Posted on October

The One Thing You Should Give Up


We all have that one “Thing.”

You know the one.  The one thing you stew about throughout the day; stirring it over and over in your mind.  Depending on your season of life, it may be work or marriage or money or age or regret or health or whatever.

Lately, for me, the “thing” I worry the most about is my young adult children.  They are 18, 20 and 21 years old and navigating life as adults.  I pray everyday they will make good decisions.  Sometimes it was easier when they were little and you could tell them what to do!

What is your “thing?”  The thing you worry about throughout the day.  The one thing that takes your energy and adds to your stress.  “The Thing” can grow and grow until it overwhelms every other thought.

I teach a craft class for elementary kids on Tuesdays.  I love coming up with the activities we will enjoy.  We used a product recently called Gaps and Cracks.  Have you heard of this stuff?  It comes in a spray can and when you spray just a little into a flower pot or other container, it GROWS!  It expands to fill every gap and crack (thus the name, I’m assuming) and then it hardens.

Our worries are a lot like Gaps and Cracks.  Just a little bit of a worry can grow and GROW until it fills the gaps and cracks of our minds and becomes our overwhelming “Thing.”

There’s a funny thing about our “Thing.”  No matter how much it grows and GROWS in our minds and feels overwhelming, it can never be bigger than God.  Never.

At summer camp I remember singing a little song…

Our God is so BIG!

So Strong and so mighty,

There’s nothing our God cannot do!

There’s nothing our God cannot do.

No matter how big your “Thing” seems to you, it can never be bigger than God.  Give it to Him.  Give God your worries and your concerns.  Let Him carry the “Thing” weighing you down.  God is strong and mighty; and He can handle your “Thing.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand,

that he may lift you up in due time.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ,

after you have suffered a little while,

will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

To Him be the power for ever and ever.

I Peter 5:6-7 & I Peter 5:10-11

Have a great day…with one less “thing” on your mind.

With love, Nikki


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