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By day Keri shares hope stories on KLRC. But her favorite stories are of redemption, of mercy, of grace. She can’t wait to share her story with you.

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  1. This morning I have a doctor’s appointment, as a breast cancer survivor I carry the worry about cancer’s return. Thank you for this today. I think I’ll get me a stone, write cancer on it, and throw it away . . . prayerfully. Thinking on Philippians 4:6 today. God bless.

    • Prayers for you Becky M. Prayers for all cancer survivors and their families!! FYI I do Relay for Life–to help fight cancer. I want to help eradicate this disease within a few years!!!

      God Bless! 🙂

  2. Keri, heard you read this on KLRC this morning, I really like your word picture of me not recognizing that worry affects my “gait,” therefore it affects my witness. Thank you!

  3. This is so powerful. I love the visual ~~ with writing on the stones and casting them into the lake. Just what I needed to hear today.. Just what I need to do.

    • Sometimes we need to do something tangible to remind us of a decision we are making in our hearts. Praying for you today Renee!

  4. Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

    I taught a lesson similar to this, but used this verse as the focal point. When we throw off everything to him, He turns what hinders us into joy which makes us happy. We are no longer weighed down by our burdens, but free through the joy of our Lord. Great blog! 🙂

    • I thought of those exact verses as well as I was reading this! I love the imagery of letting go of things in order to make us lighter in a race. Its such a marvelous example of how so much we hold on to creates unnecessary heaviness.

  5. I loved reading this today, it was put here “just for me!” I’m a bit older, so I might just need a brick to write to write all those worries down, but I need tangible action. Our lakes are still closed this time of year but tomorrow, I’m going to take a quick drive to the river and toss those worries away forever! I have literally worried myself sick with migraines, fibromyalgia, and a host of other illnesses.
    Lisa

  6. Thanks! Needed this a lot. I have a lot to give up and throw. Good reminder!

  7. Thank you for these encouraging words. On and off, I have to be reminded that I carry the stones when I only have to throw it away or give it to Him who is bigger than my problems.

  8. The Lord knew I needed to read this today. We are one week out from our second fertility treatment, and I have a whole week of waiting to go. My heart has been a ball of knots, worry and fear all tangled together and bringing tears and heartache. Thank you for this timely reminder.

  9. Loved the imagery in your writing! I, too, carry worry around. It shows up in my gait, attitude–especially at work. I am displeased with my job as it has changed drastically
    and would like a change of positions within the university, state or at VA.

    I have written about this on different prayer chains, thus trying to “throw” my stone away and give it to HIM who knows best for me!

  10. Praise God for you, Keri, and for this message. As I was nearing the end of the message, in awe of the meaning, I thought of getting another rock (it would be neat if it was heart-shaped) and writing on it what God says about me. That could be a reminder in my pocket when negative thoughts try to come against me, or hurtful situations arise, or hurtful words are spoken, frightening things strike at my heart, etc. Though it might have a little weight, it would be much more welcome, and ultimately freeing, than the heaviness of anxieties, hurts, frustrations, confusion, and so much more. I am His and his alone. May His TRUTH prevail in our lives! God bless you richly!