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Do You Know Why You Are Stressed? Pause

What Jesus Can Teach Us About Pause

The word for Five Minute Friday this week is “pause”.


“Pause” is such an important word in our lives. Jesus went away from all the people to find communion with God. He left early in the morning to go out by himself to pray.

We need to use His example.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35, NIV).”

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:16, NIV).”

In the hustle and bustle of our lives we need to take that time. Five minutes. An hour. A day. A week. Take whatever you need to find out what God is saying to you.

I find when I am feeling rushed and tense, it’s good to leave and just breathe somewhere quiet. I use the washroom. Usually that brings quiet. A short walk around the block. Sitting outside in nice weather.


Where do you find rest? We need it physically and spiritually.

My mother-in-law gave us a plate when we were newly married. It didn’t make sense to me at the time. As the years go by it means more and more to me.

I wrote a post about this. And many times in the past few weeks God has said: slow down. Stop. You can read more posts at the bottom.


But I really wonder how many of you will really heed this warning.
What are you striving for?

If you are in ministry, are you doing for God instead of being with God? Sometimes He wants us to slow down to hear His voice. Stop and find out what He wants. There will be more power if you allow the Holy Spirit to enter your life and your decisions.

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Other posts about “pause”. These are older posts and some of the pictures are missing as I deleted any picture that wasn’t “free”.

Slow: Five Minute Friday

Breathe: Five Minute Friday


Breathe: Five Minute Fridays

Breathe: Five Minute Fridays

I can’t believe one week has gone by so quickly. Breathe. Janis. Breathe. That’s what I always tell others when they say they are stressed, angry, frustrated or just plain tired. Breathe.


Why do I use that word to help them and me? Because that is what can bring God into the situation. By stopping to listen, to quieten our hearts and spirits, God speaks and we can listen.


I’m doing it right now. I know I am supposed to “write for 5 minutes” but when I am not typing I can stop and breathe in His Spirit. Ask Him for inspiration. Let Him bring about a restoration.

I have a plate at home that always reminds me to stop and take a breath. It says, “Stop and smell the roses.”. I think we forget to do this – all the time. We get on a roll, we keep going and doing and going and doing. Until sometimes we just stop because we have come to the end of our strength. You can read all about how God stopped me in my tracks and forced me to take a breath so I could listen to Him.

breatheThat’s a good thing though – coming to the end of our own strength. I am reading The Story of With by Allen Arnold. I heard him at a writers’ conference last weekend. He talks about trying to do everything in his own strength and how that will eventually implode and even explode. Instead he suggests we need to live in the land of With – With God. In that land we can slow down, inhale God and we can find joy and peace.


Scripture talks about quietening our souls. We can do that by focusing on our breathing and nothing else. As we take in breaths,  in and out, we know we are creatures created by God. He is breathing right there with us.

The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4, NIV).

When we stop and breathe – we refocus on God. (Tweet this)

We can hear His Voice, feel His presence, learn His wisdom.

Life is breath. So breathe.


Here is a great song by Jonny Diaz called “Breathe”.

Five minutes are up. It’s your turn. What are your thoughts on the word “breathe”? click on the icon below and try your hand at writing for five minutes.



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Control: Five Minute Fridays

Control: Five Minute Fridays

It’s Friday night and I’m off to a conference tomorrow. I am taking 5 minutes to write my thoughts about control.


This has been a big issue with me. It’s what I have been fighting with for years. My controlling nature – wanting it done and done the way I want it. But I am learning – slowly that it’s better to let some things go.

I have learned to take deep breaths when I think I need to take over or make my stand. Somethings are just not worth it.

But I do get into the “fix it” stage when I want to make something right. (At least what I think it right.) And I know I have to back off. I am remembering that God is in control.

God will tell me when I need to step in and when I need to step away. (tweet this)

Giving up control is not easy. I have to keep asking God for help to relax and let Him take over. When I do I am astounded how wonderfully things turn out.

Even though I knew I wanted to finish a Bible study I was working on to take with me to the conference tomorrow, I didn’t fret or stress. I worked on it when I had a few minutes. And you know what – it got finished.

I knew I wanted to write this post but didn’t know if I could squeeze in the time. But it’s only 5 minutes. So it did get finished – only with me relaxing and see if the time happened.

Don’t you just love this? – follow God, give up control, and all will be well. Matthew 6:34 (tweet this)

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes (Matthew 6:34, The Message).

Time’s up. Your turn. What are your thoughts on control?

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How Can I Not Afford to Spend Time with God?

by Janis Cox

Time with God

Time with God


Twice this past week I have been shown the word – REST. While reading Wonderstruck, Margaret talks about making sure we take the time to rest. If we don’t take the time to rest we won’t accomplish nearly as much. When we rest we replenish ourselves and the tasks go smoother.

The second time, Jesus Calling spoke about taking every thought captive so our minds can be at rest or peace.

“I will guard you and keep you in constant Peace, as you focus your mind on Me [Jesus].”

So for those days when things just seem impossible; when the tasks seem insurmountable; when your heart is heavy or your mind scattered – REST. This is living prayer.

Even a few minutes sitting in silence with God can replenish our spirits.

I have been asked how we can do that when we have young children. I tell them that the bathroom is their refuge. Use the bathroom for your escape to sit and pray; rest in God. You will find that your discouragement, anger, frustration will be supernaturally released. You will feel refreshed and renewed.

Take that time – BREATHE.

Can you really afford NOT to spend time with God?

Once again from Jesus Calling:

“Bring Me the sacrifice of your time and watch and see how abundantly I bless you and your loved ones.”

Take a look at your time  – where can you put REST into your week?

I would love to hear how you do this. Please write a short comment in the space below.

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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. 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.