Be Still (September)


By Rachel L.

God had been leading the Israelites by the pillars of cloud and fire for only a little while now. They could see Him right in front of them, leading them. For the freed captives, life was going great. And then, Pharaoh decides he wants his slaves back and chases after them. As soon as they see him coming, all the Israelite’s faith goes out the window. No matter how many times God reminds them, “I am the Lord,” they shrink back from the challenge.

Joshua prepares to lead God’s chosen people across an uncrossable river and into an undefeatable city. At this time, the people don’t think he’s a trustworthy leader.

The enemies of the living God that are still in the land have come up against the king Jehoshaphat to war with him. The armies are terrified, forgetting that the battle is not theirs, forgetting the true King’s everlasting mercy.

The two sisters weep, as their brother Lazarus has been dead four days, with no sign of the Messiah. It seems all hope is gone.


These are only a few of the stories in the Bible that tell of the children of God coming up against what we today call stress. My definition of stress is anything that overwhelms me, anything I let steal my faith and joy only to replace it with anger, anything that I allow to make me doubt the Father.

Many of us are familiar with this verse: “Be still and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10. But has it become only a catchphrase to us?

It is easier to be still when we meditate on who God is. Psalm 84:11 says, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield…” He lights our way and protects us through the raging waves.

Quite simply, He is our Everything. Without Him, there is no us.

“For who in the heaven can be compared to the Lord? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord?”
Psalm 89:6)

God leads us through our trials. Nothing is too big or too small for God. He sees and hears us, and He cares. He is ever guiding us through the valley of the shadow towards the hope and joy in the morning.

We just have to trust God. We have to step out onto the waters in faith, knowing that we hold our Savior’s hand. When Moses raised his staff, God split the Red Sea and destroyed the Egyptians. When Joshua had the priests take that first step, the Jordan stopped and they crossed to a victory on the other side. When Jehoshaphat went out to war praising God with psalteries and harps and trumpets, the Lord won the battle for them without them so much as lifting a sword. When Mary and Martha believed, their brother was raised to them. And when we remain still and trust Him, He will do great things for us, too.

How has this concept impacted me? Recently, I was really uncertain about what next step I should take. It was only after I put my future and my dreams in His Hands and prayed about the options, that I felt His leading.

I have five siblings and I often babysit them. This job often leaves me feeling stressed, and I have to turn to Jesus to take away my overwhelmed feelings and help me to act as Christ would act.

I don’t know where your path may lead. But whatever you come up against, just be still, and ponder God. He knows what is best, so praise Him even when the rain threatens to drown out your praise. He is Who He says He is.

Be still and know that I am God…”
Psalm 46:10)

-Rachel L. (14)

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Can I Give Up? (August)


by Sarah Lee Bryant

“Charity suffereth long… Beareth all things,
believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”

(I Corinthians 13)

That morning…I was feeling discouraged.

“Lord, this is so hard. It just hurts so much to extend love and kindness when it’s returned with scorn. How long must I keep trying? It would be so much easier just to let it go, to not try anymore…to say I’ve done my part.”

Have you ever experienced these feelings? The point when you felt ready to give up and recoil into the safety of your own comfort zone? When you wonder—What’s the use? Is it worth the pain? Will there ever be fruit?

In my quiet time, I flipped to Hebrews 12.

I began reading the familiar words…

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

Although I have read this passage countless times, this morning that phrase in verse three struck me afresh. “Lest ye be wearied…” What did it say I should do? I was all ears!


Consider Christ. Two powerful, life- and attitude-changing words!

Mentally, I began to lift my eyes from my circumstances and up to the beaten Savior being led to the hill of Calvary. He was carrying a heavy cross, barely able to bear the burden. Even worse yet, He was bearing the insults, hatred, curses, and immeasurable pain from those who had rejected Him and insulted Him beyond comprehension. Jesus had met with more opposition than any other human on earth. And oh, how it must have penetrated the depths of His soul, the One Who could feel perfectly and Whose heart loved more deeply than we can imagine.

Yet those pains were light compared with the weight of sin He bore, as He suffered and died for His people. My sin! “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (II Corinthians 5:21).

Oh—I inwardly groaned.


As I considered the love He poured out to the uttermost, I saw how light my difficulty was.

How little I really had given. It wasn’t even worth calling a loss. Hebrews continued:

“Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.”

I have not resisted unto blood striving against my sin. As I thought about it, I saw I’d not really fought very vigilantly at all. Maybe I’d not really tried very long (although it sure felt like it). Maybe this situation wasn’t as dramatic as I had imagined it to be! Maybe the Lord was actually trying to refine and humble me through this.

Maybe He wanted me to truly reflect one tiny shimmer of Calvary love. A love that knows no end, a bottomless abyss wider than the universe. A love that Christ has been shown me undeservedly innumerable times.


That morning, I bowed in humble realization.

He has borne my sin on Calvary: me—a wretch, while I was yet in sin, completely undeserving and totally unable to return that love. So instead of calling this situation impossible and giving up, I can see it as a small way to reflect that Calvary love.

Even when it’s hard. Even when they’re hard to love. Even when I feel they don’t deserve it. Even when it seems it’s their “turn.” I must not notice the cost, but instead keep my eyes on Jesus, and leave the results to Him.

If I’m looking for results that would make me feel like my sacrifices are repaid, I would soon feel justified giving up.

But if I look to Jesus, the One Who has loved me despite all my failures, I can never give enough.

“Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”

And so, through His Word, He has given me what I need for this day…

…to set my hands and heart to anew to His will. Yes, it’s much easier said than done—but for this day, God had given me the wisdom I need to press on. I can’t give up.

I don’t know what you are facing today. But remember that God’s Word certainly does contain the remedy for weariness. Don’t give up – consider Christ!

Sarah Lee

Looking to Jesus (July)


by Allison N.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
{Hebrews 12:1-2}

I love these verses, and I think they capture so well the goal of the Christian life. We have heard them so often however, that sometimes we glaze over them as something we’ve already heard, and is already familiar, and therefore can hold no new meaning to our lives. But I’d like you to read them again, this time out loud, and slowly.

We must lay aside every weight, everything that binds us to this earth. Wealth, power, reputation, television, computer, phones—anything that chains us to the ground on which we stand and prevents us from running towards Christ—this must be laid aside so that we can run to Jesus. Remember that this world is not our home, and we are only passing through.

Just like a traveler would not invest millions of dollars into a hotel room that he will only be staying in for a few nights before returning to his home, so we must not invest and tie ourselves to this world. We are but poor travelers, headed for the kingdom. Trophies and earthly rewards will pass away. Good health and a fit body will too pass away. We must invest in things that will not pass away—our relationship with the Lord and our investment in His kingdom.


We must run with endurance the race that is set before us. My friends, I know this may seem like a long race, I know it seems like we are constantly falling, but keep running! Keep going and never give up. The world will try to pull you down, but keep running. “Toward what?” you ask. The next part of the verses reveal the answer.

Toward Jesus! When we run toward Him, keeping our eyes upon Him, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, He will give us the strength and endurance we need to run. When we look to Him, we can do it! Remember, as Peter was walking out on water towards Jesus, when he was looking at Jesus, he remained steadfast, and could actually walk on water, but as soon as he took his eyes off his destination, he started to sink. It is the same for us. As long as we look to Jesus Christ, we will be upheld, but the minute we take our eyes off the prize, we will begin to sink.

Moses took this concept to heart as well. He looked to Jesus. “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). He forsook Egypt—recognizing that it was only his temporary homeland. So must we embrace this idea and live with our real home in mind. He endured as seeing Him Who is invisible. His sights were always set on God. He was meditating on the Scriptures. He constantly communed with his Creator.


This is what I challenge you to do today. Look to Jesus. Meditate on His greatness as outlined in the last part of this verse: “the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” How amazing is our God! How worthy of our praise and adoration! He has run the race, He has endured the cross, He has finished well! He will help us do the same.

There’s a song I love that says

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.

The song is so simple, yet so full of meaning. This is my challenge for you today. Leave this world behind and turn your eyes upon our beautiful and glorious Savior, Jesus.

Allison is a 16-year-old daughter of the King.  Her aim in life is to be pleasing and honoring to Him.  She has a passion for God’s Word and has begun a ministry dedicated to encouraging others in its pursuit.

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Nothing Between Our Savior (June)

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by Ruth K.

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

We are to love the Lord Jesus with all of our heart. Christ wants our undivided love. These past few months, the Lord has been pointing this out to me, along with how He looks at my future, even when I do not understand. His thoughts are higher than mine!

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the L
ORD.” (Isaiah 55:8)

At a church my family attended last year, I began noticing a young man who seemed to stand out from the others. He seemed so sincere about his faith. As the Sundays progressed, I became more and more fond of him. I convinced myself that I would soon stop feeling the way I did. I told the Lord that my heart had strange new thoughts and emotions. As the weeks flew by, I struggled more and more with controlling my emotions. One Sunday morning, we sang a hymn I had never heard before, “Nothing Between.”


As I sang the words from the hymnal, I felt as if the Lord began to tell me, “I don’t want anything or anyone to come between your love for me.” I felt very convicted the rest of the morning. That night, I read the hymn again and I wanted that song to become a reality for me.

I prayed that the Lord would help me overcome and that my life song would be:

“Nothing Between My Soul and the Savior,
so that His blessed face may be seen,
nothing preventing the least of His favor.
Keep the way clear, let nothing between!”

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I wish I could say that after this, the struggle was over, but it wasn’t. Though my commitment was heartfelt and true, I still struggled with this. One day I went to my favorite quiet place and on my knees, begged my Heavenly Father to forgive me for my sinful thoughts; I prayed that Jesus would bring me back to desiring to love only Him and that I would leave my future in His hands.

Within weeks of my prayer, my parents decided that the Lord was leading our family away from the church. I felt my heart ache in ways I never felt, and I felt like the world had fallen on top of me.

I finally came to the place of surrender and called out to my Savior. I asked the Prince of Peace to fill me with His peace and His joy again. That was the best day I had in a long time. I still didn’t understand why things happened the way they did, but Jesus opened my eyes and I realized that He did hear my prayer: He led me away from someone who was occupying my thoughts where the Lord should have been. He wanted Nothing Between my heart’s love for Him.

“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;
and uphold me with thy free spirit.” (Psalm 51:12)

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So, while I do not understand all the “whys,” I do know that the Lord wants our undivided love, and He will do anything to draw us back to Him. He used a donkey to talk to Balaam. (Numbers 22:21) He use a giant fish to swallow Jonah! ( Jonah 1:16, 2:1-10) The Lord used this hymn to speak to me and lead through my parents. He will continue to show His great love in the days to come. He wants me to love Him wholeheartedly and to trust in His love (Psalm 143:8).

Nothing between, like pride or station;
Self-life or friends shall not intervene;
Though it may cost me much tribulation,
I am resolved; there’s nothing between.

Nothing between, e’en many hard trials,
Though the whole world against me convene;
Watching with prayer and much self-denial,
I’ll triumph at last, with nothing between.

My sisters, be careful not to let things creep into/between your love for Jesus. Remember that our Heavenly Father has the perfect plan for your life and He has already drawn the “blue prints”! Follow Him and seek to love Him with all of your heart no matter what.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Ruth K. (15) is the oldest of three siblings and her passion is to know her Savior more.

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How Should Christians Respond to Change? (May)

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By Charity S.

Change—it is an event that we either love or shrink from, either facing it with excitement or fright. Nothing else can turn our lives upside down like change can and nothing can better our lives like change does.

Yet still, many of us fear it and even hide from it.

But is that really a reasonable response?

People who look at my life may wonder why I think I have a right to talk about change. I’ve grown up in a Godly, homeschooling family all my life and I’ve lived in the same house for ten years. We stick with a daily schedule, and go to church every Sunday. In short, I have a very structured life, one that some people might consider monotonous.

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But recently, a change has entered my life. I saw it coming, thought I was prepared; but now that it’s happened, I’m not so sure I really was.

Three days ago my older sister, who has been here for all eighteen years of my life, got married. I’m so happy for her and her husband; they truly are a perfect couple. But now I have to adjust to no longer having her in the house. There’s one less person at the table for meals and only three sisters sharing a bedroom. It feels somewhat lonely. Yet it is still a joyous change, one that I wouldn’t undo; but it is change nonetheless.

Before something like this happens, I am often excited. I like new experiences and I look forward to seeing what will happen; but this time, now that the change has come, my enthusiasm has dwindled and even though I am truly joyful over what has happened, a secret part of me wishes that things were the same. But is that really what God would have me do? Do we as Christians have any reason to be sad at change?

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If I was just going to be practical about this, I’d say no and perhaps quote the familiar saying, “There’s no use crying over spilled milk.” What’s done is done and must stay as it is. But I guarantee you that if you said this to someone struggling with recent change, they would consider you insensitive and rude. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t appreciate it very much.

But what if you maybe quoted words that are a little more lasting, such as “For I am the LORD, I change not” (Malachi 3:6)?

Those words are so substantial that I don’t know that a Christian would really need any other comfort besides that. It’s as though God is saying, “Things and people may change around you, but I am forever, always unchanging.” In the midst of chaos, He is there, the only clear image in a blur of uncertainty. His love is always just as abundant; His forgiveness is always extended towards us. In short, everything changes except for God and so nothing really matters except for God.


“His love is always just as abundant; His forgiveness is always extended towards us. In short, everything changes except for God and so nothing really matters except for God.”

Another possible comfort for change is one that I often remind myself of. I like to say that seasons of life come and go but they just keep getting better. If this change is God’s will, it must be better than the old season of life. If we could rebel and keep things the same, we would be fighting against God’s will which would be sin; and obviously, not sinning against God is best. He promises:

 “All things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
(Romans 8:28)
“He which hath begun a good work in you will
perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

(Philippians 1:6)

I believe that God’s got a special plan for each of our lives and because He is a loving and all-knowing God, He will always lead us up a path that is best for us. He is leading us forward to the next stage of life because the old stage is worn out and it is time for something new; but if we keep holding onto the past, it’s really rebellion against God.

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Life, and the change that comes hand in hand with it, can be frightening and saddening at times. But it doesn’t have to be; it doesn’t need to be. The Christian life is based on change:

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

Change is only God’s way of making our lives better, by keeping us on the path that He made us for. And so, when change enters your life, there’s no sense in being sadly reminiscent. The only reasonable response is excitement to see what God’s got in store.

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
(Psalm 37:4-5)

By Charity 
who lives with her parents and sisters. She enjoys writing, teaching her sisters writing, and making music.

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