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Purpose: Five Minute Friday

Purpose: Five Minute Friday

About 8 years ago I met a wonderful man of God whose name is Ed Hird. Ed had written a book called Battle for the Soul of Canada, based on 1 and 2 Timothy. As he told me about his book I became impassioned to read it. I wasn’t disappointed. It made me realize that I hadn’t retired – I had become realigned to God’s purpose.


From that time forward I knew that God wanted me to write for Him, to meet others and discuss His Word. I started to blog, to faithfully attend Christian writers’ conferences and God blessed me with new friends and great conversations.

As soon as I read Ed’s book I felt called to write a Bible study to go with it. In the pursuing years I have had it edited a number of times but couldn’t find any way to publish it except by PDF. For a long time I gave it away.

This year I finally had it published with the help of Ruth Snyder in both print edition and Kindle and I couldn’t be happier. Finally I can hold it in my hands, work through the study again myself and discover anew how a Timothea should live.


God showed me my purpose that day and since then He has continued to lead me in new and exciting ways. (tweet this)

Times’ up.

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Sunday Stillness – How to Team Up with God

Sunday Stillness – How to Team Up with God


If you read this week’s Friday Features you will know that I am excited again to be working through an excellent book and reading my Bible and praying at the same time.

Ed Hird has written his second book called, Restoring Health – Body, Mind and Spirit, based on Titus. His first book, Battle for the Soul of Canada, based on Timothy, inspired me in such a way that I wrote a Bible study to go with it.

The theme of Ed’s new book is exactly where I am at in my life.

My hubby and I are working on doing regular exercise, we are eating a different way, and I am focusing more and more on what the Bible says through my SIMPLE study.

So I decided to work my way through Titus, one or two verses at a time, along with Ed’s book and the SIMPLE method. For the next few weeks I will share snippets of where God is leading me as I read and study Titus.

I also have decided to try my memory work again.

A couple of years ago I joined Ann Voskamp and her challenge to memorize Colossians. A few days ago I found my video of that exercise and I felt a sense of accomplishment as I watched it. Each week I will work on memorizing a few verses from Titus. I would love for you to join me. I am sharing my video with you now from Colossians.


Here are my thoughts from the first verses in Titus.

Titus 1:1-2

S – Say the passage aloud.

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness – a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time (NIV).


I – Identify the characters, the setting, and the circumstances surrounding this passage.

Ed does a great job explaining the background to Titus’ trip and his working in Crete. An island of pirates, who worshipped gods and goddesses, this was quite a task set before Titus. Paul had worked there previously and knew the deplorable moral level of the people. But Ed explains very well how pirates can become the best leaders when their focus is turned toward God, with righteousness and truth.

M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas.

I love the fact that knowledge and faith are tantamount to Paul. He knows the truth can be life-changing.

Truth is conceptual and experiential. The truth is meant to be known both objectively and subjectively (Ed Hird, page 25).

Godliness is biblical healthiness. Godliness is meant to make you more, not less human (Ed Hird, page 25).

So to be Christ-like I have to do that in my body, my mind and my spirit.

Integrated health and godliness are apostolic priorities (Ed Hird, page 26).

I love the hope – and the promise of eternal life. And God “does not lie”. We can trust Him in what He says. I cannot stand lies. I think that is one of the worst things we can do – to ourselves and others.

Imagine what a newfound honesty could do in restoring godliness and health to our North American business and governments (Ed Hird, Page 26).

Satan’s plausible lie is that I do not have time to be holistically healthy (ibid.)

Why do I resist getting well? Are there things more important than my body, mind and spirit? If so, what are they? And how can I affect a change?

P – Pray again for God’s guidance.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life?

This has to be a team effort for restoring my health and my hubby’s. With the team of God and us – things can be changed. But we have to encourage one another. It is not just food that will make the necessary changes. We must change our mind sets – to know we are working toward a more healthy way of life. We do a lot of walking but maybe we need to incorporate another type of exercise. And we continue to feed our spirits through discussions, prayer and church services.

E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you.

Lord, help us focus on what you want us to focus on. Show us how we can change in our bodies, our minds and our spirits. I thank You for leading us and guiding us to a better understanding of our whole health in order to serve You in the best way possible. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Let this life be a team effort – God and me.

linking this week with Titus Tuesdays, Still Saturday, Playdates with God


Satan’s plausible lie is that I do not have time to be holistically healthy. (click to tweet)

Let this life be a team effort – God and me. (click to tweet)

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Friday Features: How I learn so much from Ed Hird’s books

Friday Features: How I learn so much from Ed Hird’s books

Battle for the Soul of Canada front cover

A few years back I had the pleasure to have dinner with Ed Hird and Janet Sketchley before we attended The Word Guild Awards. Ed had just written Battle for the Soul of Canada, based on Timothy. As he talked about his book I got more and more animated and excited. After the awards and the Write!Canada Conference I went home, read through his book and decided to write a Bible Study based on some of the chapters. It amazed me how quickly the appropriate Scriptures for each section came to me, and how the questions made sense. The Bible Study is available for free by emailing Janis – in PDF, mobi and epub.

REstoring Health ed hird cover

Ed now has his second book out Restoring Health – Mind, Body and Spirit. This book is based on Titus. Once again as I read his book I become excited. It is packed full of information and practical suggestions of how to become healthy leaders. I am using my SIMPLE method of study for each of the verses, and then reading what Ed has to say. My excitement is growing. Maybe I will ask if I can do another Bible study based on his book?

Two books – awesome reading. I urge you to check out both of these wonderful spirit-filled books.


Learn much through two books by @edhird – Battle for the Soul of Canada and Restoring Health (click to tweet).


From Sea to Shining Sea

by Jan Cox

Canada Day – July 1, 2011

Hopefully when you read this my hubby and I will be in Ottawa (Canada’s capital), celebrating Canada Day from our boat in the Rideau Canal. We are taking our first trip on the Rideau and are very excited.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge (Kate) and Prince William (Will) are visiting Canada on that day. Will we catch a glimpse?

Canada, founded in 1867 – is my country. I like everything about it; our freedom, our natural resources, our government, and our people.

Ed Hird wrote a book called Battle for the Soul of Canada, Raising up the Emerging Generation of LeadersIn it he gives story snippets of people who made Canada what it is today. It is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it. I learned more history in this little book than all through my schooling.

Hird says that is works on several levels, explaining that his primary target audience is spiritual seekers.

His secondary focus is providing a guide to ‘raising up Timothys’ or leaders of tomorrow, based on the devotional commentary on letters of 1st and 2nd Timothy in the New Testament. “Drawing on First and Second Timothy in the Bible, I would say they are the most practical leadership manuals ever written in history. I drew on the wisdom of the two books as the framework and model for our generations,” says Hird.

A third feature is born out of Hird’s passion for Canadian history. One of the common themes is looking at people in the Canadian past and looking at them as metaphors for the future, says Hird. He includes the stories of Canadians, such as Louis Riel, Simon Fraser, and Sir Alexander Mackenzie.

This book can help as we pray for Canada. If you haven’t read this book – I encourage you to do so.

For other posts on praying for our country and its leaders:

Praying for Governments

Supplications for Governing Authorities

Prayers for Governing Authorities

Intercessions for Governing Authorities


A beautiful prayer for Canada


Thank You, Lord, for Canada. Please watch over our country, our government and our land. Help us to lift our leaders to You. Help us to know that You are the one who is the true Head of all the earth. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week.

  • Write! Canada conference – my friend can come
  • Summer is here in Ontario (although today’s rain might change my mind)
  • Lessons from Oswald Chambers (June 9)
  • Anticipation of seeing my grandchildren
  • Capris that fit
  • God connection – A Holy moment
  • Snowball in the sink getting a bath
  • Snowball shaking all over
  • Delightful tellers at the bank
  • Great on-line friends


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 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 has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.