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

I Am Never Alone

The “Here I Am! Send Me!” Series: “I Am Never Alone”

God is as close as our breath, as near as our heartbeats. Others may not always be able to be with us, but we’re never, ever alone, because God is always with us!

I Am Completely Known

The “Here I Am! Send Me!” Series: I Am Completely Known

God completely knows you: what you’re good at, what you’re dealing with, and where you alone can make a difference in this world. You’re not just some random person; you’re God’s beloved, wanted, known child.

The “Here I Am! Send Me!” The Adventure Begins

The “Here I Am! Send Me!” Series: The Adventure Begins

As one season ends and another begins, if we listen, we’ll hear one really special voice: the voice of the Lord. His voice calls us to live for Him, and His voice tells us the truths about ourselves.

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #4: We See and Receive God’s Gift to Us

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #4: We See and Receive God’s Gift to Us

Though we cannot see Jesus with our physical eyes like Simeon did, we can see Him with our spiritual eyes and receive His presence into our lives today. The “Gospel Gift” is the good news about this!

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #3: God’s Gift to Us is Our Savior Jesus Christ

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #3: God’s Gift to Us is Our Savior Jesus Christ

God’s gift of Jesus matters because, through relationship with Him, we can experience salvation and every other gift we need: peace, hope, healing, joy, and so much more.

God Has the Power to Give Us the Gift We Need

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #2: God Has the Power to Give Us the Gift We Need

Some Christmas gifts are easy to give; other gifts are impossible. Salvation is this kind of gift, something none of us can give ourselves or each other. “The Gospel Gift” is God’s great gift to us!

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #1: We Need a Gift We Cannot Give Ourselves

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #1: We Need a Gift We Cannot Give Ourselves

We are broken people, and, though we may try, we cannot fix all our brokenness. God could have left us this way, but He didn’t. Before time began, He planned the gift of our salvation.

Give Thanks In Everything

Give Thanks in Everything: A Discipleship Conversation for Thanksgiving 2020

Giving thanks “in everything” doesn’t mean that everything in a particular season or year is so great; giving thanks “in everything” means we acknowledge and appreciate how God has helped us through it all.

Fall Of Praise a Call For Thanksgiving

Fall of Praise: A Call for Thanksgiving

This has been a tough year, but God’s faithfulness to us is perfect. He wants us to praise Him in all the “wonderful things” He has done, even if they don’t feel “wonderful” right now.

THE MENDING: How God Changes Us

The Mending: How God Changes Us

We can’t fix all the brokenness around us or even in us. However, our great God doesn’t make us figure out how to mend and fix ourselves. He helps us and reconciles us to Himself.

The “Here I Am! Send Me!” Series: “I Am Never Alone”

God is as close as our breath, as near as our heartbeats. Others may not always be able to be with us, but we’re never, ever alone, because God is always with us!

The “Here I Am! Send Me!” Series: I Am Completely Known

God completely knows you: what you’re good at, what you’re dealing with, and where you alone can make a difference in this world. You’re not just some random person; you’re God’s beloved, wanted, known child.

The “Here I Am! Send Me!” Series: The Adventure Begins

As one season ends and another begins, if we listen, we’ll hear one really special voice: the voice of the Lord. His voice calls us to live for Him, and His voice tells us the truths about ourselves.

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #4: We See and Receive God’s Gift to Us

Though we cannot see Jesus with our physical eyes like Simeon did, we can see Him with our spiritual eyes and receive His presence into our lives today. The “Gospel Gift” is the good news about this!

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #3: God’s Gift to Us is Our Savior Jesus Christ

God’s gift of Jesus matters because, through relationship with Him, we can experience salvation and every other gift we need: peace, hope, healing, joy, and so much more.

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #2: God Has the Power to Give Us the Gift We Need

Some Christmas gifts are easy to give; other gifts are impossible. Salvation is this kind of gift, something none of us can give ourselves or each other. “The Gospel Gift” is God’s great gift to us!

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #1: We Need a Gift We Cannot Give Ourselves

We are broken people, and, though we may try, we cannot fix all our brokenness. God could have left us this way, but He didn’t. Before time began, He planned the gift of our salvation.

Give Thanks in Everything: A Discipleship Conversation for Thanksgiving 2020

Giving thanks “in everything” doesn’t mean that everything in a particular season or year is so great; giving thanks “in everything” means we acknowledge and appreciate how God has helped us through it all.

Fall of Praise: A Call for Thanksgiving

This has been a tough year, but God’s faithfulness to us is perfect. He wants us to praise Him in all the “wonderful things” He has done, even if they don’t feel “wonderful” right now.

The Mending: How God Changes Us

We can’t fix all the brokenness around us or even in us. However, our great God doesn’t make us figure out how to mend and fix ourselves. He helps us and reconciles us to Himself.

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!!!

What Shall We Say About Salvation

How do we lead our children to understand salvation? Is it our job…or God’s? My journey in asking God how to lead my kids to Him has been a gift.

What Shall We Say About… Seeking Him and Speaking Him

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 Santa

The real Santa was a generous man who loved Jesus and loved others. What shall we say to the children about him? We should say his is an example to follow!

What Shall We Say About… Endurance

I have never been pushed so far outside my comfort zone and for so long. Yet, I learned during my personal ‘Crucible of Starvation and Sleep Deprivation’ that the darkest and coldest valleys provide the greatest opportunity to reinvent ourselves, grow, and move closer to God.

What Shall We Say About… St Patrick

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… Purpose During the Pandemic

As the body of Christ, this season is our chance to rise up and live for more than ourselves. In Jesus’ Name, we can love and help others just like God has loved and helped us.

What Shall We Say about St Valentine

The man who inspired Valentine’s Day was a man who loved God and people with all his heart. His true story set an example of love for us to follow!

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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