your friendship and your blog.

I’d like to invite three of my favorite blogger friends to join me and give me their thoughts on JOY. (Or if you already have something written on joy that would work great too. 😊)

1) Lauren from godhelpmei

2) Savannah from Rejoicing in Hope

3) TR from Inside Cup
The rules are simple. No pressure – if you choose to participate, invite 3 bloggers to write 2 quotes each, and a thought or two, on 1 word given to them by you.

God bless,

Viv

Hope in front of me

β€œGod is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of HOPE.” – CATHERINE MARSHALL


What exactly is hope? Here’s a biblical definition:

Hope

To trust in, wait for, look for, or desire something or someone; or to expect something beneficial in the future.

My hope is in the Lord. He alone can bring about healing for me. To trust in His sovereign timing means that I hope in Him, looking upon Him with expectant eyes of faith, as I patiently bear my current circumstances ordered by Him and ultimately fixed through Him.

Hope is contagious. When someone looses hope, it will have a domino effect on others. I’ve seen it. Yet, if a person stays hopeful it brushes off on others and in turn gives birth to more and more HOPE.

Over a year and a half ago, my doctor told me something that will stay with me forever. After finding an “issue” with my compressed head she said, “Now, I don’t want you to lose HOPE.”

It was simple.

And those words I will never forget because I’m sure if I had indeed lost hope, I would not have made it.

Hope kept me fighting.

Hope kept me alive.

God held me, through hope!!

Hope is God’s gift to us. It drives away our fears and pushes us on despite grim happenings that may bring despair. It’s stronger than fear because fear has a paralyzing effect but not hope, it drives us. It drives us to keep on keeping on. It says, “God’s got this!” “Don’t give up!” “Tomorrow will be better!”

Our hope is in God. No matter how bad things may seem, God’s word is full of promises to us that we can store up in our minds and cling to, protecting us from fears, worries and anxieties.

God doesn’t want us to lose hope.

We can pray for hope to drive away despair by asking Jesus to give us a beacon of His hope through His word.

Jesus is our hope.

Faith in Him produces hope. Our hope is in our eternal home with Him after this life. We must believe this. There has to be faith and hope that believes God’s word is true, trusting in His faithfulness and mercy to carry our souls past this life into the next. Our joy and peace comes from believing these promises through the Holy Spirit’s gift of hope.

So, as long as we have lungs breathing oxygen in and out of our bodies, and as long as we are alive, there is hope.

There’s hope in front of us…

Romans 15:13

13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.



Great song of hope by Danny

Gokey~

https://youtu.be/9KIhYZQ_ovw

I’ve been running through rain
That I thought would never end
Trying to make it on faith
In a struggle against the wind
I’ve seen the dark and the broken places
But I know in my soul
No matter how bad it gets
I’ll be alright
There’s hope in front of me
There’s a light, I still see it
There’s a hand still holding me
Even when I don’t believe it
I might be down but I’m not dead
There’s better days still up ahead
Even after all I’ve seen
There’s hope in front of me
There’s a place at the end of the storm
You finally find
Where the hurt and the tears and the pain
All fall behind
You open up your eyes and up ahead
There’s a big sun shining
Right then and there you realize
You’ll be alright
There’s hope in front of me
There’s a light, I still see it
There’s a hand still holding me
Even when I don’t believe it
I might be down but I’m not dead
There’s better days still up ahead
Even after all I’ve seen
There’s hope in front of me
There’s a hope still burning
I can feel it rising through the night
And my world’s still turning
I can feel your love here by my side
You’re my hope
You’re the light, I still see it
Your hands are holding me
Even when I don’t believe it
I’ve got to believe
I still have hope
You are my hope
Songwriters: Brett James / Danny Gokey / Bernie Herms
Hope in Front of Me lyrics Β© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management