Friday, January 25, 2013

Butler Praise and Coffee ~ A Night of Casting Our Cares

Butler Praise and Coffee has been such a blessing for me this past year. We meet once a month and through our meetings I have enjoyed meeting some of Butler's best women, forming new relationships, encouraging others in their relationship with God, and watching as women find freedom in Christ.

We have had great speakers, great discussions and our numbers have grown. God is truly blessing us!

Yesterday we even made the newspaper!! Me and Amy (co-founders of the group) were interviewed and the article was wonderful! It really made my day!! :)

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Last night we had our monthly meeting and we talked about casting our cares on God.

Most women are pretty good at worrying. We are good at wanting to control our lives. We are good at hanging on to guilt and shame.

But we are told in 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Worry means
to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret
to torment with cares, anxieties, etc; trouble; plague

 I love Psalm 55:22 (NIV)
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

To sustain means to
support, hold up, bear the weight of
to keep from giving way
to supply with the necessities for life

After giving the intro to the topic we split into groups for discussion and answered the following questions:

1. Do you struggle with handing your cares over to God? If so, why do you think that is?
2. For those of you who have been casting your cares onto Him, how do you do it?

There were several things that keep us from giving our worries and cares to God.
Some don't want to give up the feeling of being in control.
Some have a hard time trusting God.
Some let guilt or shame stop them.
Some feel that what they are dealing with is too small to take to God.
And the reasons go on and on.

Not much was said about HOW some cast their cares which leads me to believe that most people struggle with this.

But it is something we MUST learn to do!

We had a time of application... actually giving our cares over to God. This is something you can do by yourself at home or with a group of friends.

We asked the ladies to spend about ten minutes in prayer, alone, asking God to reveal what things they are holding onto instead of trusting Him with. These "cares" and "worries" were wrote down on paper for their eyes only.

Before we cast our worries I shared what God had put on my heart...

God has the entire WORLD in his hands. Yet we worry that WE might burden HIM with our lives. What feels like a massive weight to us would be nothing to Him! And if His hands are large enough to hold the world... imagine how huge His heart must be!!!! And His heart is FOR you! He cares! He is your Sustainer! He WILL take care of you! He LOVES you!!

It was time to lay our burdens down. Time to leave them with God. Time to trust Him to be who He says He is and do what He says He will do.

One by one the ladies lined up placed their cares in the large box at the foot of the cross.

When they were done I nailed that lid shut.

The pounding of the nails... the finality of the situation... the fact that it was DONE...

God saying...

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Whew! You guys!!! It was a powerful night! It was a night of finding freedom. It was a night of encouragement! A night of realizing that we all struggle with worry and it's ok because we are going to work through this together. 

A night where 34 women left their burdens in God's might hands and walked out feeling a lot lighter.

My heart is happy!

What keeps you from casting your cares?

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