by Jan Cox

Lately I have been crying out to God, as in the Psalms:

Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea;
hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught. (Psalm 55: 1-2 NIV)

But as for me, I trust in You (Psalm 55:23 NIV)

That last line always bring the peace I need – the assurance of a loving God who hears my prayers and answers.

When I feel anxious I do cry HELP but it is a new HELP.

H – Having

E – Everything

L – Lifted in

P – Prayer

Prayer does what worrying can’t do – it gives me a foundation,
caring arms and the strength I need.


As I learn more and more about You, Father, I know that turning to You in prayer is the most important task I can do. Thanks for teaching me to do this. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week – counting to 1000

  • finding a family cottage for a week this summer
  • continuing to learn French with a friend in the steamroom
  • ability to take a nap when needed
  • egrets lined up like sentinels around the lake
  • sludge in the pond that looked beautiful – in the shape of an S – wish I had had my camera
  • over a week since I had played Cribbage with my hubby – close game but he won
  • gave Snowball a bath – now I can enjoy her kisses
  • taking my time – S-L-O-W-I-N-G down
  • ability to pray for others
  • gorgeous red sunset
  • ability to think through problems – computer and printer
  • to never give up
  • memories of my Dad saying: stand tall; shoulders back; you can do it
  • meeting new neighbours
  • first piece of dark chocolate in six months
  • a small take-out restaurant with natural foods that catered to my food allergies
  • shopping with hubby for his clothes
  • not getting upset when art class cancelled
  • five windows installed
  • pleasant hard-working window installers
  • no severe reactions to excess dirt and dust
  • “I am Sam” – great movie
  • Genesis 18:25-50 “This god set things right for me.” (The Message)
  • a great sermon about hearing God’s voice
  • time to paint another picture for my children’s picture book
  • learning from FPU : “If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time.” Ziggy Ziggler
  • another FPU: “The best vacations are the ones that don’t follow me home.”
  • praying friends to help me get back on track
  • Hard Eucharisteo – my Mom passed away this morning
  • caring family and minister