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Five Minute Fridays – Rhythm

Five Minute Fridays – Rhythm

Sun Rising by Jake Jacobsen

Thanks to Jake Jacobsen for the wonderful photo.

The words to 10 000 Reasons by Matt Redman flow through my spirit.

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning….

And on that day when my strength is failing,
The end draws near and my time has come.

As I awake and feel the beating of my heart, I sense the rhythm of life. Each moment is a precious gift.

Life – it begins with the first beat
Death – it end with the last beat (tweet this)

The question is what do I do with the beats in between?

The answer is:

Live life as fully as I can.

Live – that’s my word for this year.

I want to soak up each moment. I want to know God as much as I can. I want to see Him as He reveals Himself to me; in nature, in circumstances, and in people.

As I talk to Him, He reveals His rhythm of life. (tweet this)

Wait patiently with Me while I bless you .

Learn to master it [time], or it will be your master (Jesus Calling – June 21).

I see power, peace, potential and possibilities. God is the God of the impossible.

As for me, I look to the Lord for help.
I wait confidently for God to save me,
and my God will certainly hear me (Micah 7:7, NIV).

And I remember that with Him anything is possible.

My time is up. What are your thoughts on the word rhythm? Do any of my words resonate with you?

Here is Matt Redman singing 10 000 Reasons.

 

Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

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It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Song

Five Minute Friday – Song

On Fridays I link to Lisa Jo Baker and take only 5 minute to write a post. Great for making me to sit and write with total freedom. Here goes:

Song

Song

I think it is wonderful that I know so many worship songs now. Over the past 10 years since I came to really know Jesus and attended a church with the new music I feel closer to knowing the Bible through music.

When I read a passage in the Bible – particularly a Psalm – I immediately say – oh I know that from this song. I have music notes throughout my Bible to tell me that I knew that Scripture through music.

As a child I learned the Lord’s Prayer through music (and rote). But I love singing it. And the Lord’s My Shepherd.

One of the first Bible verse I learned (except those as a child) was Trust in the Lord with All your Heart. It happened when I helped lead my first VBS (Vacation Bible School). I loved it. Then John 3:16 in song.

Music makes words come alive to me. I remember my sister and I talking – then all of a sudden one word would hit us and we would start to sing. We still do that when we are together.

Time’s up – But I do love music. And I learn from it, too.

Here are the words to Shout to the Lord: based on Psalm 92:4.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing
Power and majesty, praise to the King;
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name.
I sing for joy at the work of Your hands,
Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand,
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.

Here is Chris Tomlin singing Shout to the Lord.

What do you think of when you hear the word “SONG”?

Have a great weekend,

Blessings,

Janis

Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
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It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Comfort

Five Minute Friday – Comfort

On Fridays I link to Lisa Jo Baker and take only 5 minute to write a post. Great for making me to sit and write with total freedom. Here goes:

COMFORT

comfort

As I listen to the rain teeming down I am filled with a sense of peace. We had a long dry spell which helped the flooded victims in Minden. However, it became so dry that we needed rain because of the possibility of forest fires. So now it rains. Just in time. Wonderful.

To me comfort is peace in every situation. And I am learning to do this. If I stay focused on the One who created me I can always bring that to mind – no matter what situation I am in. What a great comfort that is.

Now cozy comfort is sitting with a blanket and a good book, usually the Bible or an historical Christian fiction and soaking up the peace that I find there.

Most of my favourite Bible verses are ones of comfort:

Do not fear – Philippians 4:6-8
Let God be my strength – Isaiah 40:31
Trust in the Lord – Proverbs 3:5
He gives me peace – Psalm 23

I find comfort in Praise music:

My Redeemer Lives
Blessed be Your Name

I find comfort in Hymns:

Be Thou my Vision
Blessed Assurance
Trust and Obey

So putting these all together I can feel comfort in every situation.

Time is up. What do you think of when you hear the word “COMFORT”?

Have a great weekend,

Blessings,

Janis

Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

Time’s up. What do you think of when you think of the word COMFORT?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
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It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.

 

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Friend

Five Minute Friday – Friend

Jesus and the Children

On Fridays I link to Lisa Jo Baker and take only 5 minute to write a post. Great for making me to sit and write with total freedom. Here goes:

FRIEND

“What a friend we have in Jesus” – oh I love those words. Being a friend of Jesus  means the world to me. Did you ever look at the words of this song? Here they are:

What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer;

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there. Source:

Jesus will shield us and we can find solace. (Tweet this.)

We can’t ask for any more than that. Yes we have friends here on earth and they are probably as close as we will get to true caring.

But Jesus cares even more.

Think of it – through trials, temptations, when others let you down, worries, cares, sorrow, and of course the biggest one – taking away our sins.

I know that when I feel low, down, tired, angry and anything negative I lift all my troubles to Jesus – and He lifts me up.

I haven’t heard this song for a long while. Get Done by Audio Adrenaline  … a very catchy tune – rocky, but listen to the music and watch the lyrics. The song says: He lifts me up.

Jesus – a friend of mine. When I become like a child I can approach Him with an open heart.

Time is up. What do you think of when you hear the word “friend”?

Have a great weekend,

Blessings,

Janis

Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

Time’s up. What do you think of when you think of the word JUMP?

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FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Remember

Five Minute Friday – a day late – REMEMBER

Finished Tadeo Turtle puppet

Remembered but too busy having fun.

No I did not forget to write on Friday – I just got into so much more that I never had time to write FMF.  I love making connections with others and sometimes I get carried away and forget the time. I know that I should be stopping but it is so much fun meeting and reading the posts of others.

This week I have met so many new friends. And on Wednesday’s Word we have had so many wonderful links with God’s Word. I have found other linking parties – so then I went visiting.

Then I made a craft for Saturday – a Tadeo Turtle Puppet – that was so much fun. Now I am planning for next Saturday.

So remember I did – but no time. So what I have to say about remember today will be this.

1. I am learning to memorize Scripture – it is working. I want to do a video one day but being a perfectionist – it is hard to put something up that is not perfect. Grrr. So either I have to stop working towards perfection or I have to work harder at my memory work.

2. I remember that Jesus is the “author and perfecter of my faith” and that is most important.

3. I remember that my “job” is to glorify God in all I do. And that is what I am trying to do.

Time is up – way up – late and time to post.

Time’s up. What do you think of when you think of the word REMEMBER?

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FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Rest

Five Minute Friday – Rest

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

REST

We all need it. That’s the first thing I thought about. Without rest – we crash. I talked to a woman today who wasn’t feeling well. Then she mentioned that she really hadn’t stopped “doing things” for quite awhile. She recognized that she needed a rest.

God’s rest is the best.

When I feel overwhelmed or unable to think straight – I take the time to STOP and read His Word. He is the One that can bring me peace in any situation.

I tend to do a lot and sometimes I get to the point where I know that if I go any further I won’t do it properly. So it is better to stop – take the time to refresh – then go back.

More time is wasted in working while tired. 

I love to breathe in the Spirit of God. That is the best rest I can find. Knowing that He resides in me brings me refreshment, courage, and stamina that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

A quick check of the Internet tells me that the word rest is found almost 500 times in the NIV version.

Jesus took time to rest:

Jesus said, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31, NIV).

And when I can’t sleep, one way I use to relax is to repeat the 23rd Psalm (notice the King James Version – the way I learned it):

“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters” (Psalm 23:2, KJV).

Time’s up. What do you think of when you think of the word REST.

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FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Ordinary

Five Minute Friday – Ordinary

Blue Sky of Arizona

For me right now – this is ordinary.

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

 Synonyms for the word ORDINARY:

common – usual – regular – normal – habitual – customary

I love ordinary. I love when things are going regularly. Everyone is well. Everyone is happy. There are lulls like this – and I breathe them in.

But I know too even for me, that ordinary doesn’t last. There are things that come to break that ordinariness. Sometimes those things are good; some not so good. But in all of them I still stand on the Word of God. God is always in our circumstances.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV).

And then there are those not so ordinary God experiences. I have had several this week.

In one case I heard of a friend’s daughter who saved her child and another child when they fell in a not-so-frozen lake. And the daughter is 8 months pregnant. How did she manage to do that? – God – for sure, for sure. And the prayer of others for protection for families.

In another I heard how God is working in a life to make changes in a heart so that there is no fear, only acceptance and love.

Myself – I see how God puts people in my path, both for my writing and for prayer. That is so awesome – to see it is God.

Though I like ordinary
I am looking out for an extraordinary God
who is unfathomable, unchangeable, unordinary God. Tweet this.

Can you see God at work in your ordinary life? Let me know in the comment section.

Blessings,

Janis

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FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – What Mama Did

Five Minute Friday – What Mama Did

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

Kathy, Mom and me

This is a tough one for me today. My Mother died last January at the age of 94, almost 95.

My Mom, I can say for certainty, was always there for me. She loved deeply both her girls and her husband. She cared for us and always put herself last. Sometimes that bothered me because I felt bad. But now I see it was her nature to give, and to love.

My husband and I had the privilege to have her stay with us for 4 years (with a sharing between my sister and myself). Mom and I learned to “get along”. It was tough but we did manage to find a peace between us.

When Mom decided to move to a retirement facility, we loved how she joined in with all the fellowship. My Mom never forgot a name, a date or how someone was doing. Once again her caring nature stood at the forefront.

A competitive cribbage player, I loved how even in the last few weeks of her life she still played to win. And she did win. Her mind, always sharp – she could figure out how to use those cards to her advantage.

Miss her – greatly. Crying now yes. But knowing that she is with my Dad and with Jesus. I see them are all dancing together and that helps me get over the emptiness I still feel.

Yes my Mom loved everyone, and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of the cutest things she said was at our last Christmas together  – as she watched the great-grandchildren playing – she said, “My, Sarah, they look so much alike”. My daughter, Sarah, replied, “Yes Grandma, they all look like you.”

To my Mom  – a gracious lady, a wonderful wife, mother and friend. We all miss you.

 

 

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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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Cherished

 

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