I’ve been awake quite a while this morning. I woke up and started thinking of all the things I needed to get done today and what I am anticipating.


???????????????????????????????To start with, we have a water leak. It’s a leak that my husband couldn’t repair, so he called a plumber. We expect him to show up around 9:00 am this morning. Who knows what this little visit will entail…cost, time without water, inconvenience, etc. But I’m on top of it and ready to get it done.


Next, Colorado is preparing for a big snow storm. Weather reports vary, but they all agree, the entire state is going to get slammed. Obviously, I need to get provisions in for this massive storm. Probably along with lots of other people.


And finally, because of this storm, we moved my grandson’s birthday party to this evening (it was scheduled for Sunday…NASCAR theme…watch the Daytona 500…lots of fun for me…and him). So I am scrambling to get that set as well. But remember, I’m shopping with lots of people and will be without water for part of my day today.


I guess my post about being under pressure yesterday was pretty timely!


I know what I want to expect and what I want to anticipate today. But with so many variables, how can I possibly believe that each step of my plan will go smoothly? I can’t.


Isn’t that the way life is? Everything seems to be going well. You are on the right path. You are doing the right things. And then suddenly, you are sidelined by an illness, or a death, or unexpected financial burden, or loss of a job, or a broken relationship, or, well, I think you get it.


It’s in these times when we must rely on God and allow Him to take our burden. Tell me, do you recall these verses?


“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” (Psalm 55:22 – NIV)


“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 – NIV)


“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6 – NIV)


“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 – NIV)


God doesn’t just want us to give Him our burdens and cares, but He offers some relief as well.


He offers peace (John 14:27; Isaiah 26:3-4).

He offers rest (Exodus 33:14; Psalm 62).

He offers strength (Isaiah 40:9; 2 Chronicles 16:9a).

He offers joy (Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 51:12).


When we are faced with dashed expectations or anticipations, God is able to revive us.


Perhaps you are facing a serious situation today. If so, why not spend a few moments with God in His Word. Speak these truths aloud. Hold tightly to the promises. Believe that God is with you. God’s Word will bring sustenance to your life and your soul.


I’ve frittered several hours this morning preparing lists and making plans. Now it is time to put it all into action. I must get moving if all that is to be accomplished today is in fact done. Until tomorrow, have a wonderful day filled with God’s goodness.


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



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