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Advent Week Two – Peace

Peace

This Advent Week Two. We focus on peace. We learn more about it.

Advent Week Two - peace

Painting by Janis Cox

At this moment we all need God’s peace, more than ever.

Jesus did say,

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27, NIV)

And Paul reminds us:

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. (Ephesians 2:14-17, NIV)

  1. He is our peace
  2. He reconciled the Jews and the Gentiles
  3. He set aside the law with its commands and regulations
  4. He created one humanity
  5. He came and preached peace to both groups- those near and those far.

What does peace mean to you?

Peace with God

Finding peace with God meant all the difference to me in 2001. That peace opened my heart. It strengthened my marriage. I changed my outlook on life. It changed my outlook on giving. I saw miracles. (read my Faith story)

Peace Within Myself

Learning to let go of my tendencies to judge, to be frustrated when things don’t go my way, to accept how God has made me (totally not OCD). I am scattered but the Holy Spirit seems to bring me to the right thing at the right time. To be happy I can paint and write. To be happy!!

Peace With Others

I haven’t had too much trouble with this over the years. I learned as a child to get along with others. But it isn’t always so. When tired I can be cranky and irritable. I can lash out when I shouldn’t. And my husband is usually the one who gets the brunt of my frustration. So when I can be at peace with myself, it leads me to be patient with others.

As I read through the Luke Challenge (New Christmas Tradition), today was Luke 7.

My thoughts on Chapter 7

There is so much in this chapter that it can be overwhelming.

I heard:

Faith. Healing. Love. Peace.

I wondered who hears the truth about Jesus. Why are poorer countries building their faith faster than North America? Answer: There is nothing in the poor countries standing in their way to hear the truth. Here in NA., we are bombarded by worldly things and ideas.

We have to learn to let go and submit to God. Accept and thank Him for what we have, but don’t hold on to it tightly.

I wrote an Abecedarian poem inspired by Chapter 7 and in keeping with Advent Week Two.

A Plea at Christmas

Accept the Word of God
Before it’s too late
‘Cause life is short

Don’t wait 
Everything depends on
Following Jesus

God waits
Hoping to gather all His children
Instead of 
Jumping to the end
Keeping His promise
Life to all those who believe

Make a decision
Nothing else is as important

Open your eyes and ears
Put faith first

Quickly stop the marathon
Running in the world’s race

Seek Jesus
Talk to Him
Understand His
Voice and His
Ways

eXpect His answer
You’re almost there
Zed – the end is near, peace

©Janis Cox 2020

May I pray for you and me?

Father God, we learn so much through Your Word. Today is no exception. As we await the remembrance of the birth of Your Son, Jesus, help us to learn more of Your ways, Your love and Your peace. We await the coming of Christ as a remembrance and as a hope of the future arrival of Jesus. He will come again. You have said that. In His name, we pray. Amen.

 

Advent Week One

Advent Week One HOPE

I haven’t written in a while. I have been on a painting spree. For each day of November, I painted every day. This week is Advent Week One – hope.

Today was different. I painted and wrote two poems. I will share one with you today. This is an Abecedarian poem. I use the alphabet to help me think through my thoughts.

We are reading through the Bible in Three Years in my Facebook group, Growing through God’s Word. And I also joined a group this December to read through Luke – 24 days, 24 chapters called New Christmas Tradition.

From Micah 5:1-5a and Luke 2 came this poem:

Jesus Came

Angel appeared to Mary
Baby would be born, he said
Christ would be His name
Death would be overcome
Eternity given for those who believe

Future assured
God’s plan fulfilled
Heaven is our home
Instead of earth

Jesus is our Saviour
Keeps me focused

Live each day
Make wise choices

Newness 

Open to the Holy Spirit
Put God first

Quiet my soul
Reflect on God’s power
Soak in Gods’ peace
Touch His heart
Understand His Word
Voice my thoughts to others
eXpand His Kingdom

Yesterday, today and tomorrow
Zealously praise the Lord

Janis Cox 2020

A new painting for you.

Advent Week One

Hummingbird seeks nectar – we seek God

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.

If you need prayer, please email me at Janis.

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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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.