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In our house we have what I call the “care bucket. It’s where we offload all the worries, cares, disappointments and hurts that happen as part of living life. The “care bucket comes out regularly. Actually sometimes it’s not a bucket but rather one of those industrial roadside “skip bins” that is required, but that’s okay because it’s better to offload our cares than to let them fester in our hearts and minds.

God doesn’t want us to carry loads and regularly says things like “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.” (Matt 11:28). “Cast all your cares and anxiety upon him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

God asks us to cast our burdens on Him because he knows how toxic cares and worries can become in our life and how energy sapping and debilitating they can end up being to our whole way of life. He wants us to be able to live in peace and to know His joy even in the midst of challenges, but we do have to allow Him to help.

Today I encourage you to offload your cares onto Jesus and to use the “care bucket. He loves and cares for you and wants to carry your load so you don’t have to.

Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine.Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

In our family we think there is pretty much a song for every occasion. This song called “Lay it down” by Will Reagan says it all.

Bring your worry, grief and pain
Every cause you have for shame
lay it all down, lay it all down
When your cares have buried you
and there’s nothing left to do
lay it all down lay it all down
at the feet of jesus, at the feet of jesus

Carried on but your heart was tired
Feared the worst and felt the fire
lay it all down, lay it all down
Filled with all those anxious thoughts
all your doubts became your god
lay it all down, lay it all down
at the feet of jesus, at the feet of jesus

Lay it all down
Lay it all down
Lay it all down
Lay it all down

at the feet of Jesus
at the feet of Jesus

When we’ve given up on better days
there are memories we can’t erase
lay it all down, lay it all down
We’ve come to fear what we can’t explain
there’s nothing here that can ease the pain
lay it all down, lay it all down
at the feet of Jesus, at the feet of Jesus