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To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3 

Do you know those days that you want to give up? Life has taken another twist and you are blindsided once again with circumstances that are out of your control.

Maybe there are days when your faith in the Lord surprises you, then other days you may crawl into bed, cover yourself in blankets, and try to sleep your stress away. Have you ever listened to music or watched a show for hours because you did not want to be left in silence. If I’m honest, I’ve been there and I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed.

You Are Not Alone

Whatever you are going through, you are not alone. Let me repeat that… you are not alone. Even when it feels like you are clothed in a cloak of loneliness, there is a garment of praise God wants to give you for a spirit of heaviness. It’s simple to write, isn’t it? Accept God’s garment of praise. But how?

1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

How do we cast all of our cares upon God?

Try this:

  • Write your cares on a piece of paper.
  • For instance, if you are worried about finances, write on a piece of paper what your needs are.
  • Example: Lord, I need $2000 to pay rent/my kids need new clothes/ we need groceries.
  • Then take that piece of paper to prayer with you and lay it down on the altar and leave it there.
  • This is a tangible act of faith that has spiritual benefits. When I have done this I felt an emotional release when I laid my written cares down before the Lord.
  • Another thing to do is: On a separate piece of paper write down as many scriptures you can find about your situation: i.e.: faith, finances, fear, provision, heartache, healing, etc. and pray them out loud, declaring the word of the Lord.

Prayer: Lord, you see me right now and You care. Help me to live in a place of peace that is free from anxiety. And when things happen outside of my control, help me to turn to you first. I give (fill in the blank) to You right now and will leave it at Your feet.

 

 

 

Can I be honest? The past year has been a walk by faith journey financially. Just when I think we are getting ahead, we get set back. You may be thinking, “Well, maybe you’re bad with money,” or, “I bet she isn’t paying her tithes.”

I’m not going to tell you I’m a money-saving guru, but I have learned how to live a frugal life. Not only that, I have discovered how to take a can of black beans and make them into a masterpiece. My secret? Cumin, cayenne, and chili pepper spices. Seriously though, shredded carrot and black bean tacos have changed my life.

10% What?

Paying my tithes is non-negotiable, I learned a long time ago that every blessing I have is from the Lord and I refuse to rob Him of anything. I’m not saying that I haven’t been tempted to withhold my ten percent. Five months ago I held my tithes in my hand knowing that it was the EXACT amount I needed to pay my rent on time. Flesh is flesh. I contemplated paying my tithes late. Stress ate away at my already wavering faith as I focused on the fee that would ensue if I paid my rent late – yet again. I thought about a lot of things. Was it a “ye of little faith” moment? Yeah, maybe. But, I think that we all have those times when our flesh wars against our spirit.

I paid my tithes right away, not out of rigid obligation or because I was worried that my pastor would have a dream in the middle-of-the-night revealing my sin. I paid my tithes because I trust God. I paid my tithes instead of my rent because I know that God is my provider, even when I feel weak. Living for God is not always easy, but oh-so-worth-it.

Tear Stained Hope

Yes, crazy things happen. And, yes, life is not perfect. But, that does not give me the right to flail my arms up in defeat. My less-than-perfect circumstances should not permit me lose hope.

Have I left tear stained marks on my husband’s shoulder? Yes, a few times. Not only am I human, butI’m a woman. I can get emotional. One thing I am learning is … my anxious heart is not a badge of honor. Instead, it is a mirror of my faith.

Lying awake at night worrying is a clear sign that I have not given my cares to God. Ouch.

Casting All Your Care 

1 Peter 5:6-8 states, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

Out of humility, we are to cast our cares upon God. Fear and worry pillages faith and encourages our minds to perpetuate anxiousness. Our adversary will try to kill us with the cares of this world and would love our stress to destroy us. Pray this with me, “In Jesus Name, take this (whatever it is), it’s Yours. I am casting this at Your feet and I will trust You.”

This prayer is simple, but it isn’t easy.

A Few Testimonies

Several months ago we needed an additional $1000 to pay our rent and my husband quoted Psalm 50:10, “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills,”and prayed, “God, I need a dollar from every hill.”That week, someone gave him a check for $1000.

Last month, I looked in my pantry and there wasn’t even a can of black beans to redeem supper time and I quoted Psalm 37:25, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread,”and prayed “Lord, you know our need and I trust you.”That night I asked my husband, “Do you want an egg or a box of brownies for dinner?”(He opted for the brownies lol). An hour later I received a text from a friend that said, “I’m on my way to your house, we have groceries for you.”There were so many goodies inside those bags, even the old-faithful black beans made their appearance. Bless God.

Be Still, Anxious Heart

Maybe you are facing a situation that is beyond your control, but continue to pray, “In Jesus Name, take this (whatever it is), it’s Yours. I am casting this at Your feet and I will trust You.” Do this until you feel peace that passes your understanding. Psalm 46:10 declares, “Be still and know that I am God.”So, today, be still, anxious heart.

God is faithful, even when you feel faithless.

I may not know who you are, dear reader, but I prayed for you this morning. You may be going through a dark valley, but don’t walk through it alone, allow God to be with you. And, whatever you do, don’t lose hope.