Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sketches of Summer



Together we pull weeds, Bethi and I, with only a comment or two, perfect comradeship without words, because we are both doing something we love together. A gentle breeze blows just often enough to make the heat almost unnoticed, and centipedes travel rapidly past our fingers, unafraid of our invasion of their territory, unlike the timid pill bugs. We are gleeful over the simple facts that the lettuce is still standing, the bell peppers have finally shown their tiny leaves, the tomatoes which were wilting are now standing straight and growing in height from careful attention. "I don't know why, but I think I like weeding the best out of gardening," Bethani muses. The straight rows rising out of what was once chaos is satisfying.

The sun is beating down almost unbearably on anything that dares to show it's face to the out-of-doors; the sun is so bright, it is almost dizzying. But the garden is a friend, and it needs a helping hand even more on such a day as this. The carrot tops, feathery, abundant, thickly green, hide many weeds under canopies formed by intertwining plants, beginning to think of needing more room The squash shows little buds, the promise of fruit for our attentive care. Mental notes to transplant that pepper and stake the top-heavy tomato plants; the ground is hard and dry; it doesn't feel like anything could live in it. But the mist of water spreads it's beautiful prisms of color across the enclosure as the sun glints off it's surface, the gentle drops of liquid soak into the earth, and the ground is transformed into a life giving home for these spears of green.

I'm called to the window to see the little bunny that is nibbling clover under our double dining room windows. He's promptly named Timmy; and almost as quickly called Tiny Tim, for even a bunny is not exempt from having an endearing nickname. He seems to know we are watching, ready to run if the noises he hears turn out to be alarming, but he's not truly afraid, and seems to feel that the half hour of twilight is one to be enjoyed. He nibbles some more, and then lazily hops across the yard, and enjoys a long stalk of grass. Then he ambles and hurriedly hops by turns to the wooden yard fence, to creep along it through the bushes to his home in the woods. We expect to see him again; he has shown up just enough of late to make us feel as if we are a regular stop.

A light flashes in the dusk; it grabs my attention and I stand riveted at the window rather than hurrying past as I intended. Another and another blink on for a lingering moment, and then fade to be replaced by another. The display is simple and beautiful, reminding me of being seven years old and sitting out in my grandparents yard after a Fourth of July party, watching the fireflies put on their own light show. They are just as vivid and special this night, and their fairy sparkles over my garden fill me with a strong feeling of whimsy not often noticed, but cherished for it's briefness. I step out onto the deck, rid myself of the confining, distancing glass door. Here I am a part of the gentle night noises, the quiet stillness, surrounded by the twinkling lights that show the creativity and love for beauty that my Father not only created, but placed in me to love. 

Summer is here in full in South Carolina, and though the moment it arrives is difficult to tell, for often it feels it never truly ends, these little things are proof of the change, and a reminder that the simple moments can be breathtakingly beautiful and a gift contentedly taken is always a joy to the one who receives it. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Looking Back at May




Noah quietly playing by himself while we put together Bethi's little party.


I found a really off bug coming in from weeding, y'all. (But it's NOTHING like the beetles we've seen the last week. They are. so. big. ::shudder::)


Working on new product ;)!

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Me: "Out of 8 women on this thing, 3 are Anne and two are Jane."
Tori: "What kind of poem was that?"
*blinks* Bethi had to explain to me that I made a rhymn, haha...

Joey: "I better get out of here before the fan messes up my hair!"

*sees someone on the internet say they are a crazy cat lady, but only have one cat*
*scoffs*
*looks up from my phone as I realize I have zero cats*
"Okay, she could be a crazy cat lady. Amount of cats has nothing to do with it."

After weeks of Noah calling me Burrito, he is now in turn called Dorito, if anybody is interested ;). Except he hasn't seemed to notice yet, and I don't know if he just "gets it", or if he truly ignores me that much.

Me, as I am cooking in the kitchen and hear noises in the family room: "Awww, who's taking care of their beak?"
Thinks of this and laughs:

Image result for the only thing dog and cat people agree on is bird people meme

"A salad is a work of art." *stares happily at my salad*
Bethi: "Yeah... but I don't have that art..."

Standing in the kitchen of the church eating ice cream with some of the girls, when one of them says "I don't think I will have any, actually. I don't need it, I had a brownies today."
All of us; "WHAT!??!?!? But it's ICE CREAM."
One of us: "Well, but we feel bad for eating in front of you."
Responsible one: "It's okay, it's my choice."
Another of the girls: "Well, good choice!"
Literally at the exact same time, me: "But it's a bad choice."
Whoops. Don't count on me for support in turning down ice cream. Find you an Emily instead.

Tori: "My voice won't talk."

When the visiting evangelist gives a demonstration of what biblically speaking in tongues really looked like, and says "I am going to go out on a limb here, pastor, and say you don't speak swahili," (because who does, right?) and your sister jabs you and your dad tries to get your attention, because you actually know some swahili and they find it hilarious that he would choose that one. Good thing he didn't ask me, I would have ruined the demonstration ;).

Bethani, anfter I had joked to her that she needed to watch out for Andrew: "He's grown up, I didn't know I still had to take care of him."
Me: "BETHANI. You still take care of MEEEEE!!!!!"
Bethi: "Yeah, but, you're not grown up yet."
She just said she considers Andrew more capable than I am, y'all.
I would argue... but it half an hour that same day I had broken the straw to my cup and fallen into a wall. Sooooo... it wasn't a good day to argue.

Noah, dabbing at my face; "There's shwoklate, there's shwoklate."
"Chocolate? That's a mole, buddy."
Tori: "There's chocolate!? Lick it off!"
Noah: "NO. It's moldy!"
Oooookayyyy....

Josiah, obviously sick; "I just don't know what is the matter!!!"
"Josiah, you are sick."
"Nooooo, I am noooooot.
...I am never going to feel better..."
He truly said it in the saddest little wail, but it was so... Josiah like.

Tori, practicing her scales and arpeggios: "Ugh, this is hard."
*tosses book away* *plays a whole composition by ear to relax*

Tori: "I can't play this song, my hands don't stretch a whole octave! Bri, how far do your hands stretch?
No fair! You can reach OVER an octave!!!"
I got her extra key reach, now I just need to figure out how to use it...

Noah has a nightmare, wakes up, and explains that "the frogs in the movie scared him". All of us girls: "HE CALLS DREAMS MOVIES!!!"

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Bethani became a teenager on her May Day birthday! We celebrated with a family party themed in cacti and llamas with a pink color scheme... because how much more Bethani can you get ;)?

I got to meet the wonderful Ashley behind Precious Moments! She and her mom drove by us to get to a wedding, and on the way back down, they stopped by our church to meet! It was so neat, and Ashley is so cheerful and gentle! We have been writing and getting to know each other for a while now, but it's fun to know each other outside of the page, as much as I love handwritten letters to connect :). 

Our church held a Justin Peters' "Clouds Without Water" conference, and though most of the family missed it due to being sick, some of us got to go to all the sessions, and it was really good. If you are interested in a biblical look at the Word of Faith movement or christianity as it is in our culture today, or in biblical teaching at all, it's up on our church's website to listen to for free. You can hear the first one here: www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?m=t&s=52118103048, and there are links to the others near the bottom of the page :).

Daddy and Bethani and Andrew and I all went to a "near-by" park to see the synchronized fireflies, and despite the fact that Daddy and Andrew were attacked by some kind of large flying insect for 45 minutes, it drizzled off and on, Andrew had an allergic reaction to the mosquitoes, and my night vision is about none-existent and I couldn't see four feet in front of me for the last fifteen minutes of the walk back and kind of freaked out, haha... the actual moments that we stopped to watch the fireflies all blinking together up in the trees were worth coming for. It really was neat! It was a wonderful experience to have had... but I'm enjoying the unsynchronized fireflies through the window lately too ;). Daddy and Andrew had been to this park before, and we have a picture of Andrew on a tree that was way out in the water this time, the water was so much higher!

How was your month :)? Did anyone get to see the fireflies? What was something fun that your month included :)?

Rejoicing in Hope,
Bri <3

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

This is April's Wrap-up Post

Yes, it is very late. Yes, it is the reason I haven't blogged for almost two months. Yes, I have a lot of post ideas in my head after such a long break. No, that doesn't mean I'm back to stay, because I seem to be really bad at this consistency thing. BUT, I have missed you all, and do HOPE to do better for a while, even if I can't promise ;). And I had most of this half written and all of it jotted down in some way or another, and so I thought; why waste it ;)? I like to look back at laugh at the little things that happened that, usually, I have already forgotten (?!), and so I hope you can chuckle over them too :). 

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Me: "Noah, is it hard work to be two?"
Noah: "No." Then, as if to prove his point: "...Veggietales."
Veggietales makes being two easy. Mkayyyyyy...

UPDATE a couple weeks later: This is what he meant when he said that. This child's reading comprehension is amazing to me, because he made that connection between the conversation and this book, which goes on to talk about how being small isn't so bad after all (because little guys can do big things too, obviously). I mean. Wow, NoNo. You're adorably smart.


Me: *bonks everything in the kitchen in quick secession*
Bethi: "Clumsy today?"
Me: "ME? Clumsier than USUAL?!?!"
Tori: "Wow, everybody away from Bri."

Me: *Writes secession as secessio and contemplates leaving it for Tori to find*

Tori: "Noah, what is a genius?"
Noah: "Josiah!"

Me to Peter: "Why do boys fight so much?" (Wrestling/tumbling, not mad ;).)
Peter: "I don't know!" (In a little tone that said, why would I ask if I couldn't figure it out.)
Peter, with sudden enlightenment: "I think... it's to make us... STRONGER."

Mama said Noah seems to finally be making the connection about Baby... they were talking and he asked "Kicking you???"
Finally: "Get it out!!!"

Noah has called me Burrito instead of Bri about 80% of the time he talks to me for weeks (edit at this time: months) now.

Noah as Daddy tells us goodnight (pretty much every night, because he is controlling and wants things to happen in a certain order, haha): "LIGHT."
Noah after Daddy turns off the light: "Whew. THANK you."
Tori: "Noah, you are bossy."
Noah: "Not Bossy."
Noah, two minutes later,  after no one has said anything else to him, he just wants us to stop talking to each other: "NOT BOSSY, STOP GUYS, SHHHHHH!!!"
Bossy...

Daddy: "Do I need to stop for anything on the way home?"
Mama: ...
Noah: "Pizza."
Mama: "Noah wants pizza..."

Me: "I WANT a caffeinated coffee, but I'll be responsible."
Mama a few days later: "I'm going to be responsible. Just get me a decafe."
"Mama, do you realize both of us use the word "responsible" most often in connection with coffee?"
Daddy: "Yeah... but I've never heard you use it with the word 'chocolate'."
One can only be so responsible.

Me: *texts Tori two questions*
Tori: "IDK. And IDK..."
Well, that's it. Nobody must know.

Mama took a picture of a teddy bear and her google phone app told her it identified a pet picture. It hasn't even identified our birds as pets before...

Aunt Tessa: "What do you think the rest of your family will do tomorrow?"
*gives her the two options on how the day might go taking into account one variable*
Mama the next day: *texts me they are doing one of the two variables exactly*
Aunt Tessa: "Tori isn't answering you back anymore."
Me: *looks at clock* "She will in a little bit. If I had to guess, they are getting the little ones ready for an early bedtime tonight so the older ones can do an ice cream night."
Tori:  *texts and lets me know they are doing that exactly*
Aunt Tessa: "It's kind of bazaar how you know exactly what's happening at home."
We're just predictable ;).

*I am texting Tori badly written sentences in "regional dialect" (think southern, british, scottish, etc.) late at night while I was out of town to tease her because she couldn't stand to see me butcher them as I was*
Tori: "JUST. JUST STICK WITH ENGLISH."

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Our parakeet learned how to open the cage door. We're not sure which one, but either way, it was an issue, because one is aggressive and knows that we can't get her if she sits behind the sink, and one of them is clumsy and panics if a human is within two feet of her, and so their cage is now bread tied closed, haha.

The world's oldest spider apparently died by a wasp attack this month. ::sniff:: BUT NO, REALLY, HOW CAN THEY EVEN TELL?!?!?!?!?


So, he's blurred, but there's a genuine Peter smile, which does not happen when you warn him first ;).


It is honestly SO hard for me to put the little boys in their own beds if they fall asleep in mine before going to bed. They are just so squishily sweet <3.

Bethani and Abbi and Emmi and I put in our garden in April, and there are definitely going to be some posts on that in the future, because at least the carrots and squash seem to be growing well, haha. I love gardening, I'd missed it!


Two very exciting things happened in April... For one, our precious new cousin arrived :)! We got to meet him a couple weeks later. I stayed with my Aunt Tessa for a couple days first, and I made this little hat and diaper set for baby Kevin ( I forgot to bring Walter the Snowgie along with me, so my cup had to be the head form I use while placing the pieces) while Aunt Tessa did some school work and we watched a movie with cookie dough, haha :). We're great multitaskers, and we get along great together ;).  Kevin is just so sweet, and we were so thrilled to get to see him and hold him and love him up!



And for another thing, Mama and Daddy completely shocked us on Resurrection by announcing that little Baby Bear is a BOY! They had known for weeks; it had been long enough that I had stopped suspecting them of hiding the secret, because I honestly didn't think Mama could wait that long if she knew, so they must have decided to be surprised again... but no, Mama just wanted to save it for an extra surprising surprise ;)! We're evenly split now; five girls and five boys! Mama never suspected, after having one lone boy in the midst of five girls, that one day she would get four little guys in a row! Josiah seemed to really "get" that there was a baby on the way after he learned that it was a brother... I guess it helped him fit the baby into the family in his mind. He hadn't really responded at all up until then, but as soon as we learned Baby was a boy, Josiah started talking about him constantly, and it's just been really sweet!

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April ended with an experience I'd rather have forgone (well... changed, not forgone exactly), but it gave some opportunities for growth, and most of the month was wonderful and fun, something I am definitely reminded of editing my own post :) And each month, each day, each moment, is a gift from God no matter what, isn't it? God's planned everything for His glory and our benefit, and when you remember all the cause God has to remove us from Himself forever, it's just a blessing to realize that you are living in His grace!

April was also pretty much South Carolina's only month of spring, so, there is that to set it apart, as well ;).

Next up, May's recap... which is only slightly late right now, right ;)?

Many blessings,
Bri <3

Saturday, April 14, 2018

I Got Tagged Again!

The Tag:

I was tagged for the Liebster Award Tag by... Bethani from Gratefully His!

*stares Bethi down* You did this just so I would have to fill out the facts section again. I know you did. Just kidding, thanks Bethi ;)! 


 The Rules:

-Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award. Check.
-Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you. Will do.
-Give 11 random facts about yourself. I'm running out of facts, y'all. 
-Nominate 11 blogs. And blogs. I had a few I wanted to tag last time that went over the 11 limit, but not *11* more!
-Notify those blogs of their nomination. I can do that...
-Give them 11 questions to answer. *Thumbs up*

The Questions:


1: What is your favorite book?
No, no, no, no. You didn't. Not again!!! NOT THE FAVORITE QUESTIONS. 
Ughhhhh. How about a few?
The bible is the one book that I would never want to give up, and I especially love the books of Ruth, Psalms, John, Romans, and Hebrews.
Other than that... I am going to go with "The Valley of Vision", "Choosing Gratitude", and "An Old-Fashioned Girl". The one I have loved reading best so far this year was "Kingdom's Quest". It's this allegorical story inspired by the life of Paul, and honestly it's geared for younger ages, but for some reason this one just really touched me. I think it was raw and hopeful, all at the same time. It's not something I expected after the first few books, which were interesting but not terribly compelling, haha. 

2: What is your least favorite book?
This one is easier. It's a toss up between "Rose in Bloom" (I looked for that book for five years and HATED it when I found it, it was the worst disappointment) and "The House of 30 Cats" (you have a trouble-making cat? Let the cat die, then everything is alright! *screams* It was the worst).
3: What is your Favorite movie?
Nope, not even trying. Let's pretend this question doesn't even exist, 'kay? Although if you want to tell me YOUR favorite movie, I can tell you what I think of it. Ha. 

4: What is the scariest movie that you have watched?
Hands down, "Return to the Hiding Place". I'm not sure why it was so terrifying... maybe because in the back of your mind was the fact that it was a real story and this "was" really happening... maybe because as a real story, you knew people weren't safe just to help the story along... I don't know. But Mama and I went to bed with pounding hearts and jumping at little noises (Not kidding, Mama literally checked her blood pressure it was so bad, haha...).

5: What is your favorite month?
I am NOT copying Bethi here. October was my favorite month before it was hers ;)... It's fall, even here in SC. Coffee, gingersnaps, sweaters, cool(er) days, extra reading, the colors. Everything is beautiful from early October to mid November!

6: What does your dream house look like?
*Laughs because I literally answered this the other day* Then realizes... I told you my dream starter home. The home I dream about that is too small for raising a dozen children efficiently. Sooooo, I guess I could tell you about my dream long-term home, right? 
When I see that home, there are a few things that I want. I'd love an open floor plan home with lots of room for having family and church members over and being able to stay a part of things in the living room and dinning room while working in the kitchen. It's still got plenty of plants, but it's also got a whole lot more bookshelves, just because there is more room ;). There is a huge yard, and we have a wrap-around porch with plenty of seats. And I spontaneously bake chocolate chip cookies with small children at 8 o'clock at night quite often. I might want to work on the frequency of that BEFORE it's a reality ;). But once in a while can't hurt...
7:What does your dream garden look like?
It's big. It's got an arbor with a swing. Alllll the vegetables are there, but there are also tulips and daffodils and small, sweet-atmospheric plants in the middle,too.

8:What is your favorite Ice cream?
Ben and Jerry's Half Baked. Yummm!

9: How do you decorate your room?
How *do* I, or what do I aim for? Hahaha...
I love wall colleges, but I haven't done one because I like them all and can't commit to one. Ha! I pretty much love all (cute) wall art, and prefer functional flat surfaces. Color schemes I'm drawn to are blues and neutrals (preferably brown). But... I'm honestly not picky right now as long as it is cute and sentimental. And inspirational. Quote decor is a really big deal for me, haha :). 

10: Do you like Tea, Coffee, or Hot Chocolate better?
Not tea. Don't get me wrong, I love certain teas... but I'm not going to reach for it for a treat. I'm going to go with coffee, because if you know me you know I really love coffee! But I drink hot chocolate about as much because, 1. no caffeine, 2. almost as good ;). (Decaf coffee does not satisfy...)
11: What are 3 things that you plan to do in 10 years?
If I am alive ten years from now, I am going to wake up, eat, and feel emotions. Yes. Nearly impossible to fail. 
I totally cheated here, hahaha. But I can't even wrap my mind around that far without being reminded that... I don't know. I'll be thirty, and I have no idea where God will have me at that point. My goals might not be His plan, and I don't want to fight against that. And that's okay, because I can rest in Him and trust His path for me. 
Ultimately, my hope in life, at any time, no matter what circumstances I am given, are that I would love the Lord with all my heart, that He would use me to encourage those around me, and that I would be content with whatever those circumstances are, using them as He is leading. 

The Facts:

I'm going to do this a little differently. I think, instead of "real facts", I am going to give you a few of the many quotes that I love, because I believe that knowing what words mean a great deal to someone is really one of the best ways to truly know them, and also because, "A drop of ink may make a million think"... 

"I have an obsession with quotes, because other people are so much better at putting my feelings into words than I am."

"For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us." -Psalm 62:5-8
"To begin, begin." -William Wordsworth

"If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit."

"A bible that's falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't." -Charles Spurgeon

"Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here's my heart, O, take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above." - Robert Robinson

"The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely." - Louisa May Alcott

"You can't truly rest until every area of your life rests in God." - A.W.Tozer

"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord, my rock and my redeemer." -Psalm 19:14

"Once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for."

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." -Ephesians 2:10

The Nominees:

-Bethani from Gratefully His. Yes, you dear. Because if you can" get Tori back", I can get you back, and I feel somewhat evil today, mwahahaha. Also because I don't think you should neglect your blog so much ;).
-Allison from "All Things Allison Marie". I just found this blog, and I right away subscribed! I thought it would be fun to get to know Allison a bit better :)!
-Daminika from "Walking in the Sonshine". I feel like Daminika has a unique blog... some of us are kind of cookie cutter without meaning to be, but somehow she does everything we do with a little personal twist which is fun :).
-Jessica from "Apples of Gold". Jessica's blog makes me think when I read it. She brings out the small things in a way that strikes you as completely new, you know :)? Also, we once unknowingly wrote blog posts about caring for others from two different sides of the story at the same time, and while I didn't post mine for months because it was kinda raw, I thought it was neat!
-Chelsea from "An Ordinary Pen". I love stalking Chelsea's blog... hahaha ;). Also, I love her blog name and the reasoning behind it!
Annnnnndddd... does anyone else want to say I tagged them ;)? 'Cause right now, the other 6 spots are a free for all, hahaha!

The Questions:

-Who is one person you look up to?
-What is the hardest part about blogging for you?
-Can you "introduce" us to your family?
-What is one blog post you've written that you hope none of your readers miss?
-How old were you were you started blogging, and how did you pick your blog title?
-What is one skill or talent you have that others might not know you have?
-What is your favorite bible verse(s)?
-If what you say in answer to this question was the only thing that you left when you died, what is it you would say?
-When you have free time, what is the first thing you want to do?
-What is your favorite fictional story (or the top few, for those of you like me ;)!)?
-What is one of the quotes that inspires you?

Thank you all for joining me for this tag once again ;)!
Rejoicing in hope,
Bri <3

Friday, April 6, 2018

Cast Your Cares

As I was reading the other day, selections from "The Cure for Care" by J.R. Miller were shared, and I found the whole article... I wanted to share some of that article with you here, but if you would like to read the whole thing, it can be found here :). 

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"...Refer every disturbing thing to Him, that He may bear the burden of it. “But why should I have to make it known to Him?” asks some one. “He knows all about it already. Why must I take it to Him?” It is reason enough that He has asked us to do it; and if we will not make it known to Him, can we complain if He does not help us? He needs us to learn to confide in Him and to flee to Him in every moment of perplexity or pressure. Whenever there comes into our experience a difficulty, an annoyance—anything that tends to produce irritation or anxiety or alarm or confusion—we are to carry it at once to God. We are to get it somehow out of our unskilled hands and off our frail shoulder into the hands and over upon the shoulder of Christ. It is not enough to kneel down and say a prayer, nor is it enough to pray about the particular matter that worries us, asking for help or deliverance. Only the most simple-hearted definiteness in prayer will meet the need. We must bring the very perplexity itself and put it out of our hands into God’s, that He may work it out for us. 

We are to bring the matter as literally to Him as we would carry a broken watch to the watchmaker’s, leaving it for him to repair and readjust. A little child playing with a handful of cords, when they begin to get into a tangle, goes at once to her mother, that her patient fingers may unravel the snarl. How much better this than to pull and tug at the cords until the tangle becomes inextricable! May not many of us learn a lesson from the little child? Would it not be better for us, whenever we find the slightest entanglement in any of our affairs, or the arising of any perplexity, to take it at once to God, that His skillful hands may set it right? Then, having taken it to Him, and put it into His hands, we are to leave it with Him; having gotten it off our own shoulder upon His, we are to allow it to remain there. 

But it is just at this point that most of us fail. We tell God about our worries, and then go on worrying still as if we had never gone to Him at all, or as if He had refused to help us. We pray about our cares, but do not cast them off. We make supplication, but do not unload our burdens. Praying does us no good. It makes us no more contented, or submissive, or patient, or peaceful. We do not get the worries out of our own hands at all. This is the vital point in the whole matter. 

Or perhaps we do cast the burden upon God while we are praying, and feel for the moment a strange sense of joy in our soul. We rise and go a few steps as light-hearted as an angel. We have given God our cares to keep. But in a little while we have gathered up all the old burdens and anxieties again, and have them once more on our own shoulder, and we go bowing under them, fretting and worrying as before. 

But is that the best the religion of Christ can do for us? Is that the full meaning of the privilege expressed in so many golden promises in the Scriptures? Is a little moment’s rest from anxiety in the midst of long days of care all that it is possible for us to obtain?

...We are permitted to roll our care entirely over on God and to let it stay there. We are to put the broken plan, the shattered hope, the tangled work, the complicated affair, into the hands of the God of providence, leaving the ordering and outcome of it to His wisdom. The provocation, the friction, the burden that presses sorely, the annoyance, the hindrance,—instead of permitting ourselves to be vexed, exasperated or disturbed by them, we are quietly to turn the matter over to God, and then go on calmly to the next duty that comes to our hand. And, having done this, we are to cease to worry. We have given the perplexity to God. We have asked Him to think for us, plan for us, and take the ordering of the affair into His own hands. It is our matter, therefore, no longer, but His. 

Should we not be willing to trust Him? We put our worldly affairs and interests into the hands of men, and feel that they are safe. We commit our sicknesses to the skill of our physician. Business complications we confide to the wisdom of our lawyer. A broken machine we turn over to a mechanic. Is not God wise enough to manage the complications of our lives, and to bring order and beauty out of them? Has He not skill enough? Is He not our Father? and will He not always do the very best and wisest thing for us? Should we not trust Him, and cease to be anxious about anything that we have committed to Him? Is not anxiety doubt and unbelief? and is not doubt and unbelief sin?..."

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We give our worries to God, but go on worrying still, and this is the cause of our cares. 

I don't know about you, but  I know I have been guilty of this many times. I know God can and will answer all prayers in the best way, but so often after prayer I am left worrying that the answer will be different than what I would like, or will not happen quickly. But when I pray and leave those burdens at His feet, and do not pick them up again in fear, I am able to trust Him. "Is not doubt and unbelief sin?" When we doubt our Savior's plan or timing or answer, we are saying we know better what should happen. We, the fallible creatures with limited sight, doubt the plans of the infallible sovereign God who not only sees but has ordained the entire view of our life since before the world was made. Yet He continues to invite us to "Come unto Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:28-29)

And when our hearts are trusting and aligned in Him, the cares of this world are no longer ours to bear, but simple another way for Christ to show His power in our weakness, and we find rest. 

Rejoicing in Hope,
Bri <3

Is there something I may prayer with you about, dear friends? Let us give all our troubles to Him and encourage each other in fellowship through Him!