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Time, How God Can Expand it

How Can God Expand Time

Someone asked me if I could do something. I had to say, “I’m sorry at the moment I have no time”. I even said that I wished God would give me another 24 hours in a day. But you know what, He answered me and showed me how to not be concerned with time.

Time - How God Can Expand it

This is the grandfather clock my hubby built.

We are continuing with week three of a Lenten study using The SIMPLE Method of Bible Study.

S – Say the passage out loud. Check other versions.

Today’s study is based on Mark 11:27-33

They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him.  “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”

Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.  John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”

They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’  But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)

So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”

Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

I – Interpret the passage – check footnotes, references, and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

Jesus had just cleansed and cursed the temple. The religious leaders wanted to destroy Him. This is the first of 5 controversies in the temple. Tension is building on the way to the cross.

The temple courts were courts that surrounded the main temple buildings. There was the court of women, court of men (Israelite) and court of Gentiles.

What authority? Priest wanted to know why Jesus could perform an official act when He had no status.

“Heaven” was a common word for “God”.

M – Make list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

Those who called themselves “religious” should have understood Who Jesus was. But they didn’t. They were blinded by obstacles. I was too – See my faith testimony.

Submission to Authority:

The priests had become powerful. They had money and position. They saw Jesus as a threat to that. They reject His authority (28) – See Mark 1:22, Mark 1:27, Mark 2-10-11.

Who is our authority? Is it science, the world, the media, other people, ourselves?

Check out the Evidence:

I read A Case for Christ by Lee Stobel and books by CS Lewis, Max Lucado and of course The Bible to help me answer the question Who is this Jesus? 

It’s a great question that Jesus posed. The evidence is seen in Malachi 3:1, Isaiah 40:3 and by John the Baptist.

But even with all this evidence the priests could not get over themselves and the possibility of losing control.

Fear God rather than man:

Fear of man is a common problem (See Proverbs 29:25). The leading Jewish authorities were afraid of the people. So they waffled and said, “We don’t know”. They wanted to stay safe and comfortable and keep the status quo.

P – Pray – after all your thoughts are expended – take time to talk to God and then to LISTEN to Him.

L – Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (It might be entirely different than your thoughts – that’s okay)

I think it is amazing how God works. This is the passage suggested in the study I am following. And last Sunday it is the text that the sermon was based on. Our pastor, Rick Thiemke, if Via Church in Mesa, Arizona, explained the passage very well and many of my thoughts came from that sermon. I love this quote.

Science is a great description of what God already knows. (click to tweet)

Remember the burning question I had this week: How can I get more time?

I am learning to never say never. God is the God of the impossible. Being God-led means submitting to His authority. I was reminded of two old acronyms and one new one.

 

And my new one – TIME

T – Thankful: Be thankful for each moment of the day.

I – Interest: Show interest and understanding and watchfulness for events around you.

M – More:  God gives us more than we need. He expands time, energy and vision.

E  – Expansion: Our world expands when God is in control. I pray to expand my territory for God.

How do you see TIME? God’s version is different than ours.

Submit to His authority and see TIME expand. (click to Tweet)

The scripture to study for this week will be Colossians 1:17 because I think it encapsulates all the ideas of TIME.

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

E – Exit the study with a written prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Oh Father, once again You amaze me of how You put things together – this day, this week, this year. The sermon, this Lenten study, Your words through prayer. You tie is all together. You hold everything together. You even expand time. Thank You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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What’s Better? Multitasking? or Doing One Thing at a Time?

33 Dots – A Bear Juggling?

Today I would like to show you the process of the 33 dots. It’s a game my friend Meg Konovska taught me. It loosens me up as I try to see the picture, then colour it. Today it turned into a juggling bear which reminded me of multitasking.

First I put down 33 dots randomly with my eyes closed. (Sorry forgot the picture of the dots.)

Next I draw the lines around the dots without any lines crossing.

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Then I try to figure out what it is. I turn it around and around until I see something. This time I saw a bear.

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Then I colour it.

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I used pencil crayons – not watercolour pencil crayons this time. I don’t think the paper I chose is for pencil crayons as there is too much texture. But I will try again.

Thoughts:

This is where I tell you a story about the picture. After some thought as I was colouring the picture, it came to me that we do this a lot – try to stand on one foot while balancing something in one hand. It’s a trick. Sometimes we can do it. But if there is anything that disturbs our concentration then the ball comes tumbling down.

And that reminded me of multi-tasking.

When we try to do more than one thing at a time. Most studies I have read say that it turns out this practice is not a good thing – for your brain or the task you are doing.

Here is a good report about multitasking. 12 Surprising Reasons Multitasking doesn’t work.

And here are the 12 reasons cited:

  1. It’s slowing you down.
  2. You make mistakes.
  3. It’s stressing you out.
  4. You’re missing out on life.
  5. Your memory may suffer.
  6. It’s hurting relationships.
  7. It can make you overeat.
  8. You’re not actually good at it.
  9. It dampens your creativity.
  10. You can’t only handle it once.
  11. It can be dangerous.
  12. You are not really multitasking – you are task switching

Cell phone usage?

I wrote about cell phone usage for my next podcast (next Tuesday on HopeStreamRadio) – because I feel we are overusing our phones. Cell phones can keep us from paying attention to those around us. I have been watching when we walk, or when we are in the store and the number of people talking and walking with cell phones is huge.

Are you one of those people?

As for “multitasking” or “task-switching”, I find there are sometimes I need to do it. When I do the laundry I am not going to wait for each load to be finished – I am going to do something while I am waiting. The same for cooking a meal – sometimes there are a few things that can be done ahead, and when I am preparing one thing I can still prepare another.

But I am going to try harder to sit down and write at one sitting, at least for 45 minutes, before I get up and move around. (And that’s an advantage of multitasking – I get more exercise and a change of pace.)

Anyway that’s my thoughts about my painting today.

Spiritual Thoughts

God tells us to search for wisdom, to seek understanding, and be aware of the world around us.

We can’t do that if we are multitasking, especially with our cell phones.

From Proverbs 8:21 in The Message:

Wisdom is talking.

You can find me on Righteous Road—that’s where I walk—
    at the intersection of Justice Avenue,
Handing out life to those who love me,
    filling their arms with life—armloads of life!

That’s what I am working toward – armloads of life. What about you?

Here is an example of one of Meg’s paintings. 

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Breathe: Five Minute Fridays

Breathe: Five Minute Fridays

I can’t believe one week has gone by so quickly. Breathe. Janis. Breathe. That’s what I always tell others when they say they are stressed, angry, frustrated or just plain tired. Breathe.

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Why do I use that word to help them and me? Because that is what can bring God into the situation. By stopping to listen, to quieten our hearts and spirits, God speaks and we can listen.

Breathe.

I’m doing it right now. I know I am supposed to “write for 5 minutes” but when I am not typing I can stop and breathe in His Spirit. Ask Him for inspiration. Let Him bring about a restoration.

I have a plate at home that always reminds me to stop and take a breath. It says, “Stop and smell the roses.”. I think we forget to do this – all the time. We get on a roll, we keep going and doing and going and doing. Until sometimes we just stop because we have come to the end of our strength. You can read all about how God stopped me in my tracks and forced me to take a breath so I could listen to Him.

breatheThat’s a good thing though – coming to the end of our own strength. I am reading The Story of With by Allen Arnold. I heard him at a writers’ conference last weekend. He talks about trying to do everything in his own strength and how that will eventually implode and even explode. Instead he suggests we need to live in the land of With – With God. In that land we can slow down, inhale God and we can find joy and peace.

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Scripture talks about quietening our souls. We can do that by focusing on our breathing and nothing else. As we take in breaths,  in and out, we know we are creatures created by God. He is breathing right there with us.

The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4, NIV).

When we stop and breathe – we refocus on God. (Tweet this)

We can hear His Voice, feel His presence, learn His wisdom.

Life is breath. So breathe.

 

Here is a great song by Jonny Diaz called “Breathe”.

Five minutes are up. It’s your turn. What are your thoughts on the word “breathe”? click on the icon below and try your hand at writing for five minutes.

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Joy Prayer Thanks Word of God Speak

Joy Prayer Thanks Word of God Speak Linkup

For the next couple of weeks we are going to look at verses about prayer, starting with 1Thessalonians 5:16-18, we are looking at Joy Prayer Thanks.

Joy Prayer Thanks

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On April 16th I will be joining with Conforming to the Truth who will be studying 17 books of the New Testament in 17 weeks. (I will be taking a pause after every 6 weeks for review – I believe review is necessary to hold these scriptures in my mind).

We are using the S.I.M.P.L.E. Method of Bible Study  to study each passage.

S – Say the passage out loud: Check other versions.

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

I – Interpretation – Check footnotes, references and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

Joy is not dependent on our circumstances. It is a joy based on our knowledge of Christ, what He has done for us and is doing for us now. Joy is consistent. Happiness ebbs and flows.

Prayer is not for “crisis only” but a continual conversation with God. I wrote about prayer at A Beautiful Life Ministry. 

God is interested in every facet of our lives. (click to tweet)

Read the following verses:

  • 1 Thessalonians 1:3 to 2:13
  • Romans 1:9-10
  • Ephesians 6:18
  • Colossians 1:3
  • 2 Timothy 1:3

Be thankful through all things. Look for blessings even in the dark times. Keep focused on Jesus.

Check out:

  • Philippians 4:4
  • Luke 18:1
  • Ephesians 5:20

M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

How do I make prayer a living thing? How do I remember to be thankful and joyful at all times, in all circumstances?

What do you, Lord, want my prayer life to look like? (click to tweet)

P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak. When you have finished writing all your thoughts, questions and ideas then take time for prayer.

L- Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).

I heard so much in this time of reflection on the words joy prayer thanks.

What did I learn from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18? (click to tweet)

Concentrate thoughts on Jesus
Make a quiet time at least once a day
Soak in the knowledge of the Spirit
Feel Jesus’ life blood flowing through my veins
Seek Jesus with my whole heart
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Block out extraneous thoughts and focus.

Joy Prayer Thanks

My best time of the day is morning. I need to give Him my first fruits.
Make a promise. Find an accountability partner.

E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Heavenly Father, You are so awesome. I love talking to You. You make all things clearer, calmer and full of life. You inspire me. I feel the joy that Christ brings. We can make our lives full of praise, thankfulness and joy – all thanks to You, Jesus. In Your name. Amen.

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My Emphasis – Where is yours?

My Emphasis – Where is yours? – Hope Stream Radio Podcast

The reading this week for Lent led me to look at where I put my emphasis. You can either listen to the podcast or read the show notes. Either way I would love to hear your thoughts.

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My emphasis

Here are the show notes for this week’s program for those who would rather read than listen.

What is Your Emphasis?

I was studying a familiar passage in the Bible the other day and God changed the emphasis of the words.

Mark 12:41-44 where Jesus is watching the people give to the treasury of the temple. I looked at verse 44.

They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.

My eyes had always looked at live and poverty. Totally poor, the widow was giving way more than the rich who gave such a small percentage of their wealth.

This time however I saw the words, Put In Everything. I know that at this point Jesus has been watching all the people give to the treasury – in 13 upside-down trumpet shaped vessels.

Put in Everything

This time God took me away from looking at the money aspect and made me look at the words “put in everything she had”. She had not much but she put it all in for God. Now she has only God left. She had emptied herself completely.

We have so much – and not just in money but in time, inspiration, creativity, family, love and education to name a few.

And the next week what passage came next in my Lenten study but Mark 14:1-9. In this story we read about the anointing of Jesus by a woman at the house of Simon the Leper in Bethany.

This time I focused on the verses 8-9. Jesus says:

She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.

Reading these two passages gave me a double look at whole-hearted worship.

Giving it all to Jesus. Where is my Emphasis?

My question is: Are we investing it ALL to His glory?

I see Michael Hyatt’s book, Living Forward  through God’s eyes.

When Michael says to take a long careful look at our lives – investigate, think, pray and ponder He is talking about our WHOLE lives.

Michael chooses what he calls LIFE ACCOUNTS and gives these examples:

You, faith, health, spouse, kids, finances, friends, work and hobbies. But you may choose any accounts you want.

To give everything to God we need to see our every thing. In order to give every thing I need to know where to put my emphasis.

I’m reminded of Micah 6:8

What does the LORD require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Listen to 1 Samuel 15:22:

Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as obeying the voice of the LORD?

And Hosea 6:6

For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.

And Isaiah 1:16-17

Stop doing wrong, learn to do right. Seek justice, encourage the oppressed, Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

All those verbs are needed to be added to my life profile.

Act, love, obey, acknowledge, seek, encourage, defend, plead.

And the nouns:

Justice, mercy, humility, God, the Voice, oppressed, fatherless, widows.

I made the word art to remind myself of the emphasis I need in my life.

I haven’t started my formal written life plan yet but God is giving me Scriptures and words to help me when I do. Those words will be my emphasis.

Do you have a life plan? Or are you on autopilot with no plan but drift? (click to tweet)

What are your thoughts?

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Unseen Where are you looking?

Unseen  Where are you looking? – Word of God Speak Linkup

This has been another busy week – I have been reviewing the 6 scriptures we have had posted last week and the week before. This week we look at 3 more. Every one of them point to the unseen, to eternity.

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2 Corinthians 4:17-18

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Time seemed very important to me for this scripture. I love the “light and momentary troubles”. Even in our most dire circumstances, in light of eternity, this would be negligible. Our troubles may seem heavy and long when we must endure them. I find it interesting that these words make us see the difference. Time here on earth is temporary. What we can’t see but hear about in scripture is for ever. Let’s focus on the unseen.

Focus on the unseen. (Tweet this)

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Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.”

Time again is the focus. The things of this world are temporary. God is forever. We look towards what is unseen instead of what we see. I love that.

 

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Hebrews 1:10-13

In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
 They will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
 You will roll them up like a robe;
    like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
    and your years will never end.

I did not plan it this way. But this one has to do with TIME as well. Everything we see is perishing. God remains the same. Praising God we will not perish if we give our lives to Jesus. We will have eternal life.

Again look to the unseen.

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16 Scriptures for Word of God – Word of God Speak – A Link Party –

16 Scriptures for Word of God

Word of God Speak – A Link Party

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This week I thought we should continue to look more closely at the word of God, which we studied for the past week. How did you do with your memory work?

B——, r—– are those who —- the —- of — and —- it. Luke ??:??

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Today I would like to continue on with another passage about The Word of God using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study.

S – Say the passage out loud:

The Word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates to even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12, NIV).

This is a little more of a challenge for memorizing but I know you can do it. Stick with me at our Word of God Speak Community Facebook Page.

I –  Interpret

What did I find out through looking up cross-references; googling; and from the words themselves?

There seems to be some argument over who is the author of Hebrews. Because it doesn’t start with a salutation the claim of Paul being the author is suspect.

Whoever wrote Hebrews very strongly told the story of the resurrection and our gift from God to live eternally with Him.

I looked up so many “word” passages. I thought I would share them in a drawing. I found 16 that I made into a Wheel. You can download this picture as a PDF.

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M – Make a list of thoughts and questions.

I do know how important the Word of God is.

When I grew up we didn’t read the Bible as a family except for a few tries over the years. But my grandfather always read from a devotional and the Bible after supper. When we visited them – not very often – I would hear the Word and sometimes be asked to read it out loud. As I think back it might have been The Upper Room that he used. I don’t recall any discussion after reading the passage and devotional (which I think is essential).

When I made my decision that Christ would be my Lord and Saviour, I was hungry to learn more. I wanted to read the Bible but found it very difficult. We had a family Bible in the King James Version. I couldn’t understand it. I became frustrated. A friend suggested I buy a New International Version. But still nothing. The same friend suggested I ask Jesus to help me understand what I read. I gave that a try and hurrah – I understood better. I still ask God to open my understanding as I read His Word.

I’m excited now, not only to read but to hear what God wants me to know TODAY. Since his Word is LIVING and ACTIVE it can change as I change and as my circumstances change.

P – Pray – Remember not to talk too much to God but instead listen to His Words.

L – Life Application: What did God tell me?

The very first words I heard from Him were:

Cut to the quick.

Now that was entirely weird. I didn’t know what it meant. I checked various biblical references for quick and quicken and quickening.

  1. I read that “cut to the quick” could mean hurt, or emotionally hurt.

But when they heard this, they were cut [a]to the quick and intended to kill them  (Acts 5:33, NASB).

2. It also meant to get to the core of the message and stay focused.

3. “Quickening” meant to give life to dead flesh. God speaks through quickening.

It is the Spirit which quickens, the flesh profits nothing: the words which I have spoken unto you are spirit and are life (John 6:63, Darby Translation).

4. The literal Greek meaning of “quicken” means “to make alive, give life or vitality” (Strongs #2227).

So what do I do with these words, “cut to the quick” that God has given me? I remember hearing sermons that I thought, “How does the pastor know that those words are exactly what has been happening in my life? that is the answer I seek?”

I think what I am learning is that the Holy Spirit makes God’s Word come alive. Any passage will help me with instruction or correction. And God will ensure that he leads me to the passage I need to study for that day. And as for myself – I am to stay focused on what He wants me to do. I also want to remember NOT to grieve the Holy Spirit. If God tells me to do something I had better do it – and do it immediately!

E – Exit with a prayer.

Lord, You can cut me to the quick – either focus me or cut off something that is not of You. I know I am to be set apart for You – to be Holy at all times. Thank You for being such a loving, caring, gracious God who knows me. You have revealed so much to me today. You talked more than I have heard in a while. As I delve deeper into Your Word help me to change and refine and become closer to whom You want me to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The song Refiner’s Fire also came to me during prayer time. This reminded me of the podcast I did for this past week – To live in the Holy.

Here is Refiner’s Fire for you to enjoy sung by Brian Doerksen.

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Blessed, rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey it. Luke 11:28.

 

Hebrews 4-12 Colouring Sheet for you to enjoy in PDF. Or here is the .jpg

Please excuse the “C” for “G” for God – you can change it by colouring it.

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Sunday Stillness – Is Distraction a good thing or bad?

Sunday Stillness – Is Distraction a good thing or bad?

I came away from the writers’ conference in Alberta (read about it here), all fired up to focus. Yes focus on what God is calling me to do. I have answered the three questions:

Why? Because I feel God is calling me to get as many people as I can into the Word, so He can talk to them about their lives. So my new title is Growing Through God’s Word.

Who? Anyone who desires to listen to God – men and women. And for children I will write children’s books that will focus on Growing With God. Tadeo Turtle was the beginning.

What? I want to follow God’s Word and speak about what He is saying to me and inspire others to listen to what He is saying to them. And as well as blogging I will venture out into speaking. You can listen to me at Hope Stream Radio. I am scheduled on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You can also listen to all my former podcasts on my Hope Stream Radio page. I have joined a Me Too Moments for Moms and am featured as a Mentor.

But then after making my list, thinking it through,  I got distracted with getting ready to go away (we are off to Arizona in three days of the time of posting this) and life in general and emails, social media, connections.

Now I realize that distractions are part of life. I had better embrace them. (tweet this)

I am not in a monastery or cloistered in a small cell – I am living, breathing and acting on everything.

This week started off by finally seeking help with my glasses. I had noticed that while driving I couldn’t see the signs without tilting my head downwards. My optician corrected it with a tilt. Great I could see. But it hurt. So I returned the next day. He adjusted it. Next day, I returned again  – it still hurt. Today, I think it is almost fixed. I am waiting until the end of the day to see if I have to return. That was time taken away – but I figure well spent as I can see clearly now.

I did a few phone calls to set up our return to Arizona. Still quite a few to do – the dreaded Bell call – I keep putting it off. (for my American readers – that is our Canadian Internet, phone provider).

But I also went outside and cut back our snowball tree and went for walks.

I read, I rested from jetlag. I connected with many people I met at the conference. I did my blogs.

And I know that all things work together for good – and I continue to do all things. They may feel distracting but they are truly living for God.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose  (Romans 8:28, NIV).

Just to prove the point – God showed me again – interrupted to go with my hubby and deliver something special to someone. Praising Him for all distractions that are part of His plan.

This weekend is our Canadian Thanksgiving. Let’s all give thanks in all circumstances. Praising God for always being with us.

Prayer:

Lord, we all live full lives on this earth – sometimes with focus and other times with distractions. Help us to live our lives fully for you in all we do, distractions and all. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Have a blessed Sunday Stillness.

 

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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. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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STILL SATURDAYS @SANDRAHESKAKING
PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS
THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART
TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS
THE SUNDAY COMMUNITY – #GIVE ME GRACE @SEE SPEAK HEAR MAMA
SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS – @SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS
MOTIVATION MONDAYS – @EMBRACINGHISWILL
SHARING HIS BEAUTY – @THEBEAUTYINHISGRIPFRIDAYS ARE FOR FAITH ‘N FRIENDS – @A SPIRIT KISSED SOUL

 

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Is God Working Through Me?

Is God Working Through Me?

by Janis Cox

Because-you-prayed

I read an interesting statement in The Prayer of Jabez?

If God is working through us that doesn’t mean in association with us.

Through is an interesting term. It reminds me of the scripture in Zechariah where we are told that not by might nor by power but by My Spirit will God work through us.

Our God specializes in working through normal people who believe in a supernatural God who will do this work through them.

This will be my path for the next months – to spend more time in prayer – as I beg for more influence and responsibility so I can honour God.

If I want to be a follower of Jesus I need to trust Him to do miracles; to open doors; to make divine appointments.

So I am praying and believing.

You will know beyond doubt that God has opened heaven’s storehouses because you prayed.

I would love to pray with you or for you.
Please contact me at Under the Cover of Prayer.

Here is a wonderful reminder that God will open heaven’s gates if we pray and believe.

Here are a few words from this song Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble? by Matt Redman.

Fling wide, you heavenly gates
Prepare the way of the risen Lord

And here is the video.

Prayer:

Lord, I know that I have to allow you to work through me. For that reason I give you my whole life to do as you wish. Lead me, guide me, push me. Open those gates and may I expand my territory for You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tweetables:

God has opened heaven’s storehouses because you prayed. Find out how. (tweet this)

Do you want God to open heaven’s gates? (tweet this)

All quotes today come from The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis Cox

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..

 

Blog Hop – My Current Work in Progress

Blog Hop – My Current Work in Progress

Oh did I laugh when I read the last title of this blog hop. What is my current work? As usual I have all these ideas and no time to focus.

Here are a couple of paintings from my new children’s book.

boy-doll-Yoj-web Yoj-house

 

But my current work is to focus on what God wants me to do. For that reason I will be taking a month’s sabbatical starting on April 10th. Except for Sunday Stillness which I will continue to put up.

I have come to the conclusion that if I want to get any other writing done besides blogging, I need to spend time with God – serious time. At the moment I write:

Under the Cover of Prayer – this is my first love and I am struggling with leaving it for a month but know I must do so.

Family and Faith Matters – I write twice a month and think I can have those finished before I go on sabbatical.

Inscribe Online – I write once a month and think I can write that before I leave.

and my own blog – He Cares for You – Other than Sunday Stillness – it will be quiet around here.

As for ideas I have two children’s books written. I am working on the illustrations.

I have two devotionals in the works – Living Life – One Word at a Time and a book about prayer.

And we are moving back to our residence in Canada. That is always an adjustment.

So time away will be good for me. I would ask for prayer for discernment of where to put my focus.

Stay tuned and I will tell you what God tells me.

And don’t forget to take a look at my published work – Tadeo Turtle – a story for children ages 2-7. Tadeo won the best children’s book for 2013 by The Word Awards.

Tadeo Turtle isn’t happy with his cumbersome shell. He wants to be free to run and play like Sammy Squirrel. In a dream his shell falls off near a stream. He runs, plays and has fun. All of a sudden CAT appears. Tadeo can’t outrun the CAT. He hides and longs for home. He finds his shell just in time and is safe. After he awakes from his dream, he realizes that God made all the creatures with special attributes and that he is special just the way he has been made.

You can order directly from me for a signed copy and a special batik watercolour card as a gift.

Or go to Tadeo Turtle to Buy for other options.

Tadeo Turtle - Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tweetables:

What are my works in progress? Joining Ruth Snyder’s Blog Hop. (tweet this)

 

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

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

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

Click here for the third blog hop on the topic. Hero.

Our fourth blog hop was Advice for new writers

Our fifth blog hop was What genre do you write?

Blog Hop -6

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