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Thoughtful Tuesdays – Creative Tuesdays – My Word for 2015

Thoughtful Tuesdays – Creative Tuesdays – My Word for 2015

One of my goals this year was to be intentional – so one way was to join Creative Tuesdays. Every couple of weeks we are given an art challenge.

These were the instructions for this time:

You may have heard of the one little word movement but if you’re still stuck, not to worry! Here’s just one woman’s example.

 

However you choose to focus on your word, the idea is that it’s one that thrills you to action and contemplation.

 

It’s more about using intention for the year which is far more inspiring than making a new year’s resolution that invariably fails with its rather rather energy-sapping tasks.

(Creative Tuesdays).

 

For the last part of 2014 I struggled finding my WORD for this year. I settled on Intentional (which took 2 more posts, an addendum and God Changed my mind). After 16 days of rest, due to a bad bout of flu, I can say that I have been listening to Him.

Here is my artwork that describes my WORD for 2015.

 Word-for-2015webI think my Word for 2015 is RESTORE.

Restore – to grow in each area of my life and produce a crop for Jesus.

I have been reading Titus and also Ed Hird’s book, Restoring Health, Body, Mind and Spirit. Then the Scripture I read next made so much sense.

My life verse is John 21:15, “Feed my lambs”.

So looking at Mark 4:20, I read:

Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop – some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown (Mark 4:20, NIV).

The landscape in the background Is my life here on earth – the places I have been, the places I will go to.

The butterfly is to remind me of my freedom in Christ. I was in a cocoon and now I am free – no longer caught in sin but saved by grace.

It is good to look back over 2014, to reflect on accomplishments and to see where God led me.

And I think that it is good to look ahead, but not so focused that I plow before seeding and planting and check the soil conditions too.

Food has been on my mind. I wrote at Family and Faith Matters how we have changed our diet to eat all healthy, natural foods. I want to nourish my body. I hope to write about this again as we closed Family and Faith Matters.

I even went further to look at each area and what I might want to focus on:

MIND – get rid of excess clutter, focus on one thing at a time

BODY – eat good healthy food, lots of fruit, vegetables, grain fed meats, chicken, fish, no GMO if I can help it, no sugars, no grains. I also need daily exercise and fresh air.

SPIRIT – to spend more time in prayer and studying the Bible.

Prayer: Lord, help me to focus on these areas in my life. Be in each area as I make changes and learn more. Help me in my prayer life – teach me to pray. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Thanks to Michael for his Creative Tuesdays linkup.

I will be pinning my artwork on my wall to remind me of my WORD – RESTORE.

What’s your WORD for 2015. I would love to hear from you.

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What Passage of Scripture Has God Put on Your Heart?

What Passage of Scripture Has God Put on Your Heart?

by Janis Cox

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A number of years ago I attended a Spirit-Filled weekend retreat with 40 women. We went away to a monastery, with our speaker, Ruth Conard. I knew that God wanted to use this time to speak to me. I had been praying for this. And He answered me.

God spoke through Ruth’s talks, through friendships and through our quiet times.

But He also talked through a Scripture passage.

After one break time we returned to the conference area to find slips of paper upside down on each chair. As I chose a chair, I discovered this passage on my slip of paper, “Feed my lambs”, John 21:15.

I had just begun to journal and this Scripture spurred me on to start writing for Jesus. After this conference I started my first blog. I have continued to blog ever since.

In order to feed His lambs:

I needed to go deeper into His Word;
I needed to read more and more;
I needed to pray more.

I continue my early morning daily study patterns because Jesus has called me to FEED HIS LAMBS.

What passage has God put on your heart?

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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 andInscribe 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.