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Fresh Start Devotionals

Faith The winds howled, the waves crashed against the shore and the sea tossed the boat from one hand to another. On a nearby mountain, Jesus escaped into the tranquility of solitude, recharging his soul in prayer. The disciples were alone. They fought to keep the boat sound. They were afraid. They were wet. They were tired. About three o’clock in the morning, the disciples fell deeper into their fear. They saw what looked like a ghost moving across the water and coming toward them. Their exhaustion turned to terror. They lost it and started screaming. Jesus said, “It’s OK, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.” “Is it really you?” Peter asked. “If it is really you then give me the word and I’ll walk to you.” Jesus answered him, “Yes, it’s me, come on.” So Peter stepped out of the boat onto the water. Peter must have really been afraid. I mean, how could he have thought it would be safer with his feet in the middle of a storm tossed sea than in a boat? Peter began to walk toward Jesus, and…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

January 31 TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS Words and Music by Helen H. Lemmel, 1864–1961 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2) I’ve seen the face of Jesus … It was a wondrous sight! Oh, glorious face of beauty, Oh gentle touch of care; If here it is so blessed, what will it be up there? —W. Spencer Walton In our fast-paced daily life, how easy it is to get caught up in the “things of earth” so that eternal values become blurred and almost forgotten. As we conclude the first month’s journey through this new year, we need today’s hymn to remind us that we must continue to make Christ the central core of our lives—to pursue the Kingdom of God and His righteousness—if we are to be victorious believers. In 1918, Helen Howarth Lemmel, the author and composer of this hymn, was given a tract by a missionary friend. As she …