I have been a note taker for as long as I can remember. And this habit has served me well. As a blogger, having notes to refer to gives me something to write about. As an encourager, being able to refer back to my notes gives me some words of encouragement for someone who is in need. I also struggle with remembering key points from any conference I attend or sermon I hear so my notes help me in that regard as well. Today I am going to continue to share from my notes that I took at our recent Women’s Conference.
On Saturday morning our speaker, Alex, continued on our theme of Breakthrough by sharing the acronym C.A.R.E.S. and how remembering it will help us overcome our own strongholds. I love how she put it: “I am going to share 5 Keys to overcoming when all hell breaks out!” She just tells it like it is.
She started by sharing that how we overcome life’s challenges separates us from the world. We are called to “Be anxious for nothing” in Philippians 4: 6 & 7.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This is a serious promise that I need to be reminded of often. And, this is the peace that will separate us from the world. This is the peace that Bill and I have despite his cancer diagnosis. This is the peace that keeps me from posting negative things on Facebook when others don’t have a positive thing to say. This is the peace that has helped me focus on what I am GR8TFUL for verses focusing on what I don’t have or what is challenging in my life. This is the peace that the world sees oozing out of those of us who walk in God’s Truth.
Her acronym was inspired by:
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
The C in C.A.R.E.S. tells us to Cry Out to God and release our pain. It is ok to cry out to God.
Psalm 56:8 (NLT) “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
I love this Psalm because as a young girl my mother would get angry with me when I would cry so I was made to feel bad about my own feelings. There is so much freedom in knowing that God hears my cries and doesn’t get angry with me. Our God is so sweet to us.
Cry out to the God who created you and who cares deeply for you today!
I will continue sharing all of Alex’s Keys as we continue to spell the word C.A.R.E.S. out in my next few blog posts.