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Sunday Stillness – What To Do with So Many Ideas

Sunday Stillness – What To Do with So Many Ideas

What-To-do-With-so-Many-IdeasThe photo above is to show the number of ideas I could have in one day.

My problem is never boredom. My problem is always what do I do next.

Does anyone else feel that way?

I have lists for lists. I am trying to learn more about making my blog more professional and set up properly. But that means many hours studying. I know it will be worth it but then again I learn, I do something and mess something else up. For instance, blog categories. I heard that we should only have 10. Well I had far over that number. I decided to delete some categories. But I became hyper focused and deleted a couple I shouldn’t have delete. Yikes – what a time trying to redo them.

But no matter what I do, I have not become stressed. No matter what happens – new ideas, old ones – I know that my primary goal is Christ. Am I where God wants me to be?

The only way I can be sure that I am on the right track with Jesus,
is to spend time with Him.

To that end I want to dedicate my early mornings to Him. At least I am trying to dedicate that time to Him. Lately I have been backsliding in order to do other tasks. I need to remake that promise. Do you make promises? Do you keep them?

I promise to try to devote at least 1/2 hour to study and prayer in the morning.

I know that Jesus altered my mainspring. He can do the same to yours if you give him the time and space.

Reading AW Tozer for my Bible Study this week – The Knowledge of the Holy. Wow! Being grateful to know Jesus, so the awesomeness of God has become real to me. Tozer talks about the fear of the Lord. I see fear, not as being afraid to move or live , but to live and move respectfully remembering Who God is, in every moment of my being.

Tweetables:

I see fear of God is to live and move respectfully
remembering Who God is, in every moment of our being.

The only way I can be sure that I am on the right track with Jesus,
is to spend time with Him.

Today is Sunday Stillness

– Let’s take this day and find time to be still before the Lord.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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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THE STILLNESS OF SUNDAY – Can you be still before the LORD?

Be Still Before the Lord – Can you do that?

I know I have trouble being still. It takes concentration and discipline.

I wrote about this in QUIET.

today, I read about how to “quieten the clamouring voices” in my mind (from Quiet by Janis Cox).

How is your “mental racket”? (tweet this)

Try to take a few minutes today to quieten yourself before the Lord.

 

Be still before the Lord

Be still before the Lord – Photograph compliments of Geri Woudstra.

IN THE STILLNESS

In the stillness I wait

I wait and I listen

Breathe in the breath of God

Focus on Jesus

He comes

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth (Psalm 46:10, NIV).”

Prayer:

In the stillness, Lord, we know we can find You. Help us to take a few minutes to wait for you in the quiet. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

What techniques do you use to help you be still before the Lord? (tweet this)

Today’s Post is Reprinted from the Archives with a few additions. We should, by the time you read this post, have relocated to our winter home, shopped for food and tried to dislodge from jetlag.

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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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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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Distractions

Sunday Stillness – Is Distraction a good thing or bad?

Sunday Stillness – Is Distraction a good thing or bad?

I came away from the writers’ conference in Alberta (read about it here), all fired up to focus. Yes focus on what God is calling me to do. I have answered the three questions:

Why? Because I feel God is calling me to get as many people as I can into the Word, so He can talk to them about their lives. So my new title is Growing Through God’s Word.

Who? Anyone who desires to listen to God – men and women. And for children I will write children’s books that will focus on Growing With God. Tadeo Turtle was the beginning.

What? I want to follow God’s Word and speak about what He is saying to me and inspire others to listen to what He is saying to them. And as well as blogging I will venture out into speaking. You can listen to me at Hope Stream Radio. I am scheduled on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You can also listen to all my former podcasts on my Hope Stream Radio page. I have joined a Me Too Moments for Moms and am featured as a Mentor.

But then after making my list, thinking it through,  I got distracted with getting ready to go away (we are off to Arizona in three days of the time of posting this) and life in general and emails, social media, connections.

Now I realize that distractions are part of life. I had better embrace them. (tweet this)

I am not in a monastery or cloistered in a small cell – I am living, breathing and acting on everything.

This week started off by finally seeking help with my glasses. I had noticed that while driving I couldn’t see the signs without tilting my head downwards. My optician corrected it with a tilt. Great I could see. But it hurt. So I returned the next day. He adjusted it. Next day, I returned again  – it still hurt. Today, I think it is almost fixed. I am waiting until the end of the day to see if I have to return. That was time taken away – but I figure well spent as I can see clearly now.

I did a few phone calls to set up our return to Arizona. Still quite a few to do – the dreaded Bell call – I keep putting it off. (for my American readers – that is our Canadian Internet, phone provider).

But I also went outside and cut back our snowball tree and went for walks.

I read, I rested from jetlag. I connected with many people I met at the conference. I did my blogs.

And I know that all things work together for good – and I continue to do all things. They may feel distracting but they are truly living for God.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose  (Romans 8:28, NIV).

Just to prove the point – God showed me again – interrupted to go with my hubby and deliver something special to someone. Praising Him for all distractions that are part of His plan.

This weekend is our Canadian Thanksgiving. Let’s all give thanks in all circumstances. Praising God for always being with us.

Prayer:

Lord, we all live full lives on this earth – sometimes with focus and other times with distractions. Help us to live our lives fully for you in all we do, distractions and all. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Have a blessed 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 – @THEBEAUTYINHISGRIPFRIDAYS ARE FOR FAITH ‘N FRIENDS – @A SPIRIT KISSED SOUL

 

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Sunday Stillness – How to Feel Invigorated

Sunday Stillness – How to Feel Invigorated

There are times we need to have connection with others to feel invigorated. This past week I had the opportunity and pleasure to attend the Inscribe Writers Conference. What a blessing it was! Not only was I invigorated but I felt a strong sense of God’s leading in my life.

Highlights:

Jeff Goins: Author of many books but his latest is The Art of Work.

Jeff is as real as he seems on line. What a genuine gentleman. A faithful follower of Christ.

Some quotes from his book that I thought very important (there are so many more).

Success isn’t the goal; legacy is.

We are called to call others; we are given gifts to be given away.

The right choice isn’t to retire …. it’s to work hard and passionately, but acknowledging the limitations of what one life is capable of.

The executive for Inscribe:

What an amazing group of warm and caring individuals. They never seemed frustrated, harried or stressed. They trusted in God to figure things out. What a way to show us all how to walk with Him.

Workshops:

I learned something important from each workshop I attended. All leaders were gracious, answered questions and filled our heads with tons of information. I learned a new form of poetry called, “Found Poetry”. The picture for today is one that I wrote based on Psalm 50. Thank you, Colleen Taylor McCubbin.

The people:

This was my first time attending the conference. I knew names and some faces from being online. But what a warm welcome I had. I felt like I had come home. Everyone seemed to be from my “tribe”.  I found my niche of people who truly understand how God is leading us. Powerful prayer times. Wonderful worship led by Colleen McCubbin. A warmth and caring that I miss all ready.

Prayer:

Thank You, Lord, for pushing me to attend this conference. The urge was so strong I knew it had to be You. Thank You for all the people who put together this conference – behind the scenes people too. Thank You for always leading us when we listen. I learned that “he who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honours” God (Psalm 50:23, NIV). I am so thankful. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tweetable:

How to learn, worship and be with your tribe. @inscribecwf Great conference. Thanks again. (click to tweet)

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

 



Sunday Stillness – Who are you tied to?

Sunday Stillness – Who are you tied to?

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Watercolour pencil by Janis Cox 2016

The other day I read:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Mathew 11:28-29, NIV).

I looked at that verse again. Jesus asks us to pick up His yoke; then He asks us to learn from Him.

As you can see from my picture, the yoke is made of two places to be held.

One would be for Jesus and one would be for me. That is closeness, isn’t it? Then we can work together. I thought about that. As He would move, I would move. As He stopped, I stopped. We could talk close together. I could hear His voice.

No wonder I would find peace and rest with Him beside me.

This week let’s take on that yoke. Let’s truly PACE ourselves. (tweet this)

P. – Perfectly
A. – Aligned to
C. – Christ’s
E. – Expectations

Prayer:

Lord, thank You for telling me again and again that You are tied to me. As I let You take the lead, I always feel at rest and peace. You are the LEADER. I am the follower. Help me to P.A.C.E. myself. I don’t need to be in control and to know the outcomes. I only need to share in Your wisdom and love to find joy in living. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Remember to always put on the yoke of Jesus , not just to relieve the weight but to allow His direction. When Jesus is joined with us by the yoke, He is driving. Let Him drive.

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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Sunday Stillness Link – Man it’s dark

Sunday Stillness Link – Man it’s dark

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Have you ever woken up in a room in the country where there are no lights. I do that each night to use the washroom. I used to walk without any light by feeling my way. As I age I am thinking that isn’t too bright. Now I use a flashlight. It is small and I cover it with my hand so as to not wake up my sleeping hubby.

But dark is DARK. Unless there is a moon I can’t even see my hand.

In John 12:35 it says:

Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. (tweet this)

That really makes sense to me now. We need light to see where we are going.

Lately I have been reading scriptures about spiritual warfare. We are told to put on the suit of God’s protection. We are told to not fret, worry or be anxious but pray. We are told to trust in God – that the battle has all ready been won. Jesus is the conqueror. And the battle is the Lord’s.

The readings that have been on my mind are:

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

The words that stick out are: We have been given weapons to demolish strongholds, demolish arguments, We are to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:8

We need the armour of God in order to stand firm. We are covered head to foot (with a helmet of salvation, a belt of truth and feet in readiness – and carrying a shield of faith).

then I thought of 1 Samuel 17:47 (NASB):

and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.

Prayer:

Lord, for those who are in the dark, I ask that you send Your Light to shine in to their lives. And I pray when we get into dark places we remember to turn on the light – right away. Help us to stay in the light – Your light. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

 

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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