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Father God, we pray for peace for ourselves, our nation, and the atmosphere. We want to obey your command to be anxious for nothing and PRAY. We trust You, help us trust You more and more in each moment.
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As this year’s election and the chaos surrounding it comes to a climax, stress and anxiety are through the roof.  How can we peacefully walk through this epic week?

I read a story many years ago that helps me in times like this.

Years ago, a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast.  He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.

Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. “Are you a good farm hand?” the farmer asked him. “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man.

Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work. Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up!  A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!” The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins.  The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured.  Everything was tied down.

Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to sleep while the wind blew. (author unknown)

I’m reminded of another story of sleeping through a storm.

Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So, the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” Matthew 8:23-27

One of the greatest things I have learned in 2020 is the good fruit that comes from staying prepared. We all know the parable of the ten virgins.  Five were prepared and five weren’t.  It’s important that we not only prepare for what lies ahead but that we stay prepared.

The man in the first story knew what needed to be in place to weather a storm.  He made sure everything was ready and then he slept peacefully.  He was naturally prepared and that is important.

Jesus also knew what was necessary to sleep through a storm.  His preparation was in the spirit.  He prepared by spending time with God.  By renewing His mind to the Word of God.  By exercising His faith daily.  When the storm arose, he slept.  While everyone else around Him was panicking – He slept.

Why did they panic?  They were not spiritually prepared.  Because they were not, they looked at the storm when they should have been looking to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of their faith.  They were not blind to who He was – they had seen Him in action.  Yet the storm demanded their attention.

This week, keep your eyes on Jesus, not the approaching storm.  We can rest, knowing through Jesus, we already have the victory – if we keep our eyes on Him.

What did Jesus do when they woke Him?  He spoke to the storm.  We can do the same thing.  Today, begin to declare peace, be still, to your heart.  Declare it to your nation.  Command peace to enter the atmosphere.  Don’t be like the disciples and panic.  Be like Jesus, speak to the approaching storm and then rest – Jesus is still in the boat.



Author Kim Potter is a writer and the founder of A New Thing Ministries, which sends a daily teaching to thousands of people all around the world. Her articles have appeared on The Elijah List, Charisma, Spirit Fuel and iBelieve.com. Kim’s message is one of hope. She speaks to the heart of those who have grown discouraged or disappointed by the circumstances of life, imparting hope. To receive her daily inspirational writings, go to www.anewthingministries.com. Photo by Max LaRochelle on Unsplash.


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Barbara Hesch
January 19, 2021

Intercessors, read Psalm 27. An Exuberant Declaration of Faith. It will lift you up.

    Donna Liput
    January 20, 2021

    Barbara I just read psalm 27 …. thanks for sharing

January 19, 2021

I appreciate these words of encouragement & reminders of His grace.

Lynn M.
January 19, 2021

It will be difficult not to buckle under intense fear. But, Moses said unto the people “Fear ye not, stand still & see the Salvation of The Lord, which he will show you today. The Lord will fight for us. We have to trust him & not let fear control us.What we have seen so far is nothing compared to what is to come. We need to stay strong to survive. God knows how much we can withstand.He is much bigger then the problem. Pray he wont put more on us then we can handle. Pray for his ever enduring mercy. In Jesus’s name Amen.

    Cheri Golden
    January 19, 2021

    Father God recently asked me, “Are you willing to accept My plan?”. Jacob cheated his brother Easu out of his birthright yet God continued His plan through Jacob. May we as Christians not believe the lie that we are doomed with this next Presidency but may we continue to pray with faith that God can work despite whose in office. May we continue to pray. I have had peace and been delivered from fear once I surrendered to whatever He has and have turned away from all sources but the Word Of God. I will pray and rest!

Susan C
January 19, 2021

My husband was a “merchant on the mighty waters.” During Hurricane Felix, he was on a tanker and his route was NYC to St. Croix. I was a new Christian, alone with 2 little boys, we had no cell phones and I was cut off from information about his safety. No one I spoke with could give me comfort. In frustration I sat before my Bible and cried out to the Lord. As I did, I opened to Psalm 107 with these words at the top of the page….After reading and through tears, I praised Him and was convicted at that moment, to know His Word. I love this statement…”Today, begin to declare peace, be still, to your heart. Declare it to your nation. Command peace to enter the atmosphere. Don’t be like the disciples and panic. Be like Jesus, speak to the approaching storm and then rest – Jesus is still in the boat.” Amen

Some went out on the sea in ships;
they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the Lord,
his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest
that lifted high the waves.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;
in their peril their courage melted away.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards;
they were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea[b] were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

Judy B
January 19, 2021

Yes! Preparation is what gets us ready to weather every storm. Prepare me/us for the coming storms Lord Jesus! Let’s put on the full armor of God so we are battle ready to fight the did fight off faith to wage the war effectively and triumphantly.

Carol Moyer
January 19, 2021

All I can say is Amen!

Bill Demlow
January 19, 2021

And, having done all, to stand. (Eph. 6)


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