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Finish – Word for 2017

Finish – Word for 2017

It is December 13 and I am writing this post. We head back to Canada tomorrow and will return before you have read this post. Find out below how I came to pick the word “finish” for My Word for 2017.

I have been working hard at listening to God’s Word and painting in my Bible journal the pictures He is showing me. I work at promoting my children’s books. I have new opportunities I want to check out.

Last year my Word for 2016 reads:

finish finish

It was from 2 Corinthians 9:8 –

God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it (The Message).

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work (NIV).

I found my Word – Finish – for 2017 this week. It is from Psalm 138:8 (tweet this).

This verse spoke to me:

The Lord will vindicate me;
    your love, Lord, endures forever—
    do not abandon the works of your hands (NIV).

Finish what you started in me, God.
    Your love is eternal—don’t quit on me now (The Message).

As I was finishing off this post I drew a Bible Journal picture on Day 25 – Christmas Day – Romans 8:14-15). I now have another word to go with Finish – GO. God will finish what He started in me and I will go where He calls.

My Word for 2017 is Finish.

finish

God is leading me in many directions. I am not sure which ones He wants me to follow but I am listening. I know He has plans.

Finish

But I must stop and listen so He can continue to work in my life (tweet this).

For that reason I will no longer be doing Word of God speak Linkup. I need to be freer to follow His lead. Although I have loved setting this up and meeting wonderful bloggers, my readership has not grown in the past year. I believe that is because I am hemmed in and not able to do it “His Way”. I think I will meet more of you as I travel and comment around the blogosphere.

So I am crying out to the Lord and asking to do it “His way”. I may not blog some weeks – others I may blog 2 or 3 times – depending on what He tells me.

I need Him to finish what He has started in the past few months (tweet this).

Here is a poem I wrote while studying this verse.

Your Plans

Lay out Your plan
Nudge me in the way I should go
Clear a path before me
Steady me.

Cascade lights before me
To show me the way
Beam them brightly
So I can see.

Speak in a distinctive voice
So I can distinguish You among the cacophony of noise
Your words mean more than all the noise around me
Make it clear, Lord.

Unlock the doors that lead me onward
Unfetter any chains that bind
Cast me out amid the lions
As long as You are by my side.

@Janis Cox December 2016

For this reason I will work on reading His Word – I study it, paint it sometimes, write or podcast about it. Maybe I will speak it live.

I will continue to podcast for Hope Stream Radio. I want to reach 100 – I am at 72. And then we’ll see where God leads me from there.

This is what I feel He is telling me on December 13 as I work through the Dress for Dunamis fundraising. Praying for a shelter for these girls. Praying for their protection. Check out the post.

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Therefore if you feel called to contribute, please check out the following:

Canadians:

For our grass roots organization. Please make cheque payable to The Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Haliburton. Send your cheques to:

The Lighthouse Pentecostal Church
12 Dysart Street
PO Box 287
Haliburton, ON, Canada K0M 1S0

Please mark your cheque in the memo line as The Dunamis Foundation. Tax Receipts will be given for over $10.00.

Americans:

You can find a donation page here.  We welcome your support.

Please find us at Dress for Dunamis Page on Facebook and the Dress for Dunamis Facebook Event page.

Today is the Last Word of God Speak Linkup

 


Life Plan – Do you have one?

Life Plan – Do you have one? Hope Stream Radio

This has been an interesting week. Lots happening. I have a new children’s book in the last stages before printing. The Kingdom of Thrim is coming. I have been focusing more on my life plan thanks to Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy’s book, Living Forward.

 

Life plan - Living Forward

Life Plan Hope Stream Radio

I podcast every Tuesday on Hope Stream Radio. This week I spoke about a Life Plan. Here are my show notes. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here

Hope Stream Radio Podcast.

The word that I chose to focus on for this year is ABOUND. From a Scripture found in 2 Corinthians 9:8.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things and at all times, you will abound in every good work.

I read the verse again in The Message:

God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything more than just ready to do what needs to be done.

That sounds like planning to me. A life plan. Ready for anything and everything. (click to tweet)

Think about that. We don’t know what the next moment will bring. We keep moving forward but need to be READY for anything and everything.

How?

I am on the launch team for a new book that came out yesterday called Living Forward. Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy are the authors.

This book fits in well with my word ABOUND. The book walks us through a plan to take a close look at our lives and plan forward. I believe by prayer and planning we can accomplish more than we ever believed possible.

God has a plan and purpose for each life. We need to take the time to look at our lives and listen to God how we can move forward in that plan.

Listen to Psalm 90:12

Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12 says TEACH us. That means listening and planning. A life plan. (click to tweet)

Jeanne Whittaker, is the founder of The Tabernacle Experience, This is a travelling exhibit to explain and show the Tabernacle from time of Moses right through to resurrection of Jesus. Jeanne heard God’s call. She didn’t only hear it – she acted on it. It was a big undertaking. But God is the God of the impossible.

Life Plan Tabernacle Came Alive

Our own story is similar. My husband read an article in an Arizonan paper about a charity that helped single parents further their education past high school. He felt God’s call. In our small town, a year later, we started HASP – Haliburton Assistance for Single Parents. Our first client is set to graduate this spring.

Our world expands when God is in control. (click to tweet)

Have you found the purpose for your life?

Thomas Carlyle said:

The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.

The book Living Forward has three aims:

  1. It will heighten your senses of what’s truly possible for you in life.
  2. It will equip you to make better decisions in your life.
  3. It will position you to make the most significant contribution in this world that you can add the most value to those around you.

God wants us to be ready for anything and everything. I believe a Life Plan is necessary to accomplish this.

Whether you look at this book or not, we all need to look at our lives.

What is your life plan? I plan to be in prayer about this very thing.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, you have a purpose for our lives. We seek you to help us see where we’ve been, where we are and how you want us to live forward. We want to be ready for life – whatever happens. Help us to be full of Your Spirit so we can abound in every good work.

Until next time, seek God and specifically ask Him to show you His purpose and plan for Your life.

Remember the verse from Colossians 1:17

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Word of God Speak – Linky – Have you found One Word for 2016?

Word of God Speak – Linky – Have you found One Word for 2016?

Finally God did it – He led me to my One Word for 2016. The word is ABOUND.

Abound

Using watercolour pencils on 70 pound paper.

And I couldn’t have come up with that one. As I was meditating one morning – that’s what I heard – abound.

So I looked it up:

  • to be present in large numbers or in great quantity
  • to be copiously supplied
  • be in a state of movement or action
  • to be filled

Abound Acronym Janis Cox

Act boldly, openly under new direction. – Abound is my Word for 2016
2 Corinthians 9:8. (tweet this)

My scripture for the year is: (This will be our memory verse for this week.) 2 Corinthians 9:8

And one additional scripture for me to keep in mind is  Philippians 1:9,

I am so excited to see where He will lead me this year.

Here are my thoughts on studying this scripture using the SIMPLE Bible Study Method.

S – Say the passage out loud:

 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8, NIV).

I – Interpretation – Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

Here is the Greek word “abound” from this passage for all those Greek scholars: περισσεῦσαι, to make a thing to abound unto one, to confer a thing abundantly upon one (Strongs 4052)

This verse is found under the heading “Sowing generously” in my Bible. Paul is encouraging the Corinthians to be generous.

Two Scriptures that tie in with this are Ephesians 3:20 and Philippians 4:19.

I noticed in both scriptures “all” is repeated. And that God is more than able to do everything. And that His power is at work in us.

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

Through ALL things I need to remember that God supplies ALL my needs. In order to ABOUND in all I do, I need to surrender it all to God.

Surrender = give to God in prayer

Prayer and connection need to be my focus this year.

Even if I don’t think I can do something, God can and will if I stick with Him. (tweet this)

What does it mean “all grace abound to me”? Does that mean I don’t have to be perfect? Does it mean I can relax? Let it go. Find God’s power – not mine and go where He tells me.

P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak.

I had a lovely meditation when I finally stopped talking to God and LISTENED.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have heard from God to my life?

In order for God to be known I must break free through my wall of insecurity – the introvert in me. I must allow Him to let me BURST FORTH – to show His light to the world.

I have felt “birthing pains” in the latter part of 2015. I have seen visions of butterflies working to come out of their protective coverings. Sometimes I feel like I am knocking, hammering and waiting to crack through, while at the same time I’m held back by my insecurities.

Lord, when You gave me the word ABOUND, I felt elated, set free, unentangled, ready to do Your will.

But I also must plan:

Plan  - ICON - Janis Cox

I’m feeling energized, invigorated and excited to see what God will do. (tweet this)

E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Lord, I am so grateful for Your presence in my life. I feel such an abiding peace and joy. Now I feel Your abundance and your consistency in all I do. Thank You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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