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Sunday Stillness – How to Face Uncertainty

Sunday Stillness – How to Face Uncertainty

by Janis Cox

Each day is filled with a newness, a wonder. But each day could bring changes. We don’t know.

A storm could arise.

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Jesus Calms the Storm

Jesus replied:

“You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm (Matthew 8:26, NIV).

How do we face each day? Certainly Jesus has to be my focus. He is the One who never changes.

We know that He is the Beginning and the End.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Rev. 22:13, NIV).

Therefore we have peace because of Jesus. I remember PEACE because to me it means:

Put
Everything
Aside –
Christ
Enters

Jesus said:

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace (John 16:33, NIV).

Here is a YouTube video of Your Love is Amazing by Brian Doerksen. Let’s sing praises to our Lord this morning knowing that He is in charge.

Prayer:
Father, thank You for Jesus. He has become my firm foundation, the rock beneath my feet. He is my Peace. Help me to show others how to get to know Jesus. In Jesus’s Name. Amen.

I know there is someone out there this morning in the midst of a storm. Cry out to Jesus. May I offer a prayer for you. Please send me a personal email and I will pray for you.

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WHAT IS ANOTHER WORD FOR PEACE?

What is Another Word for Peace?

by Janis Cox

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I love acronyms. This morning I recalled that many years ago acronyms became my way of learning God’s word. One of the first ones I created was PEACE.

P – Put

E – Everything

A – Aside

C – Christ

E – Enters

I also have used “calm” for the “C” instead of Christ.

I find that wonderful. Do you?

Calm and Christ.

The same thing.

He is our Peace.

Have a wonderful peaceful day.

Prayer:

Father I pray for all who read Under the Cover of Prayer that they are learning to find Your peace in the communication that you give us called prayer. May we continue to grow in this year to learn more and more how to communicate with You. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

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Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.

WHO IS THIS JESUS? – sermon

Who is this Jesus?

“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Matthew 8:23-27 NIV)

Based on a sermon by Harry Morgan

Small fishing Boat

Fishing on the Sea of Galilee?

After Harry set us up in the Sea of Galilee by showing us pictures of the sea, the men in a small fishing boat and showing us how that sea is about the size of Lake Simcoe, I could feel the tension of the disciples in the small boat while they were in that storm.

The storm on the Sea of Galilee

“Lord, save us. We are going to drown.”

One day my husband and I went out on Lake Simcoe in our motorboat, after coming down the quiet, serene Trent canal. We entered the lake only to find that the winds and the waves were vicious. Not being a great sea person I wanted to turn back to the calm of the canal.

Not my hubby – he set out full speed when he saw a large yacht heading across. We caught up to that boat and spent the next couple of hours following in their wake while they headed across Lake Simcoe. Believe me … I prayed. But I did stay calm.  Not calm enough to take a picture, though.

The calm of the canal

The calm before the storm.

We had life jackets available and we had Jesus. The disciples had no life jackets and were not sure of the power of Jesus.

The disciples said, “Lord, save us. We are going to drown.” They called out to him but were unsure what He could do.

Jesus calmed the winds and the waves.

That day the disciples grew in their faith. They concluded, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

We can use this story as a parallel to our lives. The Lord allows storms to happen so we can grow in our faith. We face a variety of storms and they do happen without warning.

Personal storms of sickness, heartache, family problems, financial stresses, depression and jobs – all of these can bring stormy emotions.

Our society itself is in turmoil – the markets unsettled; the European countries challenged; the United States still suffering from the housing and debt crisis.

And even Christ’s church is facing a storm – there is a societal shift away from “church”. Back in the 60s people asked why we were not in church? Now they ask why we go to church?

Does that mean we give up? No – we press on. We do all that we can do and leave the rest to God.

Let’s marvel at how Christ can calm the winds and the waves – how we can find peace when we trust in Him.

You might also like Trust and Calm in the Midst of a Storm.

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

MISSED CONNECTIONS

Missed Connections

by Jan Cox

What has previously been a four hour flight to Phoenix, turned into a nine hour flight via Calgary – then a flight to Los Angeles – and finally after missing that connection – a hotel room and a flight the next day. What could have been 4 hours took more than 24 hours.

Even though I am extremely tired and a little disoriented – I did continue through all this with my year of TRUST. I kept praying little breath prayers, “in your will, Lord”; “give me strength and energy”. And I kept calm, yes very calm.

There was a group of seven passengers who had been rerouted and all of us remained calm. That was a blessing.

Now that isn’t to say that I won’t get in touch with Air Canada, because in every missed flight it was Air Canada’s fault (not the weather). In each case they kept telling us, “if you hurry you will make the connection.” And in each case there was no hope that we would make it. All that effort – pulling the carry-on, running – and it was impossible to make the connection.

As I take a look at that day here is what I have found. Sometimes no matter what we do and how hard we try, it might not go the way we hoped.

But – and here is what I am finally figuring out – that is okay. I remember Ann Voskamp’s words “life is not an emergency”. Breathe in Christ. And I do and I remain calm and at peace.

There was no point in raising the emergency flag as all these things were beyond my control – and speaking of control – why is it always about my controlling things?

Two lessons:

          1. God is in control – not me.
          2. Remain calm and trust God so I can be at peace in all situations

Personal breath prayers for others while I waited. Listen to Him while I waited. Breathing in the breath of God.

Lots to be thankful for as you will see in my gratitude list.

Prayer:

Thank You Lord for being there on my trip from Canada. Thank You through all the missed connections that I could rest in You and trust You to figure things out. Thank You for the wonderful people I met on my journey. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week. Counting up to 1000 – I am at 940.

  • Peace in the midst of the storm of confusing emotions about my Mom
  • Long term facility opening up for Mom
  • Everything put in motion for the move for Mom
  • Getting a reasonably priced flight home to Canada
  • An understanding husband
  • A loving sister who found movers quickly
  • Time with my sister
  • A safe trip home and back
  • Putting everything in place for my Mom
  • My sister’s positive spirit
  • God “working graciously behind the scenes” (Genesis 24:1-14, The Message)
  • Great sleeps
  • Missed airline connections as I met wonderful people
  • The gentleman pilot on the US Air flight – great conversation
  • The 24-hour travel allowing me to live in the moment and trust You, Lord
  • A welcome home from Snowball and hubby
  • My morning prayer time and peace
  • Excitement about 3 day art course coming up
  • Seeing the first egret of the season
  • Wisdom of Financial Peace University – Dave Ramsey’s course
  • Jet lag abating and head clearer

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.


CALM IN THE MIDST OF A STORM

Calm in the Midst of a Storm

by Jan Cox

Read: Luke 8:22-25    

“He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm” (Luke 8: 24 NIV)

We had had a glorious sunny day boating with friends on our lake. The lake travels for twelve miles and we found ourselves at the furthest point from home. We had turned the boat around to start back when in the distance we saw the sky turning black. The clouds looked ominous, building bigger and darker in the west. The wind started to pick up and the waves started to roll. As my husband put the boat into full throttle, he steered us back toward our cottage.

The waves sprayed the sides of our boat and we felt the temperature dropping. I remembered the Bible passage from Mark 4:37, “A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. ” The disciples had been afraid. They were sure they were destined to drown.

For me, this could have been a nerve-wracking ride, but I have learned the peace of Christ.  I quietly prayed and instantly felt a peace in my heart. Jesus tells us to have faith and not be afraid. Even though the waves raged around us I was calm in the midst of the storm.

I had not always felt that way. Whenever I found myself in a situation that I could not control, I would panic. I would picture the worse, and like the disciples I would fear a calamity or even death.  “The disciples woke him [Jesus] and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” I had felt this way in the past.

This time, as my husband navigated the turbulent winds and waves, I felt calm and sure. He even docked properly on the first try. Through my faith, God had calmed my fears, kept the driver and passengers calm and I saw “the wind and the waves obey Him.”

Thought for the day: With Christ beside us all fears can pass away.

Prayer: Lord, let us remember to have faith and feel Your peace at all times. You can calm the storms in our lives.

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Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.

PRAYERS TO CALM THE STORM

Prayers to Calm the Storm

by Shannon Leibold

I awaken in the middle of the night to a room continually flickering. Lightening flashes incessantly across the night sky revealing ominous clouds and swirling formations.

I lay still, holding my breath, until moments later my husband begins to stir, awakened by the same angry flashes. The thunder is a continual roll in the distance. He gets out of bed and stands at the window and I make my way to his side.

“I’ve never seen so much lightening before,” he whispers.

I nod agreement, mesmerized by the flashes, one right after the other.

The gusts of wind escalate causing the windows to rattle and the leaves to swirl in circles on the trees. There is no rain – yet. We are on the edge of the storm and we can see its eerie form approaching every time the sky lights up.

I feel the fear begin to rise with the wind.

We are at the hands of a merciful God.

We switch on the TV to the weather channel and there across the bottom scrolls the words in bright red alert describing what’s happening right outside our window.

High winds.

Pounding rain.

Damaging hail.

Tornadoes sighted.

Take cover.

Then they name our town.

We’ve watched storms before in the middle of the night, safe on this side of the glass. But never have we seen our town in print included on the alert.

We hear the rain starting to fall now, increasing in intensity with each passing second.

“Do you think we should…?” I whisper.

He’s already moving in that direction.

He disappears into our son’s room and I go into the room beside and gather up our daughter in my arms – blankies and teddy and all – and we head to the basement. There he opens the door to the closet beneath the stairs – supposedly the safest place in our home in the event of a tornado. We snuggle beneath blankets and listen to the howling wind. Our daughter continues to sleep on, her head against my chest, oblivious to the unsettled world outside.

As we huddle in the dark, my mind goes to my childhood farmhouse and a similar weather warning decades before, and the same fear that rose then. As dark, swirling clouds gathered over our modest 126 acres, I begged God to spare us, and if He could – if He would – I promised to read the Bible cover to cover. When the storm eventually passed, I pulled my dusty Bible off the shelf and turned to Genesis 1. It took me many years, with a few rebellious ones in between – before I fulfilled my promise.

“Mommy?” our son whispers in the dark, forcing my thoughts back to the present.

“Yes, I’m here.”

Satisfied, he settles again, unlike the storm outside that rages on.

I had read it that very morning in Psalms and it comes flooding back now.

“He spoke, and the winds rose, stirring up the waves. Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits; end” (Psalm 107:25-27 (NLT)).

God merely speaks and the winds rise, the trees shake violently, and the rain pounds.

“”Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves” (Psalm 107:28-29 (NLT)).

I think then about the power of prayer and the situations that motivate us to cry out to God. Doing battle on our knees for loved ones, worshiping in prayer with lifted hands to a God who is worthy, and then there is prayer in times like these – ‘Lord, help!’ kind of prayers.

So I begin to pray.

Because the same One who speaks to cause the winds to rise, is able to calm the storm to a whisper and still the waves of fear.

The words aren’t fancy – perhaps not even complete sentences or thoughts. They are simply ‘Lord, help!’ kind of prayers from one tiny basement in one tiny house on one tiny spinning ball of dust in a small corner of the universe.

But He hears.

And He answers.

Eventually the winds decreases, the rains soften and the storm passes.

After my husband goes upstairs to check the status of the storm both by peering out the windows and listening to the report on the weather channel, we abandon our hide-away and tuck little ones safely back in bed.

“What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbour! Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them” (Psalm 107:30-31 (NLT)).

Praise the Lord for His great love and for His ear attentive to the prayer-thoughts of one Mama hiding beneath the stairs.

He is able to calm the storms in your life, Precious One. Cry out to Him. 

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Shannon Leibold

Beyond the responsibilities as a wife and a mother of two small children, Shannonworks part-time as a Ministry Support Director at her local church. Her passions include studying Scripture, teaching the Bible, and writing about what God is teaching her through His Word. In her attempt to live more like Mary instead of her true Martha nature, she blogs at SittingAtHisFeet – a humble corner of the web where she records the lessons she learns while sitting at the feet of Jesus. Will you join her there? There is always room at His feet.