Turning my Faith Cup UP

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“The grace of God is freely given to all, through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We receive His grace by our faith. So turn your faith cup UP!”

1 Peter 5:7

New International Version (NIV)

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


1 Peter 5:7

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Casting the ]whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, [b]once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you [c]watchfully.


In the book “Fearless” that I am reading,  Max Lucado talks about becoming a “Worry-slapper” and advises his readers to “treat frets like mosquitoes”.  Just as I wouldn’t procrastinate in slapping a blood sucking bug who is “snacking” on me–I must also deal promptly with thoughts of fear, despair, and anxiety.  I am finding the increasing neurological side effects from the chemo extra challenging on top of everything else right now.  I haven’t had chemo in over 4 weeks and yet the odd symptoms with my eyes and face and wierd, burning, numb sensations and pain from the neuropathy in my fingers and toes and is increasing, not decreasing.  This morning I feel discouraged and sad inside.  I wonder how come I am getting so many of my specific prayers about my health  answered opposite of what I am asking God for. It boils down to this I guess: I must walk by faith and not by sight.  God knows better how to answer my prayers than I do.  I know He is worthy of my complete trust no matter how things turn out.  1 Peter 5:7 is my answer: I will cast the whole entire weight of all my worries, concerns, anxieties, and circumstances on HIM because He cares for me. I hardly know what to do sometimes.  I am trying to “give up” in a good way–not in defeat, but as in fully surrendered to God.   He is absolutely able to take care of each problem on my behalf.  His answers are coming in different packages than i’ve been praying and hoping but He is God and I am not.  I sure can’t handle all this rough stuff–it’s too much for me– BUT HE CAN.


Lord, every single good gift comes from You…

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
343. God is teaching me to be a “Worry Slapper”.  A lot of anxious, fearful thoughts are indeed bugging me.  There is a way I can effectively deal with the swarm of joy-sucking, peace draining thoughts that are attacking me. I can cast ALL my cares on Him because He cares for me. (1 Peter 5:7). I thank God that by God’s enabling power I choose to walk by faith, not sight.  Please increase my faith,Lord.  Mine is weak.
344. “The grace of God is freely given to ME, through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. I receive His grace by faith. I choose to turn my faith cup UP to receive His abundant grace!” (From Joyful Tunes cartoon)
345. Hugs.  Hugs feel so good.  I’m glad that God thought them up and that I get lots from my family and friends.

Psalm 42:11

New International Version (NIV)

 11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
   Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
   for I will yet praise him,
   my Savior and my God.


4 thoughts on “Turning my Faith Cup UP

  1. It is beautiful that you are never alone. God is with you, foremost. and you have lots of family and friends cheering you on.

    Love to you and yours,

    Nancy Louise


  2. Good Morning, Paula – I need to stay in my office right now, so I can’t deliver a Hug in person, but I wanted to send you a “Virtual Hug”! Hope you can feel it!


  3. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. John 14:16-18

    Dear Paula. He has made His home within you. I am praying for rest and peace for you.


  4. Esther, Nancy Louise, and Sharon: that day you left these messages was a low day for me and your words of encouragement and everybody’s prayers sure were a blessing to me. Thank you.


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