Sunday Stillness – What is Solitude? LINK

Sunday Stillness – What is Solitude?

Solitude

 

That’s what I have found in the past week – a peace – a lack of myself and my desire to control. I have left it all behind in order to find my place with Jesus.

Where did I find it?

In the quiet moments – few and far between – but there. It is possible to find that quietness.

Knowing that before I start anything, I seek the quietness of my soul. Don’t start anything until I refresh my soul.

Reading Psalm 30

I understand now that when I use self-reliance, I am NOT relying on God. Praising God for being my reliance. Praising Him for standing by my side.

“I” do get in the way of my relationship with God. (Tweet this)

So I am trying to let go. Relax and listen to Him. Rest in between my “doings”.

I cried out to God
He lifted me from the depths
Placed me on His Rock

(Janis Cox – haiku, 2015, based on Psalm 30)

Sit
Hear Him
Grabs hold of my soul
Deep within myself
Stirs life
Everlasting.

(Janis Cox, mirror poem, based on Psalm 30)

We had a lovely family vacation at a cottage last week. Thanks to all who commented for the past two weeks. Sorry I didn’t have time to write back but I read every one of the comments.

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Today is Sunday Stillness.

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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. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS
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Sunday Stillness – What is Prayer? LINK

Sunday Stillness – What is Prayer?

What is Prayer?

As I have spent more time with God the past few days He has shown me something I didn’t really know before. Well I guess I knew it but it didn’t really sink in. Here is the question I have been asking myself.

What is prayer?

I thought it was a conversation with God but now I think it is more than that. Reading from Oswald Chambers this month I came across this statement:

Prayer is perfect and complete oneness with God.

Wow – not just talking and listening but really being in communion with God. I like that. The more time I spend with Him, reading His Word – and thinking, and studying and really sitting down… yup sitting down with Him – then we get closer.

About 15 years ago when I first started my journey to learn about Jesus and God I drew a picture. Here is what it looked like. My fervent wish at that time was to move my line closer to God. Over these years I feel that has happened.

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And looking back in my journal from 2001 I found I wrote this. “I am ready for a full productive day.” And that was after time with God in prayer and study.

 

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Now I don’t do it right all the time – or even most of the time. But sometimes, I feel like I’ve understood.

Just sit with God.

Slow down and take that time to rest in Him. He always gives me more than enough time to get “other stuff” done. And He even gives me help in ways that I couldn’t have imagined.

If you are feeling rushed, frustrated, angry, out of sorts – may I suggest you stop right now. Stop reading. Stop typing, stop everything and breathe in the breath of God. He will lower your blood pressure. He will stop the headaches. He will give you the peace you need and the strength to keep going.

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What is prayer? Is it talking or listening to God? Or is it more? (tweet this)

 

Today is Sunday Stillness.

JanisCox-photo2web

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. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Tadeo-Turtle-Cover-large-web

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

 

 

 

 

 

I sometimes link to:

STILL SATURDAYS @SANDRAHESKAKING
PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS
THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART
TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS
THE SUNDAY COMMUNITY – #GIVE ME GRACE @SEE SPEAK HEAR MAMA
SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS – @SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS
MOTIVATION MONDAYS – @EMBRACINGHISWILL
SHARING HIS BEAUTY – @THEBEAUTYINHISGRIP

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Creative Tuesdays – Chillin’ With Art

Creative Tuesdays – Chillin’ With Art

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Watercolour by Janis

Because we are “chillin'” this week at a cottage – just resting and enjoying family, I chose a piece I did a while ago that reminds me of laid back summer days in Canada. I understand some people are too hot in summer but where we are we are delighted with warmer weather, especially if we can cool off in the water.

Good news that made me have a happy dance this week, I found out that 2 of my watercolour batik paintings sold at the Rails End Gallery last month along with my children’s story, Tadeo Turtle.

These are the two that sold.

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Original Watercolour Batik – Turtle – sold

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Original Watercolour Batik – Fish – Sold

So enjoy wherever you are – hot or cold. We are always content with Jesus – right?

Please visit Creative Tuesdays to see other delightful artwork from our group.

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