Casting Our Burdens on the Lord

These are some thoughts given to me on Thursday morning December 8, 1994.

Thinking about my missionary friend, Alma Hagen, and her illustration of actually putting out your open hand, palm side up, in a gesture of giving our burden, desire, fears, anxieties…. to the Lord, and not grasping onto it with our clenched fist.

Thinking of Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”

Give it to Jesus– Not only the bad things in your life, but also the obsessive desires for good things. Even these can rob us of peace. Give it ALL to Jesus on an open palm. “Whatever Lord, Your will.. You know Lord my desires, my hopes, but is your plan better?”

Isaiah 55:8,9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

God may it be: Your plan for how my marriage should be…. Your plan for how my children should be….. Your plan for how my life should be… Your plan for how my house should be…

1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him, for he cares about you.”

Psalms 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved” (We might be moved from our physical house or our neighborhood, but never moved from the closeness to God).

Think about fishing. Are we like fisherman, throwing out our burden to the Lord, and then reeling it back in? Just cast it and leave it! The definition of cast: to throw with a quick motion and sudden release.

Let us quickly with sudden release- cast our burdens on the Lord and then experience the peace that passes all understanding.

What About Tithing?

Thoughts from Rosemary: 6:20am Monday February 9, 1986

I’ve been feelings strongly for a couple weeks to have a lesson on tithing or at least sheets to pass out for you to read. This morning as I sat down for devotions the thought keeps coming to prepare some papers to pass out. I feel as though I should start with some thoughts from Haggai before verses on tithing.

Memories come flooding back to the first time I was led to Haggai and I have it noted in my Bible, September 24th 1970. I can remember asking the Lord that morning, “What should I read this morning?”, and the thought kept coming back to me, “Read Haggai”. Read Haggai? I don’t know anything about Haggai and wondered, “Why Haggai?” But thought… “ok, ok, I’ll read Haggai”. At the time I didn’t know exactly what the Lord was trying to tell me through Haggai, but this is what I did notice and it made a deep impression on me. In Haggai 1:15 it says, “on the 24th day of the month”.

  • 2:10 says “consider from this day onward, from the 24th day of the 9th month”
  • 2:18 says “consider from this day onward, from the 24th day of the 9th month”
  • 2:20 says “The word  of the Lord came a second time to Haggai on the 24th day of the month”

As I read, I had to go look at the calendar, yes, this was the 24th day of the 9th month, September 24th, 1970. I was excited and knew the Lord has something in this little book He wanted to bring to my attention to, but I was not sure what it was. There was so much there regarding putting the Lord first, in all areas, but especially in our finances. Through the years I know I have forgotten these lessons at times, but the Lord will again bring them to mind, as he has been doing lately. So now I want to share with you thoughts to bless you and your family from the little book of Haggai and other verses related to tithing.

Haggai 1:5 “Now therefore, thus says the Lord of Hosts. Consider how you have fared. You have sown much and harvested little. You eat but you never have enough. You drink but you never have your fill. You clothes yourselves but no one is warm. And he who earned wages, earns wages to put them into a bag with holes. (Do you ever get that feeling?)

Do you every feel that when the check comes in and you pay the bills nothing is left? As if it has run through your fingers, or been put into a bag with holes in it?

WHY? verse 1:9 gives the answer: “You have looked for much and lo it came to little and when you brought it home, I blew it away, Why? says the Lord of Hosts. Because of my house that lies in the ruins, while you busy yourselves each with his own house.”

The House of God can mean much more than just our own church facility. What about God’s house and work on the mission field, in our community, and in our nation?

Some other verses on tithing:

  • Lev: 27:32- The tenth shall be holy unto the Lord
  • Malachi 3:8- Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you will say, how have we robbed you, in your tithes and offerings
  • Genesis 28:22- of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee
  • Luke 18:12- I gives tithes of all that I possess
  • Malachi 3:10- Bring the full titles of the storehouse that there may be food in my house and thereby put me to the test says the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. I will rebuke the devourer for you so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear says the Lord of Hosts

Put God to the test…TITHE… and see if He is not faithful to His word, AS WE ARE FAITHFUL UNTO HIM.


Verses to Cling To


When I need wisdom. I really claimed this verse in raising my children and continually in situations now in my life.

James 1:5. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given to him.”

When I need courage.

Phil 4:13. “I can do all things in me who strengthens me.”

When depressed. To me comforting to know that David went through the same emotions that we sometimes to do.

Psalms 42. The whole Psalm is good and the answer is in verses 5 and 11. Helps me to remember in those times that I did have times of praising the Lord and I will again. Good to remember when things seem “hope-less” – no hope in any of the circumstances, BUT there is hope in God.

Verse 5 & Verse 11 “Why are you cast down, O mu soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.”

Psalms 131. I love to read this Psalm at times when I am down and don’t feel able or strong enough to DO anything let alone serve the Lord with power and enthusiasm. To know that David also felt this way at times. That it is OK to rest in the arms of God and restore your soul and energy.

“Oh Lord my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I do have calmed and quieted my soul like a child quieted at it’s mother’s breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul. O Israel, hope in the Lord, from this time forth and evermore.”

When anxious about the future.

Jer 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Matt 6:34. “So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Love one day at a time.”

To give to a friend who has lost a Christian loved one in death.

Psalm 116:15. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”

Rev 14:13. “And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.” “Blessed indeed [says the Sprit] that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.”

For a friend praying hard for a desire to be granted.

Psalm 20:4,5. “May he grant you your heart’s desire, fulfill all your plans! May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!”

For someone who says hurtful things and then says, “I didn’t mean it”.

Matt 12:34. “You brood of vipers. How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

For someone who says hurtful things and then says, “I was only kidding”.

Pro 26:18,19 “Like a madman who throws fireballs, arrows and death, is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, ‘I am only joking.’”

For a friend in need of healing.

Jer 30:17a “For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says the Lord.”

Isa 38:16b “…Oh restore me to health and make me live!”

3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in health; I know that it is well with your soul.”

When feeling alone and in need of protection. This is especially comforting if you or your husband are going on a trip and leaving family at home. To know that God is not only going ahead of you preparing your way, but will be at home caring for those behind.

Isa 52:12 “For you shall not go out in haste, and you shall not go in flight, for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be at your rear guard.”

(I don’t take this that we are not to fly on airplanes but not to rush out helter skelter, but in calmness knowing that the Lord is in control.)

Psalm 32:10 “Many are the pangs of the wicked; but steadfast love SURROUNDS him who trusts in the Lord.”

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Why not to break even minor laws or go above the speed limit.

Pro 28:9 “If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.”

When in financial difficulties.

2 Cor 9:8 “And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.”

Pro 10:3a “The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry…”

1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.”

When lonely.

Psalm 25:16-18 “Turn thou to me, and be gracious to me; for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble and forgive all my sins.”

If ever sued by unrighteous person and brought to court.

Psalm 37: 32-33 “The wicked watches the righteous and seeks to slay him. The Lord will not abandon him to his power, or let him be condemed when he is brought to trial.”

When I am weary.

Jer 31:25 “For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”

When I see friends I have introduced become fast friends and rather forget me. Or see people I have brought to the Lord zoom far ahead of me – or even my children. To know that there is a place for me – at the entrance of friendship, or to the Christina life – and to be the introducer and doorkeeper to all this is just fine.

Psalm 84:10 “For a day in thy court is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than dwell in the tents of wickedness.”

When afraid of speaking to someone or a situation when you don’t know what to say or how to say it.

Mark 13:11 “And when they bring you to trial and deliver you up, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say; but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.”

For our children who are becoming friends with people with bad morals, even under the thought of bringing them to the Lord.

1 Cor 15:33 “Do not be deceived, ‘Bad company ruins good morals’.”

When frightened or going into an unknown situation.

Isa 41: 10, 13 “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

When I don’t want to forgive someone.

Matt 6:15 “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your father forgive your trespasses.”

Col 3:13 “As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”

When I don’t want to discipline or am fearful to discipline my children.

Heb 12:11 “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

When I have been embarrassed, humbled or pride hurt.

Matt 23:13 “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Pro 29:23 “A man’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.”

When I am overflowing with praise.

Psalm 150

When I feel everything is going too well and something bad will surely happen. To know that I am to be content not only when the bad things happen, but also to enjoy good times fully and be content in those too.

Phil 4: 11-12 “Not that I complain of want for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. I know how to be abased and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want.”

My banking verse.

Psalm 50: 14-15 “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High; and (then) call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

To me this says to deposit our love, faith and trust during “everyday” times, and the we will have a supply to help us in a crisis. The THEN is my addition and makes the verse come alive for me.

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Have You Forsaken Me?

I felt I wanted to get down on paper all the Lord had done for me these past few weeks. 1982 has been a very hard year financially for us and as I entered 1983 I had a great Hope that 1983 was going to be different. I just knew it was going to be a turning point.

In the middle of the night, upon Pollyann’s first day back at PLU we received a call from her saying that she had severe stomach pains. She ended up being taken by the paramedics to Good Samaritan Hospital where they couldn’t find out what was wrong but drugged her until the pain subsided. Dick picked her up at 4:00am and she slept until 5:30pm on Tuesday afternoon. She seemed better and we planned on taking her back to school Wednesday evening, when the pain returned. She spent 3 hours that evening at Tacoma General Emergency room in extreme pain and then spent the night when they couldn’t find out what was wrong and came home at 3 the next afternoon. (In addition, Pollyann was no longer under our insurance as of November 19. She was now 19 and at this time was uninsured.) She came home Thursday and seemed better but the pain returned Friday evening and we took her to Allenmore Emergency for shots for pain. On Monday morning she had Upper GI x-rays but still nothing could be found. All the doctor could tell us was that it was probably stress related.

During that week I became very depressed and felt that I had been forsaken by God. I felt I was lying face down in a pit and just decided to stay there until the Lord decided to pick me up. It was just too painful to feel hope and then be knocked down again.

Dick was in a very similar state and we did not feel like going to Sunday School and leading the class on the Sunday following that horrible week. I did feel strong though, that we couldn’t just go into the lesson without sharing our feelings and what had happened that week. I did just that and then at the of the class John Weber said he felt the class should pray for us and for Pollyann.  And he did pray for us, as did Wes Anderson and Bob Brooke. And healing began to come to me as those dear men prayer so beautifully and so powerfully. As we left class several people gave us scripture and that, along with some Jane had given me during the week, began to speak to my heart. I saw the situation from a different perspective.

These were the verses that were so helpful to me:

  • II Corinthians 4:8 “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed but not driven to despair; persecuted but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed- always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.”
  • Matthew 7:25 “And the rain fell, and the floods came and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”
  • Romans 8:24-25 “Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with with patience.”
  • Psalms 39:7 “And now Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in the thee.”

And also these verses: Romans 12:12, Psalms 131, Psalms 103:1-5, Psalms 39:7, Proverbs 10:28, Psalms 3:3, Psalms 28:7, Psalms 84:11a, Psalms 119:114

As I began to really HEAR what these verses were saying, this is what the Lord showed me… I was putting my hope in the wrong things, and hoping in “a job”. Or hoping in 1983 when I should be hoping “in God” and “In the Word” and “In the Unseen”.

Then as I read II Corinthians 4:8 I realized that this hadn’t really been a life verse with me and I recalled Juan Carlos Ortiz words as he said he could tell what kind of Christian you were by what you had underlined in your Bible. I took offense at this because I probably had every happy verse underlined in mine. Perhaps I just hadn’t needed a verse like II Corinthians 4:8 before, but now I did and was blessed by it, as well as Psalms 103:4.

As I read Psalms 131 and Matthew 7:25 together a beautiful picture came into my mind. I was no longer in the bottom of a dark pit. But I was inside a cozy house, our living room on Fox Island with a big fire going and the rain beating outside and the wind howling and the waves were wild, but I was quiet, secure, warm, and peaceful because I was resting in the arms of God. He was my shield and protector from the storm about me.

As I sat in my protected place looking down at where I had come from, I was feeling ashamed and guilty for having been there and for feeling that God had forsaken me. In this moment, the Lord very gently spoke to my heart saying “Both Jesus and David cried out, ‘Why have you forsaken me’, and I can forgive you for this also.”

Theses two verses have new meaning to me too. Rather than saying when the storms come, “Oh, why has this happened to me!”, I shall claim I Peter 4:12,13 and James 1:2-4.

During that week our hearts were lifted in so many ways as so many were praying for us. Through gifts of many that week, all the hospital bills were taken care of. That was very hard to receive, but we are so thankful and we take it as from the Lord. I have never felt such a distinct separation between my Spirit, Soul, and Body as I did during this healing time. It was interesting to me to see each part touched and healing separately and then to see how uniquely each part affected the whole.

We just want to thank our Sunday School Class and our family for being so supportive and for praying for us during these past two weeks.