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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)

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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?

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A wonderful Christmas Open House. Great chats.

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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.

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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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Let’s LOVE- Advent 2

Let’s LOVE- Advent 2

This week is the second week of Advent. Last week I lit the internet candle for HOPE, and now I light it for LOVE. So let’s love this week.

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 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8, NIV).

What more love do we need to see than this? – Christ died for us.

I learned a few things in our sermon last Sunday (they seem to have the order different than my church in Canada. They started with LOVE.

Christmas is the middle of the story. We need to know [the whole story from] the beginning. (sermon)

The story of a baby in the manger is actually rooted in deep sorrow in the heart of God. (sermon)

So we read from Genesis 6:6 and hear the sorrow in God’s voice. Listen to the message version:

 God saw that human evil was out of control. People thought evil, imagined evil—evil, evil, evil from morning to night. God was sorry that he had made the human race in the first place; it broke his heart. God said, “I’ll get rid of my ruined creation, make a clean sweep: people, animals, snakes and bugs, birds—the works. I’m sorry I made them.”

OH my that is sorrow. BUT, he found Noah –

But Noah was different. God liked what he saw in Noah.

And that changed everything.

Because of Noah, the earth got a reprieve.
The plan was in place for the redemption of man by Jesus.
That’s LOVE. (tweet this)

So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that (Galatians 2:20, The Message)

I had to highlight those words – My ego is no longer central. I pray for a working in that. And Christ lives in me. I know that and praise God for it. I’m learning the phrase: Let’s love.

God made us to love Him,  but we have fallen short of that and replaced the love of God with the love of self. (tweet this)

Me again. I always get in the way. Do you?

I know I can’t change myself but God is doing a work in me. Praise Him. Thank You Jesus.

I’ve been reading A.W. Tozer.

The whole work of God in redemption is to undo the tragic effects of that foul revolt, and to bring us back into right and eternal relationship with Himself (Tozer, The Pursuit of God).

So here I am faced with the amazing love of God and know that I need to learn that love. The world pulls me in other places.

I need to stop and look to God and not the world. I need to be different. I need to learn, let’s love.
(tweet this)

This past week I podcasted on Hope Stream Radio about HOPE – lighting of the first Advent candle. You can listen here. I talk about being counter-cultural. And I think that comes into each of the words of Advent – hope, love, joy and peace.

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Let’s be different. Let’s reach out. Let’s love this Christmas. Let’s be generous. (tweet this)

Let's love

Let’s help out. Let’s smile at one another. Let’s see the 1/2 full glass.
(tweet this)

I think if we can radically love, we can be radically generous of our time and God’s money.

The question is not how much of my money I give to God, but rather how much of God’s money I keep for myself (Le Tourneau).

And then we hear about Aleppo. What can I say but pray and pray some more.

Love isn’t some impossible theory to us but the theology we’re actually called to incarnate ~Ann Voskamp

So people of the world, of all faiths, stand #WithAleppo and call on our governments to take action at an international level, including in the UN General Assembly, to provide practical support to facilitate the delivery of aid to the civilians and children of Aleppo ~ Ann Voskamp A Holy Experience

Personally I am working at “let’s love” by wearing a dress every day so I can fundraise for The Dunamis Foundation and pray for those caught in the evils of human trafficking.

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I am working on “let’s love” by making dolls to go with my children’s book The Kingdom of Thrim. The money will go to Save the Mothers.

Let's Love

 

I podcasted on LOVE. You can find it at What Does The Love of God Look LIke? (tweet this)

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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)

 

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Change is on the Horizon for 2016

Hope Stream Radio Podcast – Change is on the Horizon for 2016

On this week’s podcast I talk about change and how we are called to change while God stays unchangeable. Change is on the horizon.

by Janis Cox

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Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly (AW Tozer)

Join me on my podcast at Growing Through God’s Word – How Must I Change?

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Join us at @hopestreamradio Change on the Horizon. (tweet this)

Here are my show notes for my Podcast. I would love you to listen to my podcast and tell me what you think.

Change is on the Horizon – Podcast for Hope Stream Radio

Each day we walk our little dog Snowball around the man-made lakes in Arizona. As she sniffs and runs, sometimes she will suddenly stop and stare. It takes us a few seconds to see why. One time a Christmas tree had been put out for the garbage lying on the sidewalk where she would walk. Another time there were chairs out on a porch where before the porch had been empty. Snowball notices changes. She is secure in her little world and reacts quite strongly to new situations or circumstances.

As we head in to 2016 I think about change. Are we ready to adapt to changes? Am I able to transition from where I am now to where God wants me to be this time next year?

This year I have chosen the word abound – abound to me is filled with change. It means planning but it also means listening to the Holy Spirit.

I made an acronym for the word PLAN

– P – is for prayer – prayer is so essential to everything we do.

L – is for listening. If we pray and only talk and don’t listen we are not getting full communication with God.

A – is to Act – When I do hear from God, and He tells me to do something, I had better ACT. There are many stories of people in the Bible who act and those who don’t. When we say we “can’t” do something, God comes back with the answer, “no –but I can”.

Finally in my acronym I have the letter N – to me that means Never stop. Never stop praying, never stop listening and never stop acting. And then repeat the PLA over and over again.

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This week our memory work scripture is from Hebrews 1:10-11.

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
11 They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
12 You will roll them up like a robe;
like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.”[
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It reminds me that God never changes. I am the one who will change.

I have been reading AW Tozer. In his book, Pursuit of God. He says:

Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly.

Do you feel sometimes like you are stuck in a rut? You are doing the same things over and over but getting no traction. I would suggest you try my PLAN method. Spend time with God in prayer. Study His Word. Listen to what He is telling you through prayer, through His Word, through other people, through circumstances. Then ACT – make the decision not to let fear, or inability stop you. Do it because you know He can act with you to make it happen.

God does not change. I need to remember that. I can find everything I need to know about Him and His character from His Word. But I need to work at it. I need to adjust my life so I can learn more about Him, listen to Him and act when He speaks.

May I pray for you and me,

Father God, we know you are unchangeable. We know that we must change to know you more. Help us to make the changes necessary to glorify you, to help others and to strengthen our belief in You. Change isn’t easy. Please be close to us as we strive to do Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time I hope you have found your word for this year. And I hope you know what changes are necessary for you to achieve where you believe God wants you to go. Remember to be in His Word.

 

Growing Through God’s Word – Podcast – Living in the Holy

Growing Through God’s Word – Podcast – Living in the Holy

The Dwelling Place of God

Don’t those words either scare you, or put you in awe? Actually “living in the Holy”. Oswald Chambers is constantly talking about doing this. And now I find A.W. Tozer talks about it too in The Dwelling Place of God.

The man that walks with God will see and know that for Him there is no strict line separating the secular from the holy.

Do I live two separate lives? The secular and the holy?

Remember Colossians 3:17, NIV.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Each Tuesday and most Saturdays my program, Growing Through God’s Word, can be heard on Hope Stream Radio.

Tune in to Hope Stream Radio and hear my thoughts about this tricky subject.

Prayer:

Lord, we want to be holy. We sing about it all the time. But we need Your help and guidance to follow You and not our feelings and frustrations and fears. Help us on this tricky path to holiness. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

 

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.

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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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