Devotion in Motion: The Gospel According to Mother Goose

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7 (NKJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad”

Profound truth turns up in the most unusual places. I ran across a rhyme from Mother Goose not too long ago, and it gives advice that leads to great peace when I take the time to live by it.

For every evil under the sun
There is a remedy or there is none.
If there be one, seek till you find it;
If there be none, never mind it.

Really, that little rhyme shows a wonderful way to handle all the troubles and problems that arise each day. When faced with a trial, seek diligently to see if there is a remedy. If there is a remedy, put that solution into practice, and the problem is solved.  Sometimes the answer to our quandary is right there, but we just need the willingness and courage to put it into practice.

But, if you’re in a situation that has no remedy, then follow the advice in the adage and just “never mind it.” Don’t spend your emotional energy worrying about something that doesn’t have a solution. There is no point in “crying over spilled milk” or “sawing the sawdust.” Don’t bemoan what can’t be fixed, but use everything within your resources to improve upon the situation you have.

Dear mamas, won’t you put this little rhyme into practice this week? And when you’re seeking a remedy, don’t forget to ask our Heavenly Father for His help. He’ll provide the strength to bear your burdens, until He opens a door to a brighter day.

Dr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and is in the middle of his 25th year of being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi.  He and his lovely wife, Susan, and his sons, Spencer (age 18) and Seth (age 15) live in the parsonage next door to the Antioch Christian Church (where Spring has surely “sprung” down in the Deep South.) He would love to hear from you in an email sent to