Tim Timmons- “Cast My Cares”

In the middle of the night
When worry finds me
In the middle of the fight
When strength is gone
In the middle of a fire
When fear is closing in
You are, You are my song
You’re my hope, when hope is gone

(Chorus)
I will cast my cares on You the almighty
I will cast my cares on You ‘cause You’re good
I will cast my cares on You ‘cause You love me
You love me, oh because You love me

In the middle of the night
When worry finds me
In the middle of the fight
When strength is gone
In the middle of a fire
When fear is closing in
You are, You are my song
You’re my hope, when hope is gone

 

I will cast my cares on You the almighty
I will cast my cares on You ‘cause You’re good
I will cast my cares on You ‘cause You love me
You love me, oh because You love me

God of glory
You are able
Through Your power
To be faithful
God of mercy
Every moment
You are near to me
God of glory
You are able
Through Your power
To be faithful
God of mercy
Every moment
You are near to me

I will cast my cares on You the almighty
I will cast my cares on You ‘cause You’re good
I will cast my cares on You ‘cause You love me
You love me, oh because You love me

In the middle of the night

I’ll pray with confidence

In the middle of a fight

you’re greater still

In the middle of a fire

Your love is holding me

You are, you are my song

You’re my hope when hope is gone

“If you didn’t have to worry about money…”

One day my mom and I went to lunch, and this “table topic” was sitting on our table.  And so we asked one another that very question.  Mom went first, and she answered that she would play the piano in nursing homes, rehab centers, etc and maybe even get a masters in counseling or psychology.  After all, my mom has an incredible talent for playing the piano, but even bigger than this God-given talent is her heart for the weak and the lonely.

Most people that know me well would describe me like this: firstly, that I am “Sweet Sarah” and secondly, that I am an idealist, a dreamer.  Excuse me now if too much of my dreamer side comes out here, but I have a question to ask:

Why is it a bad thing to dream big?

Why do we settle for the comfort of what we know rather than dare to do great things

for the glory of God?

I look at my mom, and I see her and all that she does.  She works day in and day out, yes, in a place that she enjoys, but I beg to ask the question: “Mom, why don’t you play the piano at home anymore?  Why don’t you go to a nursing home or to a hospice center on Saturdays to share your gift?  Is life so “busy” with what we “have” to do that we can’t do the things for which God has placed a desire in our heart to do?”

What is keeping Christians from living as God’s word requires?  If the issue is money, why don’t we sell the house and get a smaller one?  If the issue is our obligations, why don’t we prioritize what’s most important?  If the issue is stuff, then why don’t we clear out the clutter?  If the issue is safety, why don’t we see that we are sheep, and He is the great shepherd?  If the issue is reading parts of the Bible that make us feel uncomfortable, then why don’t we erase all that we know and start over again?  Why don’t we value a childlike faith?

Through Isaiah in chapter 55 verses 1-2, the Lord speaks to us today, saying:

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;

and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk

without money and without price.

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,

and your labor for that which does not satisfy?”

God is calling each and every single one of us today.  Do you crave something more in your relationship with God?  He is saying to you, “Come and drink!  I am living water.  I am life.”  He doesn’t want your money, and He doesn’t want your worldly success.  He who has no money, come and buy! That is the beauty of the Gospel: you bring nothing to His table yet receive everything in return.  But you have to bring nothing. All that you are laboring for, does that quench the hunger and thirst that you have?  He is offering to you the only thing that will satisfy: His blessing and His love.

Now I leave you with a question.  If you didn’t have to worry about money, what would you do?

Would you do what you are doing today?

Trusting God and His Plan for the Day

Good morning!  Today is my second day of class in the Spring 2011 semester, and I can hardly believe it!  Time flies way too fast…

Many of us can agree with that statement, that time flies away from us.  Often times, I struggle with hating time, wishing that I had 36 hours in a day rather than 24.  Maybe then I would get more done, and I wouldn’t be wishing that there were two of me running around.  Maybe too, I would actually be able to rest at the end of a fully accomplished day.

But life doesn’t work like that.  Instead, life works better than what we can understand.  As a Christian, we live by our faith, hope, and love for God.  We also live by trust.  One of my mom’s favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 3:5-8.  Here’s what it says:

“Tust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on our own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”

Each and every day, TRUST in the Lord with all your heart.  In every day, you will have different struggles and trials–anything from a headache to the passing of a loved one–but you must always TRUST Him and His wisdom rather than trusting yourself.  Acknowledging Him-this is what makes a day accomplished because it allows us to see Him and to thank Him for what is good rather than to focus on a chore that is yet to be done or a grief that is yet to be dealt with.

Time is not an enemy.  Time isn’t something that we should blame for not having a day with a finished to-do list.  Instead, we must trust that God has each day in His hands and through keeping our eyes on Him, we’ll see that He will accomplish everything that He needs to do through us each day.

So stop worrying about your days!  It won’t add a single hour to your life anyways (Matthew 6:27 & 6:34, ).  Instead, acknowledge God throughout your day, and trust that He has already planned it out. 🙂