Morning Moments

with Sandra Bivens Smith


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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.


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Palm Sunday Reflections

The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!” Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:  “Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.” (John 12:12-15 (NKJV) 

On this Palm Sunday morning, I felt drawn to spend a few minutes reflecting on the events of some two-thousand years ago that changed, for eternity, the course of mankind.

As Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a borrowed donkey, the crowds cheering “Hosanna”!  “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!”  “The King of Israel!”; even then, Jesus knew.  Their voices were sweet but their hearts were bitter. In just a few short days, the truth that was in their hearts would be exposed as once again their shouts would ring through the streets of Jerusalem.  This time – “CRUCIFY HIM!”  The Messiah.  The Promised One.  The Savior of the world.  The One they had waited for and longed for all those generations.  “Kill Him”!  All because of their selfish pride, need for power, or for some, simply because He didn’t come as they expected.  From cheers to jeers.  From hope to hate.  “Crucify Him!”  And they did.

“Jesus, more often than not, I don’t see you as expected.  I look for you to accomplish Your work in me one way but You choose a better way for You know me, You know my stubborn heart, my weak faith.  Thank you Lord Jesus that you know and that you give just what I need at just the point in time it is needed.  Forgive me when I ignore you or turn away from you because the blessings come in unexpected ways.  Let my cries always be ‘Hosanna’!”

Sunday is coming!


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Praise Him

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips (Psalms 63:3-5)

What could be better than life itself?  The loving kindness of the Lord.  Surely He is good.  His mercies are more than the stars of the heavens.  His patience with His children extends far beyond our failures.  His love cannot be measured – it is infinite.

And what does He ask of us?  Not much. Our praise.  Hands open and lifted high.

Let this be our continuous thought – that we will be fully surrendered to Him.  Let this be our constant desire – that we will testify of His loving-kindness.  Let this be the pattern of our lives – thankfulness to Him in every situation.  Let this be always on our lips – praise and glory and honor to the Lord of Lord, the King of Kings, the Savior of our souls.