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Sunday Stillness – What is God Calling You to Do?

Sunday Stillness – What is God calling you to do?

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We have to make an expression of the new life, to form the mind of Christ ~ Oswald Chambers.

AHA – Don’t get stuck in the pigpen.

That’s how Kyle Idleman puts it in his new book, AHA. Remember the prodigal son – he woke up to needing his father when he was stuck with the pigs – actually lower than the pigs. But he didn’t stay there. He got moving. It says:

So he got up and went to his father (Luke 15:20, NIV).

When we have been given the mind of Christ we can’t stay in the same position. God is calling us.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, NIV).

Each of us is being called to do this. Are you hearing His call?

God creates, blesses, and saves each of us for a radically global purpose ~ David Platt.

I read an excerpt from David Platt’s book, Radical – Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. We are not to sit comfortably on the sidelines cheering on our missionary friends. All of us are called to “go”.

Has Christ been knocking on your heart?

Are you stuck in the pen – or are you going to make the move and listen to God?

If God is calling you – you need to answer the call.

The truth is we need to obey God even when we don’t feel like it ~ Kyle Idleman.

I am off to Poland for my 5th mission trip this summer. I love to watch God take control of my life. I love to watch Him work out things that I can’t deal with. I want to carry out His plan. Do I always “feel” like going. No – not really. But I know that it is right to go.

Each follower of Christ in the New Testament, regardless of his or her calling, was intended to take up the mantel of proclaiming the gospel to the end of the earth ~ David Platt.

Remember to say: “Here I am. Send me.”

International Messengers needs volunteers to go to Romania this summer. Please email me for further information if God is putting this on your heart. I will connect you.

You may not consider that you are stuck in a pigpen. But if you are not moving where God is calling you  – that is exactly where you are – the pigpen. Our new lives are about obeying Christ.

You may not be called to “go” abroad, but you are definitely being called to “go” somewhere.

What is God calling you to do? Please don’t wait. Do it (whatever “it” is). And do it now.

Prayer:

Lord, I know that there is someone out there reading this whom you have called to move in a certain direction. Help them to hear from you directly so they will know for sure and will make the move to where you are calling them. If you are calling them to take a short-term mission trip make it abundantly clear to them so they will get up, say yes and go.

Tweetable:

Are you stuck in a pigpen? How to get up and get out. (tweet this)

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Today is Sunday Stillness.

Read the Sunday Stillness rules if you are new here.

I would appreciate if you would link only about God’s Word. If you have a linky party that’s okay if it is about the same thing. Please no sales or prizes. I want this to be friendly but I must ask you to abide by the rules. Others want to read God’s Word – and that is what I would like the links to be about. I must take down the links that don’t follow the rules. Thanks so much.

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Please check out all the places I link to during the week. Thanks to everyone who has joined Sunday Stillness. I do try to get to your posts every week but I admit sometimes I don’t have the time.

Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness:

The Sunday Community by Deidra Riggs

Still Saturday by Sandra Heskaking

Sharing His Beauty

Missional Women – Faith Filled Fridays

Jennifer Miller at Scripture and a Snapshot

Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger and this post

The Weekend Brew by Barbie

Shelly Hendricks at Renewed Daily (Recommendation Saturday)

Your turn: Add your link below. Don’t forget to copy the specific URL from your post. Talk to others.



Sunday Stillness – What is a miracle?

Sunday Stillness – What is a miracle?

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This week has been another week of praying the Jabez prayer.

I have been writing at Under the Cover of Prayer for the past two weeks about my struggle to find out where God wants me to put my time.

Am I Spinning my Wheels?

Is God Working Through Me?

I enjoy writing on my blogs but I am getting nothing else done. My painting is sporadic; my writing projects are on hold; I am learning more about Twitter but I feel like an infant just learning to sit up.

God says He will do the big things and I have to be confident and do the little things that He asks. When He is ready He will make the way for me to do His work and enlarge my territory for His glory.

I am looking forward to the enlargement of my territory.

But I am also aware that this could change how I do things. It could change my blogging. I am ready to do as He asks.

I am looking forward to my month sabbatical that starts on April 10th – the day we fly back to Canada. I feel that He will show me things that don’t normally happen. And I think He will do this for 3 reasons:

  1. I am watching where God is going and what He is doing.
  2. I am praying more and more – persistent prayers and circling them (as Mark Batterson from The Circle Maker suggests).
  3. I am reading through the New Testament for Lent and learning lots.

As I read through Acts I saw the miracles that the disciples were able to accomplish. They believed and they watched God at work. Miracles do happen nowadays too. But we need to focus more on God and less on the world in order to see the miracles.

Tweetables:

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The disciples believed that God could work through them. Can we believe that? (tweet this)

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Read the Sunday Stillness rules if you are new here.

I would appreciate if you would link only about God’s Word. If you have a linky party that’s okay if it is about the same thing. Please no sales or prizes. I want this to be friendly but I must ask you to abide by the rules. Others want to read God’s Word – and that is what I would like the links to be about. I must take down the links that don’t follow the rules. Thanks so much.

JOIN THE SUNDAY STILLNESS COMMUNITY – 
READ OTHER POSTS AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER.

Please check out all the places I link to during the week. Thanks to everyone who has joined Sunday Stillness. I do try to get to your posts every week but I admit sometimes I don’t have the time.

Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness:

The Sunday Community

Still Saturday

 Sharing His Beauty

Missional Women – Faith Filled Fridays

Scripture and Snapshot

http://christianmommyblogger.com

The Weekend Brew

Your turn:

Add your link below. Don’t forget to copy the specific URL from your post.

 



Are You Avoiding the World?

Are You Avoiding the World?

by Janis Cox

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One of my mission trips to Poland – 2011 – with Czarek and a fellow missionary.

By the time you are reading this my husband and I should be in Warsaw, Poland. We are heading there as tourists for ten days. I have travelled to Poland as a missionary four times with International Messengers. This trip is a holiday and my husband is coming with me. We hope to meet some of the people I have met before in Poland.

I have been reading Mark Buchanan’s book, Your God is Too Safe. I am on Chapter 11. This statement struck me today:

If anything, an ethic that sends us out into the world, with all its dangers, toils, and snares, makes us more prayerful and prepared (Your God is Too Safe, Mark Buchanan).

In his book, Mark talks about risks. Jesus tells us to go into the world NOT to avoid it. Some take the quote, “not of this world” to mean that we can sit back and avoid the world all together. Mark challenges us that we are not following Christ by avoiding the world.  We can be in this world, living with God in us. God is with us. We are not alone.

But we need not avoid the world. Once again – awareness – he says:

we are called to live with new eyes, grace-healed eyes … seeing every moment.

Our lives are not to be ones of the least involvement but instead:

we’re to enter the marketplace looking for ways to bring God’s Kingdom, light, healing into it.

Come – to Jesus

Go – into the world

We will be praying every step of the way for awareness of what God wants us to see and do.

Prayer: 

As we travel from our comfort zone please keep us close to You. Help us to see the world through Your eyes. Help us to be Your hands and feet. Praying in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Please pray for us while we are gone that we will be His Light and shine for Jesus.

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Janis Cox, a retired public 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 I WRITE?

Lat Friday I wrote for Inscribe – and once again I relied on God to show me what to write. Here is what I wrote. Please come and see what Inscribe Bloggers OnLine is all about.

Why Do I write?

A blank computer screen – and no thoughts – that is the pang of a writer. I find praying is the best way to get inspiration. God knows what He wants me to say. So as I pray I ask Him to reveal to me His thoughts.

I know He says, ““For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD “ (Isaiah 55:8 NIV). So this expectation that He will give me something notable to write, I guess might seem preposterous.

But I believe He is here at all times, in my writing, my painting, my conversations; actually in the whole of my life. When I accepted Jesus into my heart, I told Him I would always follow Him. Then a Scripture made an impact – it was “feed my lambs”.

I had attended a Holy Spirit weekend in Ancaster, Ontario. At one point in the weekend when we entered the conference room, each chair had a piece of paper on the seat. We were told not to look at it yet. Then after the message and prayer, we asked God where He wanted us to focus our lives and then we were allowed to look at the paper. Mine came from John 21:15 NIV … “Feed my lambs.” Simply stated.

But could I accomplish such a task? What did it mean?

For me I think it means to make disciples so they know Jesus and can hear His voice. And I believe to hear His voice we need to talk to Him and to listen to Him. And that means prayer.

The Holy Spirit weekend happened four years ago. Last year at Write!Canada – a conference for writers and editors who are Christian – I had a strong nudge that I should start a blog on prayer. At the end of June I started Under the Cover of Prayer. I put the word out that I would like guest bloggers for this site. Many responded. I had fun putting up all their words.

Then I heard again from God – I told you to feed my lambs. So I started to write each Friday. It has been an enriching experience, a discipline that God wanted for me.

Something else happened while I wrote – I fed myself. As I read my Bible, and devotionals – I learned more about Him. In the past year I learned a little more patience; I learned not to be entirely task-focused; I learned to seek Him FIRST.

And I learned that a blank sheet of paper is not as scary as I thought. I do have something to say and He will lead me to say it.

Do you have something that God wants you to speak about? Is something holding you back? Ask God to reveal His plan for you.