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Sunday Stillness – A Weekend to Remember

A Weekend to Remember


This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending  Women’s Day Together in Haliburton. Our guest speaker was Ali Matthews, award winning singer/songwriter. What a treat! Not only does this warm, wonderful woman speak about our relationship to God, she sings it.

Her voice and her words have the ability to transcend us from our natural humanness to a spiritual connection with God.

I was blessed by her words and her songs. We appreciated having Rick Francis, her musical partner, come with her. He travelled with extreme back pain but soldiered on to give a great performance. They both stayed at my house which blessed me even more.

And just to make the weekend more complete Ali gave the message and did the music for our pastoral charge. That meant we started our drive at 8am, visited three churches lugging in and out the guitars, and finished at 12:45. Whew! I appreciate the work our pastor does even more.

Ali forgot her binder in our first church but she continued through without notes, doing an excellent job. She sang without a mike or plug in for their guitars. What a job! (I drove back to get it for our next church.)

Her message pushed us to think about the abundance we have in our lives here in Canada. She encouraged us to think seriously about sponsoring a child from World Vision. Ali has three sponsored children herself. Fifteen little ones were sponsored during her visit to Haliburton.

Doesn’t that make you smile!

To top off the weekend my friend, Kimberley Payne, joined me both at the conference, where she gave a very inspired and uplifting talk about being Fit for Faith – with our bodies, and for our Sunday Marathon at the three churches. Thank you, Kimberley.

One more added blessing – we attended the wedding of our pastor’s daughter. Joy and more joy to see his family and friends together to celebrate such an event.

Now I have to admit that on Monday and Tuesday I didn’t do much except to recover. But the memories, love and closeness to God will remain with me always.

A funny story with a God moment.

During the evening after we returned from the wedding Rick, Kimberley, my hubby and I were sitting relaxing and talking when our little dog, Snowball, brought something into the room. She looked up at me and I said, “Where did you get that?” It was a set of post-it notes.

I don’t even know where she found them. I put them aside on the table so she wouldn’t get them again.

The next morning I hear how this story continued. Ali had been upstairs working during this time. She said to Rick when he came back upstairs, “I do wish I had a post-it note as I would like to mark my place in my Bible”. Rick says, “I know where to get some”. He brings back the post-it notes. Ali says, “Oh my goodness, thank You, Lord – You know something before I even have need of it and they are exactly the colour I envisioned.”


How great is our God! Even in the little things.


Ali Matthews, a wonderful speaker/singer for any conference. (tweet this)

Blessed beyond measure this weekend with Ali Matthews. (tweet this)

 Today is Sunday Stillness – others join me to link their posts about what God is teaching them. Enjoy.


#UTCOP – What is a Faith Prayer?

What is a Faith Prayer?

by Susan Harris


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Father, I come to you in the Name of Jesus. My heart sings because I know You are moving on my behalf even though I may not see which direction You are going.

Help me to forge ahead in faith with my Sword lifted to sever doubt and discouragement.

I will passionately pursue the dreams You have hidden in my heart.

We will partner and watch the blessings of the Almighty overtake me. Today I will breathe the pure air of the noble calling in Christ. I will seek the high place. I will live in anticipation that You who began a good work in me is faithful to complete it.

Glue my eyes heavenwards and light the path so I will not stumble. Thank you Jesus. Amen.


Help me to forge ahead in faith with my sword lifted. (tweet this)

Susan Harris

Susan Harris

Susan is a speaker, wife, mother, and former teacher. Prayer is her passion, and except for salvation, it is the subject on which she has spoken most frequently over 20 years of Christian ministry. She is also the author of three books – Little Copper Pennies for Kids, Little Copper Pennies: Celebrating the Life of the Canadian one cent piece (for adults) and Golden Apples in Silver Settings. She loves kittens, pennies, and making new friends. Find her at www.susanharris.ca, on Facebook at SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor, and on Twitter @SusanHarris20.


Is God Working Through Me?

Is God Working Through Me?

by Janis Cox


I read an interesting statement in The Prayer of Jabez?

If God is working through us that doesn’t mean in association with us.

Through is an interesting term. It reminds me of the scripture in Zechariah where we are told that not by might nor by power but by My Spirit will God work through us.

Our God specializes in working through normal people who believe in a supernatural God who will do this work through them.

This will be my path for the next months – to spend more time in prayer – as I beg for more influence and responsibility so I can honour God.

If I want to be a follower of Jesus I need to trust Him to do miracles; to open doors; to make divine appointments.

So I am praying and believing.

You will know beyond doubt that God has opened heaven’s storehouses because you prayed.

I would love to pray with you or for you.
Please contact me at Under the Cover of Prayer.

Here is a wonderful reminder that God will open heaven’s gates if we pray and believe.

Here are a few words from this song Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble? by Matt Redman.

Fling wide, you heavenly gates
Prepare the way of the risen Lord

And here is the video.


Lord, I know that I have to allow you to work through me. For that reason I give you my whole life to do as you wish. Lead me, guide me, push me. Open those gates and may I expand my territory for You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


God has opened heaven’s storehouses because you prayed. Find out how. (tweet this)

Do you want God to open heaven’s gates? (tweet this)

All quotes today come from The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson

Janis Cox

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Janis Cox

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild and Inscribe Writers Fellowship..


Why Do We Ask God to Bless Us?

Why Do We Ask God to Bless Us?

by Janis Cox


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We are attending a church that started a 6-week study of Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson. Many years ago my Bible study worked through his book and we saw amazing things happen. Not sure why I stopped praying this prayer.

Here are some dictionary definitions of the word bless:

express or feel gratitude to; thank:
call (God) holy; praise (God).
consecrate (something) by a religious rite, action, or spoken formula.
to confer or invoke divine favor upon; ask God to look favorably on:

Bruce tells us that:

to bless in the biblical sense means to ask or to impart supernatural favor*.

Bruce does ask the question:

Is it possible that God wants you to be “selfish” in your prayers? To ask for more from the Lord? *

It is not asking more for ourselves – it is asking more from the Lord. It is a blessing from God that we seek.

The Lord’s blessing is our greatest wealth; all our work adds nothing to it (Proverbs 10:22, TLB).

God decides the blessing. We trust Him to give good gifts to His children.

Bruce states this so clearly.

When we seek God’s blessing as the ultimate value in life, we are throwing ourselves entirely into the river of His will and power and purpose for us. *

READ that again. And again.

Putting ourselves into His will – ENTIRELY.

This year I have decided to be even more intentional in my prayers.

My books for this year include:

Power of Persistent Prayer by Cindy Jacobs
Possessing the Gates of the Enemy by Cindy Jacobs
Not a Fan by Kyle Idelman
The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

Now I think I am ready for the Jabez prayer. I have seen miracle happenings and divine appointments in the past 2 months.

I am ready for more.

God’s power to accomplish great things suddenly finds no obstruction in you. You are moving in His direction. You’re praying for exactly what God desires. *

Bruce says there is a CATCH – there is always one, eh? We must ASK for the blessing.


Lord, bless me indeed.

God’s bounty is limited only by us, not by His resources, power or willingness to give. *

What do you think?
Are you willing to trust God in His will for your life?
Are you willing to pray this prayer – Lord, bless me indeed – every day?

If you write about the Prayer of Jabez please email me and I will feature you next week as I continue this 6 week adventure in prayer.

You can also tell me your experiences in the comments.

* All quotes are taken from Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson.


Are you putting yourself into God’s will – entirely? (tweet this)

God’s bounty is limited only by us, not by His resources, power or willingness to give ~ Bruce Wilkinson (tweet this)

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. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.

60 Promises to Pray Over Your Children – book review

60 Promises to Pray Over Your Children – book review60 Promises to Pray Over Your Children

by Roy Lessin (Summerside Press, 2012)

Reviewed by Janet Sketchley

This hard-bound gift book is a great resource for any praying parent. Each prayer is matched with a Scripture verse and a brief inspirational quote, and a green satin ribbon lets you mark your progress through the pages.

Nine sections focus prayers in the areas of blessing, protection, character, community, praise, growth, courage, purpose and knowing God. The prayers are written from a point of view that says “my children” but are easily customizable to “our” and/or “child” … or, for that matter, “grandchild” or “niece/nephew.”

I made a point in each prayer to include my children’s names, and when I reached the end of the book, I began again. The prayers apply to any age of child as well, and again, are customizable. For example, if a reader has a child who’s ignoring the Lord, instead of thanking God for a faith relationship, the reader could thank Him for desiring such a relationship with the child, and pray for the Holy Spirit to draw him/her.

I’ve long been a fan of Roy Lessin’s verse and his devotional website, Meet Me in the Meadow. His words in these carefully-crafted prayers can aid us in regular prayer for the children (of all ages) in our lives.

Amazon link 

[Review copy from my personal library. Amazon link is an affiliate link for The Word Guild.]

Janet Sketchley

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Janet writes about the tenacity of God. Her novel, Heaven’s Prey, releases November 1, 2013 from Choose NOW Publishing. You can find her on her website, Janet Sketchley.

Have You Said a Thankful Prayer?

To all of our Canadian friends and readers – Happy Thanksgiving. Yes – today is Thanksgiving in Canada. Our post is a reminder to be thankful.

Have You Said a Thankful Prayer?

by Tanya, from God’s Character


I find myself in prayer quite often, asking God for lots to things. “Dear God, give me grace”, “…I need…”, “…help me…”; these are phrases I us quite often in many of my prayers. And it is good to constantly come to God in prayer.

But, I noticed something very important; my prayers are mostly me asking God for things. Yes we are to ask God for the desires of our heart and He will grant them to us if it is His will.

But more importantly, we are to be thankful for the blessings
He gives to us all the time.
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I don’t know about you, but I want a thankful heart, a heart that does not focus on the cares of this life and sees only the negative things that affect me.

I want a heart that focuses on God’s blessings,
His goodness and love. 
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Dear Lord, I thank You today for all the blessings you have given to me and my family. Help me to see these blessings always and share You goodness with others as I let them know the good things you have done for me. Amen.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6, NIV).

Related Posts

 Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.

Watchful Wednesdays

Watchful Wednesdays


Even Snowball sees what is going on around her. Are you watching?

I am on blogging holiday this week. Please read the wonderful posts and link your own as we watch what God is doing in our lives.


Please feel free to link your posts if you are talking about the gifts of God. This linky will be open for one month. Check back each week and add your posts.

Watchful Wednesdays

Watchful Wednesdays


I have been doing the Joy Dare since January. Although I have enjoyed it thoroughly I find it very time consuming. So I am stopping the hunt. However, I will continue to write on Wednesdays and add a few of the blessings from my week.

I am calling my Wednesdays – Watchful Wednesdays. On Wednesdays I will be writing about what God is showing me – through photography, paintings, communication, the Bible, my family and everywhere else.

Today I want to focus on families. Our family is getting together next week at a cottage for our yearly family retreat. This will be our 3rd summer. What an amazing blessing this is to everyone. We catch up; we play; we laugh; we tell stories; we hug; we eat… oh yes we do eat. The grandchildren play together and we watch.

We learn:

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him (Psalm 127:3, NIV).

A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living (Chuck Swindoll).

I love to read Oswald Chambers every morning. On July 31 I read:

Ultimately God will let nothing escape, every detail is under His scrutiny.

So I want to watch, be aware, listen and concentrate on each moment of living.

Here are some blessings from the past week.

      • Sizzlin’ Summer Service in the park – joint with the churches


        • art with my granddaughter
        • beautiful day in the park with kids making crafts at Rails End Gallery
        • the Rotary Carnival
        • walking our town
        • reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with my granddaughter
        • playing Rummoli, Yatze and Uno
        • making a Tadeo print with my grandson
        • boating
        • playing with clay from the lake


        • sunshine and cloudless days
        • outdoors in Millbrook for Ladies Night
        • ideas and more ideas
        • fun, fun and more fun
        • saying prayers with granddaughter at night
        • a new camera
        • pictures of wildflowers


  • WW1---flowers


        • closeup shots with my camera
        • excitement of seeing a bee on my first shot with camera




        • restful Sunday
        • foggy mornings
        • an expression of interest in buying my books

Watchful Wednesdays

Please feel free to link your posts if you are talking about the gifts of God. This linky will be open for one month. Check back each week and add your posts.

Can I Joy Dare You? Week 30

Can I Joy Dare You? Week 30


Butterfly Batik Watercolour by Janis Cox

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As I continue to count the gifts I feel like I have been on a scavenger hunt seeking new things. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

Last week I attended a full week art course at Haliburton School of the Arts. It was called Experimental Watercolour by Kal Honey.

Kal pushed us; he pulled us; he told us to stop thinking and just paint; he told us to forget about the product and just work with the process.

My head is full. I want to paint but my computer calls. On Monday I did take time to play, and explore my paints. Fun.

Here is my list from this week:

July 24 ~ 3 gifts sand

      • I recall a cute statement from my granddaughter while walking around our roads in early summer. “These roads look like the beach, grandma.” Our roads were still covered with winter sand.
      • sandpainting: Something that I must try for Creative Saturdays
      • I love building castles, moats, digging holes and just the feel of wet sand through my fingers and toes

July 25 ~ 3 gifts endings

      • on this day I am at the 1/2 way point of my art class – hard work, but I don’t like endings

Week 30 Janis'-paintings - Haliburton School of the ARts - Kal Honey

      • when is a piece of art work finished – we talked about “endings” in our art class


      • Jesus knew when His time was ending on earth. And He knew it was accomplished when He said, “It is finished”.

July 26 ~ 3 gifts fresh

      • today is a new start – a promise of diversity in my art, in my life – less computer time and more living
      • fresh look at myself – I needed this week taking my art course to know that somehow I could take 40 hours from my regular week and still get my posts up, cook dinners, and even go for a boat ride
      • Jesus renews me every morning so I can start each day fresh

July 27 ~ a gift on vacation, at home, in relaxation

      • vacation: I am looking forward to our trip to Poland in the fall
Week-30-Poland Trip 2010 - Janis Cox

Poland Trip 2010 with International Messengers

      • at home: I am putting my art supplies into a meaningful order
      • relaxation: taking a few days to reflect after a very full intensive week

July 28 ~ 3 gifts beginnings

      • a new painting outlook – fun!
Journal - Janis Cox - Series on Bird

Journal – Janis Cox – series on BIRD


Journalling – series on Birds – Janis Cox


Journalling a series of BIRD

      • reorganizing my writing plan
      • on a steering committee for a new outreach for Haliburton

July 29 ~ 3 gifts together

      • we have great fun together at my daughter’s and son-in-law’s trailer
      • I love how our family works and plays together
      • my hubby and I have been together for 42 years (married) but have known each other for 45 years

July 30 ~ 3 gifts heard


Butterfly Watercolour Batik by Janis Cox

Watercolour Batik Butterfly card by Janis Cox





Can I Joy Dare You? Week 29

Can I Joy Dare You? – Week 29


Butterfly Batik Watercolour by Janis Cox

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As I continue to count the gifts I feel like I have been on a scavenger hunt seeking new things. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

This week I am taking an art course at the Haliburton School of the Arts. It is called Experimental Watercolour by Kal Honey. If you are from Ontario and love art, consider checking out the summer brochure – lots of great classes.

So my pictures are few this week – if any – but I keep counting the gifts. I would love you to continue to link your posts.

July 17 ~ 3 gifts learned

  • I learned all about furnaces and air conditioning this past week as my daughter’s A/C decided it was too old to work (and this during a heat wave)
  • I learned how to keep cool; move around slowly; drink lots of fluids, have a shower and go to bed with wet hair
  • I learned there is a new Bible study starting in August – online, studying one passage of Scripture a week (hope I can find it again)

July 18 ~ 3 gifts musical

  • baby toys can come on suddenly when you least expect it
  • I love watching my grandbaby dance to the music
  • I love singing songs – praise and worship songs especially

July 19 ~ 3 gifts baked

  • it is a blessing our bread is already baked – either regular or gluten free
  • Grateful that we now have baked chips, not fried ones
  • I baked in the heat – over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees C.) and it was humid

July 20 ~ a gifts light, dark and shadow

  • light: I love the morning light waking me up
  • dark: it is so quiet in the dark
  • shadow: isn’t it wonderful how the trees provide such lovely shade, especially in the heat, while we played in the sandbox?

July 21 ~ 3 gifts story

  • Sunday’s sermon was on Mary and Martha – a story I know well as I have a children’s book, unfinished, based on this story
  • the stories in the Bible – so powerful
  • twice a month we have a storytelling course on Mondays – we are learning biblical storytelling – Highlands Biblical Storytellers.

July 22 ~ 3 gifts understated

  • we learned in art class today the difference in intensities – and it is good to vary the intensity of the colour – some to be understated or lower intensity
  • me – I have to learn not to be so intense – t0 let go of control – be understated
  • the lesson this morning from Oswald Chambers – It is NOT about me. I have to keep reminding myself

July 23 ~ a gift high, low and far away

  • high: I drank a chai tea this morning and actually had a high level of energy for most of the day
  • low: unfortunately now that it is nighttime – my energy level has hit bottom – low
  • far away: this week I am reminded of the Polish mission team, with which I have travelled 4 previous times, is so far away. Praying for them especially since they have lost half the team (before they arrived). Trusting God to figure this out.

Here are a few shots of the weird and wonderful things we have been doing this week.


An artist works with the strainer to see the types of marks that she can make on the paper. No brushes were allowed.


Bought for $1.00 at the Dollar Store – this artist uses it to create interesting textures.


This is my effort. I used the little squiggly thing at the top. Made from flower wire, it has a feathery end. Amazing how many different marks can be made from it.


One of the students had made this gadget – string, washers. Our instructor, Kal Honey, is shown using it.