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Top 3 ways to focus on Jesus -- MybodyMyworship Prayer Challenge newsletter
January 18, 2021
|Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,
Ever feel like we’re living through a storm?
We could ask Jesus to calm the storm, but what will our non-believing neighbors learn?
Maybe we’re supposed to turn into the storm so that we hit it straight on, learn from the consequences of our disobedience, and accept the cleansing that living water provides.
So how do we remain calm in the storm?
Matthew 14:22-33Jesus climbed the mountain to pray by Himself. When He intended to catch up with the disciples, their boat was already a long distance from land, battered by the contrary winds. Nevertheless, Jesus walked to the boat.
“A ghost!” Thomas cried out in fear. The disciples were terrified when they saw Jesus walking on the sea.
But Jesus calmly, firmly said, “Take courage. It is I. Do not be afraid.”
Peter was the first to respond, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter paid attention to the wind, he was afraid and began to sink. Frantically, he yelled, “Lord, save me!”
Jesus caught Peter, of course. Bringing him to the surface, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Like Peter, you can walk on water despite the wind and the battering waves — when you keep your focus on Jesus.
The same is true for women and men who are unexpectedly pregnant and afraid. But how will they believe it’s possible to get through their “storm” when we do not model calm faith ourselves?
Top 3 Ways to Stay Calm1. Worship — sing! — in all circumstances. This is the main "a ha" in my memoir.
2. Ask Father for more of the Holy Spirit so that you have more fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, PEACE, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control).
3. Imagine yourself looking into the deep, loving eyes of Jesus continuously throughout your day.
Here is a sample prayer. If you prefer to start your prayers differently or end your prayers differently, do it!
Jesus, thank You for being my Prince of Peace!
We humbly come to You, asking You to forgive us and to bring to mind those we need to forgive. Lord, we forgive ____________.
Thank You for teaching us to stay focused on You as we walk through every storm.
Thank You for making us examples of peace that passes understanding to those who do not believe in You, especially those with unwanted pregnancies.
ShareIt's Sanctity of Life Month, and this week is not just the Presidential Inauguration but also the anniversary of Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton.
But in this contentious period in American history, what do we do with the anniversary of Roe?
To learn more, watch and share: YouTube 2021 Roe Anniversary
In Other NewsLast week, April Giauque interviewed me in what she titled, "Worship to Celebrate Life!" You can watch that video at my YouTube Channel May the Prince of Peace provide you with peace that passes understanding.
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