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Sunday Stillness – LISTEN

Sunday Stillness – LISTEN

LISTENThinking today of how much I don’t listen to God. How I get going with things and forget – oh yes Lord – what do you think? Then this acronym came to me. I loved the chairs I found at PicMonkey – just what I needed to sit and reflect on His Word.

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Thank you to all my wonderful friends who are listening to God as He speaks.

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Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness:

The Sunday Community

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ARE YOU WAITING?

Are You Waiting?

by Janis Cox

by Janis Cox

by Janis Cox

Oh – to learn to slow down. A number of times in the past week I have read about “waiting”.

        • My Advent study from Margaret Feinberg – first week – WAIT.
        • A speaker at a women’s dinner said, “learn to unitask”.
        • Tadeo – my turtle goes slowly – something I need to learn.
        • Then I read Jesus Calling – “it is good to wait quietly” (Lamentations 3:26 NIV).

I took a deep breath. I sighed. Yes I do need to slow down or I will miss the waiting. This waiting for Christmas can be a Holy time if I let it.

I responded to Margaret’s words in Wonderstruck.

I particularly liked when she wrote about “Three Word Prayers”. I realized I needed to slow down my words to God. To release them ONE at a time.

Thank You God

Wonder. Power. Healing.

Search my soul.

Sense my being.

“Every word, every syllable, demanded mindfulness” (Wonderstruck, page 78).

“Three word prayers required me to reengage spiritual muscles that had long ago grown flabby” (Wonderstruck, page 80)”

Do I ramble at God like a nagging wife? Or do I slow it down and make each word count?

“Be still and know that I am God.”

That is what God said. Not chatter and beg – but be STILL.

So in this first week of Advent I have tried to be still. I have tried to seek the quietness that He wants. And you know what – it is good. I rested in Him.

The First Week of Advent

A time to wait
A time to listen to God
Still your hearts
Still your souls.

Slow down your thoughts
Focus on Him
Let distractions cease
[even for a few minutes]

Who is this God?
What is eternity?

“Be still
And know

I am God

Get to know Me.”

Breathe

God is LOVE
God knew you before you were born
God knows you now
God will know you forever!

Janis Cox 2012

“Modern man has lost the perspective of eternity. To distract himself form the gaping jaws of death, he engages in ceaseless activity and amusement” (Jesus Calling, Sarah Young).

Ceaseless activity VS Stillness in Him?

Which are you doing this Christmas?

I would love to hear from you.

Here is Chris Tomlin and Everlasting God (Wait Upon the Lord)

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.

DO EVERYTHING AND STAND!

Dimitra writes at LovingMinistry.Almost Daily. She has agreed to be a guest blogger today. We, at Under the Cover of Prayer, thank her for her post.

Do everything and stand!

by Dimitra (reprinted with permission)

It is written in Ephesians 6v13:

“Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

What is “after you have done everything, to stand”? A lot of times, we talk too much. We ask the Lord for this and that, we continue begging, crying, asking…with no stop! Do we need to do so? I do not think so. The Lord is very clear through His instructions: we have a physical, emotional, spiritual need? We can put it in prayer, believe that He heard and wait with thanksgiving to receive it. As simple as that. We ask; we fast (if the Holy Spirit asks for it); we continue giving thanks as if we have received it already and that’s all. As we have done all, then we stand, then we are still.

What is the purpose of being still? At first we can hear what God has to tell us. When we make noise we cannot hear! We hear only our talk, me, myself and I! When we are still, there is a quiet environment in our soul and we can hear His voice. His voice might give us directions of how to achieve what we need; He might give us confirmations and so on.

When we are Still means that we Trust. How can we ask the Lord and then continue praying about it as He is deaf? It shows no trust. When we ask Him, we trust that His word is true. Lord Jesus Himself promised that whatever we ask the Father on His name (Jesus Christ Name) we shall have it. He keeps His promises; He is faithful and not a liar. A lot of times we have no patience. When time passes and our request is not implemented, we go back and beg a little more, as we do not trust Him that He will do it, as we do not trust Him that He will do it at the RIGHT TIME! We have our time but He has His time. He knows more than us and He chooses the time that we and all around us are ready to receive the miracle.

Amen!

I pray that our Father in Heavens help us to stand in what we believe, not to doubt and to strengthen us to fulfil what His will is in our lives, in Jesus Name I pray, amen!

Love and blessings for a creative week ,

Dimitra

BE STILL AND WAIT PATIENTLY FOR THE LORD

Be Still and Wait Patiently for the Lord

by Janice Keats

As we go about our daily living often in a hurried pace, it may be challenging to find a time of solitude to commune with God. How do we find time to sit down and dine with God? By just doing that—by taking decisive action. Taking time out for communion with God is perhaps the intentional way while other times it becomes natural and responsive. Could it depend upon the mood or closeness you feel to God?

Sometimes our praying can be hurried or our minds too cluttered to concentrate or focus clearly on Worship.  But solemn time with God can be very meaningful and intimate.

Time spent with God can be meaningful in many ways:

  • Our love grows warmer,
  • The desire to know Him better increases,
  • Our knowledge increases,
  • Our hearts are filled with compassion to serve, and
  • Obedience to Him becomes a priority.

 “The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip” (Psalm 37: 31 NIV).

If God’s promises that we learn about are sure, then our faith should be at rest.

“For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones” (Psalm 37:28 NIV).

In Psalm 37:25 we read, “…I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” I wonder how many blessings we miss for not trusting God completely.

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently before him” (Psalm 37:7 NIV).

We can learn so much by entering into His presence. Maybe just sitting in His presence is enough. He is all we need. Time well spent with God produces a thirst for more—more peace and more of Him.

With so many prayer requests that are presented to us by friends and loved ones, both personally and corporately, we still need quality communion time. Make room for your most trusted friend!

“The Lord is far from the wicked but He hears the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29 NIV).

Janice Keats

Janice is a freelance writer, and speaker. Her passion is developing and teaching workshops on various Biblical Studies, and planning ladies night out events. She is a certified lay Pastoral Counsellor and is presently employed in ministry. She has had several articles published in various local, provincial and national newspapers.

She is the author of, Poems of Inspiration and Occasion and, A Journey to the Heart of Evangelism. Future works include a devotional book and an audio book of her poems. She is married with three grown children, all of whom are accomplished musicians. Her twin daughters, known as The Keats, are country singers and her son is a recording engineer. Janice Keatshttp://themasterspath.wordpress.com/