Wednesday, October 15, 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 recently, reminding me of a mentor training workshop I had attended. 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, Florida. 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 which 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 cares 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!

Day 15 of 31 days of encouragement... Linking up with Holley Gerth

10 comments:

  1. I loved that way to memorise a verse=clever.
    Beth..these words are speaking to me:
    Whatever produces a care in your heart produces God's care for you.
    I hadn't thought of it that way....thanks...very helpful indeed.

    I love to meditate on God's goodness and mercy, as He says they follow us every day of our lives.

    So...I loved this song's words:
    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 cares for me.

    Tis mercy all, immense and free
    for Oh my God it found out me
    Amazing love, how can it be,
    that thou my God shouldst die for me.

    Oh how much He cares for me.indeed !

    Bless you Beth.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMCOyY0Rlus

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    1. Thank you for sharing your heart with me, Mary. I so agree with you, those words resonate in my heart also...God's loving care for us, so tender, so unfailing, so unconditional...thank you for sharing the link to that beautiful hymn by Charles Wesley...Amazing Love, amen!

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  2. How clever! This post caught my eye because 1 Peter 5.7 was my mom's life verse and I love the graphic...so cool!

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    1. Thank you, Susan, I always appreciate your encouraging comments! You are a blessing to so many :)

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  3. Isn't it amazing how He works in the littlest of ways in our lives, which tend to have a BIG impact!

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    1. Jen, Yes! I so agree with you. I've also found that the more I focus on all the many little ways He is working in my life, and my loved ones' lives, the more grateful I am, and the more little things I notice. Thank you for your comments :)

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  4. I will have to try that way! I usually just repeat it 5 times a day for a week. This way is more interesting ;)

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    1. Sarah, thank you for stopping by from over at Holley's Coffee for Your Heart! I so appreciate your comments!

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  5. Thank you Beth for sharing this special piece of your heart with me.

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    1. Melinda, I appreciate you taking time to leave a comment. Many blessings to you ❤️

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