September 14, 2017

1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) — 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

My granddaughter Vesper loves dandelions. She calls them ‘yellow flowers’ and she picks them to give to me and grandma. She has us take them into the house and put them in a glass of water. She also likes to wear them in her hair and put them on her dolls. Yellow is one of her favorite colors along with pink, blue, orange and green:)

I also like yellow but I don’t consider a dandelion a flower to fuss over. I consider it a weed. When Pastor Jeremy was a young lad I taught him how to use a flat head screwdriver to dig out the dandelions by the roots. I would give him a penny for each dandelion that he dug out. When he out grew that job I resorted to spraying the dandelions with weed killer. After all weeds steal the water, nutrients, and sun from the grass that I am trying to grow. To me there is nothing like a green, lush weed free lawn. It speaks of someone taking the time and care to add to the beauty of the neighborhood.

Worries and cares are like weeds; they steal the water and nutrients of the word of God. Do not bring them in your home and water and feed them. They use up energy that could be used to bring glory to God. Weeds are selfish they care nothing for the grass growing around them. Worries and cares get us focused on our selves so much so that we don’t care for others and we don’t have the energy to spend on them. Worries and cares keep the word of God from growing us up.

Mark 4:18–19 (NLT) — 18 The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.

Worries and cares cause us to be lazy. They keep us from the Word of God, from prayer, from fellowship with other Christians and with the Holy Spirit and pretty soon we are just an overgrown weed patch useless to God and a hindrance that keeps others from Jesus. We no fruit that others might pluck to taste the goodness of God. We become a vineyard of sour grapes.

Proverbs 24:30–34 (NLT) — 30 I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. 31 I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. 32 Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: 33 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 34 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

It takes effort to get rid of dandelions. Pastor Jeremy had to pull them and I now resort to spraying them. It takes effort to get rid of worries and cares. I have found that according to scripture the best way is to spray them with Praise! Praise is to worries and cares what ‘Round Up’ is to weeds.

Psalm 59:16–17 (NLT) — 16 But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. 17 O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love.

Psalm 54:6 (NLT) — 6 I will sacrifice a voluntary offering to you; I will praise your name, O Lord, for it is good.

Hebrews 13:15 (NLT) — 15 Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.

Psalm 43:4–5 (NLT) — 4 There I will go to the altar of God, to God—the source of all my joy. I will praise you with my harp, O God, my God! 5 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!

Don’t give up. Don’t be lazy. Keep praising. It is always to soon to quit. Eventually those worries and cares will be no more.

Be Inspired Hilltop! 


  1. Mark Gundersen says

    Does that mean you are taking up Vesper’s cares and passing them on to God when she is not looking?