How to Take Your Troubles to the Cross

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Do you give up something for Lent? Add something? Lent is all about walking to the Cross. Read this for 3 ways to find peace at the foot of the cross.
Do you give up something for Lent?

Chocolate? Facebook? Sugar? _________?

Depending upon what you’re giving up, six and a half weeks can seem like a long time.

I don’t give up; I add.

I add extra devotional reading.

This year – On Calvary’s Hill by Max Lucado and The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.

I’m adding one more thing…

Prayer and time reflecting on the following verse:

Then He [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23

In tomorrow’s post I’ll tell you why this verse was admittedly hard for me. Friday, I will begin to tell you what it means to me. And over the next weeks I will share stories of people who inspire me by obediently following Jesus through cross-carrying.

If you’re like me, you’d prefer a life of comfort, peace, and contentment. You may believe those things are found in financial security, a successful career, and perfect relationships. The problem is each of those things are very fragile. No matter how frantically we chase and fight to achieve and maintain our dreams, troubles are inevitable.

Jesus said, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.” John 16:33

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One of our pastors used to say, “I know each of you and everyone has problems. Don’t look around and think anyone has a perfect life. Everyone is fighting hard battles.”

How to Take Your Troubles to the Cross

1. Pick them up – Admit your troubles. Denial, running, or avoiding will never help. Look at the mountain of trouble and face it.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. Psalm 34:18–19

2. Walk with a friend – Share your story. You don’t have to spill every painful detail. Remember we don’t know the specifics of Paul’s “thorn.” But when we carry one another’s burdens we share His love and strength.

Help each other in troubles and problems. This is the kind of law Christ asks us to obey. Galatians 6:2

3. Look at the cross – Keep your focus Jesus—God’s amazing grace and love. His willingness to live, suffer, die, and rise again to show us His forgiveness and love. Who truly give us everything we need to follow Him to the foot of the cross where we can lay down any problem or pain.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Quotes for the Foot of the Cross

“To know the Cross is not merely to know our own sufferings. For the Cross is the sign of salvation, and no man is saved by his own sufferings. To know the Cross is to know that we are saved by the sufferings of Christ; more, it is to know the love of Christ Who underwent suffering and death in order to save us. It is, then, to know Christ.” ~Thomas Merton

“Every time we look at the cross Christ seems to say to us, ‘I am here because of you. It is your sin I am bearing, your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying, your death I am dying.’ Nothing in history or in the universe cuts us down to size like the cross. All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-righteousness, until we have visited a place called Calvary. It is here, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.” ~John Stott

I’m praying you will join me this cross-carrying journey to the foot of the cross where we are invited to rest our burdens, share His love, and know His blessings. 

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9 thoughts on “How to Take Your Troubles to the Cross

  1. Even when you add things, you’re giving up the time to complete them each day so that also is sacrifice and helps keep your focus on Christ. I love your ideas! One year, I gave up diet Coke (I drank 2 every day). I didn’t even give up caffeine…just diet Coke. By 10:00 a.m. the first day, I was really missing it. I tucked myself away in a corner at work and gave myself a pep talk. “Julie, Christ died on a cross for you. You can give up diet Coke!” That did it! I had to laugh at myself, but it definitely helped my perspective. God bless you!

  2. I come from a tradition that has never observed Lent. So it is a relatively foreign concept to me in one way. Several years ago i gave up Caffeine Diet Dr Pepper. I had no idea what to even think about this year but I LIKE YOUR IDEA OF ADDING TO. I’m going to give that some serious thought over the next day or so and see what comes.

  3. I really like the idea of adding something instead of taking away. I always have room for more Jesus!!
    I also appreciate how you simply explained how to take something to Jesus. It is so simple and yet how many times do I forget?

  4. 3 really simple yet effective ways. You’ve summarized it well. 😉

    Collect your troubles, offer it to God and it’s important to have a support group around you. I know those steps by heart now. :p

  5. Great idea during this Lenten season! 🙂 Thanks for linking up at Women With Intention Wednesdays! I look forward to seeing what you have for us this week!

  6. I have been meditating on that verse over the past couple days, especially in light of persecution of believers. I appreciate your post here, Deb, and the relevance of it. May we come to understand more completely what this call to be His disciple really means. God bless you!And thank you for linking up to Front Porch Inspired #FPConversations. Hope you can stop back tomorrow!Anne

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