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April 13, 2020

Day 1 | April 13th Scripture | John 20:19-20 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Thought Around 2,000 years ago Jesus appeared to his disciples a day after the first Easter. While his disciples were living in fear, Jesus brought hope and peace. Prayer Action Today- know that Jesus is alive. He brings hope to hopeless situations. Spend a few moments asking God to bring peace to your life or someone you know who needs it. Day 2 | April 14th Scripture | Psalm 91:9-10 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. Thought Refuge is a word used to describe the Lord in Scripture. Refuge gives protection from the storm; it doesn’t give you an exemption from the storm. Prayer Action Repeat 5 times “The LORD is my refuge.” Ask the Lord to help people in our community understand that God wants to give them refuge. Day 3 | April 15th Scripture | Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…” Thought God wants to grow in you what you cannot develop on your own. Often times, God uses difficult, trying circumstances to grow our character. This season is far from normal and is the perfect time for you to give God space and time to do his best work. Prayer Action Reading through the Fruit of the Spirit, which word(s) describe you? Thank God for what he already has developed in your life, and ask him to help you grow in other areas. Day 4 | April 16th Scripture | 1 Samuel 15:29 “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.” Thought Knowing God’s character is important for a Christ follower. The God who we are walking through this uncertain life with is as certain as certain can be. God is never unsure of himself. He never second-guesses His decisions, and God never lies. Prayer Action Praise God today! List out 10 reasons you are thankful He is God and you are not. Day 5 | April 17th Scripture | John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Thought The night before Jesus was crucified he spent the evening encouraging his disciples. He let them in on a secret that you and I need to know as well: our lives will be filled with sorrow and trouble. However, Jesus doesn’t end there, because that is only half of what we need to know. We also need to know that our sorrow will turn to joy, and Jesus has overcome our sorrow and trouble. Prayer Action Peace is not the absence of pain but the presence of comfort and knowing the truth of our circumstance. Pain and peace can coexist. Tell God what is most hurting you right now. What is bringing you confusion and sorrow? Then ask Him to fill you with His presence to know the truth and experience His comfort. Day 6 | April 18th Scripture | Psalm 52:8-9 “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good. Thought An olive tree’s average life span is 200-300 years. It takes a long time for the tree to grow. In order for it to experience a fruitful life, the olive tree needs time for its roots to get the nutrients it needs to flourish. God wants you to flourish and experience life, but it takes patience and endurance. Prayer Action Trust. Praise. Hope. These are three things the writer of Psalm 52 is doing after they have flourished in God. Which of these 3 words do you need to grow in your life? Ask God to strengthen your roots and give you endurance in life right now. Day 7 | April 19th Scripture | 2 Thessalonians 3:5 “May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” Thought Our hearts are really important. Everything we say and do stems from our hearts. Hearts were never meant to be followed, because they were meant to be led. God is the best one to navigate our hearts because He will lead us to love and perseverance. Prayer Action For a few moments, surrender your heart to God. Give him your thoughts and desires right now. Give him the steering wheel to your heart and ask him to direct your life.

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