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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)

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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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Tuesday Thoughts – Christmas Cards?

Tuesday Thoughts – Christmas Cards?

From Free Digital. Net

From Free Digital. Net

I have been working on our annual Christmas letter – a little update on our family and a few pictures. It doesn’t take long and many of our friends and family have expressed delight in watching our family grow.

We take the Word file over to Staples and have them print out the copies, then stuff them in envelopes – and print the address labels (after updating of course).

As I attach each label to the envelope I say a prayer for that family.

What do you do to keep in touch with your family and friends at Christmas?

For to us a Child will be born. To us a Son will be given. And the rule of the nations will be on His shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful, Teacher, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6 NLV).

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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.

You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

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#UTCOP – How to Pray for Those Facing Sickness

I would ask that you pray especially for Tanya today. She request this prayer: “Please pray for God’s strength, guidance, peace and healing as I face illness and as my family go through this ordeal along with me.”

How to Pray for Those Facing Sickness

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All mighty God, today we uplift all those who are facing illness in their families. Illness comes in like a thief to steal joy, hope and peace, but we thank You Lord, that You are with us through illness. We praise You because of the assurance that though the outward man perishes our inward man will be renewed.

Bring comfort to those that are ill. Heal according to Your will. And above all else Lord, strengthen them that they may endure all that they face and be victorious in You.

Be with the family, help them to be the strength that their ill loved one needs when they are feeling especially weak. Help them to be compassionate and supportive through all the difficulties that arise. And help them also to bring their loved ones before You, because You are the Great Healer, not only of the body, but of the soul.

So Lord, be with us all who face illness. Help us never to let go of You but to help us to see and know and show who You are in spite of all that we face.

We pray all this is the name of Our Saviour, Amen

 

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A prayer for those who face illness. (tweet this)

 

Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.

Five Minute Fridays – Visit

Five Minute Fridays – Visit

Visit

How apropos – the word, is “visit”. I am back in Canada from my winter snowbirding in Arizona to visit my daughter and family. It is an unexpected visit – but with God we never know where He will take us. My grandson had pneumonia so I came home to help with his care as he can’t go to daycare. The pneumonia has cleared (praise the Lord) but he still has a stubborn ear infection (this is his third set of antibiotics).

What has this visit taught me?

        • God gives me energy when I need it
        • He keeps me calm and focused
        • I love being with my daughter, son-in-law and grandson
        • My husband supports me in wherever God calls me
        • I can become a Canadian again and embrace the winter – played outside with my grandson for a few minutes in the snow and cold (most of the time took putting on the winter clothes) and we made snow angels
        • playing with a new train is fun for all
        • God led me to meet a wonderful woman this morning and share my testimony

If we let God be God and follow where He leads life is beautiful, and satisfying.

Times up… 5 minutes.

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Five-Minute Fridays

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Watchful Wednesdays

Watchful Wednesdays

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I have been doing the Joy Dare since January. Although I have enjoyed it thoroughly I find it very time consuming. So I am stopping the hunt. However, I will continue to write on Wednesdays and add a few of the blessings from my week.

I am calling my Wednesdays – Watchful Wednesdays. On Wednesdays I will be writing about what God is showing me – through photography, paintings, communication, the Bible, my family and everywhere else.

Today I want to focus on families. Our family is getting together next week at a cottage for our yearly family retreat. This will be our 3rd summer. What an amazing blessing this is to everyone. We catch up; we play; we laugh; we tell stories; we hug; we eat… oh yes we do eat. The grandchildren play together and we watch.

We learn:

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him (Psalm 127:3, NIV).

A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living (Chuck Swindoll).

I love to read Oswald Chambers every morning. On July 31 I read:

Ultimately God will let nothing escape, every detail is under His scrutiny.

So I want to watch, be aware, listen and concentrate on each moment of living.

Here are some blessings from the past week.

      • Sizzlin’ Summer Service in the park – joint with the churches

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        • art with my granddaughter
        • beautiful day in the park with kids making crafts at Rails End Gallery
        • the Rotary Carnival
        • walking our town
        • reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with my granddaughter
        • playing Rummoli, Yatze and Uno
        • making a Tadeo print with my grandson
        • boating
        • playing with clay from the lake

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        • sunshine and cloudless days
        • outdoors in Millbrook for Ladies Night
        • ideas and more ideas
        • fun, fun and more fun
        • saying prayers with granddaughter at night
        • a new camera
        • pictures of wildflowers

 

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        • closeup shots with my camera
        • excitement of seeing a bee on my first shot with camera

 

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        • restful Sunday
        • foggy mornings
        • an expression of interest in buying my books

Watchful Wednesdays

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What is H.O.P?

What is H.O.P?

by Janis Cox

Hawk - Psalm 5:11

While in Arizona last winter I met a wonderful group of faith-filled Sisters in Christ. We studied and prayed together every week. One day as we were listing the prayer requests  someone said “HOP for my family”. I asked what that meant. She told me Hedge of Protection.

We can pray H.O.P. – Hedge of Protection over our friends and family. (click to tweet this)

What a wonderful easy way to remember how to pray for our family and friends.

Spread your protection over them that those who love your name may rejoice in you (Psalm 5:11, NIV).

Now I see that H.O.P in action. Here are a few examples.

A husband falls suddenly. He is taken to the hospital. After tests the doctors discover  he has sleep apnea. That could have led to a heart attack, stroke and certain death. Now, they have the solution  – a CPAP machine. If it wasn’t for the fall? There is the hedge of protection at work with our loving God.

A friend goes in for an appendectomy and they discover a cancerous tumour on her kidney. Surgery in time. Hedge of Protection.

A family member has trouble with an infection on his toe which is getting worse. After tests it is found he has a cancerous tumour on his colon. Operation. In time. No cancer left. H.O.P.

May we all use this tiny word -HOP, remembering it is our God who watches over us. It is Jesus who intercedes for us. It is the Holy Spirit who speaks into our hearts.

Prayer:

Thank you Lord Jesus, for giving us this wonderful way to connect with our Father. We appreciate all You have done for us so we can talk to God. We pray a hedge of protection over our family and friends. We thank You for watching over us. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

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. 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.

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FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Beloved

Five Minute Friday – Beloved

Linking in with Lisa Jo to write for  5 minutes only. See the bottom of the post if you want to join.

Beloved

Father and son. Beloved.

The first words that come into my head when I think of beloved are the words of God about His Son, Jesus:

“And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17, NIV).

Then I think of my family and they are my Beloved Family in whom I am well pleased.

My husband who always nurtures me, protects, calms me, encourages me – that is how he shows His love and I love him so much.

My kids who are all grown up with families of their own. I am so happy that they can stand on their own and with their spouses stand firm in the love they have for each other. I can see their caring natures, their discipline in their lives and teaching of their children, their work ethic – and their caring for their friends and co-workers. I know how much they love my hubby and myself and how I can count on any one of them at a moment’s notice.

My grandkids who I dearly love and miss since I am away in Arizona. I love their hugs, their snuggles, and their sweetness. I love their enthusiasm, their excitement and their exuberance for life.

Yes I love them all – deeply, and I thank God I am having the pleasure of watching them grow.

Yes I am well pleased. Thank you Lord.

 

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WHAT ARE MY ROOTS – Five-Minute Fridays

What are My Roots – Five-Minute Fridays

Roots – Make them Firm

Friday – the time for a 5 minute post – no editing – just write. Linking to Lisa-Jo. Today’s word is ROOTS.

I never tired hearing my Dad talk about Ireland. He came with his family in 1921 when he was 11 years old. I loved hearing the old songs, my Grandma’s lilting Irish broque as well as my Aunt Edna’s, and about how green Ireland was. I knew my grandparents left Ireland because their business took place on one side of the line and their home on the other (Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland). I can still sing “Phil the Fluter’s Ball”. But I never asked enough questions.

My Dad passed away in 1993 and I never had the questions I have now. What was life like? What did you do as a child? I do know that he read Guliver’s Travels when he was 6 years old. This is where I get my love of reading. I can’t get enough – I read and read.

My Mom’s family is Canadian – Toronto – small shop owners. Maybe that’s where I get my love of marketing and sales. I love to tell others about Christ. Always on my mind – how awesome is our God. But I didn’t ask her enough questions either. She died at the age of 94 in January 2012.

But the best roots of all come from our connection with God. He is our ROOT. Jesus is the root of Jesse who hails back to Adam. Isn’t that wonderful!

“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord—
 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:1-3 NIV).

Let’s build firm roots – in our families, with our friends and co-workers. In order to grow in Jesus we need firm roots.

Blessings,

Jan

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Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Why Your Husband May Want to Live on the Roof

Today I have a guest blogger who willing let me repost from her post on (In)Courage. It touched my heart as I have found myself in this situation. (Not as much lately – but certainly for many, many years) Welcome Kristen Welch.

Why Your Husband May Want to Live on the Roof

by Kristen Welch from We are That Family.

It was our fourth year of youth ministry. We had a huge missions pledge for our youth group and we needed an epic idea to raise it.

My hubby’s epiphany: Sleep on the Roof.

For every thousand dollars, he agreed to spend one night on the roof of the church.

I was so proud.

(What can I say? We were very young and very dumb).

Money poured in and he pitched a tent on the roof….only to be begged down by board members and parents due to bad weather and um, the possibility of rolling off. I think he was disappointed. I was relieved.

But I will tell you, there have been many days since that my hubby would have gladly packed up backpack, climbed a ladder and camped out on our roof.

And not to raise money.

It would have to been to get away from me.

To read the whole article…. and you do have to read the whole article – it is amazing.

A POWERFUL PRAYER

A Powerful Prayer

by Jan Cox

How many of you have friends and family that have not received Christ? I know of many who are suffering or not reaching their godly potential as Christ is not their “all in all”.

I would like everyone to know Jesus. As I study and gain more insight for myself I want to reach out to others so they, too, can have Christ in their lives.

Today as I read from Colossians I saw Paul’s prayer in a new light. I know he meant it for the Christians in Colossae, but I saw it as a prayer for all people. Paul writes:

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9 NIV).

Paul’s prayer is powerful! By asking God to fill our friends and family with knowing Him – He can reveal to them all that He is about. We can leave it to God to grow them. Our job is to pray for that door to be opened.

When I started my journey towards knowing Christ, I found out later that during this time my Christian friends were praying for me – and they did not stop praying for me either, until I opened my heart to Jesus. Even now I know they continue to pray for me as I continue to pray for them.

When I came to know Christ from my heart it was from a prayer that I had said, “Jesus, reveal Yourself to me.”

You see I had the head part of Jesus. I knew that, yes, He is the Son of God. I knew from my studying that He really lived, died and rose again. But my heart could NOT claim it. I had to cry out to Christ to be “in” me – in my mind, my heart and my soul.

Paul’s prayer for others does that too. It asks God to reveal Himself to my family and friends. It takes the pressure off me, as I know that God does the pursuing.

So here is my prayer:

Pursue my friends”, Lord. Capture them. Bring them into the knowledge of Who You are. Awake in them a desire to clamour for You. Make them want to cry out, “Show Yourself to me”. Make Yourself a part of their lives. Help them to be free – free in Christ to be who God created them to be. Lord, fill them up with the knowledge of Your will, through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Be a part of their lives.

Oswald Chambers speaks of the importance of having a deep abiding faith in Jesus:

Until we know Jesus, God is a mere abstraction, we cannot have faith in Him; but immediately we hear Jesus say – “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father,” we have something that is real, and faith is boundless. Faith is the whole man rightly related to God by the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. (Oswald Chambers, October 30)

This will be my prayer for each person I meet. It will be my prayer for my family, friends and acquaintances. I will remember:

  • To not stop praying
  • To ask God to fill them with the knowledge of His will
  • For God to make sure that they know what He wants
  • For them to know Jesus – mind, heart and soul
  • To expect to see a change

Prayer:

Father we all have friends and family who don’t know You. We want them to get closer to Jesus in order to know You fully. Open those doors so they can see You, ask about You and finally claim Your leadership in their lives. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week: Counting up to 1000 – I am at 528.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Snowball went to a Hallowe’en party as a ladybug (she still has the label on the costume)
  • Frozen yogurt with stevia
  • Great sermon on Grace and Truth
  • Learning a new watercolour technique
  • Wonderful massage – for an aching shoulder
  • Watching Harry Potter because my granddaughter “loves Harry Potter”
  • Dealing with Bell Canada calmly
  • Understanding a former pastor through his book, My Fanatical, Regrettable, Tour of Ministry
  • God speaking to me through His Word
  • Learning to open my eyes and ears to my surroundings
  • Unexpected guests – fun!
  • Beef without antibiotics
  • Encouragement
  • Painting a picture of a turtle