In a nutshell, over the past ten years, when Granny Weaver began her knitting circle, letters have poured in about...cares...distress...anxiety. At this blog, I'll be posting encouraging scripture, words of wisdom, testimonies (that hopefully you will send me) and much more. Today, I'd like to share about 1 Peter 5:7. In the Amplified Bible, it says:
"...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 LOVE that! It tells me that God:
Listens to me for the billionth time! Wants to help carry ALL my anxieties & worries. Is concerned about my concerns. Cares! (Let that sink in. Mind boggling!) Is Affectionate! Watches over me...I'm the apple of His eye. (Psalm 17:8)
The other night, I felt restless. I just couldn't put my finger on it, but something was making me anxious. So, I try to practice what I preach in my books and sat in my comfy recliner to cast my cares on God. It went like this:
"Lord, I feel antsy. Is it the after Christmas letdown? Too much gluten? Lack of sunshine here in Pennsylvania?"
As I went on, I began to really unfold, get real.
"Lord, I am anxious for my loved ones." I went on to tell him my fears for my four perfect grandchildren! ;) I will spare you all the details, but if you're like me, I want the values of Little House on the Prairie back. Thankfully, so do my adult children. (They believe the Amish helped form their world-view. Praise be!)
I don't want my grandchildren to live in such a fearful, crime-ridden, values-compromised world!
I sat for a while. I knew I nailed it. "Lord, I need to cast my grandkids on you. You care about them more than I do, which blows my mind! I LOVE my grosskinner!"
I could breathe easily again. Fears fled. Pressure lifted.
And this is what casting off prayers are all about. I may need to do them throughout the day, as the need arises. I don't have to sit in my recliner. I can be driving. It's simply knowing God is good, getting honest with Him, and letting go. Trust him to:
"...perfect that whichconcerns me." Psalm 138:8 NKJV
I know I'm not alone in my concerns. Please post a comment or prayer request. We can form an online community of prayer...a holy space...to cast all our care upon God!
Granny Weaver, a fictitious character in the Amish Knitting Circle Series, has whet the appetite of readers worldwide to cast their cares upon the Lord...because He cares! Dear Reader Friends, this blog is for you! Karen Anna Vogel