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Sunday Stillness – By wisdom a house is built

Sunday Stillness – By wisdom a house is built

For the past month I have been reading a Proverbs a day with an online Facebook group. This exercise proved to be a great discipline. Reading through each Proverb I would see where God led me. On day 24 I read this verse.

Watercolour painting by Janis Cox

Watercolour painting by Janis Cox

By wisdom a house is built,
    and through understanding it is established (Proverbs 24:3, NIV)

Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation] (Proverbs 24:3, Amplified Bible)

In my journal I had sketched a picture to remind me of this Proverb.

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As we can see from the Amplified Bible, house can mean your life, your family, your home. So taking a look at my life I know that I need to continue to grow by reading the Bible, following discussions and listening to God. I believe I am filling my mind with knowledge that will become beautiful treasures. I find even now I am using Bible verses to encourage others.

We started a Bible study back in Haliburton, using my SIMPLE Method of Bible study. For the past two weeks we studied a verse a week.

I shouldn’t be amazed but I am – how God can use the same verse to say different things to each of us.

We discuss the questions that come into our mind, and then we each take a time of quiet prayer to talk to God and most importantly to listen to Him. Then we come back and whoever wants to share what they heard, may.

If you are interested these are the two Scriptures we used:

Romans 8:6

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

Proverbs 28:19

Those who work their land will have abundant food,
    but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

Prayer:

Lord, thank You so much for the power of Your Word. Every time I read a verse and study it – really study it, You bring so much into my mind. You can convict, inspire, lead and guide us through Your Word. Thanks for this marvelous discipline of studying the Bible. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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God amazes me how each verse of the Bible can mean something different to each of us. (click to tweet)

Today is Sunday Stillness!

Please join us by linking your posts about what God is doing in your life. Remember to visit your neighbour and leave an encouraging comment. Continue to get to know wonderful writers for God online.

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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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SIDELINED BUT BACK ON TRACK

Sidelined but Back on Track

by Jan Cox

Last Friday I wrote about my husband’s car accident and how he was t-boned at an intersection. This definitely set our lives on a slightly different course for a while. Our time has been spent in hospitals, giving medications, resting and much paper work. Regular routines have been sidelined for a time. But God is good and it has been a good time for reflection.

This week I received an announcement of a Liebster Award for my writing on this blog from Dawn Blanchard. She wrote:

I met Jan on the Facebook web page Colossians in a Year where we support one another in memorization of the book of Colossians. Jan’s site is about prayer. If you go there you can leave requests, but the best part is her extensive coverage of each nation in the world and how to pray specifically for that nation. She travels to do mission in the world and at home. If you need some help with prayer or want to help Jan, I know she’d be glad to have you.

Oh my – I have been sidelined. The two things that Dawn wrote about I had stopped doing. And just this week, before the award, I had come to the conclusion that the Praying for the World part of my ministry had come to a halt somewhere in the “m” category. I don’t know how it happened. I used to have my Operation World book at the breakfast table and I would read and pray as I ate – yes I had lost my focus on this ministry.

Earlier this week I signed up for a daily email for each country and started to pray again. If I feel a strong nudge for a country I have my Operation World book handy for more intensive prayer. This email will keep me steadier in my prayers and I can pray while travelling, when routines get changed and even if I feel “out-of-sorts”. That email will be my reminder to pray.

Dawn reminded me of something else I had let go – the memorization of Colossians – that left me sometime during the summer. What I did memorize has been a definite blessing – especially in the past two weeks. These two passages were a blessing:

“being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light” (Colossians 1:11-12 NIV).

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2: 6 NIV).

It was in the counting His gifts during this time that has brought joy to each moment of each day.

I thank God for nudging me and for Dawn in her blessings me with the Liebster Award.

And I don’t feel guilty about being pulled off the line I had travelled. I do feel thankful that  the Holy Spirit reminded me that getting back on track is good, too.

Here are four wonderful blogs/websites that I think deserve this award: And remember to check out Dawn Blanchard’s Dschondog’s Blog.

Storygal by Carolyn Wilker – Carolyn wrote about milk bags for Haiti last year. She is still getting comments on this post. She writes from her heart and her experiences in writing and speaking.

 Precious Moments by Sulo Vinayagamoorthy – Just found this blog from a fellow Inscribe member. She wrote a wonderful post on prayer called Precious link to God-P-R-A-Y-E-R.

Tickling Won’t Do by Tammy Wiens – I didn’t know that T. L. Wiens, one of Under the Cover of Prayer’s writers had a blog. Discovered it in my hunt for blogs this morning. Tammy always has a clear understanding of God’s word and explains it well for the reader.

A Woman’s Voice by Dolores Ayotte – Dolores has written a couple of books and her third one comes out next month. She speaks from her heart and her faith. One can learn a lot by listening to her words of wisdom.

My Gratitude List for this week: I am getting closer to 1000 – I am at 745.

  • Prayer warriors
  • Hot tub to lessen Wayne’s pain
  • Rest for Wayne
  • The arresting sound of an owl’s call at night
  • Pictures of my family by email
  • A good night’s sleep
  • Time – a good healer
  • Finding Operation World has an email option
  • Links through blogs to grow me spiritually
  • Holy Spirit nudges, emails and God-incidents
  • My connection to Poland
  • Peace while waiting for a replacement card
  • Strength and stamina to do “double duty”
  • Wayne is able to reduce his medication
  • A Christmas piano book for $1.00
  • Praying for someone about their father’s operation
  • Feeling and understanding the Holy Spirit at a different level (reading Charles Stanley’s A Wonderful Spirit Filled Life)
  • Snowball loves to ride in the golf cart
  • Stars shining above the palm trees
  • Learning to speak French with a friend at the pool
  • Bible verses that come to mind
  • Service on generosity (Unleashed Generosity)
  • Wild bunnies
  • The beating of my heart
  • First Sunday in Advent – God our Hope
  • Facebook chat with a friend
  • Watching Snowball jump through a hoop
  • Painting a live parrot – beautiful colours – awesome
  • Being personally awarded the Liebster Award
  • We put up our Manger Scene in front of our house

Jan Cox

  • 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. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it some day.

SIMPLY SATURDAY – Discipline

Simply Saturday – Discipline

Once again I am giving myself five minutes – five minutes only to write something on a topic.

Today I have decided to write about discipline.

I guess there are two ways to live – with free spirit or disciplined. Or somewhere in the middle.

I tend to the disciplined manner. I like order; knowing what my plans are; planning meals; getting things done. Sometimes, though, I need time to just not to anything. Maybe lie in the sun; sit in a chair and just think or pray.

I know I have a “Martha” tendency. But I still want a “Mary” spirit. I have to find the right amount of each so that my life is full but not overburdened.

Discipline has helped me with my diet. I have found new foods that don’t agree with me. Potatoes and soy. To be able to watch what has these ingredients is not easy. Thankfully God made me have the gift of discipline so I can read labels and make wise decisions.

Time is up – I think my thoughts were scattered today. Probably because this post is for July 30th and it is only July 16th. I head out on Tuesday, July 19th for a two-week mission trip to Poland. Lots still to do.

Hopefully this has made some sense to you.

Are you a free spirit or disciplined? Do you book hotel rooms in advance of a trip? Do you eat at regular times? Go to bed at the same time? Get up at the same time?

ACQUIRING THE ART OF CONTEMPLATION

Acquiring the Art of Contemplation

by  Judith Lawrence

Contemplation has been spoken of as art. The person who prays as a contemplative does not speak in words so much as in intuition; she is a soul who is like an artist or a poet, a soul who yearns to be with God in wonder and silence.

In his letter to the Ephesians, chapter 3:16–19 (New Living Translation), St. Paul says:

“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”

These words from St. Paul seem to be a complete description of contemplative prayer:

  • empowered by the Holy Spirit;
  • that Christ will make his home in our hearts;
  • that our roots will grow down into God’s love;
  • that we understand how wide, long, high, and deep God’s love is;
  • that we may experience the love of Christ;
  • that we may be complete with the full life and power that comes from God.

In contemplative prayer this is what we long for—to learn this love of God, to receive this love from God, and return it to God again. It takes a continual discipline, a practice, and a yearning to be with God. There is a desire to just be still in God’s presence—to rest in the Lord.

The self must pass through a process of discipline in the course of acquiring the art of contemplation.

“All [mystics],” says Evelyn Underhill, in her book, Mysticism, “describe a connected experience, the progressive concentration of the entire self under the spur of love.” P. 207

© Judith Lawrence