Give Your Burdens and Cares To God
Many folks are sad, broken-hearted, grieving over the loss of loved ones, stressed out with the pressures of life and living, carrying many burdens, don’t know what to do, where to find answers to their problems and questions that trouble them. Turn to the Lord for comfort and help. He will make a way when there seems to be no way; your breakthrough will come; you will have victory over that need or problem before you!
“Casting all your care upon him: for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
We all need to learn to take ‘One Day At A Time’
Our elderly neighbor asked, “Eh, why you like move from here!?” She couldn’t understand why we would sell our home after living in this nice suburban community for over 30 years. We were young when we moved here to raise our three children. That’s me in the picture still in my work clothes, having just gotten home from my job as principal of a Catholic preschool and kindergarten, a stone’s throw from our home. Wyman had just finished his run around the neighborhood with Princess, our part Labrador dog. He was recognized by all the neighbors and their kids as he did his three mile jog everyday with two panting dogs, since we later added a light brown part pit bull to our family. They ran until they got older and slower as the years went by, then their run became just a brisk walk. .
It was a half hour commute into the city when the traffic flowed smoothly. The kids often scrapped in the car, sibling rivalry they call it. It made me so nervous as I drove to the parochial school where my daughter was in kindergarten and her brother in second grade. I would threaten to pull over and leave them on the side of the freeway, but of course I never followed through! I soon learned to make morning prayer a regular practice and we would each say our prayers for the day, especially for traveling safety, with me ending the prayer. Some days I extended my prayer to include not only our family members, but everyone else who came into my mind and everything under the sun until we got close to our destination. And the children knew to be quiet during prayer. When I couldn’t make the prayer last until we reached their school, I put on a Christian radio program and turned the volume up. I found out that there was less squabbling in the car because I wasn’t giving attention to the kids and they couldn’t compete with the radio!
One morning as I drove into town with the radio on, the radio commentator on the Christian station was talking about world evangelism and I heard a voice say to me, “One day you will preach to large crowds in a foreign land.” I thought, “How is this possible when I have three young children to raise?” The years passed by, yet in the back of my mind a seed had been planted.
Fast forward to the year 2000. My son and two daughters were educated, married with their own children and my husband and I just started attending a small church that built a mission house and had a Bible School in the Philippines. We joined the pastor and several church members on our very first overseas mission trip, the first of 14 trips we would make to Northern Luzon, Philippines.
We were created to praise God.
In fact, everything God created was with His intention that they would give Him praise and glory.
Rev 4:11 says, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
The last verse of the last Psalm, Psalm 150:6, states, “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”
Psalm 107:1 reminds us: “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
Before day light, the birds outside were already praising the Lord and giving Him glory!
We should praise and thank God every day, wherever we are, at all times of the day, upon rising or retiring at night, even upon our beds like I do every morning. If I don’t say my prayers before I get out of bed, I will not likely remember to go through my prayer list for that day. My husband uses the time he spends on the elliptical machine at the YMCA for his prayer time.
You can pray anywhere, at any time.
When I was teaching, the students noticed that they would hear me humming under my breath all the time. In my subconscious I am always singing praises to the Lord or I can hear the songs going around in my head. Sometimes as I read the newspaper, I pray for the needs of families who have suffered misfortunes and tragedies; sometimes I intercede in the Spirit and even pray imprecatory prayers against the evil doers in our society, nation and world.
Praise, worship and prayers of thanksgiving, and prayers of requests, supplications, intercessions go hand in hand. The order doesn’t matter to God; just let the Holy Spirit do the prompting.