Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A reminder that the Lord knows and cares

This morning I got an encouraging e-mail from a friend (You know who you are. Thank you!!). I have always known that the Lord knows my needs and cares, but I hadn't thought about one particular thing she mentioned- that He even knows the number of hairs on my head. I couldn't remember the reference, so I looked it up on the internet.

New International Version- Luke 12:7
"Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

I love the fact that our God sees all of our needs as important, and He asks us to bring all of them to Him. That means that nothing is insignificant in His eyes. My problems might not be as "big" as someone else's problems, but that doesn't mean that I should keep my problems to myself and not think that He would want me to come to Him with them. That brings me to other important verses:

Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.- 1 Peter 5:7

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. - Philipians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7

You know, last night I was discouraged because I received an e-mail from someone I had sent our prayer requests to. The e-mail referred to my problems as "trite" because other people have such bigger problems. This person named several problems that she saw as more important than our problems. I know that others have greater problems, and that will always be the case. BUT I do not see that as a reason not to share my needs with others or the Lord. The above verses reinforce my beliefs. When I share my heart and my burdens with the Lord and those who care for us, I am doing exactly what the Lord commands me to do. This morning I woke up determined not to let that e-mail bring me down. Sure enough I got an encouraging one to take its place (mentioned at the beginning of this post). -Thank you Lord!

I want to end with a prayer. -- Thank you Lord for always knowing my needs and providing encouragement at just the right time. You have given me a peace, and I thank you for that. I trust you to care for me and my family. As Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Thank you for your plans! I love you and praise you!


  1. It amazes me what people will say to others. Hang in there!

  2. Ditto Sandy. Goodness gracious. Come on people!!

  3. Try not to be discouraged when people say hurtful things (something I have to remind myself of OFTEN!). You and your issues are important and worthy of prayer, no matter how large or small they may seem to others.
    Take care!