What Jesus Says to your Fear *SLOW Word video*

Ever sense you can already feel the spray from an impending circumstance, like Peter overwhelmed by that coming wave?

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Anticipation becomes worry. The worry deepens.

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You stand on the water and watch the swells and can’t help but calculate the time for the massive roll to reach you. You try your darndest to push it back down into your subconscious to strong arm your day but that nauseous feeling has a way of rising back up unbidden.

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Maybe it’s a credit card bill that’s looming, a deadline, a yearly procedure, the prospect of connecting with a family member that always leaves you cradling a tangled mass of emotions.

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Maybe your wave is way simpler: morning. Maybe just waking up and punching in and going through the motions leaves you drained and apprehensive.

Get still. Take a couple deep breaths and then ask yourself: what am I anxious about?

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When you have the answer, enter into the story of Peter walking on the water as if you are Peter.

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Hear Jesus in front of you inviting you out onto the rough sea. Hear his voice saying, “Come.” Take that first step out of the boat. Linger with Jesus for a moment and enjoy His company. You have just heard him say: “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” How do you feel when you’re with Him? Stay there a moment. Then feel the water just under your feet, flooding your sandals, the fierce wind pulling at your hair, playing with your clothing. Feel the spray of the water. See the wave coming, and then be present with Christ with your wave.

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What happens next, Dear One?

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Listen. Watch.

Join me in a short 11 minute lectio divina on Matthew 14:26-31a

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Let the Word become a springboard for prayer.

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Slow Word: Matthew 14: 25-33

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Two weeks ago a friend asked me to do a Slow Word for her church retreat and Matthew 14: 25-33 of Peter walking on the water was the scripture they were using. The experience was transformative. The Holy Spirit has been bringing me back to the Sea of Galilee to hear the words, to listen deeply. I wanted to take you with me.

My sister Stephanie flew in from Columbus last night and after we got children settled, we sat on the front porch last night enjoying this word and the sound of a Great Horned Owl.  Afterwards, we settled on the couch with a cup of bedtime tea and couldn’t stop talking about what we were hearing.  Both of us had heard the same word but with completely different practical applications.

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And you friend, what word or phrase or invitation do you hear from the Lord?  Join Stephanie and my conversation in the comment section to encourage each other in the Word.

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