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PEACE -CALLIE OLSON

PEACE

CALLIE OLSON

Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every circumstance, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Throughout our lifespan we will come across many hardships. It’s simply a part of life. How you deal with those hardships is up to you. Paul tells us that God’s peace transcends all understanding, which means that we will never fully grasp how he is going to use it or how he’s going to present it to us, but the good news is that he will always find a way to grant it!

Sometimes in life we feel alone. We feel depressed, as if no one cares about our circumstances or us. More often than not, we get anxious and we panic rather than turn our circumstances over to God. But today, we challenge you to look towards God and his promise of “peace” to you in those moments. Through prayer, petition and offering Him thanks even through the hardships, God’s peace will always find a way into your heart if you allow it.

QUESTION 1. Are there any areas in your life that you could really use some peace from God? What are they?
QUESTION 2. Have you ever asked God to grant you peace in your circumstances regardless of what they are? If so what happened?
CHALLENGE: It’s hard to find peace in some of our circumstances. Many of our hardships have nothing to do with our own doing, but there is hope! We challenge you to really turn yourself and your circumstances over to God. Trust and have faith in the creator of the universe to grant you peace and be ready to experience God in a whole new way!
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PEACE -JUSTINE KRUGER

PEACE

JUSTINE KRUGER

Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

True peace is so hard to come by these days. Life is hitting us at a thousand miles an hour and even when we try to fall asleep our brains still keep running. Wave after wave of anxiety smacks us in the face, yet we put a smile on and say it is all okay—we got this. The rivers of stress and worry are threatening to sweep us away, but we swear we aren’t drowning.

There was a time when I resigned myself to believing that I would never feel peace again, that I could handle the stress on my own, but then God supernaturally intervened. I love the imagery of this verse in Isaiah. God is saying that even if the river is sweeping over you, even if you are walking through an inferno, he will be with you. Despite all of these external circumstances it is Him, and only Him, who can bring you true peace.

Do you want this? All you have to do is ask. When I got to a place where I thought I would never again know a mind at peace, I cried out to God for help and help he did. I remember at that exact moment feeling what I can only describe as supernatural tranquility washing over me. Yes, the troubles of the world were still there, but I had peace knowing God would handle it and faith in his promise that he would not allow the rivers to sweep me away.

If you feel like you are at the end of your rope and you can’t possibly take on the world alone anymore, then don’t. Give it to God. Cry out to Him and He will help you. His promises are true; when the fires of this world are blazing, you will not be burned.

QUESTION 1. Have you ever experienced peace that only God can bring?
QUESTION 2. Do you think you have to carry all your worries and troubles on your own? Do you believe God can handle them?
CHALLENGE: When things are really rough, hard, stressful, or worrisome, know that God will always be there with you, giving you true peace, even in the raging waters.
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PEACE _DOUG ROMINGER

PEACE

DOUG ROMINGER

John 16:33

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Anxiety disorders affect over 40 million people in the US alone, making it the most common mental illness. Even if it isn’t something you deal with on a regular basis you still know that stomach clenching feeling. On top of anxiety we also feel pressure from peers to fit in, from parents to go into a money making career field, or even from a boyfriend or girlfriend to take your physical relationship too far. Anxiety, pressure, and stress can crush us.

There is good news, though. Even when we start to feel like the weight of it all is crushing us, Jesus can take it all away. When I say this it doesn’t mean He’ll take away the problem or issue necessarily; but it does mean He can give you peace, strength, and even joy to face that anxiety causing problem.

God knows your future and he says he will never leave you or forsake you (Deut. 31:6). He also tells us He has overcome this world. So every problem, big or small, God has already conquered. To me, this is supremely comforting. Most of the issues we face are beyond our control anyway, but they aren’t beyond God’s. Next time you start to feel the weight of life begin to press on you, stop, and give it over to God. Ask him for peace and strength while you go through it and God says it will be given to you (Matt. 7:7).

QUESTION 1. Do you get anxious or worried often? What about?
QUESTION 2. Do you give those worries to God? Or do you try to handle them on your own?
CHALLENGE: When you feel pressure, stress, or anxiety, know that God is already there. Give it to Him, rest in Him, and thank for Him for what He has already taken care of.
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PEACE -CHRAITY RAMSEY

PEACE

CHARITY RAMSEY

Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

If you’ve grown up in the church then you’ve probably been told at some point to take all your prayer requests, big or small, to God. I know, for me, I only half believed that. Does God really hear all my requests? This prayer is too big or that prayer isn’t big enough or he may not want to hear this one. For so long I would keep certain prayers to myself because I thought that God wouldn’t hear such small requests or wouldn’t care. But all of that would build up inside me until I was ready to burst with anxiety.

God hears every one of our prayers and he loves when we talk to him. The Bible says that not only is God asking for all our requests but also that, when we pray, God’s peace will be given to us. He may not grant your request – he isn’t a genie performing at your whim – but he still promises peace which surpasses comprehension. Talk to God. Give him everything and you’ll find your anxiety fade away, replaced by God’s peace.

QUESTION 1. Have you ever asked God for something and then doubted he could actually make it happen?
QUESTION 2. What do you have to lose by taking everything to God? Do you think if you talk too much He’ll get annoyed and stop listening?
CHALLENGE: Take all your fear, anxieties, and worries and give them to God. Give him all your requests and the all-encompassing peace of God will guard your heart and mind.
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PEACE -ROBYN BASTIAN

PEACE

ROBYN BASTIAN

Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

I have so many incredibly talented friends! Friends that I truly believe could accomplish whatever they put their minds to. I’m friends with people who are going to be celebrities, famous musicians, authors, public speakers, and world changers. Maybe you have some of those people in your life too. (I just hope that they remember who I am when they are changing the world for the better.)

When I read the verse above in Psalms, it reminds me of those friendships. However, this is a personal invitation from the God of the Universe to know him, even in his fame and power. He is saying that He is going to be acknowledged and known all across the world. Yet He doesn’t see us as “little people” in light of that fame. In fact, He rejoices in knowing each of us intimately.

We don’t have to earn His favor or recognition; all we have to do is be still. In that stillness, and closeness, we will find that we start to know God better. The more we get to know Him, the more we will want to talk about Him to others. Therefore, He will become more and more known throughout the nations. The best part about this is that He desires not just to grow in fame, but He desires to grow in relationship as well. To God, it is not about being known all around the world, it is all about growing in deep relationships with everyone because of His love for each of us. Unlike those friends who may one day get too famous to keep in touch with us, God is able to love everyone on this planet deeply without forgetting about us “little people.”

However, sometimes we claim to be too busy for Him, like we are the famous ones and He is the “little person.” As the knowledge of His love spreads, we do not have to worry about Him loving us any less. He will be acknowledged in all the world; how will you help accomplish this?

QUESTION 1. How are you investing in your relationship with God today?
QUESTION 2. How can you spread His love to those who don’t know Him today?
CHALLENGE: Get to know the God who loves you more than you can imagine by being still with him today.
Adam Wagner

PEACE -ADAM WAGNER

PEACE

ADAM WAGNER

Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Have you ever thought about your personality type? For example, do you find yourself to be more of an introvert or extrovert? Contrary to what most people think, an introvert is not simply a person who is shy. You can actually be an extravert and still be shy. An introvert is someone who is energized most when they get some time away from others. On the other hand, an extravert gains most of their energy from being around others rather than being alone. Whether we are an extravert or an introvert sometimes we all need to find some time to be alone with God and just enjoy him one on one.

QUESTION 1. Have you ever felt that you just need a little space to unwind, to gather your thoughts and get a little peace and quite? Jesus often took time to be alone with God. Why do you think Jesus made time in his busy ministry and life to be alone with God (e.g. Mark 1:35)?
QUESTION 2. Do you feel that it is often difficult to find the needed space and time to be alone, resting and relaxing with God?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to find your quite place. Maybe it’s in your room, your backyard or somewhere else. Meet God in that place and enjoy the R&R and peace of God moving in you and through you.
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PEACE -JOY HARTL

PEACE

JOY HARTL

Matthew 11:28-29

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

For some reason we have bought into the belief that the more we do the more worthy we become. So we take on more and more until we are completely and utterly used up. They could even be all good things like serving in your church, at your local homeless shelter, and leading Bible studies, but eventually, if you are doing them on your own strength, you will burn out.

This burnout happens when we pour out and pour out but don’t take the time to give God our burdens and rest in him. Running on your own strength may work for a time but there is always an end to our reserves. Yes, God loves when we serve him and his kingdom but he also knows we are fragile and finite and we get burdened very easily if we don’t spend time alone with him and rely on his strength.

How are you making sure you are resting in God amidst the busyness of life? Are you refilling your reservoir often or are you running empty? It is so important that you find time to spend alone with Him, whether it is talking with Him on a quiet walk in the woods or reading His word on your favorite comfy chair with your phone turned off. Maybe it is worshipping Him in your room when no one else is around. Whatever fills you up with Jesus’ comfort and strength, do it, and do it often. The more you do the more effective you will be in furthering God’s kingdom.

QUESTION 1. Are you feeling weary from taking on too much or from doing it all on your own strength?
QUESTION 2. How do you find rest in God? What are some things you can put into practice today?
CHALLENGE: In the midst of doing, being, and serving, come to God with your weary heart and he will give you rest.
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PEACE -MARK RAMIREZ

PEACE

MARK RAMIREZ

Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Anxiety about the future is something most of us struggle with. We are bombarded with questions from as early as high school about our future career plans, college plans, where we’ll go, who we’ll marry; and the list goes on. It can be so overwhelming. But God tells us to be anxious about nothing. Easier said than done, right?

Our culture conditions us to be worriers, but as followers of Jesus we should never let worry work itself in, because once it’s there it doesn’t easily leave. God promises over and over again in the Bible that he will take care of us. He even takes care of each and every bird (Matt. 10:29), so how much better will He take care of his children?

This doesn’t mean that we should just sit back and let God do his thing. No, He wants us to be doers. He wants us to step out in faith. Faith is doing something and trusting that God has you. Sometimes God won’t show you what you’re supposed to do when you ask; in that instance you need to be patient. Ask for God’s peace to transcend and transform your mind during these times and you’ll find that anxiousness fades away.

QUESTION 1. Are you a worrier? What are some things you worry about, even the little things?
QUESTION 2. Have you ever sat back and told God to do his thing and not stepped out in faith? God may be waiting for you to make a move.
CHALLENGE: Ask God for peace, the kind of peace that transcends any worldly problem; and he will give it to you.
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PEACE -RACHEL BERRYHILL

PEACE

RACHEL BERRYHILL

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

I loved playing tag as a kid. Well, as a matter of fact, I still do. My friends and I used to come up with a bunch of varieties of the game in order to mix it up, but it seemed we would always play tag. As a kid, it was the closest I experienced to an adrenaline rush as I ran for my life for the sake of not getting tagged. No matter how intense the games got, I always knew I had that one ounce of security that I could run to if necessary: base.

I remember countless times when someone would make up a “base” just to avoid being tagged. It offered such a strong sense of security to know that there was one spot in all of the playground where I would be safe from the chaos of the game. It was my refuge.

Life can get incredibly chaotic sometimes. There are things going on around us that are out of our control; it seems as though everyone is out to get you. It can be hard just to get your feet firmly planted at times. However, there is a “base” that you can run to that is safe and secure. God promises to be our shelter, or refuge, whenever we need him. He is always there and He never breaks His promises. He will restore your strength when you run to Him.

QUESTION 1. In what areas of your life is there chaos and confusion that you don’t know how to escape?
QUESTION 2. In what ways do you need the strength and security of God, your refuge, today?
CHALLENGE: Run to God and allow him to wrap you in his strength in the midst of all the chaos of life.