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Sunday Stillness – Quiet Moments

Sunday Stillness – Quiet Moments


A number of years ago (2006) I published my first devotional. I called it Quiet Moments,
published by The Upper Room Devotional.

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation (Psalm 5:3 (NIV).

THE deer’s eyes stared into mine. She did not move except for a gentle twitch of her tail. We watched each other for a while. Then slowly and carefully she turned and walked away. I was captivated with her long, graceful legs and her gentle footsteps. Such beauty, in my own backyard!

I felt God’s presence then — the peace, the gentleness. That’s the way I feel when I talk to God in the quiet of the early morning. I wait, I listen; God comes. As I lay all my thoughts, ideas, worries, and desires before my Creator, God releases me from any anxiety I feel.

To read more follow Quiet Moments.  I encourage you to follow the link and continue reading my thoughts. Comments can be left on the Upper Room website or back here.

Today is Sunday Stillness – take time to relax in God’s presence.


As I lay all my thoughts, ideas, worries, and desires before my Creator, God releases me from any anxiety I feel. (click to tweet)



Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.


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#UTCOP – Why I Lift My Eyes to Him

We welcome Angie Webb today as a guest on UTCOP. Please read her bio at the bottom of this post.

Why I Lift My Eyes to Him

by Angie Webb

Angie Webb

Over the years, fear has been an easy place for me to find myself. Struggling with panic attack and agoraphobia led me down a road that was often bumpy, lonely as well as less than God intended for me, yet over and over I found myself there again. Round and round I would go with no end in sight.

Prayer was often a forgotten aspect of life, even though I knew God would listen, I did not feel worthy of the desperate prayers I so often needed to have answered. God and I were not best buddies, as I so wanted, not because of Him but because of me. I felt He had more “worthy” folks to help… certainly not me.

Can you relate? Do you feel your prayers are so pointless to God that you never pray?

Do you feel that God won’t listen or care?

Prayer is the lifeline between you and God. Without it, you are like a ship lost at sea.

How do you feel about prayer? Do you want God to know your needs, dreams and wants without ever uttering a word? How can He know your heart if you never open up and willingly share?

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans (Romans 8:26, NIV).

As Christians, we often get so caught up with life and trying to keep all of the plates spinning, we can forget to remember to rely on Him and open our hearts up for the wonderful blessings He so desperately wants to shower upon us.

We get in our own way because of our pride as well as our doubts.

I doubted I was worthy of the desperate prayer for freedom to be answered; yet I so needed to be heard. Freedom from fear and agoraphobia was often my only thought and only prayer, but I had to be willing to pray. Laying down my doubts and pride was the first step to lifting my eyes to Him.

Without Him, freedom from fear would never be possible.

What are you praying for today? I want to offer you hope in reminding you that God hears each and every prayer we offer to Him. He is waiting for us to be willing to lay down our pride, doubt and fears so He can begin the work in our lives.

Today, take the time to lift your eyes up to Him for all you need, dream and want from this life. He is waiting to listen and perform miracles in your life.

The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth (Psalm 145:18, NIV).


Lord, I come to you today and ask for you to meet each person reading this and to feel in their hearts how much you love them. Help us to always remember none of our prayers are a waste of your time or our time because each day is a new opportunity for an answered prayer. If not today, maybe another day soon.

We are worthy in your eyes of your time, love and new beginnings. We ask for you to forgive us where we fall short and to help us to keep moving toward the call, purpose and plan you have for us. We are forever thankful. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN.


Prayer is the lifeline between you and God. Without it, you are like a ship lost at sea. (tweet this)

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Angie Webb can be found at http://angiekaywebb.com.

There she shares her journey out of fear, anxiety and agoraphobia as well as how her life changed after the loss of her grandparents to a murder/suicide.

Angie offers hope and encouragement to others in similar situations. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Mike for 30 years. They have two grown sons and three grandchildren.

Watchful Wednesdays – Angie Webb

Watchful Wednesday – Angie Webb

Today I have a guest blogger, Angie Webb. Please welcome her. You can’t help but like her by just looking at her wonderful smile.



Yet, then God reminded me:

I am far from broken; because He is doing a new thing in my heart (based on Proverbs 27:19)

I am far from rejection: because He will never leave me nor forsake me (based on Deuteronomy 31:6)

I am not lost: because He sent His son to die on the cross for me  (based on John 3:16)

I am to not be afraid: because He has called me out of the darkness and into the light.
(based on 1 Peter 2:9)

I am not hopeless: because hope always wins with God on my side (based on Psalm 62:5)

After living a life full of fear, anxiety and eventually agoraphobia, my heart broke daily for all of the life I was missing out on, whether it was with my children, husband or friends. There always seemed to be a part of life that I just was not able to be a part of because of the bondage I was in. Fear had a grip on me that I could not seem to break free from. I so desperately wanted to be free but it always seemed to be out of my reach.

In August 2012, God did a wondrous miracle in my life. I was set free from all of the anxiety, fear, panic attacks and agoraphobia. My family has made three vacation trips since that time. After 15 years of not traveling at all, we are making up for lost time.

I want to offer you hope today. Even when it feels like we are beyond God’s reach; He is still there. He hasn’t forgotten us and nor does He not hear our prayers.

Our prayers are so important to Him, but often we forget that His timing is perfect. (click to tweet)

Maybe we feel like we are ready for the miracle we are so desperately seeking but maybe we do not see the whole picture. I don’t think I was truly ready for the freedom before August 2012 even though I desperately prayed for the freedom to come. I truly believe that God had everything lined up perfectly and had prepared my heart to move out of the past so I could be ready for the wonderful freedom He has granted me today.

I wasn’t ready because I was still living in the past and I certainly was not ready for the doors that God has opened by the sharing of my story. Was I ready for freedom in 2012? Yes and the freedom I have found is so sweet.

Friend, I want to offer you hope. Nothing is lost, even our brokenness and hopelessness. He sees it all and knows our hearts. Keep praying and believing for your miracle. Today it may be NO but who knows, tomorrow it may be YES.

Until then:

Keep believing
That nothing is lost
Ashes of a life not fully lived.

Because today is a new day and His mercies are new every morning. 


Angie Webb

Angie has been married to her high school sweetheart, Mike from the age of 18 years old. Mike and Angie have walked through many trials and joy together. After 30 years of marriage they are more in love and cherish each moment of the day together. Life is sweeter when holding the hand of the one you love.

Angie and Mike have two grown sons and three grandchildren, as well as their 5 dogs Angie has had several jobs along the way but some of her favorites have been the time she was employed by her towns’ local library.

Connecting with the local patrons and interacting with other avid book lovers was the highlight of her time at the library. She has also worked in a grocery store for many years and knows everyone by a first name basis. Today, Angie and her husband own their own business, Texas Overhead Door & Construction, which keeps them both very busy. In her free time Angie enjoys writing and speaking about her journey through the trials of life as well as the healing God has performed in her life.

Angie is in the process of writing a book about her journey through fear, anxiety and agoraphobia which has a working topic of When Your Home Becomes a Prison: Out of Fear and Agoraphobia.

Angie’s hobbies are crafts, acrylic painting and cooking for family and friends.

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