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Creative Tuesdays – A bouquet

Creative Tuesdays – A bouquet

This week the challenge was to take the flower we created from last week and add it to a bouquet.

Here is last week’s flower – a carnation.

Isaiah 40:8

Isaiah 40:8

And this week here is my bouquet.

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Of course I had to look up verses about flowers. I thought about the short life of cut flowers. Even though I kept this bouquet for 2 weeks using ice cubes they still died. Our enjoyment of them is fleeting.

I thought then about life and how fleeting it is too.

O Lord, make me know my end
    and what is the measure of my days;
    let me know how fleeting I am (Ps 39:4, ESV)!

Being Easter week this tied all together. Death/Life

Here is a poem I wrote about Easter

Choose Life

We have a choice, not like the flower
We were doomed to die – the end
But by God’s grace,
Jesus made a way for us to live – the beginning
In Jesus we have the way
– an open door to life
– salvation through grace
Jesus died – but rose again
To open that door for us
To be with God forever.
That’s the Gospel – The Good News of Easter

Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:10, NIV).

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my words and believes in him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned. He has crossed over from death to life (John 5:24, NIV).

Flowers cannot choose. We can. It will involve decisions and life changes and making right choices.

It reminds me of a song we sang last year in VBS – Choose Jesus. Here it is for you to enjoy.

I am joining Creative Tuesdays – please drop over and see other art pieces with this theme.

I also joined Paint Party Friday for the first time today.

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Flowers cannot choose. We can. Choose Life. (click to tweet)

Janis 

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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.

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Do You Feel Like You Are Standing Alone?

Do You Feel Like You Are Standing Alone?

by Patricia Day

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 Come to Me, all you who labor and toil, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke. Put it on your shoulders and learn from Me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest (Matthew 11:28, NIV).

Each morning, I read a devotional and the relevant Bible passage from the RBC Devotionals publication (www.rbc.org). I invariably receive a sense of balance and guidance, as I read of everyday challenges that other people encounter, and then read how to deal with the situation from the words in the Bible.

Today, there was a wonderful analogy of aloneness. You know, the aloneness that death brings, or separation or job loss. Any kind of loss that leaves you bewildered or angry, and on your own.   This is especially true for anyone who has lost loved ones in situations where they believe that they too should have succumbed. Left behind, they question why they survived?

The devotional tells of a lone tree in a field. All other trees have been felled for farm land, except that one standing in the middle of the field. Long ago, in farming communities, one tree was spared for a very good reason. Farmers left a single tree standing so that they, as well as, their animals, could have a cool, shady place to rest when the hot summer sun became too hot to bear.

Death leaves us in a place of great despair and need.

Our life must go on even though death has deprived us of one or more loved ones. Anger creeps in. We are robbed of inner peace. Despair fills our hearts as everything overwhelms us in the pain of grief, and we long to be anywhere – just not where we are. We might be guilty of wallowing in a pity-party. Life is too hard to tolerate. That’s okay, but to live life again, we’ve got to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start over again.

 (God will give) comfort to all who mourn (Isaiah 61:2c, NIV).

The crushing emptiness left behind, when someone you care for dies, is agonizing. It is even more painful, if you do not have faith and believe in God’s awesome power.

He can give relief when everything and everyone else has failed. Just don’t give up.

Being a lone survivor can be transforming. Once grief eases (and it will, although it can take a long time), we begin to get in touch with everyday reality. One day, we’ll hear of a person dealing with loss, just as we have, and we’ll understand their agony.

This is the moment our past personal pain, can become the elixir of comfort for another human. We can offer them the shelter of understanding. We can simply say, “I know how it feels. How can I help?”

Just as the tree provides a reprieve from the heat of day, we can too, by providing emotional shelter.

Only God can give us complete shelter. He promises to do that is we lean on Him and trust in His guidance.

God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to Him (1 Peter 5:7 ,CEV).

Prayer:

Father God, help us in all our ways. Provide us with Your strength and comfort as we experience painful circumstances. Help us to never give up as we feel the aloneness of loss. Let us become a place of comfort for others. Amen

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God can give us relief when everyone and everything else has failed. (tweet this)

Do you feel like you are standing alone? There’s hope. (tweet this)

 

Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia’s. She believes that she expresses herself better in writing. Patricia enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Other favourite past-times include family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music.

Patricia is married and the mother of two sons and stepmom to a son & daughter. Best of all, she is Nana to ten grandchildren. Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays  and her blog Patricia E. Day .

Patricia recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood . she is currently at work on second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows.

 

Sunday Stillness – Isaiah 40:8

Sunday Stillness – Isaiah 40:8

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Janis Cox photography – taken with Nikon Coolpix L820

As we head into the end of summer I look at the beautiful wildflowers. Striking in colours, variety and shape they show the imagination of our Creator God. But as we know they must end their lives to begin again next spring.

So too we will come to an end of this life. But we have a choice during this life to live anew with Christ. We can blossom and flourish under our Lord’s care and provision – a new life on earth – and then when we die from this earth we too will begin a new life with our Lord in Heaven.

God’s Word continues on through generations and generations – enduring forever. Let’s pray that we can spread this wonderful news of rebirth.

I will be going on a blogging holiday next week. We are cottaging with our whole family. I will post another Sunday Stillness but continuing from this week. Thanks to the wonderful posters. I really appreciate you.

Blessings,
Janis

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DO WE KNOW FOR CERTAIN HEAVEN IS HOME FOR US?

Do We Know For Certain Heaven is Home for Us?

by Mary Haskett

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Heaven is Home

This morning I planned to visit Jean Darling in her hospital room, but my pastor called to say she had gone to heaven.

I recall one day when I visited, she had just recovered from a bout of pneumonia, and at 94,  years old that was quite something. We sat in the lounge and talked. I said to Jean, “Your sister told me, you were quite ill last week Jean.”

“Yes,” she said, “I really thought I was going home to heaven.”

“I guess the Lord said, not yet Jean,” I responded.

“True,” she quipped, “and he has said that several times lately.” We both laughed, and I marveled at this saint of God who served on the mission field in India for a 40 year span.

Do we know with a certainty that heaven is home for us?

If we have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour and
indeed if we live for Him, then we too will have a place in heaven.
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Remember how Jesus promised:

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2 , KJV)

Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, How grateful I am for the provisions you have made for me. I pray to be ever focused and true to you in all I do and say. Amen.

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Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served in many capacities. On a monthly basis in her home, she hosts a women’s prayer group, a women’s fellowship group, and Ready Writers, London of which she is the founder.
She serves in several ministries in her church.
She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.
Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released two years ago.  India My Calling is her latest release, and relates the compelling story of  Jean Darling who served for 40 years on the mission field. Mary has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her at http://www.maryhaskett.com

ACHE – Five Minute Fridays

I have decided to continue this Friday writing for 5 minutes. Linking onto The Gypsy Mama with word is ACHE.

Here are the rules:

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write like we believe we can fly. Won’t you join us? (<—Tweet this!)

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

So here I go:

Ache

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The word ache can mean many things. At this moment I think I am free of aches. My bones, my back, my nose and really – all of me feels okay. My spirit is in great shape and I feel joyful.

A month ago I ached. My Mom passed away last month and my heart filled with achiness. Her loss to me, I know, is joy for her and that blesses me tremendously. I also ached for my kids, my husband, my sister and her family, her sister and all the other people who knew her well.

My Mom, ever peaceful, ever joyful, always made me feel attached. I knew she was a phone call away. I loved her smile, her kindness and her love. The ache is the emptiness I feel now that she is gone.

Time heals and as our family remembers her, we smile, we laugh and we cry. My sister and I have each other now as “members of our family”. We are the matriarchs. We “hold things together”. But the greatest One of All “holds everything together” and that brings great peace to my heart. He is in the healing, the restoring, the joy and the peace of this life here on earth.

Praise Him for always being there or here.

To all of those who ache for some reason – look to Jesus. He is our All in All.

Time’s up – 5 minutes goes quickly.

Don’t forget to visit me at Under the Cover of Prayer.

PRAYER – TRY IT

Prayer – Try It

by Jan Cox

This has been a different type of week for me. My 94-year-old dear Mother passed away a week ago Thursday. This meant a trip back from Arizona to Canada to deal with her affairs, plan a celebration service and meet with family and friends.

An emotional time, but these words from Scripture kept me going.

“Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. (Romans 12:11-12 NLT)”

I believe that prayer is the only way to live my life well. God answers prayers. He is with us through all types of trouble.

Besides caring me through the planning and the service, He gave me comfort, hope and a strength that can only come from God.

I don’t speak in public often but every time I have been asked to speak in front of God’s people – I can and I do – with an amazing sense of peace and power. So, you see, that peace and power has to be from God.

And another thing – a miracle.

My husband had left his passport in his coat in the church. And somehow, by God’s grace I located the minister of the church (we were in a different city than my home church and renting the facility) and the minister kindly opened the church late at night for me to get my husband’s passport.

To complicate the matter more, I am staying ½ hours away from the city in which we held the service and since my husband was returning early the next morning to Arizona he went to Toronto (1 and ½ hours away from me). We each had long drives to accomplish this job of getting his passport. Thanks to a wonderful son and son-in-law we did it.

Prayer is our conversation with God – how we talk and how we listen. If you haven’t tried it – do. You will never know until you try.

I want to give a public thank you to my parents who gave my sister and I such shining examples of how to live our lives.

“Prayer is the most powerful tool we have as Christians, and the least used. Prayer changes things, try it!!” Tim Aduddell from Okla who is now working in Iraq/Dubai.

My Gratitude List for this week … counting to 1000 – I have reached 994.

  • Great flight home to Canada – on time
  • Strength to do what needed to be done for the Celebration of Life for my Mother
  • Loving sister who kept me going
  • Loving kids
  • Good sleeps
  • Caring funeral home director and his assistant
  • Movers available for moving things out of my Mom’s apartment
  • Looking through pictures
  • Reading Dad’s letters to mom (64 years ago)
  • Caring minister who travelled 1 and 1/2 hours to officiate at the service
  • Family’s  and friends’ love
  • Wonderful celebration of a life well-lived
  • Strength and calm to speak (which can only come from God)
  • My hubby’s memories spoken in love
  • My daughter’s courage to speak about her Grandma through her tears
  • Words of love from my son and my niece
  • Quiet thoughts from my other daughter and other niece
  • Emails of condolences – so many!
  • Wayne leaving his passport at the church; remembering late at night; the hunt to get it; the miracle of locating the minister; getting him to plane on time with passport
  • The day after – time to pray, reflect and REST
  • Remembering all my wonderful children and grandchildren and how I am so proud of them

IN GOD’S HANDS

In God’s Hands

By Mary Haskett

How do we pray I wondered. My husband and I had received the devastating news that he had terminal cancer. Chemo and radiation were not an option— neither would halt the inevitable.

My husband received the news calmly.  He sat in the clinic room and told the doctor about his faith in the living God and how God could choose to heal him or take him to heaven. He said, “I’m in God’s hands.” (He declared this to all the healthcare people who crossed our path during those last few weeks). The doctor looked at us, and them said, “I see a tremendous peace around you two.” We rejoiced, because the doctor had seen Jesus in us.

Once home we discussed the news and  wept as we hugged each other. We really didn’t want to be parted. Friends and family were informed and the prayer warriors went to the Lord on our behalf.

There were days when my husband seemed so alert and well, I wondered if he had received a healing. Then I saw his tall frame bent and his muscle mass lessen.  We no longer begged and pleaded for healing.  As it says in 1st Peter 5:7, “Casting all your cares upon him; for he careth for you.” So each day we talked to the Lord, telling Him we knew that He knew. We lifted the heavy burden and placed it at His throne. We simply said, Your will be done. My husband, with hands raised, always ended  his prayers by repeating several times, Praise you Jesus. And so it was on November the 5th he was ushered into the presence of his Lord. I believe many more souls will enter into the Kingdom because of my Al’s testimony.