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What Is It That I Really Need?

What is it that I Really Need?

I’m a little late for Five Minute Fridays but can’t resist writing on this week’s prompt: NEED. Five minutes to type out my thoughts. Here goes.

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This morning I read two devotionals – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, and Jesus Calling. Both said the same things to me – I only need Jesus.

The time I spend with Jesus every morning is all I need to give me everything I need for the day. (Tweet this)

Strength, calmness, focus, joy, connection, inspiration and on and on.

Sarah Young wrote:

You must traverse this day like any other; one step at a time.

That reminded me of a favourite song, Step by Step. Here is a great version with Michael W Smith blending this song with Forever we will sing.

Each step forward we get closer to our Lord. I need that.

I read a scripture prayer this morning that I turned into a personal prayer. Do you do that? This reminds me of what I need.

Hebrews 13:20-21

This is what I wrote:

Lord, may You equip me with everything good for doing Your will and will You work in me, what is pleasing to You. (NIV)

And Jesus – put me together and provide me with everything I need to please You. Make me into what gives You most pleasure (The Message)

And how to do I do that?

James 4:7-8

Submit yourself, then to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you.

So what do I need? One answer: time with God. What about you? (Tweet this)

Time’s UP. Lots more to say but for this post I am supposed to write for 5 minutes only.

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Jesus JOY – Where are you? Advent 3

Jesus JOY – Where are you? Advent 3 and Linkup

This week has been full – full of good things. But sometimes a little hectic too. Where do I find Jesus joy? Today I light the third candle in Advent – Joy.

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Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full (John 16:24)

Jesus Joy

Life is. Life happens. How I go about my life is how I see it – How I see it, view and live it.

I am not talking about the bubbly joy that comes sometimes, or the excited joy when I see family, or the exuberant joy I get when I dance. It is the joy that Christ gives me that keeps me going and going. That joy can only be found in Jesus. When I focus on Him and let Him lead there is a wonderful feeling of “rightness”. It doesn’t mean I’m happy, or giggling or smiling. I’m just okay. I’m just all right.

Joy is my Rock because Jesus is my Rock. (tweet this)

My acronym for JOY is Jesus Opens You. (tweet this)

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And He does. I can’t tell you how He does this. But when I am not striving, or full of my agenda, He brings life to me; He shows me things to do and I do them. He gives me the time, the inspiration and the fulfillment.

No one need be poor, because, if he chooses, he can have Jesus for his own property and possession. No one need be downcast for Jesus is the joy of heaven and it is His joy to enter into sorrow hearts. ~ Tozer

I am grabbing hold of this joy – and as Tozer says, “it is not a doctrine to be held, it is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day.”

Today is rest today. I am going to end with a series of pictures of the past couple of weeks.

Have a Jesus-filled, joy-filled life.

Day 4 and Day 5 of #DressforDunamis – The Dunamis Foundation fighting against #humantrafficking

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Outside our home in Arizona

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Wearing a dress every day in December. I need an apron to cover up. Susie Homemaker?

Jesus Joy

A wonderful Christmas Open House. Great chats.

Jesus JOY

And I am delighted that my painting from The Kingdom of Thrim won the Inscribe Art Contest and is featured on the cover of this month’s Fellowship Magazine.

Jesus Joy

I linked this post to FMF as the topics were the same this week. JOY. You can join in Kate’s challenge to write for 5 minutes on Fridays. Go here.

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Why I Like Quotes

Why I like quotes

I find myself liking quotes more and more. When they really hit me I like jotting them down and looking at them throughout the day. I like quotes. Christian quotes make me think.

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I read from a devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, most mornings. Oswald Chambers always makes me think.

Here are some recent ones:

God works where He sends us to wait.

He [God] never tires of bringing us to the one point until we learn the lesson because He is producing the finished product.

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Do we live with God, or set Him aside?

Is the Son of God praying in me or am I dictating to Him?

Then we have AW Tozer – who makes such deep statements. These are from a chapter called The Self-Sufficient God in The Knowledge of the Holy.

[God] needs no one but when faith is present He works through anyone. (click to tweet)

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God cannot be elevated. Nothing is above Him, nothing beyond Him.

What are your thoughts about quotes other than from the Bible? Do they make you think? Why or why not? (click to tweet)

 

Today is Word of God Speak Linkup


Thrim Week6 Blog Holiday

Thrim Week6 Blog Holiday

I would recommend that if you are having a book launch don’t have one in June. The summer is not the time to be marketing a new book. However saying that I am going to put up a few memes about The Kingdom of Thrim that I hope you consider sharing.

I had a couple of interviews last week. Please check them out on my Interview Page.

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While on this blogging holiday I have been learning much from Oswald Chambers and a study by Kay Arthur called Lord, Only You Can Change Me. I hope to write some of my thoughts on what God is teaching me when I return in September.

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July Tweets Week5Blog Holiday

July Tweets Week5Blog Holiday

Here are a few July Tweets.


You can follow me at @AuthorJanisCox. Here is a little food for thought. I love reading and studying Oswald Chambers every morning. Feel free to retweet any of the following.

The Kingdom of Thrim by Janis Cox

Get your copy for your children ages 5 and up of my new children’s book, The Kingdom of Thrim. You can find out more at my bookstore.

Here are a few reviews:

Jeff Goins

“I needed this book. If you feel like you’ve lost your gift or wandered too far from home and aren’t sure if you can find your way back, you need it too.” Jeff Goins, best selling author of The Art of Work

Tanya

The “Kingdom of Thrim” is fantastic! It is a wonderful children’s book, that I am sure adults will enjoy. It has a powerful message of following God’s purpose for your life. The language is simple, engaging and captivating. The pictures are wonderfully done and help to bring the book to life. I can’t wait for more books like this!

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Don’t Criticize – #WOGSLinkup

Don’t Criticize – #WOGSLinkup

Who likes to be criticized? No one that I know. So don’t criticize.

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Today I looked at Matthew 7:1.

 Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

I love these quotes from Oswald Chambers:

In the spiritual domain nothing is accomplished by criticism.

The Holy Ghost is the only One in the true position to criticize. He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting or wounding.

This ties in well with the past few weeks.

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Don't criticizze

Today is Word of God Speak.

I will be continuing to give you this space to link your wonderful posts but I am going on a blogging holiday for the summer. This week I attend Write!Canada a conference but on by The Word Guild which is for writers and editors who are Christian. I have a Vacation Bible School to run in the first week of July. And my new children’s book has been released. As I write this I am waiting for the books to arrive.

If you are interested in finding out more about my children’s series Growing With God please go to my Bookstore.