Look at this little guy! He is blissful and content, completely unaware of such things as war, financial struggles, weight gain, and heartbreak. He has no cares at all.
I wish I could be like that - calm, collected, and able to relax and take a moment from my busy day. Above all, I would really like to have no cares, Lord.
Now I know I have a pretty good life and that You have blessed me in so many ways. You gave me a beautiful daughter, Gabrielle, with a sunny smile and matching hair. But does she have to keep pressing the button on that annoying cheerleader doll, Lord? And will I always be able to protect her from this world?
Thank you for my Davester. He is so hilarious and charming, the family clown. But will he always be so stubborn, Lord? How many "room painting" episodes will it take for him to learn his lesson?
And of course, the epitome of "om" himself - Mikey the yoga master. Still, he keeps getting ear infections, and although I love him so much, I would love to sleep through the night. Just every once in a while, that's all I'm asking.
Lord, you gave me a wonderful husband that provides for his family and loves me so much. I'll try not to complain too much about him because he might read this. . . :)
And me? Wow, Lord, some days I see so many imperfections that I wonder if it's ever possible to get past them. Was I a good and patient mom today to my children? Did I do everything I was supposed to? Why do I care so much about my frizzy hair? Will we be able to stick to the budget this month? Will I get these orders done in time without neglecting my family? And what about my relationship with you?
"Casting all your cares upon Him, for He careth for You." Okay, Lord, I just cast them. I cast them at Your feet. I will go through the remainder of my day remembering that You have my cares now, not me. (I might have to come to You a few more times today, just to be sure You really are bearing my burdens for me. Oh, and I'm pretty sure I'll be back tomorrow. . .)
In Christ's name, your daughter, Jeanette
PS Thanks, Mikey, for the reminder!