Family Disciple Me responds to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

What Shall We Say About…

In Fear, Take Heart!

By Nancy Johnston

Over the past month we’ve all been faced with it: Fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of change. Fear of going places.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been inundated with emails and articles about the Coronavirus. The more I read the more I felt myself getting overwhelmed and anxious. What was causing all this fear? It could be a thousand things I suppose. I could be afraid of getting the virus or of unknowingly infecting someone I love. I could be afraid of the effect this pandemic is having on our economy. 

But, honestly, the thing that grips me most right now is the lack of control I feel. I fear the unknown. I hate not being able to plan out what next week or next month will look like. Too many unknowns.

In the midst of all the chaos and uncertainties and changes I had to stop and ask myself one very important question: “What am I going to focus on?” 

In the midst of it all I could hear Him whispering to me – “Take heart, be encouraged! I realized that if I focus on what the world was telling me I was only going to feel overwhelmed and discouraged. 

He was reminding me, “I’m your Unchanging Shepherd leading you every step of the way. I am your Giver of Peace that surpasses all your limited understanding. I am All Knowing of what the future will hold, nothing surprises Me. I am All Powerful to cure every sickness and disease. I am Faithful, to the very end.” 

Then He reminded me of Peter’s story in Matthew 14:25-33. Just like Peter, when Jesus called him out on the water, if I take my eyes off Him I will surely sink. The chaos of the storm around me should not cause me to lose sight of Him. And it should definitely not change my perspective of Who He is. He is the One Constant in my life and how I respond to the storm is a reflection of Who I believe Him to be.

A friend of mine gave me an analogy that has stuck with me for years. When you squeeze an orange, lemon juice doesn’t come out, does it? No, it’s an orange. You will always get orange juice because that is what is inside. 

So, when I’m faced with the pressure of life and it “squeezes me”, what comes out? The answer is raw and simple, what is truly in my heart will come out. Do I really trust Him or do I live in fear?

Faith is active; it meditates on Truth. In order to replace fear with faith, we have to break our gaze off the tossing waves of worry in this world and return it to Christ. Like He did for Peter, His hand will hold ours even as we walk on swirling water.

Will you pray this now with me?

Dear Heavenly Father, You tell us over and over in Your Word, “Fear not!” Help us to do so. Help us to remember that You never forsake us and are fully trustworthy.

As panic surrounds us, may Your peace that surpasses understanding fill our hearts and minds. May we be voices of light and reason, as we walk by faith.

We ask for Your protective grace and mercy over our families and those who are most vulnerable, and for endurance and wisdom upon our leaders and health care professionals.

Father, we know You are over this, and will use this for ultimate good, according to the riches of Your glory. Help us, in fear, to take heart. In Jesus’s Name, Amen

© 2020 Nancy Johnston, Family Disciple Me

Hope Along the Way

May You Pray…for HOPE Along the Way

As Christians, God invites us to look beyond what our physical eyes can see to the hope of what He has for us. Let’s pray for hope along life’s way!

To Know Jesus Better Today

May You Pray…to Know Jesus Better Today

The more we know Jesus, the more we recognize Him. We want to experience real relationship with Him and pray for other people to know Him better, too!

May You Pray for people each day

May You Pray…For People Each Day

When someone matters to us, one of the best things we can do for them is to pray for them! As we remember others in our prayers, our God “remembers” to listen to us!

Easter Makes Our Jesus Stories Personal

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Easter Celebrates the Details!

WHY IS EASTER SO IMPORTANT? Easter Celebrates the Details

Paul wrote that “of first importance” is the message of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. If the Gospel is true, then it should affect everything about us, including our celebrations.

WHY IS EASTER SO IMPORTANT? Easter Reminds Us of the Gospel!

WHY IS EASTER SO IMPORTANT? Easter Reminds Us of the Gospel!

Easter matters because it reminds us of the Gospel, and the Gospel matters because it affects our lives and eternity. At Easter we wholeheartedly celebrate this truth, but every day we want to live it.

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The Heart // Mind // Body Decisions: Body

The world wants us to learn many, many things about our bodies except how “to control” them. However, God wants His people “be sanctified,” which means “set apart” or different from the world.

My Mind

The Heart // Mind // Body Decisions: Mind

Our world says you can think anyway you want about anything you want. This philosophy leads every direction except closer to Jesus. Only by setting our minds on Him do we actually draw closer to Him.

The HEART // MIND // BODY Decisions Decision One: “My Heart”

The Heart // Mind // Body Decisions: Heart

Jesus tells us to love Him with not just some of our hearts but ALL our hearts. He wants us to make Him the center of everything in our lives, starting with who we love most.

Life Verse Part Three: Focus It!

Life Verse Part Three: Focus It!

While the voices and words of this world bombard us, we each get to choose whose voices and words we focus on! Let’s talk about focusing on God’s voice!

May You Pray…for HOPE Along the Way

As Christians, God invites us to look beyond what our physical eyes can see to the hope of what He has for us. Let’s pray for hope along life’s way!

May You Pray…to Know Jesus Better Today

The more we know Jesus, the more we recognize Him. We want to experience real relationship with Him and pray for other people to know Him better, too!

May You Pray…For People Each Day

When someone matters to us, one of the best things we can do for them is to pray for them! As we remember others in our prayers, our God “remembers” to listen to us!

WHY IS EASTER SO IMPORTANT? Easter Makes Our Jesus Stories Personal

Sane, rational people don’t just give up their lives for an illusion or hoax; they must be convinced something is really important. This was true in ancient times, and it’s true today.

WHY IS EASTER SO IMPORTANT? Easter Celebrates the Details

Paul wrote that “of first importance” is the message of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. If the Gospel is true, then it should affect everything about us, including our celebrations.

WHY IS EASTER SO IMPORTANT? Easter Reminds Us of the Gospel!

Easter matters because it reminds us of the Gospel, and the Gospel matters because it affects our lives and eternity. At Easter we wholeheartedly celebrate this truth, but every day we want to live it.

The Heart // Mind // Body Decisions: Body

The world wants us to learn many, many things about our bodies except how “to control” them. However, God wants His people “be sanctified,” which means “set apart” or different from the world.

The Heart // Mind // Body Decisions: Mind

Our world says you can think anyway you want about anything you want. This philosophy leads every direction except closer to Jesus. Only by setting our minds on Him do we actually draw closer to Him.

The Heart // Mind // Body Decisions: Heart

Jesus tells us to love Him with not just some of our hearts but ALL our hearts. He wants us to make Him the center of everything in our lives, starting with who we love most.

Life Verse Part Three: Focus It!

While the voices and words of this world bombard us, we each get to choose whose voices and words we focus on! Let’s talk about focusing on God’s voice!

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What Shall We Say About… Prayer during the Pandemic

Kids, today we pray. TODAY WE PRAY.

It’s pretty clear what God wants us to do during time of pestilence and disease. He wants us to fall on our faces and cry out to Him, in humility, repentance and faith. So let’s pray today!!!

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How do we translate our relationship with the Lord to those He’s entrusted to us? How do we speak Him into their lives? It’s an outgrowth of Seeking Him.

What Shall We Say About… Fear

The current coronavirus pandemic is a strategic time to disciple our kids about FEAR! How God’s Word says we should handle fear in our lives, whatever that fear is for each of us.

What Shall We Say About… In Fear, Take Heart

In the midst of all the chaos and uncertainties and changes I had to stop and ask myself one very important question: “What am I going to focus on?”

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