Cast EVERY Care

This morning I woke up with a strange weariness, realizing that I had been carrying the burden of the recent tragic senseless murders of two young black and brown men/ boys at the hands of those meant to protect them in my heart. All week I was distracted – I had to fight to stay focused on work, get through meetings, and even dealing with mundane household issues that come with the new pandemic norm of everyone working or taking classes at home.

As the mother of a 21 yrs old son ( pictured above) who has already tasted of police bias against him several times ( just being a young black carefree male), I continue to draw near to throne of grace to place this burden in God’s very capable hands. In times like these, His word is a great consolation and anchor for my soul.

In I Peter 5:7 God encourages us to cast ALL our cares upon Him, not just some of them. The NLT translation puts it this way,“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” His great concern and love for us are designed to carry every worry and every care that we have. In Philippians 4: 6 He actually commands us to “Don’t worry about anything & pray about EVERYTHING. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all he has done. ”

Trusting God with my children has been a daily commitment for me as they have gotten older and especially now as they are transitioning to adulthood. Placing their protection and growth in God’s very capable hands is something that I am growing in faith, and I need His abundant grace to break free from the traps of worry that try to overtake me when triggering incidents like these recent events happen. My heart aches for these families.

May God have mercy on the families of Daunte Wright and Adam Torres who have to endure senseless and unimaginable pain. I pray that God’s promise to comfort them in times of mourning would embrace them and help them heal, restore and relieve the aching pain of loss. He is the God of ALL comfort. We are to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find FIND GRACE in the time of need.

Ps 31:19 also promises that as we come to the Lord for protection, He lavishes us with His goodness which He has stored up for us in great measure. That goodness is not just for our benefit, but so we can pour it out to others. As we are restored, we can be ( should be) that conduit of Gods grace to a world(our families, friends and community) desperate for healing and wholeness.

Praying for other parents of black and brown sons and daughters who share this concern, that God’s abundant grace will empower them also to move forward beyond worry into trust in Gods goodness. Reach out to someone with a word of encouragement, overlook an offense, give grace when someone doesn’t immediately respond, write a note of thanks. Already you have made the world a better place and eased a burden.

21 Days of Grace – Day 18

Genesis 6:8

Genesis‬ ‭6:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

This short verse really captivated me this morning. The scripture tells us that while the law came via Moses ( Old Testament), grace and truth came through Jesus Christ ( I John 1:17). So while many of us think of grace as a New Testament doctrine, we see that even before the law of Moses was established, God found grace in Noah! So the doctrine of Grace threaded, woven throughout the Bible. It is foundational.

This brief verse comes after a passage detailing the deep corruption and sin of man and God’s resulting displeasure and desire to wipe them out. Yet, in the midst of His displeasure, Noah stood out in God’s sight! Something in Noah made God pause and reconsider His plan. Noah found grace with God, because God saw Noah’s devotion, trust and faith in His word. He desired to honor God even in the midst of great evil, and was leading his family in righteousness. Noah risked ridicule and ostracism to follow what God had spoken in his heart.

This grace that God found in Noah is referenced extensively throughout the New Testament. It is the character of God. God is willing to spare His wrath, delay judgement, provide escape from destruction when He detects ONE heart willing to believe and trust in Him,even in the midst of vast corruption or persecution. In the Old Testament, we also see Abraham, petitioning God to spare Lot, delaying destruction of Sodom so Lot could escape. That was grace in action. God is a merciful and just God. He is looking for hearts turned toward Him to pour out His grace – In this case, God’s grace spared the utter destruction of the world to preserve and prepare his covenant with man. He truly is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Great is Your faithfulness to us, O’ God!

21 Days of Grace: Day 7

Hebrews 4:16

Hebrews 4:16 NKJV
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Today’s verse is a clarion call for us to come boldly, confidently to God’s throne of grace to get the help, mercy and find grace when you need it! The preceding verse talks of God’s great compassion for us, that He knows our weaknesses and beckons us to come to Him. The point is that we don’t have to be fearful or timid when we approach God ( like Dorothy and crew in the Wizard of Oz), but confident that He will be just and merciful. There is also no question that once we come, we will get the mercy and find the grace we need to help us in any circumstance.

The throne of Grace also reminds us of God’s sovereignty and majesty from which His grace flows. The ability to extend grace to others is a noble leadership quality that we should emulate. Lord, help us to grow in our knowledge and trust in you that we we can confidently come to you for everything and expect that Your loving kindness, mercy and grace are available to to help us always. #Grace #Mercy #Boldness #Confidence #21DaysofGrace

21 Days of Grace: Day 5

Psalms 145:8

Psalm 145:8 (MSG)
God is all mercy and grace– not quick to anger, is rich in love.

Grace is the very nature of God – He is ALL mercy and grace. As we walk in Grace, we truly allow God’s character to permeate/ override ours. We become more long suffering and slow to anger- overlooking offense. That is how God operates. He is gracious and compassionate – rich in unfailing love and mercy. Lord, help us to be more like you.

There is great power in not being shaken or moved to anger by circumstance and to continue to be gracious and merciful in difficult times. We need Gods grace to do it. #Grace #21DaysofGrace #compassion #mercy