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Adapt – Five Minute Friday

Changes Are Coming

We have to learn to adapt. This is Five Minute Friday and today’s word is ADAPT.

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Write for 5 minutes. GO.

This past while things have been changing. Many things.

  1. As Snowbirds we came back to Canada. That is difficult most times but particularly this year as I caught a wicked cough/cold. Over two weeks ago I succumbed. Just beginning to see the light. We had to adapt to cold. Yes, the weather in Arizona was in the 90s and in below 32 here. I couldn’t get warm.

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hot and cold

2. I changed the name of my Facebook Closed Group. It is now called Artists and Writers Grow Through God’s Word. I think this will be the title of this blog as well. What are your thoughts?

 

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3. After blogging on Medium for 30 days straight. I stopped. Now I am learning to find a new rhythm. You can find my posts here.

4. I stopped podcasting for a bit. With all the turmoil I thought I wouldn’t be doing a good job. So I have taken a hiatus. You can listen to my podcasts on Hope Stream Radio here.

Growing Through God’s Word

5. Our house is still for sale so I have to get in a routine of keeping it clean so I don’t have to go into overdrive when the agent has a client coming. While in the States is was easy – the clients saw the house “cold” but clean.

 

6. Our dog has developed a urinary problem so needs a new diet – no other food and an antibiotic. More watching and waiting.

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Snowball

7. Learning to lean on God more and more. Now I make sure I go to Him first each morning. He certainly showed me I needed to relax and slow down and smell the roses.  

8. Lastly, this next week I start into the schools with the Artists in the Schools program to do 7 classroom workshops on Sponge Painting with Watercolour. Please pray. Thank you.

Blessings

Janis

 

 

5 Ways to Become a Watchman for God

5 Ways to Become a Watchman for God

By concentrating on learning more about God I can become His watchman.

Lessons on Communicating with God

Colossians 4:2 says:

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

I like that idea — to devote myself to prayer — but how can I accomplish it? While studying Mark Batterson’s Draw the Circle — The 40 Day Prayer Challenge I realized that prayer is beyond any expectations that I ever thought possible.

I would like to become a watchman for God.

And to do that I must stay alert to what’s happening around me. That way I can help others, I can thank God and be grateful for His help.

Mark says: Prayer is the difference between seeing with our physical eyes and seeing with our spiritual eyes.

Here are 5 ways I have found to bridge the gap between earth and the unseen world.

1. Pray specifically for God to open your eyes

Only God can open our spiritual eyes.

I know when I do this that I will be seeing things I would normally pass over. I will see divine appointments. I will notice where God is leading me.

The Aramaic word for prayer means “set a trap for”.

Instead of thinking of prayer as a list of wants we need to see prayer as a way to ask God to speak to us. (tweet this)

Waiting for Him to give us wisdom. Waiting for Him to answer our questions.

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From my Bible journalling on Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson

2. Prayer is a two-way conversation.

We need to remember it isn’t just us speaking. God can reply. God speaks through our dreams, our desires, our promptings, impressions and ideas. The Holy Spirit helps us to do this. We could say the Holy Spirit is our Sixth Sense. He helps us see into the spiritual realm and to hear across the divide between earth and heaven. That’s the way to become a watchman.

3. Be prepared for work and practice.

Set a time each day to practice the art of prayer. Set your alarm if you need to get up earlier. Be specific in what you ask and then wait. This prayer journey must become routine. We need to do it each day.

4. Read God’s Word daily.

Start using God’s Word as an offence. Pray the Scriptures.

Mark says: Quit talking to God about your problem and start talking to your problem about God.

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Bible Journalling from Days 12 and 14 from Mark Batterson’s Draw The Circle

5. Read devotionals, Bible studies and thoughtful theologians.

These resources will help enrich your experience. Make sure that the references you are using are biblical. I like books that are filled with scriptures.

Here are a few books that I enjoy:

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Draw the Circle The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson

The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormy Omartian

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

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This prayer journey can be exciting. But we need to begin. So if you haven’t asked God to open your spiritual eyes, do so today and begin a wonderful, exciting journey into communicating with God.

May I pray for you and me?

Thank You Father for this wonderful way to communicate with you. Help us to learn more and more as we ask for Your help. Jesus taught us how to pray by saying Our Father Who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. For ever and ever. Amen.

Until next time, I would love to hear about your prayer journey.

Remember to take time each day to pray and read God’s Word.

You can listen to this devotional and more on my weekly podcast for Hope Stream Radio.

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Do you check out a Fortune Teller?

Ask a Fortune Teller

Is there a way out of this darkness we find ourselves in? I know some people ask a fortune teller? or look at their astrology sign for advice.

You can listen to this podcast on Hope Stream Radio: Ask A Fortune Teller.

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In my study of Isaiah I see many familiarities with our situations today.

Listen to Isaiah 8:19 from The Message

When people tell you, “Try out the fortunetellers.
Consult the spiritualists.
Why not tap into the spirit-world,
get in touch with the dead?”

Does this sound familiar?

Have you read the papers? – the Internet. There are always pages for Astrology. People ask, “What sign are you?” And there are still fortune tellers too.

The word “luck” is bandied about everywhere. “Good luck.” “Oh you were lucky.” “As luck would have it.”

People in the time of Isaiah had lost their belief in God.

They searched for answers in other places – even fortune tellers. But they were the wrong places. They suffered from invasion and hunger. They felt distressed with all that was happening around them.

Today we see the distress in people – God’s people too. What’s the answer? (tweet this)

Are they looking in the right places? I think maybe not.

If we look at the books lining the shelves in bookstores. The “self-help” section is full. And look at all the new age therapies.

But it’s interesting that the secular world at this time in our history is also looking at meditation, peace, focus, commitment, community, love, friendships. Don’t those sound like terms from God’s Word?

But did the Israelites ask God for help? Did they humble themselves to acknowledge the need for God? NO they did not.

Where does the world look for answers?

They look to movie stars, sport stars, scientists, businessmen and the charismatic words of leaders. They check out spiritualists, karma, and others.

Did the people of Israel do the same thing? YES

Listen to Isaiah 8:21-22

Frustrated and famished,
they try one thing after another.
When nothing works out they get angry,
cursing first this god and then that one,
Looking this way and that,
up, down, and sideways—and seeing nothing,
A blank wall, an empty hole.
They end up in the dark with nothing.

But where does Isaiah tell them to look?

Isaiah 8:20

Tell them, “No, we’re going to study the Scriptures.”

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They are told to look to the Scriptures – God’s Word. Because we are blessed with the Old Testament and the New Testament we can see more than the people in Isaiah’s time.

How are we going to get out of the darkness in this world? (Tweet this)

The same as what Isaiah told God’s people:

Ask God and study His Word.

This is relevant for us today. If you are in distress cry out to God and study His Word in the Bible.

The people in Isaiah’s time did not have the light of Jesus yet. We do. We have no excuses.

We have Father, Son and Holy Spirit – our Triune God. We can speak and ask directly to God through Jesus. We can freely study the Word of God.

We have no reasons to live in darkness. The Light has come.
The Light is here. Thanks be to God.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord Jesus, we acknowledge that we need you. We really need you. Please enter into our thoughts, our emotions and our actions. Teach us to ask for help and teach us that daily reading of Your Word will strengthen and guide us. In Your Name, Jesus I pray. Amen.

Until next time if you feel you are in darkness, look to the light of Jesus. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Pick up a Bible and start reading.

Are you looking for a Bible Study that will make you think? Check out:

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Based on Scripture this study will help you find your way by using God’s Word.

Check it out here.

 

 

Podcasts and Posts

My month has flown by since we came home from Arizona. Although I haven’t been writing blog posts much on this blog I have been making podcasts and blogging for Hope Stream Radio and also for A Beautiful Life Ministry. I hope you can take a minute and listen or read my thoughts.

Here are the most recent podcasts with blog posts from Hope Stream Radio.

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40 Days of Lent – A Time To Study And Reflect

Seeking Jesus: How to Discern Fake News and Alternative Facts

Lenten Reflections: How Do you Focus on God’s Word?

After Easter Thoughts – How to Follow Jesus

Are You Being Blown By The Wind Of God?- Listening To The Holy Spirit

And here are two of my posts from A Beautiful Ministry.

HOW TO LIVE IN PEACE

5 Ways to Make Prayer Come Alive

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4 Podcasts for Advent

4 Podcasts for Advent

Listen to the 4 pillars of Advent at Hope Stream Radio – 4 Podcasts for Advent.

Hope

Hope now and forever

Love

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Joy

JOY

Peace

Blessings to everyone as we head toward Christmas.

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A Cast Iron Skillet – and my Faith?

A Cast Iron Skillet – and my Faith? Podcast for Hope Stream Radio

I podcast for Hope Stream Radio once a week. I am podcasting about A Cast Iron Skillet – yes, that’s right. I cook with one all the time. This week I thought about it and how it compares to my faith. Please click on the link to hear the podcast.

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A Cast iron skillet and my faith

Short summary:

Study of Galatians 2:20
Wrote a poem –

Surrounded by His Spirit
Enveloped in His love
He dwells deep inside me
Guides me
Inspired me
Heals me.

My life has become a well-seasoned skillet, hardened by a faith, seasoned with the Spirit (tweet this)

How to Overcome Fear – podcast

How To Overcome Fear – Podcast for Hope Stream Radio

Today on Hope Stream Radio I am talking about how to overcome fear. Fear used to be the way I lived. I became tense and irrational. Listen to what I learned.

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How to overcome fear

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Here are the show notes for those who would rather read the transcript.

How to Overcome Fear on Hope Stream Radio.

There are many things that have changed in my life since that pivotal moment in 2001. On an October day that year I accepted Jesus as my Saviour and promised to follow Him.

One of the first scriptures I memorized was Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I chose that Scripture because my life had been filled with fears – big ones and little ones. When I didn’t know Jesus I tried to control everything, my husband, my kids and my friends. That desire to control is still there but the Holy Spirit reminds me when I step over that line.

Losing control – or actually giving up control to Jesus is not easy. To give control to Him I had to learn to trust Him.

I learned trust by intentionally focusing my life on learning more about Him, through prayer and studying my Bible. I made Jesus my top priority.

Fear can strangle us.

Our passion, desires and dreams can be locked in a prison when we fear. (tweet this)

My fears held me back from living a full life.

When I committed this scripture to memory it started to be a part of me. I could say:

Don’t be anxious about anything.

I watched as Jesus torn down the walls of my fear and my hesitancy to try new things. As I wrote in my journal I learned more about me and my relationship with our God.

When I hit a roadblock, I prayed through it. I didn’t panic. I prayed.

I started to watch God in action. I saw Him open doors to a new life for me. I got excited. I felt a passion.

When I used to worry, my stress level soared. It made my sick – physically.

I heard someone say:

The best worriers become the best pray-ers. (tweet this)

I guess that’s me. I turned worry into prayer. Not only was there less stress , there was actually great peace, an inner peace.

Yes – a calmness overcame my rigid hyperness. I remembered to breathe in Christ when I face trials. I prayer. He answered.

There are so many passages that helped me overcome my fear.

The one I love the best is from 2 Timothy 1:7:

For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.

I learned it that way from the New English Translation.

Doesn’t that tell us everything we need to know. When we give our lives to Jesus – we become filled with His power and His love. And self-control, or discipline – what a fantastic byproduct.

The Message for today’s passage from Philippians says:

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

How is your life? It is filled with worry? Learn how to overcome fear. (tweet this)

Breathe in Christ.

Genesis 2:7 says:

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Jesus came to give us back that breath of life. This is the way we can overcome fear. (tweet this)

Breathe in Christ and live.

May I pray for you and me?

Father God, You gave us life. You breathed into us. Fill us up with Christ. Breathe life back into our lives so we can live in freedom, freedom from fear and worry. Help us to be alive with Christ. Help us to learn this. We know it make take time, but guide each of us in our walk with You. May the God of peace guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. In Your name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Until next time, look carefully at your life. Is there a concern or worry that you need to give to Jesus? Memorize Philippians 4:6-7 and may it help you as it helped me leap over my fears.

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God’s Will – What is it? HopeStreamRadio

God’s Will – What is it? Hope Stream Radio Podcast

As I started a quick study on prayer scriptures my first one brought me to understanding God’s will. I have heard that question many times: “How can I be in God’s will?”. I think I found the answer.

God's Will - what is it?

This week my podcast at Hope Stream Radio answers that question: What is God’s Will?  You can listen to the podcast here.

Here are the show notes:

This past week I have been studying 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

People are always asking: Is what I am doing God’s will or saying: I would like to be in God’s will.

What is God’s Will?

Paul answers this question, doesn’t he?

To be in God’s will we need to have continual joy, continual prayer and continual thanks in all circumstances.

That’s pretty clear. But it is not easy.

Paul encourages us on our spiritual walk. It is a journey, not a step or a marathon, but a walk.

In Thessalonians Paul talks about the second coming of Christ. But he focuses on how we are to live this life her on earth – the now – the present time – with the end in mind, learning to be in the presence of God now and hopeful of being in His Presence later.

In the meantime we can focus here on earth on those three things: Joy, Prayer and Thanks

Joy:

There’s a lot to joy. It is not happiness, which ebbs and flows. Joy is in knowing Christ. We can find joy at all times just in knowing Him.

How to we know Him? By reading the Bible and by prayer. We can actually learn to hear His voice. That’s why God left the Holy Spirit here on earth. I picture the Holy Spirit as a cell phone line to God. The Holy Spirit rings me in the middle of the night to talk to me. He beeps me when I am to watch or be careful. Words on the page of the Bible come alive when I have the right connection.

In sorrow, the joy I feel is comfort and peace in knowing He is with me.
In inspiration, He gives me words to write and pictures to draw to encourage others.
In study, He opens doors of understanding.
In pain, He soothes my spirit and heals me.

Prayer:

Next Paul speaks about prayer. He says to pray continually. At first I wondered how I could do that. Could I talk to God on an on-going basis? After much practice, I think I am getting better at having those minute to minute conversations. Learning to have a close connection to Jesus is the way to be able to pray continually.

Thankfulness:

Finally there is thankfulness. And that’s being thankful in all situations – good and bad.

The best book I have ever read to discover this deep gratefulness is A Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It’s a book that needs to be read slowly, as a careful, prayerful and thoughtful study. I read it through 3 times. I started to develop an understanding of giving thanks for everything.

How can I be thankful at all times?

Seek God and know that He has me in the palm of His hands, holding me safe and secure. (click to tweet)

This is a verse worth remembering, so I can stand fast in adverse times, trust God through all things, and show the world the glory and wonder of my God.

Remember these words:

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

God's Will - what is it?May I pray for you and me?

Lord, we live in confusing, sometimes violent times. We don’t understand this world we live in. We are grateful to be a part of Your Kingdom so we can stand firm in Your promises of being with You forever. In the meantime, we will endeavour to be joyful, prayerful and thankful always and in all circumstances because this is living in Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time, take time to be with God daily in prayer and in the study of His Word.

Easter Thoughts – Podcast- HSR

Easter Thoughts – Podcast- HSR

During Lent I went through 6 verses from Mark and studied them, asking God to speak to me the words He wanted me to hear. These are my Easter Thoughts. You can listen them at Hope Stream Radio.

EAster Thoughts

Click on the link to hear the podcast: Click here.

Here are my show notes:

The last passage I studied was Mark 14:66-72. – particularly verse 72.

Immediately the rooster crowed the second time.[a] Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice[b] you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

It’s a familiar passage of Peter’s denial of Jesus – three times before the cock crowed twice.

As I heard my grandfather clock chiming the hour as I wrote this I thought of how Peter would have felt hearing that cock crow.

It would have been a piercing sound, bombarding his ears with the voice of Jesus – You denied Me.

It would have overwhelmed Peter to hear that sound – so much that he cried.

My NIV version says: He broke down and wept.

The Message version says: He collapsed in tears.

Peter had been passionate for Jesus, always giving a rallying cry.

Suddenly he feels all is lost. Empty. Alone.

Those 3 days must have been devastating for him. Worry. Fear. Sorrow. Regret.

Then – EASTER. The incredible news that Jesus is alive.

When Peter sees and recognizes Jesus on the shore – He jumps out of the boat to greet Him.

That reminded me of the time before the resurrection when Jesus asked Peter to come out of the boat and to walk on water. And Peter did – for a bit.

Now, and especially after Pentecost, when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit – Peter is again on fire, willing to jump out of the boat and to walk on water, to trust God with everything.

What can I Learn from Peter? What are my Easter Thoughts?

Do not be afraid – Jesus has conquered death. He will always look after me. He has conquered death for me too.

Do what Jesus calls me to do – no matter how impossible it may seem, do it anyway because Jesus can do anything.

Be passionate – When I heard God tell me what to be passionate about it has been like a fire running through me. The words I heard were:

Get all Christians to read their Bibles daily.

That’s my goal. My mission. My purpose.

Easter Thoughts

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That’s what I am passionate about. What about you?

Easter Thoughts: What passion has God put on your hearts? Are you going full out for Him? (click to tweet)

May I pray for you and me?

Father, we know that sometimes we feel we have reached the impossible spot. But nothing is impossible for You. Keep us remembering that and give us courage and passion to do Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time, follow the passion the Lord has given you. Do it knowing that we have a great God who will strengthen and guide you. And remember to be in His Word, daily.

His Hands – Put everything there

His Hands – Put everything there – Hope Stream Radio Podcast

During this 4th week of Lent I have been studying Mark 12:41-44. I have come to the conclusion I need to put everything in His Hands.

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His Hands - Hope Stream Radio

On Tuesdays I podcast on HopeStreamRadio. You can listen to: Putting it in His Hands by clicking on this link: Here.

I have written out the show notes for those who would rather read than listen.

Show Notes for Putting it in His Hands

 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on (Mark 12:41-44, NIV).

I noticed that Jesus sat down at a particular spot so He could see the offerings. He sat down to watch what people were doing – specifically how they gave to God.

I read that the offerings were collected in containers that looked like upside down trumpets. As Jesus watched I am sure He thought about all the people as they came into the temple. It says there was a crowd.

Hebrews 4:12 tells us that God will judge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

I try to think – what did Jesus see and hear?

He saw a crowd, which is a large number of people.

I wonder what their thoughts were?

I can hear the mental arguments as they tossed in their coins:

Oh I wish I could keep this. I could really do with a new pair of sandals instead of giving this money to the temple.

Oh I think these priests are greedy expecting me to give to them – why don’t they work like I do?

Or I could hear and see the wealthy saying to themselves:

Look everyone. Look at my fine clothes. I am helping the treasury more than anyone else here. Look how much I give.

Or we look at the woman with the two small coins and we hear:

Thank You Lord for all You are. I willingly give to You what You require of me.

Are these the thoughts that Jesus hears? If so, I have to look at myself.

What am I saying when I give? What are you saying? (click to tweet)

And let’s look at our lives – not just the offering – the money part.

Jesus asks us to give Him everything – that means our whole lives. (click to tweet)

Is there anything you are trying to keep for yourself? Are you afraid to give that to Him? Maybe He will know you a little more if you give it up. That way you are giving yourself to Him and putting your life in His Hands.

Psalm 55:22 says

Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.

I love the word “cast”. I can see myself throwing my cares over to Him. Hence the picture at the top of the fly fisherman. Can you cast away your cares and let the Lord deal with them?

On a personal note, I have been trying to give up control of my hubby for the Lenten season. I don’t always succeed. I think it’s because of habit and because I care about him and want the best for him. But it sounds like nagging when I do it. So once again I am laying it down and asking Jesus to help me not want to run my husband’s life.

May I pray for you and me?

Father, what we know and what we do are two different things. We know we need to give it all to you but it’s hard when we want to be in control. So today we lay down ourselves and take You up Jesus. We ask You to be the leader, Our Shepherd. We will follow You. In Your name. Amen.

Until next time, what can you learn from God’s Word. Make sure You keep reading and keep studying and of course, keep praying and listen to what God has to say. It will be life-changing.

Are you putting everything into His Hands?

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