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“I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.” Psalm 55:8 It is cold outside. Snow is falling and the wind is blowing. But here in my apartment there is peace because the presence of the Lord is here. There is food in my cupboard, I have warm clothes to wear, and there is no need to go out in the storm. Our world is in turmoil. There are many things that could bring us fear. There are stories of mass shootings, viruses that are causing sickness and death, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and large forest fires. In some…

“For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.” Mark 5:28 Bent low with pain she pushed her way through the crowd. Somewhere beyond the dusty feet walked the Healer whom she had heard so much about. Careful not to brush against anyone else, she moved closer, aware that if anyone saw her, she would be rebuked. At last, she was near enough to reach out a trembling hand and carefully brush the hem of the garment He wore. Immediately He stopped walking and spoke, “Who touched me?” His disciples walking near Him laughed as…

Jesus, in Matthew 11:28-30, invites us to release our stress by saying, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” In my last post I shared my journey to release the pressures I place on myself and seek after God’s expectations. To be honest, my heart still gets encumbered with stress, but it’s usually when I have…