“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

‭‭- Psalms‬ ‭55:22‬ ‭(NIV)‬‬

I have read this verse many times throughout my life; but this time the Lord highlighted the word “sustain”.

Sustain, defined as a verb, means to “strengthen or support physically or mentally”. It also means “to support something or keep it going”. (

Parenting a child who grows anxious has given me a glimpse of how the Lord cares for me in my own anxiety. When I see my son grow anxious about such menial things (in my perspective), I just want to wrap him up and affirm to him that it’s going to be ok.

My Heavenly Father does the same for me. He is so patient and kind to me in my waves of heavy anxiety. He meets me right where I am and assures me that I can find peace and comfort in Him. He will sustain me. He will give me the physical and mental strength that I need when I cast my cares upon Him. In my prayer to the Lord, I ask Him to help me to model this well so that my son can see that Jesus is the One Who calms our anxious thoughts. Therefore I will be glad.

“Therefore my heart is glad and my whole being rejoices; my body also rests securely. For you will not abandon me to Sheol; you will not allow your faithful one to see decay. You reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; at your right hand are eternal pleasures.”

- ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:9-11‬ ‭(CSB)‬‬

A few weeks ago the Lord spoke to me through this verse and it continues to amaze me how much His peace and joy continues to fill me. I was feeling overwhelmed and on the brink of an emotional meltdown. But this promise...that He will sustain me...has drawn me out of the darkness. He always does this. He brings me out of the pit and back into His arms.

In Him,

Katie Karlson


3228 Gatewood Ave, Indian River, MI 49749, USA

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Show a three-year-old a rainbow and his eyes pop open, he laughs and murmurs something that sounds semi close to English; that's wonder. Show a third grader how pleasing God connects to honoring her parents and she will most likely look at you funny and continue eating her pizza; that's discovery. As a teacher, church leader, or parent you want a curriculum that will help you connect the love and worship of God to good decision-making for your elementary school students. You want something that will help them see the value of respecting authority and treating their friends like they are human, not SpongeBob®. You need it to be simple. You would love it to be flexible. You want it to suit your individual needs. Time to go to the basics. What if by the time your child reaches 6th grade they will know these five core truths:

God is the Holy Creator.
I can trust God's Word (Bible).
I can trust Jesus with everything.
I should try to live like Jesus lived (make wise choices by His Word).
The world/culture does not usually agree with God's Word.


Most kids form their entire idea of who God is, and choose whether nor not they'll have a relationship with Him before leaving 5th grade!

Sunday at a Glance

The nursery and classrooms will open at 10:15 for check in. 


Each week the kids (ages 0-9) join us for worship in the sanctuary. After worship, the kids head to their respective classrooms to learn more about God and how to apply His word to our lives. 


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