SEPTEMBER 19

Hello friend,

I imagine you reading this with a cup of coffee or tea in hand. Perhaps you are squeezing this in between activities with your kids, or you just jumped off a Zoom call at work and you are scrolling through your emails.

If you are like me, your mind can get busy rather easily. Oftentimes, in the morning, I am already worried and concerned about the activities of the day. There are demands placed upon every one of us, and those demands can weigh heavily on our hearts. Sometimes, those demands are not necessarily weighing heavily, but they just need our attention.

This morning, Karis (who is 6), came into my room at 5:15 AM after having a bad dream. I prayed over her, asked the Lord to help her fall back asleep, and told her to go back into her room. A few minutes later, she came back, still pretty worked up from the dream, so I asked her to tell me about it. She curled up next to me and let me hug her for a few minutes before heading back to her bedroom.

About 30 minutes later, she came into my home office crying, because she still couldn’t fall back asleep. And in our home, children are not allowed to turn the lights on before 7 AM. It’s a boundary that helps us with routine.

After hearing her frustration, I encouraged her to go back and pray. Start with her day, pray through all of her activities, and ask Jesus to help her. Then I encouraged her to start thanking Jesus for as much as she could come up with, and then afterwards she would feel better. 

This comes straight from the Bible. What I love about Paul’s prayer today is that it’s so simple that a six-year-old can do it!!

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT): 

“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Today, I want to encourage you to pray about everything. When you are driving, pray for the people around you. When you sit down for class, pray for the other students in the room (or Zoom). Pray for your kids as you are making their breakfast, pray when you are checking slack, pray when you read (or watch the news), pray when you are worried about sickness or a family member who is struggling. 

Bring it all to Jesus. Crawl up next to Him, and let His peace fill your heart. He cares for you, and He’s got you in His hands.

You might pray something like this…

“Father, today I give you all that I am. I submit the cares of my heart to you. Help me not to worry, but instead to trust. I trust you with my decisions, my tasks, my relationships, my attitude, with all of my heart. 

Please fill my heart with your peace today. Please bless our church. Help us together live lives that show people how to experience peace in the middle of the storm.

I love you!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Love you all!

Have a great day!

Pastor Andy


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