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Change Is Coming



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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Do you check out a Fortune Teller?

Ask a Fortune Teller

Is there a way out of this darkness we find ourselves in? I know some people ask a fortune teller? or look at their astrology sign for advice.

You can listen to this podcast on Hope Stream Radio: Ask A Fortune Teller.

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In my study of Isaiah I see many familiarities with our situations today.

Listen to Isaiah 8:19 from The Message

When people tell you, “Try out the fortunetellers.
Consult the spiritualists.
Why not tap into the spirit-world,
get in touch with the dead?”

Does this sound familiar?

Have you read the papers? – the Internet. There are always pages for Astrology. People ask, “What sign are you?” And there are still fortune tellers too.

The word “luck” is bandied about everywhere. “Good luck.” “Oh you were lucky.” “As luck would have it.”

People in the time of Isaiah had lost their belief in God.

They searched for answers in other places – even fortune tellers. But they were the wrong places. They suffered from invasion and hunger. They felt distressed with all that was happening around them.

Today we see the distress in people – God’s people too. What’s the answer? (tweet this)

Are they looking in the right places? I think maybe not.

If we look at the books lining the shelves in bookstores. The “self-help” section is full. And look at all the new age therapies.

But it’s interesting that the secular world at this time in our history is also looking at meditation, peace, focus, commitment, community, love, friendships. Don’t those sound like terms from God’s Word?

But did the Israelites ask God for help? Did they humble themselves to acknowledge the need for God? NO they did not.

Where does the world look for answers?

They look to movie stars, sport stars, scientists, businessmen and the charismatic words of leaders. They check out spiritualists, karma, and others.

Did the people of Israel do the same thing? YES

Listen to Isaiah 8:21-22

Frustrated and famished,
they try one thing after another.
When nothing works out they get angry,
cursing first this god and then that one,
Looking this way and that,
up, down, and sideways—and seeing nothing,
A blank wall, an empty hole.
They end up in the dark with nothing.

But where does Isaiah tell them to look?

Isaiah 8:20

Tell them, “No, we’re going to study the Scriptures.”

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They are told to look to the Scriptures – God’s Word. Because we are blessed with the Old Testament and the New Testament we can see more than the people in Isaiah’s time.

How are we going to get out of the darkness in this world? (Tweet this)

The same as what Isaiah told God’s people:

Ask God and study His Word.

This is relevant for us today. If you are in distress cry out to God and study His Word in the Bible.

The people in Isaiah’s time did not have the light of Jesus yet. We do. We have no excuses.

We have Father, Son and Holy Spirit – our Triune God. We can speak and ask directly to God through Jesus. We can freely study the Word of God.

We have no reasons to live in darkness. The Light has come.
The Light is here. Thanks be to God.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord Jesus, we acknowledge that we need you. We really need you. Please enter into our thoughts, our emotions and our actions. Teach us to ask for help and teach us that daily reading of Your Word will strengthen and guide us. In Your Name, Jesus I pray. Amen.

Until next time if you feel you are in darkness, look to the light of Jesus. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Pick up a Bible and start reading.

Are you looking for a Bible Study that will make you think? Check out:

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Based on Scripture this study will help you find your way by using God’s Word.

Check it out here.



Sunday Stillness – How is your prayer a time capsule?

Sunday Stillness – How is your prayer a time capsule?


As I read The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson I pray more. I see my prayers answered. I see God working. I love this statement that Mark makes in this book:

Every prayer is a time capsule. You never know when or where or how God is going to answer it, but He will answer it (page 204, The Circle Maker).

As I started my faith walk with Jesus I remember someone explain to me that God always answers. The answer may be: YES. NO. or MAYBE.

If you haven’t had an answer of no – then persist in praying. The answer of YES may be just around the bend.

You won’t know if God will answer unless you keep praying.

That’s why prayers are like an incense to our Father – the aroma of our cries, our pleas and our questions. We watch and wait for the answers. That is exciting. But we need to pray in order to get answers.

Our prayers build before the Lord.

Our prayers don’t dissipate over time; our prayers accumulate through eternity (page 204, The Circle Maker).

Join me over at #UTCOP, Under the Cover of Prayer, as we grapple with all facets of talking and listening to God.


Our prayers build before the Lord. ~ @MarkBatterson. (tweet this)

You won’t know if God will answer unless you keep praying. (tweet this)

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How Do I Talk to God?

by Janis Cox

How Can I Talk to God

How Can I Talk to God

The past two weeks have been a little hectic – not stressful but certainly busier than normal. I even missed posting on Wednesday this week. Truthfully, did you notice?

I have been praying for many things lately. Here are three of them.

1.  What are God’s priorities? 

One of the most important requests that I have made concerned priorities.

The answer might surprise you. I believe God has told me that I still need to be encouraging others in their faith; that He wants me to work at learning more about Him through reading His Word and memorizing Scripture and I can aim to build a community but to take it slowly.

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10, NLT).

But – and there was a big BUT this week in His answer and here it is. I don’t need to be obsessed with social media. We are told as writers that building a platform is the most important thing we can do. But I am told by God that feeding His lambs is more important. So even if I write something for one person I am following Him.

2. How can I get organized?

Another prayer was a prayer for organizing my writing and my painting. God answered that prayer with my daughter’s invitation to come and help me do that. And now I feel confident, relaxed and able to think straight. My room is now set up for writing and painting. I have stored excess stuff in another spot and I recycled a ton of paper.

“A wise woman builds her home” (Proverbs 14:1, NLT).

3.  How can I best organize my prayer life?

This answer is coming slowly. I have a prayer book which I update each week. That works well. But I am on 3 prayer teams as well. There lies the confusion. So I will be listening to Him this week to see how I can serve these teams to the best of my ability without getting bogged down.

“Well then, what shall I do? I will pray in the spirit, and I will also pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will also sing in words I understand” (1 Corinthians 14:15, NLT).

Talking to God about my concerns this week has opened doors to understanding myself and to seeing God at work in my life.

How are you doing in talking to God? 

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, 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 is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters. Janis has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Janis’s Website.


We have a guest blogger today – Heather Boersma. She recounts a powerful story of how prayer can open hearts and heal wounds. Thanks Heather.

A Ninety Minute Prayer

by Heather Boersma (reprinted with Permission June 11, 2012)

I prayed all the way there…

I prayed all the way there.

An hour and half to get my heart right. An hour and thirty minutes to be brought low, and be lifted up. Ninety minutes to have my eyes adjusted to reality – not the here and now, but the then and there.

The truth is I felt unsure. I wondered if this was really where I needed to be. Would I have the right words to say to these young moms, these ones who have seen and experienced so much heartbreak? So much pain? So much injustice?

As the young women filled the room where I’d be sharing my story, God’s truth, I watched and wondered. Watched and prayed. Watched and pleaded with God – “Do your will in spite of me. Have your way and help me to get out of the way.”

I shared the story of how we all began, how we were formed in the image of our Creator. They watched me with open eyes, they laughed when I joked, they listened and some even nodded their heads in agreement. “You are beautiful” I said. “There is nothing you can do to add to that beauty, and there is NOTHING you can do to lose it. It’s who you are!”

Later than evening I shared my story, the ups and downs, the moments of pure devastation and the hope found in Christ, found in truth. “You are fearfully and wonderfully made, you carry the image of God, you are full of destiny. God loves you and has an incredible plan for your life.” If only my speaking it out loud would make them believe it, really believe it. Not just in their heads, but deep deep down in their wounded, broken, ever-seeking hearts.

After the session each one came forward, and each one was given a book and a prayer. And as I lay my hands on her shoulders and looked into her eyes, my prayers from that ninety minute drive were answered. I saw her, really SAW her. Not just as she was in that moment, but the potential of who God created her to be. And we prayed. Words of life and truth whispered, embraces of love and hope given.

Another hour and half drive to pray and process. An hour and thirty minutes to both thank and question God. Ninety minutes to wonder how a girl can looks so old and worn – so young and vulnerable all at the same time.


Prayer Refines Us

by Judith Lawrence

Unknown to you, prayer is always at the service of destiny. Your days and ways are never simply as they appear on the surface. Human vision is always limited and selective, and you never see the whole picture. The Providence that weaves your days sees the greater horizon and knows what your life needs in order for you to come fully to birth as the person you are called to be. Prayer refines you, so that you may become worthy of your possibility and destiny. The irony of being here is that sometimes it is precisely what you want to avoid that brings you further towards creativity and compassion. John O’Donahue, Eternal Echoes, Page 190

We ask in prayer for certain things because we think that’s what is needed in our lives—needed to make us better people, needed to make us whole, or needed to fulfill our calling.

However, we do not see the whole picture of our lives; God is the one who weaves our days and sees the greater horizon; Providence is the one who knows what we need in order to become the person we are called to be.

For that reason, our prayers are often answered in a way that is unlike the thing for which we asked; our prayers are answered in a way that refines us, in a way that brings us to our full possibility, through a way that we would rather not go but will bring us to God’s place for us.

Judith Lawrence

Judith Lawrence lives in Muskoka, Ontario, a land of lakes, forests, and wildlife. She began to write seriously when she was in her fifties and has written three non-fiction spiritual books. Judith has also written a book of mystical poetry and one of short stories; she writes a weekly blog about contemplation and records a podcast meditation monthly.