30 Powerful Scriptures You Need To Pray When You Wake Up

30 Powerful Scriptures You Need To Pray When You Wake Up

  

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Does your prayer life ever feel stuck? You wake up in the morning, and carve out time to pray only to stare into empty space? There is so much you could say that it can feel overwhelming. And frankly, prayer can at times, feel like so much effort.

Eugene Peterson, the author of The Message Bible, says that In order to be effective, prayer has to be the first thing we do, not the last.”

 

Do you struggle with wondering what to say when you pray? Are you stuck in a rut of praying the same things on repeat? Do you long for depth in your prayers?Luckily for us, God gave us a cheat sheet to praying when we are exhausted.  Scripture provides us with ready-made prayers with depth. 

 

Scripture provides us with a model of how to pray. Scripture gives us words for our pain, our frustration, our anger, our joy, our delight, and our deepest desires. Praying scripture teaches us how to share life’s ups and downs with God.

 

We have provided 30 scriptures to help you transform your prayer life today.

1. Prayer Life: How To Pray Scripture

2. Prayer Life: Scriptures 

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1. Prayer Life: How To Pray Scripture 

 

The goal of reading the Word is to listen for the voice of the God who speaks.” Eugene Peterson

 

Here are some practical ways to use scripture to pray.

a. Invite God’s presence into this prayer time.

b. Read through the different passages of scripture. Choose one that you feel drawn to today.

c. Read the scripture slowly. Ask God to speak to you through the verses.

 

  1. Write and adapt the verses as a prayer in your journal. Add your name where it applies in the verse.
  2. Read aloud the verses adapting them as a prayer from you to God.
  3. Doodle your prayer (thoughts, feelings, images that the scripture brings up) to God.

 

d. Listen for God’s voice after you have communicated your prayer to him.

e. Conclude your prayer time thanking God for being present to you during this time.

You can also download a copy of these verses above. Check out this article for how to spend time with God when you feel awkward.

2. Prayer Life: Scriptures 

 

Here is a list of thirty scriptures to pray. You will notice that a number of these suggestions are passages not single verses. I would encourage you not to be intimidated by the length. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to draw you to the verse that you need in this season of your life.

 

It is better in one year to have ten good verses transferred into the substance of our lives than to have every word of the Bible flash before our eyes.” Dallas Willard

 

The goal is not to accomplish praying all the verses on the list. The goal is to allow the Holy Spirit to transform your soul through scripture. You might sit with a verse or passage for a week, month, or even a year. That’s perfectly okay. 🙂  These verses are to serve as a catalyst for your own practice of praying of God’s word.

You can also check out this article for 30 powerful verses that destroy toxic anxiety.

 Identity

1 John 3:1, “What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.”

Psalm 139:13-16, “Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”

Luke 6:35-36 “I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.”

Thanksgiving

 Psalm 107:8-9, “Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”

1 Chronicles 16:34, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Psalm 100:1-4, “On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. Know this: God is God, and God, God He made us; we didn’t make him. We’re his people, his well-tended sheep. Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him.”

Psalm 9:1-2, “I’m thanking you, God, from a full heart, I’m writing the book on your wonders. I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I’m singing your song, High God.

Lamentations 3:22-23, “God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!”

 Rest

Mathew 28:11-30, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Psalm 4:8, “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

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Psalm 23, “The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

 

Surrender

Psalm 37:3-5, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

 

 Psalm 25:4-5, “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

 

Philippians 2:5-8, “Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.”

John 15:5-8,  “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.

 

Love

Ephesians 3:17-19, “And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.”

 

John 15:9-10, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

 

Luke 6:35, “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”

 

Psalm 143:8, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.

 

Fear

 

Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

 

1 Peter 5:7, “Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.”

Philippians 4:6-7,” Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

 

Isaiah 41:10,Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”

 

Luke 12:22-24, “Don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more.”

 

Strength and Protection

 

Psalm 18:1-2, “I love you, God—you make me strong. God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight.”

 

 Isaiah 40:29-31,He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts.For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon Godget fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.”

 

Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

 

Ephesians 6:13-18, “Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”

 

Psalm 32:7, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

 

 

 

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How To Read The Bible When You Can’t Focus

How To Read The Bible When You Can’t Focus

  

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I closed the door and sank into my favorite chair, my mind spinning. “Okay,” I thought. “I’ll have devotions, get ready, then the bank, grocery store, and return the library books.” I grabbed my Bible and turned to the next chapter and started to read.

 

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?  By living according to your word.
I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart
 that I might not sin against you….”

 

“I forgot I need to meal plan. Augh. Another thing to add to the list.”  I can feel my stress level start to rise as my list of to-dos’ get longer. “I can do this. I just need to focus.” I pull my attention back to the Bible.  This time I make it through a half a verse before I’m thinking about what meals would work with our schedule for the upcoming week.

 

I pull my attention back to the page for a third time, feelings of guilt overwhelming me. I want to invest in my relationship with Jesus, but today (okay, most days) feel like a train wreck. I want to be focused, but it feels like there are so many other things screaming for my attention. If it’s not the to-do list, then it’s the kids clamoring for attention.

 

Why is it that I just can’t seem to focus? I know I should enjoy reading the Bible: but it just feels painful at times. What am I doing wrong? After several attempts, I give up and tell myself that I will try another day. After all, how meaningful could this time with Jesus be when I am so distracted?

 

Have you ever experienced a hard time concentrating when you read scripture? If so, here are five quick tips to help you focus when you read the Bible.

 

Bible For Beginners: Rhythm 

Bible For Beginners: Heart

Bible For Beginners: Tools

Bible For Beginners: Experience 

Bible For Beginners: Community

Bible Reading For Beginners

1. Bible For Beginners: Set Your Rhythm

 

The first tip is to find a rhythm to meet with Jesus. There is a distinct difference mentally between fitting Bible reading into the cracks of your day and planning your day around time with Jesus.

Every day I have two or three big rocks that I plan my day around. These are my top priorities that directly reflect my values.  For me, daily spending time with Jesus is a big rock.

 

Finding a daily rhythm is crucial to accomplishing these values. What this means is that instead of being time-based (devotions at 8:30 am), I focus on the first thing on my list.  When it’s complete, I move on to the next big rock. When the baby cries, the dog doesn’t stop barking, or I overslept, I don’t automatically miss my window for spending time with Jesus.

 

What are your two-three big rocks? If nothing else happens in your day, but you accomplish these things, your actions will reflect your overall values for life.

 

2.  Bible For Beginners: Prepare Your Heart  

 

Tip number two is all about preparing your heart before you spend time in God’s word. What this is all about is eliminating any possible distractions.  This step is so important to spending quality time with Jesus.

 

It is a hallow feeling to be in the company of someone with whom we long to have a satisfying personal exchange, only to watch hope dissolve as the time together is drained by superficial chatter or surface distractions.”-Richard Foster

Write down a quick list of the thoughts your mind is dwelling on. This could be to-do’s, parenting issues, or upcoming activities.  This activity gives us the freedom to not have to remember the myriad of thoughts rolling around in our heads.

 

Pray and invite God into this time. Ask him to help you to be present to him as he is ever-present to you. Invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read God’s word and pray.

 

3. Bible For Beginners: Change Your Tool

The ways we connect with God might need to change to fit the different seasons of our lives.   You might enjoy journaling, and then you reach a season where it feels dry and lifeless. This is a completely normal part of your journey into a deeper relationship with Jesus.  

 

You might want to try meeting with Jesus by listening to his word read aloud, trying a new devotional, or watching scripture unfold through a movie.  You can always pick up journaling, or Bible study, etc. again in the future.

 

Bible Reading For Beginners
Don’t feel the need to finish something. If a tool is no longer meeting you where you are at (or you are dreading you using it), put it down.

 

The Visual Bible is a great alternative to reading scripture. These movies give a verse by verse account of Matthew and Acts. They are powerful and provide a fresh way to connect with God’s word.

 

4. Bible For Beginners: Experience God

 

The Bible is the living, breathing word of God. When we spend time in scripture, it is an active, not passive activity. Richard Foster explains it like this, “Reading the Bible for spiritual transformation is not a one-sided endeavor: it is a dialogue of human spirit and Holy Spirit.”

 

We are not just reading the Bible to acquire more information about God; we read it to experience his living word. Scripture has the power to transform our hearts and lives when we surrender to the work of the Holy Spirit.

 

We can engage in God’s word by reading slowly and prayerfully. The goal is not to finish the chapter or the book but to allow the Holy Spirit to use God’s word to transform our souls.

 

5. Bible For Beginners: Life In Community

 

Engaging in God’s word was not supposed to be a solitary activity. We were designed by God to live life together in community. We need a strong support system to encourage us when we are frustrated, discouraged, and unmotivated.

 

We need others to come alongside us and cover us in prayer. A community of faith is mission-critical to our growth as followers of Jesus. Here are three ways you can live life together in a community with others.

 

1. Participate (not just attend) in the life of a local church

2. Participate in a small group (typically found at your local church)

3. Are you hungry to know and experience a deeper relationship with God? Do you dream of participating in an authentic community, where together you encourage one another, in your relationship with Jesus?  If so, join our waitlist for the Deeper Life Community. While you wait, you will receive for FREE our Deeper Life Beginners Guide and will be the first to know when registration opens.  Grab your guide today!

 

The five tools for reading our Bible when we just can’t focus are: finding our rhythm, preparing our hearts, changing our tools, experiencing God, and living life in community with others.


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3 Lies Satan Wants Moms To Believe

3 Lies Satan Wants Moms To Believe

  

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Mom life can be tough. From the second we wake up in the morning, until the moment our heads hit the pillow, there can be a constant assault: of tasks, activities, questions, and concerns filling our thoughts. Did we take the dog outside? Is Junior hitting a growth spurt? What are we eating for dinner tomorrow?

 

We worry over our child’s health, our financial situation, our mounting to-dos, and our dreams for the future. We warn our children about spiritual attacks and pray protection over our families.

 

We live-in full-blown Mama Bear mode ready to protect our loved ones at any moment. In fact, we can be so focused on caring for the needs of others that we fail to recognize the web of lies that has invaded our lives.

 

Satan loves to prey upon our insecurities, fears, and need for control. These lies are insidious. They infiltrate every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make, to how we relate to our spouse and parent our children. 

 

So, what are the subconscious lies that we believe?  Most often, they are the phrases that play in our heads at three am; or in our overreaction to a trivial issue. They mess with our feelings of control.   If we do not stop and identify the lies we believe, we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over.

 

Developing awareness and replacing the lies with God’s truth is a lifelong process.  Here are three common lies that Satan likes to use to keep us from walking in freedom.

 

Mom Life: Lie #1- I Don’t Have The Time 

Mom Life: Lie #2- I Have To Do It Myself 

Mom Life : Lie #3- I Should Be Doing More 

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1. Mom Life: Lie #1-I Don’t Have The Time 

 

How many times have we told ourselves, consciously, or unconsciously that we do not have the time? We do not have the time today: to take a walk, to spend time with Jesus, to go for coffee with a friend. There is this popular idea that a good parent equals a busy parent.  We believe that to take care of our family, we are called to sacrifice our own health: spiritually, physically, and mentally.  

 

This is a lie regarding our identity. We subconsciously believe that we are what we do. That our family will fall apart if we are not available 24/7.  That our God-given role as a mom is who we are as a person.

 

Being a mother is not who we are; it is what we do. Yes, we are passionate about nurturing our families, but we are first, and foremost, followers of Jesus. We are, as author Larry Warner likes to say, “Forgiven by God, chosen by God, adopted by God, belonging to God, containing God and beloved by God.”

 

As followers of Jesus, we are actually commanded: to invest in our relationship with Jesus, to live in community with others, to take care of our bodies, and even to rest! All throughout the Bible, there are examples of how to live a sustainable lifestyle.  At Creation, it says that God worked for six days, and on the seventh, he rested.

 

As moms, we are the model for how to live a healthy lifestyle for our children.  When we intentionally spend time with Jesus, when we say no to all the things we could do, so we can invest in activities that truly matter, those decisions form how our children operate in life.

 

Do not buy into the lie that you are what you do. You are a beloved daughter of the king. Your relationship with God, the health of your body, mind, and spirit is vitally important.  It cannot be regulated to the cracks in your schedule.  Be intentional about scheduling time to invest in your health today.

 

2.  Mom Life: Lie #2- I Have To Do It By Myself  

 

As a culture, we celebrate the myth of Super Mom. This unattainable woman equally juggles raising a family with a demanding career. Her hair and makeup are flawless while her meals are organic and homemade.  Her house is perfectly decorated.  Her kids are beautifully dressed, and she is professionally successful in all of her endeavors.  

 

The lie that we have to be a super mom; has been perpetuated throughout social media.  Images of picture-perfect meals, activities, and vacations assault our attention on every platform.  

 

We start to believe that if our lives do not look like an Instagram feed, that we must be doing something wrong.  We struggle with feelings of inadequacy: discouragement, exhaustion, isolation, and loneliness.  We subconsciously worry that if we showed our true colors that we would be rejected or judged.

 

God has a different plan in store for us. We are not supposed to wear ourselves out trying to compete with impossible (and fake) standards. He actually designed us to live in an authentic community with others.  A life where we can depend on another. Where we do not have to act like we have all the answers to life. 

 

It says in Hebrews 10:24-25, And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

 

We are called to be live in real authentic relationships with other Christians.  Practically, this means participating in your local church small group, practicing hospitality, doing life together, caring, and praying for each other. We need to fight the lie that it is up to us to do and be everything by intentionally seeking community and not isolation. 

 

 

3. Mom Life: Lie #3-I Should Be Doing More 

This lie piggybacks off the last one.   Have you ever felt like you were always behind? That no matter what you do, it is never enough?

 The foundation of our culture is based on the qualities of hard work, achievement, and success.  Those qualities aren’t bad until they are taken to the extreme.  In the United States, we value burning the candle at both ends, which at its root, fosters a workaholic culture. We push ourselves to do more, believing the lie that more is the answer to life’s questions.

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This attitude bleeds into every aspect of our lives: spiritually, professionally, and personally.  We have bought the lie that our productivity determines our worth. This lie attacks our very identity.

 

Who am I outside of what I produce?  

 

Are you trying to prove your worth by what you accomplish? Are you trying to earn God’s love and favor?

 

God invites us to a different type of life free from the rat race of performance.

 

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

 

As a follower of Jesus, you don’t have to prove your worth to God. You can take a huge breath of relief, resting in the fact that you are beloved by God, regardless of what you do.

Spend some time in prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal any area where you are trying to prove your worth through productivity. Ask God to replace those lies with the truth of his word.

 

 

We need each other to recognize the lies in our lives. We were designed to live together in community.  We need to have a strong support structure of like-minded people around us.

 

We can find community through our extended family, friends, and our local church. Be intentional about investing in close relationships with other women. Join our community of moms (below), who are serious about pursuing a deep relationship with Jesus. We are truly stronger together.

 

If you want to know how to get started in living a deep life with God: grab our Deeper Life Beginners Guide (below). And join our community of moms who are hungry for more Jesus in their lives and in their families. 

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30 Powerful Bible Verses That Destroy Toxic Anxiety

30 Powerful Bible Verses That Destroy Toxic Anxiety

  

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Have you ever been in a situation where you desperately needed to hear bible verses on anxiety?  I remember sitting listening to the doctors, my mind racing with the implications of their words. My head felt stuffy like everything was in slow motion, and I found it hard to concentrate.

 

Wait, what?” I asked.

 

There is an infection that is spreading throughout his body. We need to hospitalize him for the next several days as we try and figure out how to fight it.

 

The words infection and hospital stood out like blaring sirens; my anxiety skyrocketing as I imagined all the worst-case scenarios in the blink of an eye.

 

Where is God when your feelings of helplessness and fear grow out of control?  Anxiety is an ugly master. And Satan loves to use its grasping stranglehold to cripple us.

 

We live in a world filled with uncertainty, pain, violence, and disease.  So how do we fight the lies of the enemy?  We combat fear with truth. Check out this article for how to handle the pain in your life. 

 

Mother Teresa who was faced each day with the utter pain and desperation of humanity, said this about anxiety,

The future is not in our hands. We have no power over it. We can act only today. We have a sentence in our Constitution that says: ‘We will allow the good God to make plans for the future – for yesterday has gone, tomorrow has not yet come and we have only today to make Him known, loved and served.‘ So, we do not worry about the future.

 

If you desire to walk in freedom, to live a life of peace, despite the latest headline, you need to hide God’s words in your heart.

 

Psalm 119:9-11 says, “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.  I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.  I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

 

Memorizing and meditating on scripture is not just a good idea or something Christians should do; it is mission-critical to destroying the lies of Satan in your life.

 

Here is a list of thirty powerful bible verses that will help you destroy toxic anxiety and allow you to live with peace.

 

I have also created beautiful cards that you can print and post around your home with these verses. 

1. Anxiety Bible Verses Exercise 

2. 30 Anxiety Bible Verses 

3. Anxiety Bible Verses Download 

1. Anxiety Bible Verses Prayer Exercise:

 

As you read through these verses, I would challenge you to read slowly and reflectively, inviting God to speak to you through his word.

 

1. Pray and invite God to speak to you through the verses below.

2. Read through the verses slowly and notice any phrase or quote that jumps out at you.

3. Bring that phrase or verse to the Lord in prayer. Ask him to speak to you through those words.

4. Read through the phrase or verse again slowly. Then sit in silence allowing elbow room for the Holy Spirit to speak to you. If this is your first time sitting in silence I would highly recommend setting a timer for two-three minutes. It keeps you from constantly checking the time. 🙂

5. Close your time in prayer by thanking God for his presence.

6. Journal any thoughts, feelings or impressions you experienced during this exercise.

Check out this article for how to spend time with God when you feel awkward.

 

2. 30 Anxiety Bible Verses

 

These are great verses to remind yourself of God’s desire that you walk in freedom. He wants to carry your worry and surround you with His peace, love, and wisdom that surpasses all understanding.

 

Philippians 4:6, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every    situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,                      present your requests to God.”

Matthew 6:25, “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body.”

Matthew 6:31-32, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

 

Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

 

Psalm 94:19,When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”

Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Psalm 9:10, “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”

 

Psalm 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”

 

Psalm 56:3-4, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God, I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

 Psalm 62:8, “Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”

Psalm 143:8, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”

Psalm 112:7, “They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”

 

Psalm 118:8-9,It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”

 

Isaiah 26:4, Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.”

 

Nahum 1:7,The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him”

Romans 15:13,May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

 

John 16:33,I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

 

John 14:27,Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

 

Psalm 4:8, “In peace, I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

 

Psalm 36:7, “How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”

 

Psalm 5:11, “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”

 

Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

 

Matthew 6:27,Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

 

Matthew 6:28,And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.”

 

Psalm 94:19,When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”

Isaiah 41:10, So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

 

 

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How To Combat Fear When The World Is In Crisis

How To Combat Fear When The World Is In Crisis

  

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How do you combat fear when you are in living in a state of crisis? Are you tired of the news playing havoc with your emotions?  Does each press conference, or latest update feel like a stranglehold on your desire for security?  Are you desperately searching for a safe haven in the midst of a storm?

 

     At the time of this writing, COVID-19 is assaulting the world.  We are daily hearing stories of toilet paper skirmishes, mask shortages, and how hoarding has become the norm.  The mainstream media continue to stir the pot of fear each trying to outdo each other with elaborate headlines. 

 

We wrestle with the idea (turned reality) that in our age of advanced technology, and strong healthcare systems, a pandemic can have such an effect on our lives. We subconsciously believe that we are too evolved for viruses that we can’t control. 

 

    But pandemics, wars, natural disasters, widespread poverty, and pain are not a new phenomenon.  These life-altering events have been affecting humans since the beginning of time.  We fight against it because it forces us to come face to face with our own helplessness, our own vulnerability, our innate humanness. 

 

    We are not God, and that is never more apparent than in a time of crisis.  You wonder is it even possible to live with peace when fear is the common currency? We are going to be talking about three practical ways to combat fear:

1. Fight Fear: Recount His Faithfulness

2. Fight Fear: Praise God When The Sky Is Falling 

3. Fight Fear: Practical Tips To Turn Your Eyes Toward Jesus

1. Fight Fear: Recount His Faithfulness

 

The Israelites from the Bible were very familiar with overwhelming odds and near-death situations. After escaping Egypt, the Israelites were caught between the Red Sea in front of them and Pharaoh’s army pursuing them from behind.

 

I can’t imagine how terrifying and helpless it would feel to see a huge army, including 600 hundred of Pharaoh’s fastest chariots hurtling towards you, as you are stuck on the banks of the Red Sea with no way to get across.

 

The Israelites responded to the crisis in the typical human fashion, “They said to Moses,“Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?  Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Exodus 14:11-12

 

When faced with overwhelming odds, instead of looking too God, they started planning their own funerals. They forgot that they served a God who had just unleashed his mighty power through plagues, rescued them from Pharaoh, provided a pillar of cloud to guide them by day, and a pillar of fire to guide them by night.

 

So, what do we do, when we feel like the world is closing in around us and there is no way out?  We need to learn from the Israelites and remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness.  Nothing that is or will ever happen is a surprise to God. He is not scrambling to try and figure out a solution to the issues at hand. When we are tempted to panic, we need to stop and remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness to us.  So, let’s get practical, shall we?

 

Recounting God’s Faithfulness Prayer Exercise:

a. Grab a piece of paper, or journal and a pen. Find a quiet place and get comfortable.

b. Optional -Light a candle as a visual reminder that God is with you right now.

c. Close your eyes and invite God into this time of prayer. Spend a couple of minutes in silence just spending time with God.

*If this new to you, set a timer for 2-3 minutes, so you are not constantly checking your watch wondering if it broke. 🙂

d. Ask God to remind you of his faithfulness in your life. Record those events by writing down any time, large or small, that God has shown up.

Option 2: If you are finding this is difficult, or you have a relatively new relationship with God, start by listing all the ways he showed up for:

  1. People in the Bible
  2. Members of your family
  3. Current Godly men and women that you admire
  4. In the lives of Christians throughout history

e. Post that paper in a prominent place as a daily visual reminder of God’s presence in your life.

 

2.  Fight Fear: Praise Him When The Sky Is Falling 

 

The story continues with Moses challenging the panicking Israelites to not be afraid and to trust in God.  With everyone watching, God made history yet again. 🙂  He saved the Israelites from the hands of the Egyptians, by dividing the Red Sea and allowing the Israelites to pass through on dry ground.

Exodus 14:28 says, “The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.”

 

The Israelites spend an entire chapter, singing a song of thanksgiving to God praising him for his mighty power.

 

I don’t remember a majority of the sermons that I have heard over the years much to my dismay. However, I once heard a pastor unpack the story of Moses and the Israelites in a way that I have never forgotten.  He said that the Israelites praised God on the wrong side of the river.

 

In the face of adversity, they promptly forgot his track record of faithfulness, and they demanded proof yet again that God was who he said he was. Anyone can praise God AFTER he shows up in a mighty way.

 

God is inviting us, built on our love relationship with him, to trust him.  To praise him when it looks like everything is crumbling around us, and the world is screaming, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”

 

We need to remember that we serve Immanuel, which means God with us.  Deuteronomy 31:6 reminds us of God’s character as it says,

 

Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”

 

 

Will you choose to accept God’s invitation to trust him and to praise him on this side of the river?

 

3. Fight Fear: Practical Tips To Turn Your Eyes Towards Jesus  

Take a breath and remind yourself that there is nothing new under the sun. The Bible alone is full of men and women faced with extraordinary challenges, completely helpless, and chose to accept God’s help to see them through.

David hiding from Saul in the mountains. Daniel in the lion’s den. Esther facing death. Ruth facing starvation.  Baby Jesus and the threat of King Herod are just some of the examples.

 

I am always looking for ways to take head knowledge into practical heart transformation. I have compiled a list of practical ideas to help you when fear starts to creep up.   They are not in any particular order.

 

 a. Place Restrictions on Media Consumption.

I am not advocating burying your head in the sand. It is important to be an informed citizen.  However, be wise at how much control the headlines have over your mental and emotional health.

 

b. Set Parameters on how Long you will Discuss the Latest News.

 Along those same lines, be intentional on how much time you spend discussing the latest headline.

 

c. Spend Time in the Bible.

I would highly recommend reading through the Psalms. They are full of David’s sometimes brutally honest cries to God for deliverance.  I would recommend reading a Psalm or two a day and using them as your own personal prayer to God.

 

d. Don’t Isolate Yourself

Find ways to connect with others, even if it can’t be in person.  FaceTime, phone calls, text messages, and yes, even letters. Skype with your small group.  Get creative! 🙂

 

e. Memorize Scripture

The great Christian mothers and fathers throughout history have used meditating on scripture as a way to live in peace, not fear.  You can focus on topics like peace, hope, and joy.

 

f. Exercise

 This is so important to your mental, emotional, and spiritual health.  Go for a walk around your neighborhood, try out a new exercise video on youtube, play outside with your kids. The point is to get moving!

 

g. Be Honest With God 

Talk with God about your thoughts and feelings. Be honest. He wants to hear from the real you not the “good christian” you.

 

h. Eat Healthy Foods

 I know you want to indulge in comfort foods 24/7 to help manage the stress. But eating whole foods is crucial to supporting a healthy immune system. The little choices you make today affect your overall health tomorrow.

 

i. Get Rest

Don’t use the latest restrictions as an invitation to binge watch tv until one am. Be wise and set aside six to eight hours for much-needed sleep!

 

j. Engage in a Hobby that Brings You Joy

 Seriously, now is the time to try out that new hobby. This should be something that allows you to decompress and invites you to experience joy, wonder, and beauty in this world. Explore music, exercise, art, fix a car, learn to knit, try a new card game, or a new recipe.  The skies the limit and there are no acorns in sight. 🙂

 

To God be the Glory, Forever, and Ever, Amen.

 

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