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Podcast for Hope Stream Radio – The Poppy

Podcast for Hope Stream Radio – The Poppy

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This week on Hope Stream Radio I talk about the poppy, and what it means to me spiritually. It goes so well with the scripture we are memorizing this week from Isaiah 40:8. The poppy will fade but God’s Word stands forever.

Jesus laid down His life for us. Let us take up that banner – the banner of Christ. I found this song on You Tube. I really liked the words. Raise a banner of love. This is by Luminate Band – Banner of Love.

This seems to be what the world needs right now. LOVE.

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Luminate Band, Banner of Love – just what we need right now. Show some love. (click to tweet)

Scripture and a Picture – How we learn that the Word of God Stands forever

Scripture and a Picture – How we learn that the Word of God Stands forever

Continuing on from my study of Isaiah 40:8 on Word of God Speak, today I would like to encourage you to continue to memorize this Scripture.

The grass withers and the flowers fall (fade), but the Word of God stands forever.

I have been encouraging you to learn Scripture through repetition and through art. This week I have tried to paint in two different Bibles. Here are the results.

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As I studied this verse I thought about the weaknesses of man – how sin has made the world not the way God intended it. Our flesh is weak. We cannot save ourselves. And our friends can’t save us. Beauty fades, We die.

So we look to the Light – a portal to the unseen. A Hope beyond this life. This is God’s promise to us.

That’s what the Word of God can do for us, that flesh cannot. The Word of God leads us to Jesus who has bridged the gap to allow us to live with God forever.  Eternal.

The words from the song I linked on Sunday from I will Not be Shaken by Vineyard:

When the nations crumble
The word of the Lord will stay
Kings may rise and fall
His love will endure
Though the strong may stumble
The joy of the Lord is strength

To my soul
I will not be shaken
I will not be moved
I will not be shaken

Then I read chapter 19 of AW Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, entitled The Grace of God. Here is part of his opening prayer:

We are astonished and marvel one so holy and dread should invite us into Thy banqueting house and cause love to be the banner over us.

Here is His Banner over me is Love by Hillsong.

Here is a picture to colour. You can download it colouring page Isaiah 40-8

or Isaiah 40-8 colouring page



We cannot save ourselves. We die. So we look to the Light – a portal to the unseen. A Hope beyond this life. (click to tweet)




Word of God Speak – Why I Can say “I will not be shaken”

Word of God Speak – Why I Can say “I will not be shaken”

I am so excited about learning Scripture. I hope you are too. This is week three of our new Word of God Speak.

Week One – Luke 11:28 – Hear the Word and Obey it

Week Two – Hebrews 4:12 – The Word of God – and 16 Scriptures for Reference

Can you fill in the blanks from last week? The answer is at the end of the post.

Hebrews ?:??

For the —- of —- is —— and —–. Sharper than any ————- it penetrates even to dividing —- and —–, —— and ——. It —— the thoughts and ——— of the heart.

Today using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study we will study Isaiah 40:8


S – Say the passage out loud. This is very very important.

The grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God stands for ever (Isaiah 40:8, ESV).

I – Interpret the passage. What else can you find out?

 I wrote before on Isaiah 40:8. I knew it sounded familiar.

And again in Bouquet from Creative Tuesdays. 

And another one!! Flowers may Fade.

As I said this passage out loud, I remembered the praise song, I will not be Shaken by Vineyard.

The words from the song came to me – “The Word of the Lord will stand – I will not be shaken.” I  love that.

I will NOT be shaken.

Other references for you to look up:

Isaiah 5:24 – depicts dry grass, decayed roots – symbolizing those who reject God’s Word

James 1:10 says he will pass away like a wild flower

Psalm 119:89 – Your Word stands firm in the heavens

1 Peter 1:24-25 We are born again, imperishable – by God’s Word – This is the Word preached to us.

M – Make a list of thoughts, questions, ideas.

God has everything planned and timed. Things will pass away and change but He – The Lord – is imperishable, unending, all knowing, all powerful.

Yes “life goes on” – with God standing with us – with the living. Forever our Rock. I will not be shaken.

P- Prayer time. Take time to talk to God but also to LISTEN to Him

L – Life Application – What did I hear?

Grass withers but can come back after a rain storm. The living water of Christ revives us and gives us new life. It makes us part of the imperishable – the eternal. This takes the weight off my shoulders as I know He is in charge. We only need to listen to His voice and obey.

I will NOT be shaken. NO NO. I will not be moved. I will NOT be shaken.

E – Exit with a prayer of acknowledgement, acceptance, thankfulness, or conviction

Oh Heavenly Father, just the fact that You never leave me, never change and are always faithful, that Your Word stands forever – and ever, that makes me strong, sure and at peace. As I stand with You I am linked to the imperishable – the eternal. Thank you for giving me the living water of Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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What can be learned from Isaiah 40:8 using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study? (click to tweet)

I will NOT be shaken. NO NO. I will not be moved. I will NOT be shaken. (click to tweet)

Here is the answer to the puzzle:

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Today I invite all who write about God to link to Word of God Speak. Follow the prompts at the bottom of this post.

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We will use various methods to learn the Scripture of the week.

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Creative Tuesday – Flowers May Fade

Creative Tuesday – Flowers May Fade

I really am not a fan of painting flowers. However, in the last while I have painted 2. But I thought I should do a fresh one for this challenge.

The challenge this week is FLOWER.

For this exercise I painted one taken from a bouquet that was given to me. In two weeks  Michael has given a challenge to paint a bouquet, so I thought it easier to paint the single flower (actually 2 flowers and 2 buds), then attempt the bouquet the next week.

Here are the two paintings I had all ready done.

This is called – IRIS (I know that’s very original)


And this is called FLOWER – (really original)


But today is the first time I painted from an actual flower that I held in my hand.

Here is the final outcome.

Isaiah 40:8

Isaiah 40:8

I couldn’t paint a flower without thinking about the world that God has created. As I held the flower and looked closely at its tiny petals, its intricate variegated edges, and how delicate it felt – I was in awe.

The bouquet I was given lasted over 2 weeks in a vase. I learned a secret from the “Flower Lady” – put ice in the vase every day. It works!

The grass withers, and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever (Isaiah 40:8, NIVUK)

As I watch this flower fade – these words strike a strong note in my heart. Once again, His Word is what remains for all of us.

Thanks to Michael at Creative Tuesdays. He has now moved to a new blog. You can look at other artwork from Creative Tuesdays.

Sunday Stillness – Isaiah 40:8

Sunday Stillness – Isaiah 40:8


Janis Cox photography – taken with Nikon Coolpix L820

As we head into the end of summer I look at the beautiful wildflowers. Striking in colours, variety and shape they show the imagination of our Creator God. But as we know they must end their lives to begin again next spring.

So too we will come to an end of this life. But we have a choice during this life to live anew with Christ. We can blossom and flourish under our Lord’s care and provision – a new life on earth – and then when we die from this earth we too will begin a new life with our Lord in Heaven.

God’s Word continues on through generations and generations – enduring forever. Let’s pray that we can spread this wonderful news of rebirth.

I will be going on a blogging holiday next week. We are cottaging with our whole family. I will post another Sunday Stillness but continuing from this week. Thanks to the wonderful posters. I really appreciate you.



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