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Sunday Stillness – How Can We Learn to Live Each New Day in Expectation

Sunday Stillness – How Can We Learn to Live Each New Day in Expectation

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This is the day that the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24, NKJV).

So good to be back writing. My month long sabbatical was excellent. And if any of you are feeling overwhelmed or frustrated I would suggest you try it. Every day now seems like a day of renewal.

I am learning to live each day in a state of expectation. To look around and see what God has in store.

I want to:

Seek the Light
Give thanks for each moment
Find beauty in little things
Be amazed
Find my childlike wonder
Open my eyes to what God is doing.

Here is a picture I painted in 2000. The beginning of my awakening.

New-Day

I want to:

Watch where God is leading me
Be ready to say yes
Be ready to say no
Continue to study His Word
Continue to pray
Follow Jesus

I read a wonderful book by Matt Appling called Life after Art.

He has some excellent words of wisdom. Here are few.

Creating excuses is always easier than creating change.

An amateur artist tries to erase a mistake. A master artist learns how to work with a mistake.

Every interaction you have with the world is a chance to add a little more paint.

 

Any one of these would make a wonderful post.

Seek this week to look for beauty in every moment.

Blessings to all of you.

Prayer:

Lord thank You so much for the beauty of this earth. Thank You for Jesus and the Holy Spirit Who guide us, heal us and protect us. Bless all my readers this week as we seek to follow Jesus. In His Name, AMEN.

May I pray for you. Please contact me at Under the Cover of Prayer if there is a special prayer you would like me to pray.

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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

The Weekend Brew by Barbie

Shelly Hendricks at Renewed Daily (Recommendation Saturday)

Counting My Blessings

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SUNDAY STILLNESS – Expect Wonder

Sunday Stillness – Expect Wonder

Last week we started our Bible Study called Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg. In the first lesson Margaret encourages us to pray for wonder and then to expect to find it. I woke up the next morning and prayed.

Now I have to explain something about that morning. I do a Joy Dare with Ann Voskamp. That morning I looked for reflections with my camera. I found some lovely ones. Then I pointed my camera at a print by F.H. Varley and was astonished to see the Cross.

Yes there was God speaking to me.

Surprised by wonder – the first morning of saying that prayer.

Here is the picture that I caught. I could not see the cross with my eye – only through the camera’s lens.

Expect Wonder

 

Today is Sunday Stillness – Do you have a Scripture that spoke to you this week? Please link below. If you post to Twitter use #sundaystillness and @authorjaniscox.

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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.

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DO I LIVE WITH A LID ON MY PRAYER LIFE?

Do I Live with a Lid on my Prayer Life?

by Janis Cox

I want to live FULLY AWAKE. The more I read from Margaret Feinberg’s book, Wonderstruck, the more I realize that I need:

“to expect God to show up with divine wonder” (Wonderstruck, Margaret Feinberg).

But am I playing it safe? Do I continue day after day – just doing what I do – and not looking or praying for wonder? Yes that is what I need to do – pray for wonder.

And I need not only pray for wonder but expect to receive it. (Tweet this.)

It reminds me of the time I studied Bruce Wilkinson’s Prayer of Jabez. We studied this little piece of Scripture from 1 Chronicles 4:10:

“”Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And Godgranted his request”” (1 Chronicles 4:10, NIV).

During the time we studied this little book and prayed for our territory to be expanded – amazing things happened.

Am I ready for this to happen again when I pray for and expect wonder? Am I ready to be a child again? and:

“live each day like a child digging through a treasure chest, riffling for the next discovery” (Wonderstruck, Margaret Feinberg).

This is what I am embarking on this week. Maybe you will join me – pick up a copy of Margaret’s book – and let’s be amazed at what God will show us.

Prayer:

Lord, as I start to lead this group study on Wonderstruck, I pray that you will guide our thoughts and minds to get closer to You. Help us to drop the world’s challenges, fears and doubts and lay open our hearts to see the wonder of You. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

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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. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters. Janis has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Janis’s Website.

EXPECTATION – Five-Minute Fridays

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This could have been a different post if my hand had reached into the mailbox and found a key for a package.

I put expectation, today’s word from The Gypsy Mama, right down in my list with control. I am learning, however slowly, to release control … especially when I know I can’t do anything.

This week I expected a shipment of books to arrive at least by today. Checked my mailbox a couple of minutes ago – no books. I am attending a conference – a writer’s conference – next week. I hoped to show some samples of a book I have produced; find a publisher and go from there. I have until Tuesday to get these books delivered. Not sure what will happen.

Learning – learning to let God have the problem. There is NOTHING I can do about it.

I have made the promotion materials; made some give-a-ways; made plans.

Knowing that it doesn’t matter – that God has His own plan,  that helps me to survive my “expectation” gone awry.

But to whomever reads this – I will be telling you all about it – when the books arrive. Or should I say “whenever” the books arrive.

What Christ has taught me – don’t get upset about things you cannot change. Move in one direction and if you get caught off guard, move in another direction. Remain calm through all things.

“I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world” (John 16:33 The Message).

Remaining unshakeable – keenly aware of Jesus watching over everything and God working behind the scenes, in all we do.

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays. I am linking to the Gypsy Mama’sFive Minute Fridays. Today’s word is EXPECTATION.

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 with gusto, unselfconscious and flat-out.

What can you write in five minutes flat? {—> click to tweet}.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on: EXPECTATION