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Scripture and a Picture – What is the Unseen?

Scripture and a Picture – What is the Unseen?


On the weekend I looked at 2 Corinthians 4:17-18.

I am working at memorizing this verse. It is LONG. I have been taking it in short sections:

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

I see the entrance to the unseen as a portal. I wrote about 5 Ways to Stronger Prayers and as I read this over I realized that these also help us to find a portal to the UNSEEN.

The Scripture that also has been on mind this week is James 1:17:

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

That is what is unseen  – our heavenly Father.
In order to fix our eyes on Him we need to have a strategy.

It’s not easy to fix our eyes on something we can’t see, is it?

That’s why we have to be intentional about our faith. With all the hubbub in our lives, we need to make time for the quietness of God. He is found in the silence. Some may argue that they can hear Him at all times – in noise and quiet. I say – good for you. But my brain is not wired that way. I am too stuck in this world to hear God when noise is going on and my head can’t focus on connecting with God.

So I make my time in the morning – that is my quiet time of prayer, study and listening to Him.

What is the way you hear God?

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How Can I Hear You, God?

by Janis Cox


“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. And he who loves me the Father will love and I too will love and show myself to him” (John 14:21, NIV). Emphasis is mine.

How can I hear from God? This is a question I have struggled with. I always wanted to know if I really heard God tell me something or was it my own thoughts.

I checked out The Message version of this passage. It says:

“I will love him and make myself plain to him.”

So I take that to mean if I love Jesus, then He will make Himself plain to me. That means I will be able to understand Him. Doesn’t it?

We say to each other, “Speak plainly, so I can understand you.”

So here Jesus is saying, “I will speak plainly to you.”

YES – That’s it. When I spend time with Him, learn His words, and His heart and become part of Him, then I will know what He is thinking.

“Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4, NIV).

Isn’t that awesome?

Here is my logic for a Friday morning:

1.  In order to hear God I have to get close to Him.

2.  In order to know what God is saying I have to have Him living in me. If I love Him He will speak plainly.

3. When He speaks I will hear His voice in my thoughts. My thoughts will tell me what He is saying.

“My Spirit, who lives within you, helps you to think My thoughts. As your thinking goes, so goes your entire being” (Jesus Calling, February 12). Click to Tweet.


The more I immerse myself in knowing God,

the more confident I am that I hear His thoughts.  Click to Tweet.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Am I on the right track? Is that how you understand how to hear from God? Please join in the discussion.

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Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.


Shut Me Up, Lord

by Jan Cox

This past weekend my girlfriend and I promised to pray and listen to God. But, you know what? We got side-tracked with our own thoughts and ideas.

We even went on a half hour nature hike to pray. But, we took my little dog too. Bad idea. If you know dogs, she sniffed at everything, interrupted our prayers and made concentration difficult. That was our first distraction.

Then we really did start praying. We thanked God for the beauty of His creation; the leaves changing colours; how we wanted Him in our lives and we were ready to listen to Him. Then we stopped. Yes – we did stop. Did we stop to listen? NO.

We started chatting. We didn’t listen.

I would say out of the half hour of hiking we actually prayed for five minutes and listened for one, and even that is a maybe.

“Prayer is an effort of will….and the first thing that conflicts is wandering thoughts.”1

Oswald Chambers is talking here about private prayer but it happens with prayer partners too.

“We have to discipline our minds and concentrate on willful prayer.”2

Oswald talks about “shutting thy door”. When we talk to God in prayer with a partner maybe I have to learn to shut my mouth and be quiet. Yes, shut up, Jan.

The next time my friend and I get together I want to be focused, disciplined and willful. I want to listen to Him not me.

It was a beautiful walk and we did worship God as we viewed His creation. And even in the five minutes of prayer we felt His presence. How much more would we have gained had we prayed instead of chatted? Listened instead of talked? I wonder.

1,2 Quotes from Oswald Chambers are found in August 23. I encourage you to read this devotion.


Oh Father. Help me to learn to be more disciplined in my prayer life, alone and with a partner. Help me choose to make the time, and be silent and still before You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week:

  • Great visit with old friends
  • Returning to study One Thousand Gifts this fall
  • Great discussion on Chapter 7 of OTG – Empty to Fill
    Closing fingers.. holding, damming grace – making stagnant water – joy dies
  • Hubby starts to renovated the bathroom (little did we know what this would involve!)
  • Great to have two different groups of women studying OTG
  • Washing dishes by hand (brings togetherness)
  • The stillness of the early morning
  • Seeing God in the faces of others
  • Meeting God in meditation
  • Hubby pulling out the old shower (YUCK!)
  • Being able to climb a ladder without fear – yes me.

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.