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Safe: Five Minute Fridays

Safe: Five Minute Fridays

Our word from Five Minute Fridays is SAFE. We have 5 minutes to write what that word means to us. Here goes. 5,4,3,2,1, – go

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Once again it’s been an incredible week. Learning so much. My second children’s book, The Kingdom of Thrim, is now on Amazon with NO shipping. I have changed my publisher to Creativity Press. So drop over and see the new edition. If you encounter any problems please contact me at Janis.

Safe – It’s funny, because just this week I had a conversation with someone I am working with because I had written the following about Psalm 119:3 which says:

That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;
you walk straight along the road he set (The Message).

I wrote: The Psalmist can ask for help because he has been blameless. God sent His one and only Son Jesus to save us from our sins! With Him we can be blameless because of His grace.

The one who was born of God – Jesus – will keep us safe.

My friend came back and said: “I believe we think that believing in Jesus will protect us from bad things happening to us and I don’t think that is based on scripture.”

My point was that Jesus does keep us safe – safe from all alarms.

I don’t mean protecting us from everything that might happen because I know that some bad things happen. I mean when we are with Jesus we know He is always there to comfort us – we are safe in His arms. – through all alarms.

I love the old hymn.

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
I have peace complete with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!

I know I have nothing to fear or dread as I am safe and secure in Jesus’ arms. May you feel that peace and security too.

However, I read this from Mark Batterson.

“Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous. Faithfulness is not holding the fort. It’s storming the gates of hell. The will of God is not an insurance plan. It’s a daring plan. The complete surrender of your life to the cause of Christ isn’t radical. It’s normal. It’s time to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. It’s time to go all in and all out for the All in All. Pack your coffin!”

Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous. (Click to tweet)

What are your thoughts? Does Jesus keep us safe? What is safety to you?

Living our lives is not playing it safe but feeling safe and secure in our faith with Jesus. (click to tweet)

It is boldly going where God tells us to go.

Blessings,

Janis

 

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Five MInute Fridays – KEEP

Five MInute Fridays – KEEP

 

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Once more, it is Friday – take 5 minutes and just write. Set the timer. Go.

The word for this week is: KEEP

Keep to me means cherish. I think of what I cherish the most – God, family, friends. Then I think of what I cherish that maybe I should not cherish – my “work”, my accomplishments, my gifts.

A long time ago I was able to get rid of stuff. Stuff can occupy our minds and keep us from advancing to where God wants us to go. I still have to purge often because stuff accumulates (don’t know how but it does).

God says we have one real thing to cherish with our whole heart – that’s Him. From there our love can go out to others. I try to keep that thought in front of me whatever I am doing. I don’t always succeed. Thanks for His grace!

If we are promising to walk in His Word then we have to remember that He gives and takes away. What I have now I might not always have – that includes things, abilities, health, finances – anything really.

But truly in order to live with Jesus I need to try to KEEP:

  • myself open to Him – He is the author and perfecter of my soul. 
  • watch over where God is working so I can follow His lead.
  • watch over my lips and tongue so my speech will be filtered to following Him.
  • my thoughts pure and blameless so I am ready for when He returns.
Prayer:
Heavenly Father,
Thank You for Your Word. That’s where I learn what I need to keep. Thanks for putting the Word into my heart more and more. Keep watch over me as I travel this road of life. Keep me watching, learning, and waiting until You return. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

 

Time’s up. Five minutes goes quickly doesn’t it. Joining Kate Motaung for Five Minute Fridays.

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What does KEEP mean to you? Joining Kate Motaung for #FMFparty (click to tweet).

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Five Minute Fridays – WAIT

Five Minute Fridays – WAIT

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Picture taken in Haliburton by Janis Cox

 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shalll walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31, AKJV).

Once more, it is Friday – take 5 minutes and just write. Set the timer. Go.

I don’t like waiting. I admit it. I am someone who likes to work quickly. I get impatient with stories that take too long getting to the point.

I want to know NOW. 

I am one who is ‘on the go’ – or like to be ‘on the go’. At least that was the case until this January when I caught the flu. That put me out of commission for 3 weeks. Even now I have to make sure I don’t overdo it or I wear out.

That’s why this year my word is RESTORE – to intentionally find things that will restore my mind, body and spirit.

I am learning, albeit slowly, to wait for some things. Here are some of them.

  • Wait while someone is talking – don’t interrupt. 
  • Wait for traffic lights by talking to God (and not about the stop in traffic!)
  • Wait for God – actually sit for 5, 10, 15 minutes, whatever time it takes for me to feel the peace He brings.
  • Wait for my new picture book to be finished. Take it slowly and in His timing. Don’t fret.
  • Wait and watch for what God is doing in my life. Ponder over it. Reflect on it.

Prayer:

Lord help me to learn to wait – to rest in You. Help me to remember to take the minutes necessary to reconnect. Help me to listen to Your voice of when to GO. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Time’s up. Five minutes goes quickly doesn’t it. Joining Kate Motaung for Five Minute Fridays.

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Five Minute Fridays – SHARE

Five Minute Fridays – SHARE

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I have not written a Five Minute Fridays post for a long time. But this morning the word – SHARE – just caught my attention.

Yesterday at Bible study we talked a lot about sharing, openness and being REAL. We are studying Maxi Dunnam’s The Workbook of Living Prayer.

I remember the first time I was asked to join a Bible study – the year – 2000. I said to my friend that she had to promise me three things:

  1. I would not have to share
  2. I would not have to pray out loud
  3. I would not have to hold hands

My friend kept her word – but, you know God had a plan. Through that group I found REAL friends whom I could share my thoughts, my dreams, and my questions. I found out that real friends will allow me to be me. I didn’t have to pretend to be someone else.

Now I share, I pray out loud, I hold hands and I even lead Bible studies. Thank You, Lord.

If you haven’t joined a Bible study, pray about it. God will lead you to the right one, with friends who will be friends for eternity.

I did write about being real in a Five Minute Fridays – in 2012. You can check it out at REAL – Five Minute Fridays. There is much to this story – and I can’t write about it in 5 minutes.

Here is my acronym for REAL.

Release Everything (to God) And Live.

Here is a fridge magnet I made. If you would like the higher definition .jpg so you can print it, please email me at Janis.

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Tweetable:

In order to share we need to be REAL before God and others (click to tweet).

Join us on Fridays – take 5 minutes to share your thoughts – no editing, just write.

What is Joy?

Today I am writing over at Family and Faith Matters. I joined Lisa Jo Baker for Five Minute Fridays – the word is JOY.

by Janis Cox

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Last week we had the pleasure of a visit from our son and his family. For three fun filled days we explored some sights in Arizona. Those days were filled with joy. As I watched my grown first born interact with his children, his wife and us, I astonished myself with the emotion I felt.

To read this rest go to What is Joy at Family and Faith Matters.

Tweetable:

Can you write about Joy for five minutes? Join #FMFparty @LisajoBaker

Five Minute Friday – Jesus asks, “Are you willing to follow me?”

Five Minute Friday – Jesus asks, “Are you willing to follow Me?”

Linking with Lisa Jo where we take only 5 minutes to write – #FMFParty. No editing. Just getting our thoughts and words on paper (computer).

Go – The word this week is “willing”.

Are you willing to follow Me?

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Path picture by Kimberley Payne

These first two months of this year, 2014, God has been prodding me to listen more to His Voice. I read The Circle Maker, Not a Fan, Kisses from Katie, and The Power of Persistent Prayer. Of course I also read the Bible. Right now I am reading through the New Testament for Lent with Margaret Feinberg.

Am I on the path that follows Jesus?

The question that keeps arising is, “Are you willing to follow Me?” And also I hear the repeated call, “Feed my lambs”.

My answer is a question, “How much, Lord?”

His answer, “All in”.

We started the first week of our new Bible Study on Not A Fan. Here are some take-aways from that first encounter with Jesus.

A follower gives Jesus the master key to his/her heart (soul).
I need to define this relationship I have with Jesus.
I need to ask myself where I have not allowed Jesus to enter in my life.

This week I start writing in the journal that Kyle provides for this study.

 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23, NIV).

My questions:

What does take up my cross mean?
What does deny myself really mean? – How is that possible?
How can I make each day – totally His?

STOP – I actually don’t want to stop – but I will continue to ask myself these questions; I will continue to ask God these questions; and I will try to tell you what I discover in the next 6 weeks of study.

What do you think?

Tweetables:

What does take up my cross mean?  (click to tweet)

How can I make each day totally for Jesus? (click to tweet)

Am I on the path that follows Jesus? (click to tweet)

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Five-Minute Fridays

Want to join Lisa Jo. Here are the rules:

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.

Five Minute Fridays – What to Choose?

Five Minute Fridays – What to Choose?

Linking with Lisa Jo where we take only 5 minutes to write – #FMFParty. No editing. Just getting our thoughts and words on paper (computer).

Go –

What to Choose?

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So much to choose from. God gives me such wonderful ideas. I get excited and I am off. But sometimes there are just too many things to choose.

Today my slate said (after prayer and devotionals):

        • tap dance
        • laundry
        • make cabbage rolls in slow cooker (I have to omit the sugar)
        • start making more stuffed Tadeos for the fair (and someone ordered one too)

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So needless to say I am in the middle of everything. But I stop every once in a while to pray. Because I believe connecting with God keeps me going. I believe He knows everything that is on my heart. And if He would rather me choose something else He is going to make it very clear. (But only if I am listening.)

The pause in between choices is the most important thing.

Never get so rattled with all that is before you that you can’t do anything.

Pause – pray and ask for direction. God always comes through – gives peace and productivity can continue.

Upcoming choices:

      • my first newsletter
      • expanding Under the Cover of Prayer by producing an ebook or short groups of topics together
      • One Day at a Time – will this be an ebook, softcover, devotional or Bible study?
      • two children’s books that need my artwork

But – each moment of each day is special to God. I look to Him for timing, for inspiration and for energy. And of course the best choice I ever made was choosing to follow Jesus.

Time’s up. Got to take the laundry out of the washer.

Your turn. Join us at Lisa Jo Baker’s Five Minute Fridays.

Tweetables:

The best choice I ever made was choosing to follow Jesus. (tweet this)

The pause in between choices is the most important thing. (tweet this)

Five-Minute Fridays

Five-Minute Fridays

Want to join Lisa Jo. Here are the rules:

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.

 

Five Minute Friday – Small

Five Minute Friday – Small

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Linking with Lisa Jo where we take only 5 minutes to write – #FMFParty. No editing. Just getting our thoughts and words on paper (computer).

I can’t ever remember being small. As a young child growing up I heard, “oh she is so tall”. In my class photos I am in the back row centre. Whenever we lined up for height – I knew I would be first. The boys took forever to catch up.

When I finally saw the man I would marry I first saw his height (6 foot 3 inches). That made an impression on me. We danced well together. We walked well together. He was someone to look up to (by 5 inches).

No matter that my height was tall, I felt small much of the time. I had very little confidence in who I was. Extremely shy in school most report cards stated, “would like it if Janis would speak up more in class”. No – I didn’t want to say anything, even if I knew the answer. I had fears of speaking in front of a group – even a small group.

Time passed. I learned about myself. I became a little bolder. The biggest breakthrough came when I realized that I didn’t have to fear anything. I memorized this Scripture.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6, NIV).

Thank the Lord that I heard His still small Voice –  then I knew Jesus.

And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12, KJV).

Amazing result – the small in me became bigger, bolder and ready to spread His Word.

Time’s up.

Tweetable

No matter that my height was tall, I felt small much of the time. (tweet this)

The small in me became bigger, bolder and ready to spread His Word. (tweet this)

Five-Minute Fridays

Five-Minute Fridays

Want to join Lisa Jo. Here are the rules:

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.

5 Reasons Why Jesus is My Hero – Writers Blog Hop

5 Reasons Why Jesus is My Hero  – Writers Blog Hop

Third in a series of a Writers Blog Hop held by Ruth Snyder. 

Our first blog hop can be found at Ruth Snyder. for 2014. Writing Goals.

Our second blog hop can be found here. Writing Tools.

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Two Fridays ago the word of the week for Five Minute Friday was “hero”. I wrote for 5 minutes as I reflected on my hero. You can read it here.

Now I want to go into more detail of why Jesus is my hero.

 Jesus made me to be born again and so He changed me. (click to tweet)

Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. — John 3:3

Being born again from above is a perennial, perpetual and eternal beginning; a freshness all the time in thinking and in talking and in living, the continual surprise of the life of God (Oswald Chambers).

1. Jesus took away my WORRIES.

The first scripture I memorized was Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And he replaced my worries with prayer.

– Put
– Reason
– Aside
– Yield.

2. Jesus brought a PEACE into my daily life.

Now that I know He is in charge, I can go about my day following His leading.

P – Put
E – Everything
A – Aside
C – Christ
E – Enters

3. Jesus made me REAL.

Before my relationship with Jesus I play-acted my life. I went through the motions not knowing what I was doing here on earth. When I realized that this life is not the end, I could relax, enjoy and see each minute as a gift from God.

R – Release
E – Everything
A – And
L – Live

4. Jesus taught me not to FEAR.

Before I met Jesus I had many fears – fear of dying, fear of heights, fear of thunderstorms, fear for my children, fear of sitting by myself in a restaurant, fear of shopping by myself, fear of flying. (probably more).

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears (Psalm 34:4, NIV).

My fears are all gone. I no longer have any fear except of God Himself.

Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress,
and for their children it will be a refuge (Proverbs 14:26, NIV).

5. Jesus brought me into a COMMUNITY of His Saints.

– others who really cared for me. Before I had acquaintances and friends. Now I have Friends Forever in Christ.

So Jesus is my Hero. He changed my life. He is the One I look to for everything. (click to tweet)

Is Jesus your hero?

I love this song sung here by Jesus Culture – Holding Nothing Back, by Tim Hughes.

I am chosen, I am free
I am living for eternity
Free now forever
You pick me up, turn me around
You set my feet on solid ground
Yours now forever

And nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back

My chains fell off, my heart was free
I’m alive to live for You
I’m alive to live for You

Amazing love, how can it be?
You gave everything for me
You gave everything for me

You’ve washed my sin and shame away
The slate is clean, a brand new day

Free now forever
Now boldly I approach Your throne
To claim this crown through Christ my own
Yours now forever, yeah

And I’m free to live, free to give, free to be
I’m free to love You

Free to live, free to give, free to be
I’m free to love You
Free to live, free to give, free to be
I’m free to love You, Lord

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Five-Minute Friday – Write

Five-Minute Friday – Write

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What makes me want to write? Oh the sheer excitement to see the words come on the white page (or screen). To see what God is going to lead me to say. To help my thoughts grow my faith as I read and write His Word.

I always loved words. I took English as my major in university. But teachers either liked my writing or hated it. It hurt when they didn’t like my words and I took it personally. God has taught me not to do that now.

When I write now I try to write what He is teaching me. Last Friday the prompt was who is my hero – it was so easy – Jesus of course.

As I live, breathe and find joy in each moment writing becomes part of who I am. I love reading devotionals like Oswald Chambers, and Philip Yancey because those words stir my thinking about how I am living. Of course, the Bible is first and foremost where I get my inspiration.

Writing becomes my living and my living reflects in my writing.

I stumble, but He picks me up. I used to worry about what people would think and hesitated to put any words on paper for fear of failure. But Jesus showed me there is no fear because really I am writing for Him. If I trust Him He will give me the words that He wants me to say.

Thoughtless words cut like a sword.
But the tongue of wise people brings healing (Proverbs 12:18, NIRV).

I pray that my words bring LIFE. That’s why I write.

Tweetables:

Writing becomes my living and my living reflects in my writing. (tweet this)

I pray that my words bring LIFE. That’s why I write. (tweet this)

Here is one of my favourite worship songs by Hawk Nelson, Words

The chorus:

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to you

Time is up: And I like that about Five Minute Friday – just let my fingers go and then the timer goes off – I am done. No editing, reflecting – just words on the page.

Can’t wait to read the thoughts of others.

Join me as Lisa Jo is having a contest to win 3 books – link your posts.

Five-Minute Fridays

Five-Minute Fridays

Want to join Lisa Jo. Here are the rules:

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.