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Biblical stories of eighteen New Testament women who Jesus encouraged, empowered, and loved.

When a Woman meets Jesus, BookHow could a man who had no wife, no children, no home, no job, no money, and wandered the hills of Judea with twelve men relate to women of his time, much less women in the 21st century?

That's the question that led author, Dorothy Valcárcel, to search for biblical women whose lives intersected with Jesus. As she explored the lives of every woman Jesus met, she discovered that they faced many of the same challenges women encounter today.

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Devotional Week 12 Thursday

 

 

Today’s Texts and Thoughts of Encouragement

 

“What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of earthborn man that You care for him?

Psalm 8: 4

Amplified Bible

 

Divine Care

 

“Even as a nurse, whose child’s imperfect pace

Can hardly lead his foot from place to place,

Leave her fond kissing, sets him down, to go,

Nor does uphold him for a step or two;

But when she finds that he begins to fall,

She holds him up, and kisses him withal;

So God from (us) sometimes withdraws His hand

A while, to teach (our) infant faith to stand;

But when He sees (our) feeble strength begin to fail,

He gently takes us again:

 

Lord, I’m a child, so guide my paces, then,

That I may learn to walk an upright way:

So shield my faith, that I may never doubt Thee,

For I must fall, if ever I walk without Thee.”

Frances Quarles

1592-1644

Today’s Study Text:

“Then He (Jesus) awoke and reproved the wind and said to the sea, ‘Hush! Silence!’ And the wind went down and there was a great calm.”

Mark 4: 39

Goodspeed New Testament

 

“The Prince of Peace” – Part 8

“Peace, Be Still”

 

“God’s peace can break through the bleakest of circumstances, even into those moments when we stare into darkness and the shadow of death.”

Virginia Ann Froehle

 

Has there been a time in my life when I needed Jesus to stand up in the middle of the storm I face and say, “Peace, be still”?

 

What would it mean to me, today, to hear the heavenly words, ‘Peace, be still”?

 

 

“No tongue can tell the depth of that calm which comes over the soul which has received the peace of God which passeth all understanding.”

Charles Spurgeon

All of Grace

19th Century

           

            When I was in my late teens living in the summer heat of Arizona, I spent as much time as possible on the weekends going with my friends to Saguaro Lake, a favorite location where we beat the hot days by water skiing on the scenic lake, surrounded by cactus covered mountain cliffs. Our goal on a ski day was to arrive as early as possible in the morning when the lake was, as we called it, “as smooth as glass.” Without the competition of other speedboats, we were able to water ski on the lake without facing any waves caused by other boats. Plus the early morning offered another advantage for by the afternoon a wind often came up that left white caps scattered all over what was once a perfectly calm lake.

 

            With this background in my mind, it isn’t difficult to picture the story Mark shares about the scene on the Sea of Galilee. However, after hearing my husband Jim tell about his trip to the Holy Land as a young 20-year-old, he only confirmed the Bible account of the fact that the storms on Galilee were of such a nature that the huge waves frequently caused severe accidents when inexperienced sailors didn’t take storm warning seriously.

 

            Obviously, in Mark’s record, the experienced team of mariners among Jesus’ disciples, left our Savior with a great deal of comfort, so much so that upon giving them a command to take Him across the lake in the dark of night, Jesus lay down and fell fast asleep after His long exhausting day filled with a constant crowd who longed for Him to minister to their needs, both personal and spiritual.

 

            However, as you may well have noticed in your own life, just when you think things are going smoothly, suddenly and unexpectedly emergency events are bound to arise with no warning at all. Over and over again in my own life the unexpected has knocked me off my feet. Just when I thought my dad’s health was the best in years, he dropped dead on his evening walk. He faithfully walked five miles a day and had brought his weight down to what he weighed in high school. He couldn’t have lived a more healthful life and yet without warning I got a call late at night from my mother, “Daddy is dead!” Colder words could not have been spoken! But how do you say, “He’s dead,” any other way.

 

            This is the life each one of us face everyday. From the moment we get out of bed to the moment we fall asleep at the end of the day, the unforeseen can strike at a moment’s notice. And like Jesus’ closest friends, in the midst of chaos and the bleak darkness of night, we way too often forget that our precious Savior is on board our “little boat.” And so we battle the winds and waves all by ourselves until our strength is all gone and then when we finally realize we might capsize, we decide it is time to call on Jesus. So we scream at the top of our lungs, “Master, don’t You see what’s going on? Why aren’t You helping me? Why have You left me to battle all alone?” And Jesus replies, “I’ve been right in the middle of your life all along. But you never asked Me for help. My child, just step back and let Me rescue you!”

 

            Many years ago, when I was taking a First Aid class during my swimming lessons, the instructor offered a very instructive piece of advice. He observed that if you were in a situation where you were trying to rescue someone who was drowning, make certain that you got an individual to their own life-preserver and remind them that they must focus on remaining attached to the preserver not to you. As he told us, when an individual that is being saved grabs onto the person who is trying to bring them safely to shore, if they grab the rescuer in panic, they can end up drowning themselves as well as the person whose concern was getting them safely home.

 

            This is why it is so critical that we recognize that when the storms of life strike – with sudden ferocity – we grab onto our “Life-Preserver,” the “Master” of ocean and sea – the “Master” of you and me. And as Mark tells us, “the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39).

 

            The great English preacher and hymn writer, Charles Wesley, penned these beautiful words of encouragement for us to remember when the waves roll over us and the storm appears to take us down:

 

“Jesus, Lover of my soul,

Let me to Thy bosom fly,

While the nearer waters roll,

While the tempest still is high:

Hide me, O my Savior, hide

Till the storm of life is past,

Safe into the haven guide,

O receive my soul at last!

 

Other refuge have I none;

Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;

Leave, oh! leave me not alone,

Still support and comfort me!

All my trust on Thee is stayed,

All my help from Thee I bring;

Cover my defenseless head

With the shadow of Thy wing.

 

Wilt Thou not regard my call?

Wilt Thou not accept my prayer?

Lo! I sink, I faint, I fall –

Lo! on Thee I cast my care!

Reach me out Thy gracious hand;

While I of Thy strength receive,

Hoping against hope I stand,

Dying, and behold I live!”

Charles Wesley

 

 

Peace Be Still

 

“Master the tempest is raging

The billows are tossing high

The sky is o’er shadowed with blackness

No shelter or help is nigh.

 

Carest Thou not that we perish?

How canst Thou lie asleep

When each moment so madly is threatening

A grave in the angry deep?

 

The winds and the waves shall obey my will,

peace be still, Peace be still.

Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea

Or demons or men or whatever it be

No water can swallow the ship where lies,

 

The Master of ocean and earth and skies

They shall sweetly obey my voice,

Peace be still, peace be still

They all shall sweetly obey my will,

peace, peace be still.

 

Master, with anguish of spirit

I bow in my grief today

The depths of my sad heart are troubled

Oh, waken and save, I pray.

 

Torrents of sin and of anguish

Sweep over my sinking soul

And I perish, I perish, dear Master

Oh, hasten and take control.

 

The Master of ocean and earth and skies

They shall sweetly obey my will

Peace be still, peace be still

They all shall sweetly obey my will,

peace be still.

 

Master, the terror is over

The elements sweetly rest

Earth’s sun in the calm lake is mirrored

And heaven’s within my breast.

 

Linger, O blessed Redeemer

Leave me alone no more

And with joy I shall make the blest harbor

And rest on the blissful shore.”

Lyrics James Cleveland

 

Prayer

 

“Calm steadfast love still deep

Within your peace and keep

our fluctuating hearts

our inability anchor

in Your stability

Your changeless energy

of burning love.”

Malling Abbey

Your friend

Dorothy Valcárcel, Author

When A Woman Meets Jesus

Dorothy@TransformationGarden.com


 

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