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Can I Joy Dare You? Week 22


Butterfly Batik Watercolour by Janis Cox

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As I continue to count the gifts I feel like I have been on a scavenger hunt seeking new things. A wonderful week searching and looking. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

I have opened a LINKY for one month. If you count the gifts of God I would welcome you to link to this post. I would love to visit each one of your blogs.

May 27 ~ 3 gifts found in church

      • friends who know me well
      • music with words that help me worship and stir my soul
      • teaching from the Word

May 28 ~ 3 gifts in today’s work

      • getting an answer from the lawyer to my questions as secretary of an association
      • lovely time volunteering a the Pregnancy Centre getting to know another volunteer and praying together
      • working together as a team as part of a Board

May 29 ~ a gift at 8 am, 12 and 8pm

      • 8 am ~ a great meditation time with our Lord – peace and connection and remembering this is our 42nd wedding anniversary
      • 12 ~ a lunch break and chatting with my hubby
      • 8 pm ~ in the middle of my Bible Study – learning more about prayer. As we persist to seek God and ask how we can pray

May 30 ~ 3 gifts blue

      • blue skies against the green trees – beautiful

Blue skies


      • blue pattern on a tissue box – I love the shapes, the colours and the reflections

pattern blue on Kleenex box

      • recycling containers – known as “the blue box”

May 31 ~ 3 gifts gave away

      • a friend gave away a $20 coupon for a classified ad for the paper – we will use it for community garage sale
      • thinking of what we can give away for the garage sale
      • a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Minden Flood Relief

June 1 ~ 3 gifts orange

      • delicious orange juice at 6:30 am as I get ready to drive to VBS workshop an  hour 20 minutes away

 Sweet oranges

      • memory of those oranges in Arizona right from the trees



A Batik Watercolour painting of grandbaby in the pumpkin patch

June 2 ~ 3 gifts funny

      • to see the sky turn black, pour rain and then the sun come out – just amazing
      • talking to a neighbour and just having a good laugh at life
      • watching Snowball sneak in, grab a sock, then hightail it up the stairs and lay with her head down on the sock watching to see what I will do

Thanks to the following sites that I like to:

Multitudes on Mondays

GraceLaced Mondays



Beauty in His Grip Button


Can I Joy Dare You? – Week 7


As I continue to count the gifts I feel like I have been on a scavenger hunt seeking new things. A wonderful week searching and looking. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

February 11 – 3 gifts working

  • cashiers with smiles, helpful sales clerks
  • as I traverse the Internet, beautiful words of faith-filled women and men
  • renewed in my spirit – by taking the time to talk to God

February 12 – 3 Hard Eucharisteos

  • my aunt Dorothy passed away – not many left from that generation
  • watching friends with husbands suffering
  • watching family member struggle when someone close to her suffered a loss

February 13 – 3 gifts behind a door

  • a door that opens so I can have a visit to my Naturopath – what a blessing she is
  • a door into my tap dancing class – fun, music and fellowship
  • opening the freezer door to find lots of great food ready to be cooked

February 14 – 3 ways you feel the love of God

  • sitting in the sunshine studying Max Lucado’s book, In the Grip of Grace
  • during my Bible study with the Bible Babes – loved and accepted

  • enjoying my husband’s company on Valentine’s day and every day, a rose from a Valentine’s dance

February 15 – a gift in losing, in finding, and making something

  • I dropped $2.00 and didn’t notice it;
  • a gentleman tracked me down to give it back
  • a delicious dinner of garlic scallops, quinoa with spinach, and green beans

February 16 – 3 gifts of shadows

February 17 – 3 gifts found while giving/serving

  • fun, fun and more fun Sunday morning storytelling at 2 Sunday School services
  • seeing the sweet faces of children as I told the story and they acted out the parts
  • watching how they listened to the story and remembered it


Pray your Lives

by Jan Cox

Mom and Baby by Jan Cox 2012

Last week I talked about staying in love – based on a sermon by Andy Stanley. He talked about love being a verb – an action word.

This morning I thought of prayer this way. Prayer is an action word. But more than that it is something we can live by 24/7. Our lives can be prayed lives. Constantly keeping in touch with God is a life of prayer.

This can be seen in our actions, our words and our thoughts.

Do you keep up this close connection to God?

In times of trouble people say they feel the closest to our Lord. Think about it – isn’t that because they are continually talking to Him about their troubles? That bond becomes tighter when we talk to God and therefore we can sense His presence.

In times of delight do we still stay that close? Can our whole lives be the pulsating fullness of being with our Saviour?

The Apostle John talks about living in the Light – being with Jesus all the time.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin”. (1 John 1:7 NIV)

I think we can stay in the light – but it takes work, which is a verb; an action; a discipline; practice; effort. Prayer – which is talking to God – will be a part of you when you work at it.

Start small, with little breath prayers whenever you think of it. Let the Holy Spirit guide your thoughts, your eyes, your speech and your actions.

Oswald Chambers talks about seeing the vision of a life full of God.

“The test is the sixty seconds of every minute, and the sixty minutes of every hour, not our times of prayer and devotional meetings (Sunday March 11, 2012).

Find someone who believes in this type of communication – a prayer partner or accountability partner. Challenge each other. A challenge or dare to see if she could count to 1000 blessings started Ann Voskamp on a life of thankfulness and a creation of a best selling book, One Thousand Gifts. Jump start your prayer life by challenging one another to be committed to prayer.

To sum up:

  1. prayer is communication with God
  2. prayer is a verb
  3. pray your lives
  4. work at prayer
  5. get a partner and challenge one another

As I finished writing this an email from The High Calling, Daily Reflections, by Mark D. Roberts, arrived. It is entitled Living in God’s Presence.

‘The sense of this verse (Psalm 116:9) is that the psalmist is living with a sense of God’s presence throughout his life on earth.”

Also I wrote about this in May 2011 called If Prayer were Common Sense.


Lord, we want to be in touch with You. We want to be close to You. Teach us to find this moment by moment living with You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week.

  • 4 days overdue for this grandbaby – waiting
  • getting more excited to see this baby
  • peace of God in quiet time
  • meeting new people on jancoxabetterway
  • new ideas and inspirations
  • sushi for dinner made by my daughter
  • weather report of 12 degrees Celsius tomorrow
  • giving my daughter a foot massage and pedicure
  • a piece of dark chocolate 99%
  • joy – overflowing joy – grandson born March 12
  • being part of this wonderful experience of God’s miracle
  • prayer warriors under-girding the whole birth process
  • son-in-law – a patient calm coach
  • daughter – her strength, endurance, calmness to deliver naturally at 10 pound 7 ounce baby
  • God’s goodness and protection
  • midwives – fabulous – caring, calm, sweet
  • hubby who stayed in Arizona but stayed up late to hear the news
  • nurses in hospital
  • lactation consultant
  • a sweet sweet boy
  • grandson wrapped like a burrito (baby swaddled)

Jan and new grandson wrapped like a burrito.

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.