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Put Everything Aside Christ Enters

Put Everything Aside Christ Enters – P.E.A.C.E. Word of God Speak Linkup

This is the last week in Advent – Advent 4 – Peace. I put everything aside. I am lighting the 4th advent candle.

Put everything aside

My acronym for peace is:

P – Put
E – Everything
A – Aside
C – Christ
E – Enters

put everything aside

Finding peace means to do an action – put all worries, stresses, extra thoughts that entangled us – put all those ASIDE. When you do that Christ will enter. He can focus you on what needs to be done – even if that means doing nothing.

One meaning of “Peace” is the dictionary is defined as:

freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.

I thought it interesting that part of the definition was freedom of the mind.

We know Jesus gives us freedom but did you ever think of that in terms of your mind. Your mind rules much of your body. It can tell it to flee or to stay; it can make it feel joyful or sad; it can think of different ways to do things; it can learn.

Allowing Jesus in brings a freedom from all that can encumber our minds. (tweet this)

Therefore I know I need to put everything aside and then I  can have that freedom of my mind.

The Berean Study Bible says for verse Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.

 I noticed the word “obsession”.

What obsessions do I hold that I need to throw off? Certainly, I know that I obsess when things don’t go the way I planned. That does bother me. I think everything should run the way I see it running. And don’t get in my way. I know – that’s wrong. But do you do that too? How can I throw that off?

put everything aside

Here are 3 ways that help me when I feel frustrated when things don’t go my way.

  1. My favourite is I say to myself, “It is not about you.” The world does not revolve around me and what I want. I have to say that over and over.  Here is Max Lucado’s article on  It’s Not About Me. It’s a very good read.
  2. Counting to 10. I learned this one while teaching primary school and with my own children. If I can count to 10 my anger has time to cool down and I can get to the bottom of a situation and still remain at peace within myself.
  3. Head for the washroom. Yes that is my oasis – my safe place. If I can get there before my emotions boil over I have a few minutes to regroup and keep my peace before tackling the problem.

In each example I am able to put everything aside – find Jesus – then regroup and go back and act in a peaceful manner.

Jesus brought us Peace – peace of mind. Let’s live with that peace. (tweet this)

Let’s work with that peace. Let’s love with peace in our hearts.

Therefore as we head this week toward Christmas think of ways you can keep the peace:

  • when things don’t go as planned
  • when you are so busy you don’t know what to do next
  • when someone gets upset with you
  • when you do something wrong and now need to ask forgiveness
  • when troubles seem to follow you wherever you go

And wishing each and every one of you the hope, love, joy and peace that Christmas brings.

In addition here are 4 others posts I have written over the years about peace. If you need peace today check them out.

What’s Another Word for Peace?

Sunday Stillness – Can You Find Peace?

What is Peace?

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Hope Now and Forever #WOGS linkup

Hope Now and Forever #WOGS linkup

I have been thinking this week about hope – hope now and forever. We lost a wonderful joyful calm brother-in-law this week. We celebrated his life and we know he is with Jesus. But we mourn. We are the ones who are left here on earth.

As I think about our faith and the hope we are given I remember this acronym:

Hope now and forever

This openness – how did it happen?

At Pentecost the Spirit of God descended onto the disciples and the world. They were filled with the Holy Spirit. God resides now on earth through His Spirit and all those who accept Jesus are filled with it.

We need to be open to receive it in order to find hope now and forever.

hope now and forever

The Holy Spirit has been here on earth since Jesus’ death and resurrection and the coming of Pentecost.

we have to receive the revelation that He is here (Oswald Chambers).

It is Christ’s power that comes to us when we are open to receive it. That power is given so we can see Jesus and realize that this is eternal life – from this moment on and forever.

And this is eternal life, that people can know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent (John 17:3, NIV).

Perceiving eternity – can be in the now, knowing Christ, having
hope for now and forever.

I love 10 000 Reasons by Matt Redman.

Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

Tweetables:

We need to be open to receive it in order to find hope now and forever (tweet this).

How can we perceive eternity? – know Jesus Christ (tweet this).

The waiting depends not on God’s providence, but on our own fitness ~ Oswald Chambers (tweet this).

 

Update on my next children’s book:

Now and forever

I think we have jumped through some hurdles and we are on the way to the finish line. Stay tuned for the news.

 

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Sunday Stillness – Convicted of a Bad Habit

Sunday Stillness – Convicted of a Bad Habit

REAL Magnet

Lately I have been convicted again of getting sidetracked from the real purpose of my life. You can check back to my other conviction story. This time the conviction came slowly. I had realized for a long time that social media had become a stealer of my time, energy and ability to write and paint. But I didn’t want to let it go. I felt I needed it to expand and get known.

I don’t feel that way anymore. God is showing me that life is more about REAL connections – through my blog – and writing personal notes to my commenters. And through my life – REAL life where I meet and get to know the people in my town on a more personal level.

I must get back to being R.E.A.L.

I wrote the acronym a long time ago.

R- Release
E- Everything to God
A- AndL- Live

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Habits – I have found social media has become a habit instead of a tool. The final thing that has driven me to cut off this habit happened the other day. I had an appointment at my Naturopath’s. He told me that WiFi could be a potential harm to my system. As soon as I heard that I resolved to stay off my IPad as much as possible. Instead I work at my computer which has a CAT5 plug directly into the wall.

I also try to spend more time outdoors, in my vegetable garden. I love playing in the soil.

As I read Oswald Chambers (Oswald Chambers – May 12), these were my thoughts about habits:

Habits – Make sure your spiritual habits are about getting closer to God and not just checking it off the list. Be ready to break or change a habit if God shows you it is just that – a habit – and not a way of getting closer to Him.

I think that can be taken about any habit, spiritual or not. If it is not life-edifying then I need to drop it.

Now I will have time for more writing, time with friends, time with my husband, and time for painting. I am excited to see where God will lead me with this extra time.

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Sunday Stillness – Learn a SIMPLE way to study the Bible

Learn a SIMPLE way to study the Bible

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I realize that it isn’t easy to study the Bible without a formal group study. Trying to study it by yourself can be frustrating at times. I have tried many different methods.

Here are three:

Precept Ministries (Using lines, squares, triangles – and good thinking skills you can work your way through a passage) – Inductive Bible Study

The 5 Ps of Bible Study – by Priscilla Shirer

An African Bible Study – this is usually done in a group but could be used by yourself.

This week God gave me a new way to study the Bible on my own. I call it SIMPLE, because it really is SIMPLE.

A SIMPLE Bible Study – click to download a PDF version of the SIMPLE Bible Study by Janis Cox

Before I start any passage I will pray for God’s Spirit to guide my study. I always have a journal in which to record my questions, answers and inspirational thoughts.

S – Say the passage aloud. I know that sounds silly but hearing it aloud helps you think clearly about what you are reading.

I – Identify the characters, the setting, the circumstances surrounding this passage. This could take some hunting for some passages. (Use a study Bible or google the passage to find a commentary.)

M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas that come to you while you read this passage. The questions you have may not be answered today but they will be answered. Believe it.

P – Pray again for God’s guidance. Let the Spirit lead you. Stop for a minute and listen to Him. Ask God to show you how you can apply what you have been studying to your life.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life? This is the time to journal your ideas and thoughts.

E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you remember what you have learned and help you use this knowledge in your daily life.

Praying and studying the Bible go together.

Next week I will take this method, choose a passage and follow it. If you wish to try it I will be using John 3:1-8. See what you come up with. Make a post about it and link to #SundayStillness.

Prayer:

Lord help us all to study Your Word more and more. Help us use the best method for each of us to learn more about You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Tweetables:

Prayer and study of the Bible go together. Learn how. (click to tweet this)

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HOW DO I HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH GOD?

How Do I Have a Conversation with God?

by Janis Cox

How do I have a conversation with God?

How do I have a conversation with God?

How do your conversations with God go? Mine have been weird lately. I had that “cluttered mind” that could not seem to focus on anything in particular. I said my routine prayers for my different groups (family, friends, writers’ groups). But something was missing.

I found I needed to go back to the basics. I needed to find some way to keep my mind focused on Him.

Here are three ways I tried in the past week:

1. Three Word Prayers

Margaret Feinberg, in her book Wonderstruck, has a great chapter on prayer. I recalled that she found that 3 word prayers made her focus more on exactly what she was trying to say. For instance, as I had concerns this week over a friend I found myself saying:

 

  • help, give, peace
  • surround with love
  • bring family near

 

2.  An Acronym for Prayer – ACTS

This is one of the first planned prayers that I learned. A – Adoration; C -Confession; T- Thanksgiving; S – Supplication (asking).

Here is what I wrote in my journal:

Adoration: Oh Father, I know You are there. I believe in Jesus. I see Your hand everywhere. I feel Your touch. You are so BIG, POWERFUL, CARING AND COMPASSIONATE. I am starting to breathe. Thank you.

Confession: Oh I need to get the bottom of my problem. Obsession – yes I have an obsession with the computer at the moment. I need to find a way to time myself for what I need to do. Keep me organized so I don’t over do the computer time.

Thankfulness: Yes yes I am so thankful. I am thankful for my fingers, my toes, my eyes, my ear, and the rest of my body. I am thankful for my friends and family; for our finances (Your money God); for our home, our food, our every day blessings; for my writing friends (and I named those who mean so much to me).

Supplication: Although I really miss my family and friends in Canada help me to make new ones here. Show me how to do the blogging effectively and how to enjoy life outside of the computer.

Thank you for lifting me up Lord – and I know You will continue to do that.

BREATHE

3. Make a poem to express how you feel.

So I did.

Rise up
Spread your wings
Be filled with the Spirit
Laugh

All that you do is life
So choose wisely

I seek You
Reveal Yourself to me
Help me see Your wonder
Help me aware of it.

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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. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.

 

WHAT IS ANOTHER WORD FOR PEACE?

What is Another Word for Peace?

by Janis Cox

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I love acronyms. This morning I recalled that many years ago acronyms became my way of learning God’s word. One of the first ones I created was PEACE.

P – Put

E – Everything

A – Aside

C – Christ

E – Enters

I also have used “calm” for the “C” instead of Christ.

I find that wonderful. Do you?

Calm and Christ.

The same thing.

He is our Peace.

Have a wonderful peaceful day.

Prayer:

Father I pray for all who read Under the Cover of Prayer that they are learning to find Your peace in the communication that you give us called prayer. May we continue to grow in this year to learn more and more how to communicate with You. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

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Jan Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

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. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.

WHAT IS PEACE?

What is Peace?

Lake Reflections by Janis Cox – Watercolour

 What does peace mean to you?

Peace to me means being able NOT to get my emotions to work before my brain can think something through.

Peace is important to my every day living.

Peace brings about discussion, interaction and problem solving without tears.

Peace is only possible with the Lord’s guidance (at least for me).

My acronym for PEACE came to me when I first started to study the Bible and learn about God. I realized I didn’t have to get myself upset all the time over everything. As a matter of fact I could work through even the toughest assignments with God’s help. But I had to learn to surrender control.

This is how I did it.

PUT EVERYTHING ASIDE – CHRIST ENTERS.

That spells P E A C E.

If you can do that all the time – you will have peace no matter what.

Hope you are all filled with the peace of Christ.

 

CPA – What is that for a Christian?

CPA – What is that for a Christian?

In The Grip of Grace – Chapter 10

Okay – I love acronyms. When I first became a Christian every thought seemed to find its way into my being using an acronym.

This week I have been reading and studying Max Lucado’s In the Grip of Grace. One of the questions this week asked:

How can knowledge of the blessings that are given in the Bible practically affect the way we live?

I believe in claiming and praying Scripture.

  1. Take any one of the blessings in our Bible, read the Scripture, memorize it – then lay claim to it. It becomes yours.
  2. Then pray it. Release it to God and say this is what You said; I lay claim to that promise or blessing.
  3. Then achieve it by believing it.

So we get CPA – Claim it; Pray it; Achieve it.

Here is the one blessing that spoke to me this week:

You are near God:

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13 NIV).

That will be my CPA for this week. I am near God. Isn’t that wonderful!

PATH TO PRAYER

Path to Prayer by Kimberley Payne

Today is the first day that we look at how to pray. Although our goal, I believe, is to make prayer a living, breathing moment we need to start at the beginning. Follow a PATH to prayer.

Our guest blogger today is Kimberley Payne. Kimberley takes a look at one method that can help us focus on our talk with God.

PATH TO PRAYER

Years ago, if I felt that I wanted or needed something I would ask my brother and sister-in-law to pray for me. My brother was a Pastor and I felt he had a “direct line” to God. Of course, I would only ask if it was very important or something I thought worthy of prayer.

My own prayers consisted mostly of reciting words I had memorized as a child, such as the Lord’s Prayer. If I asked for something I wanted, I left it to chance. I believed it was happenstance if my prayer was answered and I thought that it couldn’t hurt to ask.

My prayers today are much different. Today my definition of prayer is not just reciting words or asking for stuff, but rather it is a conversation with a loving Father.

In my book, Fit for Faith, I follow the acronym P-A-T-H to prayer:

P stands for Praise. Prayer is not just about asking for things but it is about telling God about the things you adore about Him. He is praiseworthy. Many times I open my prayer time with praise, letting God know how much I appreciate and love Him.

A stands for Admit. I admit that I am a sinner and confess my sins. Sometimes I admit something obvious like gossiping – other times the Holy Spirit reveals to me where I have sinned. 1 John 1:8 states that if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

T stands for Thanksgiving. I thank God for all that He is and all that He does for me. Some days my prayer time is spent entirely on thanking Him.

H stands for Help. This is the time when I can ask for His help and bring my requests to Him. I can pray for my own needs and the needs of others.

I have no trouble spending fifteen minutes a day in prayer, especially when I consider prayer to be more than reciting memorized words or just asking for things. I challenge you to spend fifteen minutes each day following the PATH to prayer.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful (Colossians 4:2 NIV).