Your Morning Coffee 11/17/2022


Good morning!


Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father continue to call out to us to give to Him all of our anxieties, our worries, and our cares. Father, thank you for the way that you love us. You are so patient and gentle. But you are not so cruel as to guard our hearts and minds with your peace while we still hold on to all you have asked us to give you. In Jesus's name and by the power of the Spirit alive within us, help us to fully entrust ourselves to you. Still our hearts and minds and refresh us with your delight at our trust in you.


Your Morning Song: "Is He Worthy?" by Andrew Peterson


Your Morning Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7


Do not be anxious about anything,

but in every situation, 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.

...


It has been nine years since I lived in a place with snow during the winter. And I've missed it. It snowed for the first time this season and I went outside just to look at it. Just to hear the change.


When the snow begins to gather white across the ground, still falling all around me, the sound of the world changes. There is a stillness, a quiet, a muted hush covering all things. Everything loses its echo. There is nothing like the quiet of snow.


Unless I am mistaken, we have talked about these specific verses before. But let's revisit them today, in a new way. If we thankfully entrust all whole selves, our whole lives to God, His peace will guard our hearts and minds beyond anything we could possibly explain. And our anxiety, our cares, our worries, will lose their echo. They will become muted and still. In the presence of my Heavenly Father my earthly woe will stand quietly by. Because my Father says so.


Have you experienced God's peace guarding your heart and mind before? It is not only possible to never have experienced it as a believer, but it is all too common. We hold tightly to our woe, our worries, our self-relient way. And wonder why God doesn't take them from us? All the while we tighten our grip.


What did Jesus do? He would step away from all the doing and going and saying, and pray. Jesus continually and repeatedly sought the stillness and quiet of His Father's presence. This is not merely describing to us how Jesus acted. This is a clear and triumphant prescription. Seek the still, sweet silence of God's guarding peace that comes from grip-loosening prayer.


May we give God what He asks of us

and accept what He offers us.



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