A short addendum post to Thoughtful Tuesdays

A short addendum post to Thoughtful Tuesdays

Lately I seem to hear God saying – paint more. So I have started to finish – I like that. I have started to finish my book called Yoj and the Land of Thrim. So my favourite picture so far is The Girl.

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And my favourite picture of this year for this blog is Are you unleashing the power of the Holy Spirit?

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Joining Creative Tuesdays today. – Intentionally working at being intentional.

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Thoughtful Tuesdays – What are my Goals for 2015?

Thoughtful Tuesdays –  What are my Goals for 2015?

I watched 3 videos produced by Michael Hyatt. I think they are worth watching for writers and non-writers.

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What did I learn?

First of all I know that I procrastinate  – a lot.
I know that I am led astray very easily.
I have lots of interesting ideas and thoughts – too many for one person to accomplish.

So I decided to write down exactly how and what I am feeling at this point. (That way I can review this next year.)

  1. I will look back over 2014 and see what I accomplished.
  2. I will allow myself to dream – and dream big.
  3. I will write down my goals.
  4. I will be specific in my goal setting.
  5. I will look at where I am most motivated and go in that direction.
  6. I will start – even if it is small bites – because starting is important.

I didn’t join the 5 day course Michael was advertising but I learned a lot in the first two videos to know where to start.

Here is my full sentence using the red words.

After I look back over the last year, I will dream; then write down specific goals in the areas where I am most motivated and I will start.

 

I know that I always start with God. Here is a Scripture He brought to my mind.

So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place (1 Samuel 3:9, NIV)

As you can see my goals differ from my personality. I remember attending a workshop called – How to be Intentional. I think that is exactly what I need to do – be Intentional for 2015. Not only intentional on listening to God – but intentional on writing down what I feel and hear in my heart.

I guess that will be my working word for 2015 – Intentional.

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Sunday Stillness – How to encourage each other

Sunday Stillness – How to encourage each other

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Today’s thoughts are based on Titus 1:4, using my SIMPLE method of Bible study. I find it amazing how even this short, easy passage can bring so much to light. Always start my studying by praying for guidance.

S – Say the passage aloud.

To Titus, my true son in our common faith: grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus, our Saviour (Titus 1:4, NIV).

I - Identify the characters, the setting, and the circumstances surrounding this passage.

Once again Paul is talking to Titus who is left on Crete to fulfill God’s calling. This is a simple but profound greeting that Paul makes in all his letters. He calls Titus, “my true son”. Titus was a gentile convert and that makes this all the more amazing.

M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas.

I kept thinking about Christian believers – and why there is so much dissension if we all believe in Jesus as our Saviour. Why are there put downs of other Christians? Why put downs of government leaders – we are called to pray for them.

God gives us rules to follow – gives US rules to follow – not THEM. It is for our benefit to follow them. We need to be together in this fight against Satan. Even those in the world are not our enemies – Satan is.

Paul calls Titus my “true son”. True means sincere – where are the sincere Christians? We need to pray for Christian writers, for Christian churches and for Christian charities that they remain sincere in their faith and lives. We need God’s power in this world to overcome Satan.

Paul, by this greeting, tells Titus that he is important enough to deserve a letter. He took time to write to Titus.

An interesting historical aside: Ed tells us in his book that the Cretans are the direct ancestors of the biblical Philistines.

P – Pray again for God’s guidance.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life?

Paul took time for what was important to God – to encourage Titus in his ministry on Crete.

Encouragers: Writers for God are encouragers. We take time to write our thoughts, to communicate with one another and to the world.

There is no such thing as a genuine Christian faith that we make up on our own (Ed Hird, Restoring Health, page 31).

At the very heart of being healthy, of being sound is the gift of GRACE and PEACE ( ibid, my emphasis).

E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you.

Lord, help us as followers of Jesus to encourage one another, to build up and not put down, to strengthen writers, pastors and leaders; to look to You at all times, good or bad. We know You are more than able. We and thank You for bringing us together. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

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You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

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Friday Features – Sunday Stillness Most Clicked

Friday Features – Sunday Stillness Most Clicked

Congratulations to the following bloggers for having the most clicked for this week.

 

Laurie Collett – Saved by Grace “Why do men translate God’s Word?”

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A very interesting article on the differences in versions of the Bible.

Denise from RefineMe – “Home Brew”

How do you appear to your family? happy-home-285x300Martin from Love Lines from God – “What Speech Says”

Paul’s warning is appropriate. My speech reflects who I am (Martin).

 

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Tuesday Thoughts – Christmas Cards?

Tuesday Thoughts – Christmas Cards?

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I have been working on our annual Christmas letter – a little update on our family and a few pictures. It doesn’t take long and many of our friends and family have expressed delight in watching our family grow.

We take the Word file over to Staples and have them print out the copies, then stuff them in envelopes – and print the address labels (after updating of course).

As I attach each label to the envelope I say a prayer for that family.

What do you do to keep in touch with your family and friends at Christmas?

For to us a Child will be born. To us a Son will be given. And the rule of the nations will be on His shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful, Teacher, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6 NLV).

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

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Sunday Stillness – Is this your time to say “yes” to God?

Sunday Stillness – Is this your time to say “yes” to God?

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I am continuing on with my study of Titus – one verse at a time. Today’s thoughts are based on Titus 1:3 using the SIMPLE method of study.

S – Say the passage aloud.

and at His appointed season He brought His word to light through the preaching entrusted to me from God our Saviour (Titus 1:3, NIV).

I - Identify the characters, the setting, and the circumstances surrounding this passage.

Paul is speaking. He remembered how God spoke to him and entrusted him to spread the Gospel. God does intervene.

M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas.

It’s great to know that God has planned all of this. I love, “His appointed season”. And that God entrusted Paul – He knew Paul would do a good job. He chooses those whom He trusts and then He helps them to do the job He has planned.

A few days ago I watched The Star of Bethlehem. An amazing account of the actual star, the actual date, and the actual event. God had prepared it all in “His appointed season”. You can watch the video on You Tube.

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P – Pray again for God’s guidance.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life?

What did I learn from this passage? I learned that we need to say “yes” to God. Paul said, “yes” – and we see all that God accomplished. Why can we trust God?

  1. God works in His appointed season.
  2. God will entrust us with the knowledge and power to do what He wills.
  3. God will command it – it will be strong enough for us NOT to ignore it.

E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you.

Thank you Lord from choosing us to be your ambassadors, whether through writing, singing, hospitality, caring, loving others, giving or through any other means to spread your Word and love to others. Being the Light of Christ is Your command. Help us to listen and obey. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

The radical message of Jesus Christ hanging on a tree is the wisdom and power of God. Only the cross can transform hardened Cretan and North American pirates into holistically healthy leaders. Only God’s Word can bring light into our pirate hearts. (Ed Hird, Restoring Health, page 31).

Are your hearing from God? Is there something He is calling you to do?

Personally I have said yes to being a part of a new Christian online radio.

Am I nervous? Yes.
Is this stepping into a new venture. Yes.

But I am excited.

And when that happens God is behind it. More information will be coming on this as I know more. So far I have purchase a microphone and downloaded Audacity. My FIRST STEP.

Tell me your thoughts, dreams and visions. What is God telling you?

Let’s pray together. If you have any personal prayer requests, please email me at Janis.

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You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

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Friday Features – A Round up

Friday Features – A Round up

Here are the most clicked posts from my recent Sunday Stillness. Enjoy!

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My Accidental Dating Life  – This had me in stitches. I even read it to my hubby. You will never believe what happened to Karrilee. A lesson to all of us to be sure.

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It’s God’s Love #21 – A lovely thought to start your week. Sandra has a beautiful graphic and wonderful words about love.

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Faith – What is it? Chris Malkemes writes a wonderful poem about faith.

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Open and Honest – Denise writes a wonderful blog about honesty.

Admitting our faults and mistakes is not a sign of weakness;

 

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You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

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Thoughtful Tuesdays – How Jesus is My Hope

Thoughtful Tuesdays – How Jesus is My Hope

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It is not what I can do but what Christ can do in me and through me. (based on 1 Corinthians 2:4)

This past Sunday was the first Sunday in Advent – HOPE.

Advent for me is an adventure. Where is God leading me? What is He teaching me?

The word for this week is HOPE.

As I listened to the sermon I remember these words I have memorized from Titus.

faith and knowledge, resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised from the beginning of time (Titus 1:2, NIV).

I love, “resting on the hope”. Even the word “resting” brings a peace.

As God’s plan unfolds I can only see the past and today. But:

 I can believe in hope for the future.

Two songs came to me this morning both dealing with HOPE.

Good to Me sung by Craig Musseau.

“Your are my hope
Your promise never fails me.”

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And In Christ Alone sung by Kirstian Stanfill.

“Jesus commands my destiny.”

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I found my HOPE in Christ alone. Have you?

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

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CyberMonday – Where do I find good Christian books?

CyberMonday – Where do I find good Christian books?

Please check out a wonderful post written by Lorilyn Roberts, founder of John316 Network for Christian authors.

Perhaps this Christmas you don’t have a lot of money to spend on gifts. Have you considered giving books as Christmas presents? I’d be willing to bet they will outlast the latest iPhone or iMac computer.

Ten years from now, those electronic gadgets will be in a landfill somewhere, long replaced by something bigger and faster. Stories last forever,  like that book my dad gave me for Christmas when he hardly had a dime to spare.

When is the last time you read a really good book anyway? Probably too long (Lorilyn Roberts).

 

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Christian Books Make Great Christmas Gifts by Lorilyn Roberts.

And remember to check out Tadeo Turtle – My book is on sale right now for 99 cent Kindle and also for only $10 autographed (plus shipping) both in Canada and the US. Take advantage of this offer now – only until December 15.

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Sunday Stillness – How to Team Up with God

Sunday Stillness – How to Team Up with God

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If you read this week’s Friday Features you will know that I am excited again to be working through an excellent book and reading my Bible and praying at the same time.

Ed Hird has written his second book called, Restoring Health – Body, Mind and Spirit, based on Titus. His first book, Battle for the Soul of Canada, based on Timothy, inspired me in such a way that I wrote a Bible study to go with it.

The theme of Ed’s new book is exactly where I am at in my life.

My hubby and I are working on doing regular exercise, we are eating a different way, and I am focusing more and more on what the Bible says through my SIMPLE study.

So I decided to work my way through Titus, one or two verses at a time, along with Ed’s book and the SIMPLE method. For the next few weeks I will share snippets of where God is leading me as I read and study Titus.

I also have decided to try my memory work again.

A couple of years ago I joined Ann Voskamp and her challenge to memorize Colossians. A few days ago I found my video of that exercise and I felt a sense of accomplishment as I watched it. Each week I will work on memorizing a few verses from Titus. I would love for you to join me. I am sharing my video with you now from Colossians.

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Here are my thoughts from the first verses in Titus.

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S – Say the passage aloud.

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness – a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time (NIV).

 

I - Identify the characters, the setting, and the circumstances surrounding this passage.

Ed does a great job explaining the background to Titus’ trip and his working in Crete. An island of pirates, who worshipped gods and goddesses, this was quite a task set before Titus. Paul had worked there previously and knew the deplorable moral level of the people. But Ed explains very well how pirates can become the best leaders when their focus is turned toward God, with righteousness and truth.

M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas.

I love the fact that knowledge and faith are tantamount to Paul. He knows the truth can be life-changing.

Truth is conceptual and experiential. The truth is meant to be known both objectively and subjectively (Ed Hird, page 25).

Godliness is biblical healthiness. Godliness is meant to make you more, not less human (Ed Hird, page 25).

So to be Christ-like I have to do that in my body, my mind and my spirit.

Integrated health and godliness are apostolic priorities (Ed Hird, page 26).

I love the hope – and the promise of eternal life. And God “does not lie”. We can trust Him in what He says. I cannot stand lies. I think that is one of the worst things we can do – to ourselves and others.

Imagine what a newfound honesty could do in restoring godliness and health to our North American business and governments (Ed Hird, Page 26).

Satan’s plausible lie is that I do not have time to be holistically healthy (ibid.)

Why do I resist getting well? Are there things more important than my body, mind and spirit? If so, what are they? And how can I affect a change?

P – Pray again for God’s guidance.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life?

This has to be a team effort for restoring my health and my hubby’s. With the team of God and us – things can be changed. But we have to encourage one another. It is not just food that will make the necessary changes. We must change our mind sets – to know we are working toward a more healthy way of life. We do a lot of walking but maybe we need to incorporate another type of exercise. And we continue to feed our spirits through discussions, prayer and church services.

E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you.

Lord, help us focus on what you want us to focus on. Show us how we can change in our bodies, our minds and our spirits. I thank You for leading us and guiding us to a better understanding of our whole health in order to serve You in the best way possible. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Let this life be a team effort – God and me.

linking this week with Titus Tuesdays, Still Saturday, Playdates with God

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