Peace be Still

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Kneeling in Prayer:

Jesus, I put my hope and my trust in you. I surrender everything to you. You are my refuge and a very present help in the time of trouble. You are my strength. My weakness is made perfect through your strength. Apart from you I can do nothing. I will wait upon you! Renew my strength and my dependence upon you. With your help, I will climb mountains and serve you wholeheartedly. Your love propels me to walk with you daily. My heart pants after your heart and seeks you daily, and daily will I find you when I search for you with my whole heart. I will rest in your tender arms and find grace. I worship you and I sing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs and continue to make melody in my heart unto you. You are the living word, the Rock of my Salvation, and my banner that covers me with your love. There is no one who loves me like you. You are the light of my life. I see your light shining brightly above me, guiding me by day and by night. What have I to be afraid of? You are with me wherever I go. You have prepared the way. You create in me a clean heart and renew a right Spirit within me. Despite the trials that I endure, I know you are daily working them out. I thank you for your love and mercy that pursues and catches me daily. I will put my hope and my trust in you and will not fear because you are my redeemer and you know me by name. Rescue me from situations and reveal your abundant love for me. In Jesus’ name I pray with your abounding grace and mercy, amen.

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Encouraging Students As Our Own

imageI received a forwarded email below from my sister, a teacher; she received it from one of her colleagues. It was taken from a devotional, How God Grows a Mother of Prayer. I have not independently verified that it is quoted accurately, but it’s worth posting in its entirety (as I received it). I believe the part in parenthesis is an added part by the teacher at my sister’s school. Psalm 127: 3 says that “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” Let’s treat other people’s children as if they were our own. The rewards will be manifold.

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“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Those little ears. They are so cute. And they are so tuned in to what we say, aren’t they? Those little eyes are so beautiful. And they see what we do. More than we know.

How our kids perceive themselves as adults is very much connected to the words and actions they experience growing up. Especially our words and actions. How they see themselves in the mirror is perhaps the way we see them. How they choose their friends may have something to do with the way we choose ours. The way they play, eat, study, work, think, dream – and pray – can be linked to the inner workings of family life. (We are included in their lives for a blink in time even if there isn’t a lot of support at home)

They may come off as inattentive and oblivious at times, but their hearts are still tender sponges, taking it all in. Even if they don’t say so, they long to hear our good words about them just as we long to know God is still in love with us and we’re making Him proud. kids want to hear those same words from us. “You make me proud. I’m so glad you’re my child. I enjoy being your mom/dad (teacher). I sure do love you.”

Have you encouraged your children today? Now’s the time. The hour. The moment……..


Let’s love children the way Christ loves the church, even when they disappoint us (we ourselves have disappointed God as well as our earthly parents).

For further reflection read:

Romans 8:35-39 (below) and the entire chapter of Romans 8.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.