Morning Moments

with Sandra Bivens Smith


Coming Soon

For some time now (we’re talking years) I have been working on a study on Joy from the book of Philippians.  It seems at every turn I’ve encountered roadblocks (I won’t bore you with the details) except to say that not only have they deterred the work they have also managed to discourage the writer.  It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad – to think that a study on Joy would cause such grief!  Maybe it was my own expectations or maybe just a matter of timing, I can’t say.  I only know that the words have been there all along, I just couldn’t figure out how to get them into a book.  I have come to the point of doubt as to whether a book will ever happen (possibly it was never meant to be) yet the determination to share the words is as strong as ever.

So, all that being said, with  the Lord’s guidance and your support, very soon I will be bringing this study to you here at “Morning Moments”.

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Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalms 55:22)

What is your burden today?  Do you want to be rid of the weight of it?

“Cast your burden on the LORD”

  • Cast – Throw out.  Hurl.  Shed.  Cast off.

That burden that’s wearing you down, don’t just drop, throw it away.  For those of you who like visual, picture a football game.  You’re the quarterback, you’ve got the ball and you’re surrounded.  You’ve got to get rid of the ball or you’re going down – hard!  But just down the field is a receiver, wide open, hands out, waiting and ready to take the ball.

“He will sustain you”

  • Sustain – Keep in.  Maintain.  Abide.  Bear.  Guide.  Hold.  Nourish.  Make provision.

I think this is where we tend to get discouraged.  The songs, the sermons, the books – they lead us to believe that if we will just give it to God the rain will cease, the clouds will part and it will be all sunshine and roses.  But, that’s not what I’m reading here.  The words say “He will sustain”.  He will keep you through that storm.  He will be with you, He will bear you up.  Whatever your need until the storm passes, He will provide.

“He will never permit the righteous to be moved”

  • Permit – Give.  Put.  Appoint.  Give forth.  Cause.  Cast.  Deliver up.
  • Moved – Waver.  Slip.  Fall.  Cast out.  Be out of course.  Be fallen in decay.

What great assurance!  The One who has all power over all things – He is your God.  He will show His power before the enemy (on your behalf ) and He will not allow the enemy to overtake you.  He will not permit you to fall.


Fear.  Uncertainty.  Self-sufficiency.  Pride… Why are you holding on to your burden? Whatever your reason, the counsel is the same.  Put your trust in the Lord.

Give your burden to Him.

Let Him keep you through it

until He delivers you from it

knowing He will not fail you.