Last weekend we spent a few days at our neighbor’s cabin in Wisconsin. We fished, played games, and watched a couple old movies like “Back To the Future” with Michael J. Fox. As I was cooking in the rustic kitchen our son, daughter, and son-in-law played a card game that they made up. I called it, “Go To The Dump, Old Maid.” A blend of several familiar card games like Old Maid, Uno, and Go Fish. (I grew up playing “Go To The Dump,” a version of Go Fish.)

The Bible encourages me to go to the dump regularly, hurling the things that weigh me down, surrendering them to Jesus.

Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

Trash piles up every day. It stinks. Burdens are much the same. They accumulate and can soon take over. Sometimes I throw away the wrong thing when stress overwhelms me, things I really need to hold onto: my joy and my confidence.

Hebrews 10:35
 “Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.”

What are you taking to the dump today? Today I think I’ll throw away my fear. I’ll let God worry about my worries, and I’ll enjoy today, rejoicing in His kindness and His care.


Thank you for the invitation to take my toxic trash and hurl it to You. I cannot carry it. I hand it over to You, and I thank You that You remove it and that You give me the support I so desperately need. You will not allow me to be overcome by the weight of the burdens in my life. I will not fall apart because You will hold me together.


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