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Transformed – Sunday Stillness Poetry Linkup

As I read through the prescribed Bible passages today I heard the word transformed.

Transformed Romans 12:2

Artwork by Janis Cox

Psalm

From the Psalm: 107:1-7, 33-37;

We are the Redeemed and the Gathered. God gathered us from the east and west, north and south. God’s plan is to speak to us, to get our attention. His plan spreads all over the world – to those who hurt, souls that are empty, the angry, the sad and the lonely.

From Joshua: Joshua 2:15-24;

This is the story of Rahab and the spies. She swears an oath to save them and they will protect her. She must keep the secret and be faithful. She ties a scarlet cord on her window. This represents the Blood of the Lamb that was spread over doorposts to protect the Israelites. Jesus is the Lamb of God. He spilled His blood to save us.

From Matthew: Matthew 23:13-28

What is reality for God? Not the outward appearance like the priests. Jesus called them hypocrites. God looks at the hearts and minds of people. (Romans 12:1-2) He abhors pride and selfishness.

This is the abecedarian poem that I wrote today after studying these scriptures. I believe God will divide the shaft from the wheat. He will choose His Redeemed. He will transform us.

Transformed

Any day
Before
Christ

Death was certain
Eternity unknown
Faith built on rules

God’s plan
Happened

Instead of death
Jesus split the veil
Kept the commandments, but gave
Life through the Spirit
Made a way
Negating the 613 picky points

Opening our lives

Placing our trust in HIm, God

Quietens our spirits
Renews our minds
Sets a path before us
Teaches us through His Word

Understands our frailty
Voices the truth to our hearts
Watches over us

Xrays our insides to restore
Youthful vigour of life
Zillionaires of spiritual wealth.

©Janis Cox 2020

Other thoughts:

Transformed

Pivot- How God Can Change Our Lives

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Freedom to Live – Sunday Stillness Link

By reading scripture every day I am starting to see God’s plan – clearer. Join us at Growing through God’s Word Facebook Group. Let’s find the freedom to live.

Freedom to live

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Today these are the passages I studied: Psalm 63:1-8; Numbers 13:1-2, 17-14:9; Matthew 17:22-27

In the Psalm, I loved the first verse,

You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1, NIV)

Don’t the words make you want to cry out to God? David is in the desert and experiencing real thirst. In today’s world, we too are thirsty for His Presence.

In the Numbers passage,

We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them. (Numbers 13:33, NIV)

We see problems as huge but to God, they are not. We must give God the problems and He will take care of them.

From Matthew. What a confusing passage that is.

I think what I heard is the Jesus is the New Testament church. We are of His body. We want to live with the mind of Christ. We don’t need buildings, idols or listening to man. We need to listen to God. We have freedom because we are Sons of God (children of God).

From those readings came this poem.

Freedom to Live

Jesus is a newness
A freshness
A thirst-quenching
Drink

The old of 
Man’s rules
Has past

Following Jesus
Gives us the
Freedom to 
Listen to God
Ourselves

Jesus helps us to
Understand scripture
To read between
The Lines

No longer shackled
No longer bound
We can live full
To follow Jesus

Let’s step out
And do the work
He has called us
To do

©Janis Cox 2020

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The Mighty Planner – a poem

A Poem

The poem, “The Mighty Planner”, below was inspired after reading scripture.

Mighty Planner

From Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabernacle

Lord God
Mighty Planner
Ruler of all

From Creation
through to 
New Creation

You knew
everything
before it happened

The Tabernacle
built to
Your specifications

Every part of it
every detail
made for a reason

Even John the Baptist’s
death with his followers
lost and confused

But John’s legacy 
and teachings
prevailed

Foreshadowing 
what would happen
after Jesus’ death

His resurrection
The Holy Spirit helped
his followers prevail

Through persecutions
through the millennia
Right up to the time of His New Creation.

©Janis Cox 2020

I visited a live reenactment of the Tabernacle while visiting Arizona. You can read about the experience in The Tabernacle.

Written after studying:

Psalm 99; Exodus 39:32-43; Matthew 14:1-12

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Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Happy Thanksgiving 2020 and a Poetry Linkup

Wishing you all God’s blessings today and always. May you cherish God’s creation, friends and family. Thanksgiving 2020.

Thanksgiving 2020

We will be celebrating Thanksgiving online this year. Photo is from Haliburton United Church, Canada.

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Blessings

Janis

Another Thanksgiving in 2015  – 

Here is my poem for today. Another abecedarian.

Peace

Another
Beautiful
Calm
Day

Enlightenment
Followed
Giving God
What happened

Inside
Jumbles had
Kept my 
Life
Messy

Not God, as He
Opened
Peace
Quietness

Restored my
Spirit

Touched my soul
Unfurled the
Veil
Which
Exposed my
Yearning for a 
Zealous God

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Living in Time Today

Living in Time Today – a Poem

time

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Living in Time Today

Want, desire
The need for more and more.

Stop.

Trying to keep up and
Striving
Hurts the soul.

What is time?

This moment is
The time to live.

Look around you
Count the gifts
Record them.

God says to
Seek Him first.

Then look at the world and
Friends.

Seek caring
Companionship.
Be strengthened
In your faith.

Then you can
Go forth
And speak the
Good News to
All the world
In love,
Grace,
Mercy,
Forgiveness and
Humility.

Today is the
Day to reflect
Pray and
Be transformed.

©Janis Cox 2020

Reading Romans 12:1–8

  1. Offer yourself to God.
  2. Be a non-conformist.
  3. Let God transform your mind.
  4. Find God’s will for your life.
  5. Do not think more highly of yourself.
  6. We are many in Christ, each member belongs to all the others.
  7. Use your gifts wisely.
  8. Use your time wisely.

We can change the world if we join together.

Reading from the stories of Joseph and Moses

To be worthy we need to use the gifts given to us and be content where God puts us.

Remember Joseph — he did not fret while in jail. He used his time wisely. Eventually, he saved the Israelites from starvation.

Moses could have died shortly after birth, but he was saved by his mother and sister. He grew up in the palace. God was preparing him to lead His people.

God is gathering the world together, through the Internet. Let’s not rant and rave.

Let’s write to show others Who God is.

Reading Psalm 124

Praising God for His Help and getting us out of trouble.

Praise the Lord,
who did not let their teeth tear us apart!
We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap.
The trap is broken, and we are free!
Our help is from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:6–8, NLT)

Blessings,
Janis

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, help us to use the time You give us — wisely. Help us to look to You for direction as our help is truly from the Lord. Guide us, prepare us, transform us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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From the Beginning to End

From the Beginning to End – an Abecedarian Poem

From the beginning to end

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

After reading my scriptures for the morning, God inspired me to write this abecedarian poem. Starting from the beginning with “a” and running to the end with “z”.

The scriptures were: Psalm 119:97-104, Numbers 11:1-9, Romans 16:17-20.

From the Beginning to End

After the
Beginning of
Creation
Death
Entered.

Fast forward.

God
Has a plan
In order to save us.

Jesus came to
Keep our relationship alive.

Love
Moves
Neighbours to
Open their hearts
Partnering with God.

eQuip others with life.
Rescue those who don’t know HIm.

Salvation is for anyone.

Teaching
Understanding by

Visions and by the
Word.

Excitement abounds for
Young and old

Zed – the End.

©Janis Cox 2020

Psalm 119:97-104 is about paying attention to the Word of God. It’s an acrostic poem with the alphabet in Hebrew. This one is MEM – meaning water.

I thought of how God’s Word waters our souls.

Numbers 11:1-9 talks about the grumbling of God’s people. God is very angry and sends fire that burns the surrounding area. Fire – the anger of God.

Let’s remember not to complain. We can set our requests before God but do not grumble.

Romans 16:17-20 is the theological application of the story of man’s fall.

From the Beginning to the End – Alpha and Omega.

The Deceiver smooth-talked Adam and Eve into disobeying God’s rule. But the last line says that:

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet”. (NIV)

Discontent can ruin our lives. God’s peace and grace saves our lives.

Blessings,
Janis

May I pray for you and me?

Father, we thank You for Your Word. We know it waters our souls. We know we shouldn’t grumble but trust in Your plan and wisdom. You can see everything from the beginning to the end. Creation to New Creation. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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How Can I Hear From God Today?

To hear from God we need to be still.
Hear from God

Stillness – How to Hear from God

Being still
So hard to do

Stop
Pause
Release

Drop shoulders
Slow heart rate
Focus on Jesus

Come, Lord Jesus

Deep breath
Then another

Feel the tension ease
Let go of all thoughts
Except for Jesus
He is My Strength
And My Shield

The cares of this world
Bounce off His shield

I am protected
His power flows
Through my body
He and I are so close

Sh h h

God says,
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.” (Isaiah 54:17, KJV)

You, Jesus, completely cover me

Peace
Put
Everything
Aside
Christ
Enters

©JanisCox 2020

Written after reading morning scriptures.

To hear from God comes from waiting. It comes from reading God’s Word. It comes from prayer.

Psalm 28

You are my strength and my shield from every danger.
When I fully trust in you, help is on the way. (Psalm 28:7a, TPT)

Matthew 8

Even the wind and waves obey his Word. (Matthew 8:27, TPT)

Blessings,
Janis

May I pray for you and me?

Father, thank You for teaching us through Your Word. Thank You for bringing us to understand Who You are. Help us to slow down and find peace in listening to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Can You Look at the Right Place to Live your Life?

The Right Place

Proverbs 3

From Bible Art – Janis Cox

A poem of reflection, “Look at the Right Place”, after these morning’s scriptures – Psalm 121; Exodus 12:29-42; Romans 13:1-7

Look at the Right Place

Should it be
“To thine own self be true”
Or
“Let him deny himself”?

As we look to God
And His Word
We see how we need to act.

Seek justice
Love mercy
Walk humbly with God. (Micah 6:8)

Obey authorities when
They work for the benefit of society.

Look to God for answers.
Obey Him. (Acts 5:29)

Would the Kingdom of God
Allow inequality?

Would the Kingdom of God
Tolerate hatred and violence?

Seek the truth.

To God be true.

Lean not on your own understanding.

Acknowledge God. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Pray for your enemies. (Matthew 5:44)

God spoke to Saul,
Why do you persecute Me? (Acts 9:4)

Lord, speak into hearts
And minds of those in authority.

Reveal Yourself
Now. Amen.

God speaks:

“Fight injustice
Fight inequality.”

To Thine be the glory
Should be our cry.

Act on earth as it
Shall be in Heaven.

Bring a stampede of
holy thoughts and actions.

We are Christians first.
Keep that in proper perspective.

Our home is with God.
Our allegiance is to God.

All else falls under that.

Look at the right place.

©Janis Cox 2020

Are you looking at the right place? How straight is your path?

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Change

Change Is Coming

 

Change

Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay

A new poem about change.

The Winds of Change

Already to change
because God has
chosen this as the time to
do radical revision to 
everything I do

Find my true purpose
God will show me
how to go forth

I will keep close – not
jumping ahead of Him

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How Can an Abecedarian Poem Free Us?

An Abecedarian poem

Abecedarian Poetry Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

I didn’t feel free to write poetry. But God did. A new type of poetry, abecedarian, kickstarted my love of poetry.

These past months I have written many poems as I read and studied scripture.

I started a 3-year Bible plan in the spring. Each day I read 3 scriptures. I use the SIMPLE Method of Study. Find out how you can join a Facebook group studying God’s Word.

I thought I would start to share those abecedarian poems with you.

Today’s poem is called, “Today’s Thoughts”

An abecedarian poem is a type of acrostic poetry but runs through the entire alphabet. I endeavoured to do that with my thoughts for today. As I just let go and let God, these words are what happened.

Today’s Thoughts

Anxious thoughts roll through my mind
but I keep focused on Jesus

Creator God, I know You
desire that every creature on earth see
everything beautiful and peaceful — You will
fulfil Your purpose

God, You
have established Your rule and are
interested in each individual who seeks
justice for all and I know that the
knowledge of You
lives inside each of us

Many have been touched by Your mercy
None will be lost forever

Open hearts is Your desire
Peace is Your plan

Quietly sitting with You helps
restore my faith and my hope

Seeking You each morning
teaches me the power of Your Word
until I start to know it by myself

Variety in teaching helps me
with establishing Your Word and the
xyst that you have for my life

You have given me such
zeal for all that You are and all that I can be

© Janis Cox 2020

*xyst means a garden walk planted with trees or a portico used as a promenade. I considered it a path that God wants me to take.

May I pray for you and me?

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, on this Trinity Sunday, I ask that You seek our hearts and we seek Yours. Touch us and let us feel Your Presence. Reach us in our deep inner parts and teach us all that we need to know. In the powerful name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.