Ever had one of those days? One of those weeks or even months? I did, only it seemed every day was one of those days.
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I was journalling to Father about it recently and my eyes fell on a quote on a little plaque that I received from Joyce Meyer, years ago.
Good morning, this is God!
I will be handling all your problems today.
I will not need your help –
So, have a good day.
I love you!
I must admit I was a little taken aback by the extent of what that meant, even though I had read it for years. What, You mean I can just let it all go and let You look after it? Can I really do that? I asked Him for a verse, please, just in case Joyce got it wrong. He gave me two:-
…… casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. I Peter 5:7 AMP
Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). Psalm 55:22 AMP
Casting can also mean ‘to drop’. Hmmm, so I can just drop it at Your feet, and then just walk away? Sounds almost too good to be true, but I did it anyway. And you know what? I started feeling more peaceful, knowing that He’s got it.
It is about this time of year that we start thinking about detoxing after the Christmas junk food.
I once said to God that I would eat healthily for Him, (being very spiritual) but His reply was that He was more interested in my heart. And I do think that for the most part we should eat wholesome foods, but it is our heart that holds the springs, or source, of life.
“Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23 AMP
God wasn’t joking when He said we need to forgive or to let our anger go by the time the sun goes down. Holding on to resentment, hatred and unforgiveness can literally change the composition of our blood and impair the immune system. Some of the resulting diseases range from tension / migraine headaches to autoimmune disorders, fibromyalgia, heart attacks and high blood pressure. God doesn’t say not to do these things because He likes to lay down the rules, but for our own good / health.
Some things I have learned from my ongoing “detox”:
- Forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling.
- Some of the emotions I couldn’t cope with, especially anger, I found I could give them to God. I pictured myself giving them to Him. Sometimes I needed to do this over and over. Or I asked Him to lift them off me. Either way, it helped!
- Sometimes I needed to talk with my counsellor friends.
- The flesh kicked, screamed and threw tantrums about how unfair it all was.
- It is freeing.
Am I there yet? Are you kidding? It’s more like a journey.
I am praying for you.