Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Oh how much He cares for you...



 

Sometimes it’s just a word or a phrase that catches your eye or your ear, and then grabs your heart…a reminder of times gone by. It was I Peter 5:7 that caught my eye and my ear this week, reminding me of a workshop on mentor training, when the instructor gave us I Peter 5:7 as a scripture to memorize using a neat technique. You read aloud the scripture several times, putting the emphasis on the first word the first time through, then the second word the second time through, the third word the third time through, and so on…like this…

Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you.
  Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you.
    Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you.
      Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you.
        Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you.
          Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you.
            Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you.
              Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you.
                Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you.
                  Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you.
                    Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you.

Not only have you memorized the scripture when you’re done, it also helps you to focus and meditate on the individual meanings of each word in the verse. It is so interesting how the word “cares” is repeated with its two different meanings in the same verse…powerful. The word “care” and all it means…to be cared for…like this paraphrase…
Whatever produces a care in your heart produces God's care for you.
Suddenly, the word “care” takes me back to 1962, I’m a little girl, nine years old, my parents have moved us from our home in Lakeland to Sebring. No friends or relatives there. Then one Sunday we go to church, we open the hymnal, and the song we sing is, No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus by Charles Frederick Weigle. This old hymn written in 1932 has a small footnote at the bottom of the page, it says, “This hymn was written on the shores of Lake Jackson in Sebring, Florida.” WOW! That was where we lived, on the shores of Lake Jackson in Sebring, Florida! Now my eyes were riveted on the words as I sang along with the congregation…and to this day, this hymn is still one of my favorites, because it was so personal, so comforting, so heaven-sent to me that day as the new kid in Sebring.

May your hearts be encouraged by this heart-warming video of Signature Sound singing, No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus

No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
There's no other friend so kind as He;
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
Oh how much He cared for me.
Was this encouraging to you? Please feel free to leave a comment in the box below, I'd love to hear from you!

Linking up with Holley Gerth's Coffee for Your Heart as an encourager.


8 comments:

  1. a compelling verse highlighted on a beautiful backdrop. this, beth, a lovely start to the day!

    blessings ...

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comments, Linda...I so enjoy your posts over at Holley's place also :)

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  2. Creative, wonderful post, Beth!

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    1. Thank you, Sherrie! You have been a wonderful writing coach, your encouragement is always appreciated :)

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  3. What a neat way to memorize and meditate! So grateful that He cares for me.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your response with me, Sarah. I always like to share with others what the Lord uses to encourage me :)

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  4. wow Beth- this is a powerfully good technique- very effective need- thanks- was just on the mark for me today!
    I will share on FB for many others to read.
    God Bless you Beth.
    You are a wise teacher with many valuable tips to help us on our journey.
    Love,
    Mary

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    1. Mary, you are truly a blessing from the Lord to me...it is so encouraging to hear that what the Lord has used to encourage me is helping others. The word encourage means to give courage...Praying with you as we continually cast our cares on the One Who loves us so :)

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