The Art of Casting…

To cast can mean throwing something in a specific direction…

So as believers we are called to cast our cares, anxieties, or worries on Christ because He cares for us.

The Lord tells us the direction in which to cast our worries, and that is on Him, because He cares for us. We have our direction and our directive. So how many of us does this scenario describe?

We go through a tough situation. We worry, we fret, we become anxious and nervous. So we go before the Lord, crying, pleading, and begging. We vent and we get up and we move on. Sometimes we leave the cares there and sometimes we place the cares right back on our shoulders.

There is an art to casting. In order to throw something in a specific direction, it takes concentration and focus. We have to have our eyes on the desired target. Many times we neglect to properly cast our cares on the Lord because we aren’t focused on Him, we are focused on the worries and anxieties. Without clarity and focus, we will miss what the Master is trying to do for us.

Casting requires intentionality. We don’t cry and vent to the Lord just to pick the concerns back up. We cast and we leave the cares there because our Father knows best. We cast our cares because He is built for the burdens and concerns.

Casting produces peace, joy, and hope. Casting reminds us that He is the Shepherd and we are the flock. Casting reminds us that He is our Rock and our Redeemer.

May we all perfect the art of casting.

Peace and Blessings

Unspeakable Joy

Joy that is inexpressible or unspeakable joy is that glow that’s on your face that you cannot explain. It’s the smile you wear when everything around you seems to be falling apart. It’s the optimistic you have in a world of pessimists. It’s the peace you have in the midst of chaos. It is not depended upon your circumstances. It is not found in a human being. It is found here:

Inexpressible joy, unspeakable joy is found in our Savior. It is found in the One whom you love and have not seen. It is found in the One whom first loved you. It is found in Jesus Christ, who died for you and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. Your unspeakable joy is found in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

So maintain that glow. Keep wearing that smile. Be the optimist in a room full of negative and hopeless people. Keep focus on that mission, purpose, and goal. Move through discouragement and disappointment.

Let unspeakable joy radiate through you because it will be a blessing to someone else. Let inexpressible joy be the reason that you press on. Your joy points others to His strength. Let your joy manifest in your actions, your movements, and your deeds.

Let your joy speak for itself.

Peace and Blessings

Fire Power…

“…each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.” 1 Corinthians 3:13

Consider the exhortation of 1 Corinthians and ponder this question:

What power will the fire have on you?

Believers are promised many things, some of those things include fiery trials.

So don’t think it strange! Don’t spend too much time crying and wondering, why you? Why not you?! This is a promise in Christ, we have an adversary and we will experience suffering. If you look past the fire, you can also see the victory!

The fire is useful and add definition to our life. Frustrating? Yes. Needed? Absolutely! Will you buckle or will you stand? Will you give up or will you press on? Will you rebel or will you rejoice?

Make the decision to stand strong, to press on, and to be refined by the struggles of life! Don’t let the fiery trials consume you. Continue to do the work of the Lord. Don’t be defined by depression or anxiety. Don’t let a bad day, month or year define who the Lord is. You determine the power of the fire, don’t let it overpower you!

The fire is hot, the fire is overwhelming, and the fire is necessary. The fire can either consume you or refine you, the choice is yours.

Peace and Blessings