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Sunday Stillness – Leisurely Pace

Sunday Stillness – Leisurely Pace

Leisurely-Pace

Turtle Watercolour Batik by Janis Cox

Last week, as I took on a grandma roll, I learned to stop striving but live in the moment of pure enjoyment. I had read Jesus Calling before my granddaughter arrived and I prepared myself to live at a “leisurely pace”. Listening to God as I spent time with my granddaughter I realized that this is the way to live.

Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes (Psalm 37:7, NIV).

There were no “wicked schemes” but I kept reminding myself that this time is precious. I didn’t think of what I had to do. I just enjoyed each moment. When she got homesick for mommy I just held her until she calmed down and then we were fine. Less talk and more connection.

I also read a great post about playing with your children. It reminded me of saying on a collector’s plate that says, “Stop and smell the roses”. Rachel Martin wrote “Why Playing Does not Mean Cleaning”.

Are you living at a leisurely pace? If not, why not? What is pursuing you?

Sarah Young in Jesus Calling also says:

When you rush, you forget who you are and whose you are (Jesus Calling, August 5).

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What Do You Say? – Thank you.

What Do You Say? – Thank you.

by Janis Cox

Thanks

Janis Cox – www.janiscox.com

Last weekend we held a community garage sale. My granddaughter who is 6 was visiting us. She wanted to sell lemonade and her copies of her “books”.

We set up the lemonade stand and book table beside Grandma’s. She had a wonderful time, sold some books and lots of lemonade.

Every time as someone said, “That was wonderful lemonade” or “Oh that lemonade was delicious”, I waited for her to say those special words.

But I had to say these words to her: “What do you say?”

“Thank you”, she replied.

Are we like that? Do we have blessings overflowing but do we need someone to remind us:

“What do you say?”

Practice praising and thanking Me [Jesus] continuously through the day (Jesus Calling).  (Click to Tweet this)

We all need reminders. The Bible is full of them.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name (Psalm 100:4, NIV).

Here are some suggestions to help us remember to say our thanks to God:

        1. Read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
        2. Read Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg
        3. Start a Gifts Journal – start counting each day
        4. Make a Gratitude Box
        5. Follow Can I Joy Dare You?

Prayer:

Lord, we do thank You for all the blessings you bestow on us. We are sorry that we forget to say those little words – thank You. Help us learn to be more grateful as we strive to remember this simple little thing. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

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.

Five Minute Fridays – Rhythm

Five Minute Fridays – Rhythm

Sun Rising by Jake Jacobsen

Thanks to Jake Jacobsen for the wonderful photo.

The words to 10 000 Reasons by Matt Redman flow through my spirit.

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning….

And on that day when my strength is failing,
The end draws near and my time has come.

As I awake and feel the beating of my heart, I sense the rhythm of life. Each moment is a precious gift.

Life – it begins with the first beat
Death – it end with the last beat (tweet this)

The question is what do I do with the beats in between?

The answer is:

Live life as fully as I can.

Live – that’s my word for this year.

I want to soak up each moment. I want to know God as much as I can. I want to see Him as He reveals Himself to me; in nature, in circumstances, and in people.

As I talk to Him, He reveals His rhythm of life. (tweet this)

Wait patiently with Me while I bless you .

Learn to master it [time], or it will be your master (Jesus Calling – June 21).

I see power, peace, potential and possibilities. God is the God of the impossible.

As for me, I look to the Lord for help.
I wait confidently for God to save me,
and my God will certainly hear me (Micah 7:7, NIV).

And I remember that with Him anything is possible.

My time is up. What are your thoughts on the word rhythm? Do any of my words resonate with you?

Here is Matt Redman singing 10 000 Reasons.

 

Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
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3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you {and if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to say howdy}

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.

HOW FORGETFUL AM I?

How Forgetful Am I?

by Janis Cox

Cyclone

Here it is Friday morning and as I check Under the Cover of Prayer – I see that I forgot to post something for today. Oops. That’s what comes from having a zillion things going on in my mind. I read Jesus Calling this morning and Sarah Young talked about that very thing. She speaks in Jesus’ words:

“The Peace that I give you transcends your intellect. … I look into your mind and see thoughts spinning round and round: going nowhere, accomplishing nothing” (Jesus Calling, May 31).

The fact that I forgot didn’t upset me. That is a new accomplishment. I am able to rest in Jesus no matter what happens.

So whatever your problems, whatever is happening to you at this moment, rest in the One who can give you Peace.

Prayer:

Lord, although my thoughts sometimes go into overdrive, I thank You for always being there to remind me of what truly matters and that is You. Thank You for being there for me. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

Here is Chris Tomlin singing I Will Rise

There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say “It is well”

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, 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 is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters. Janis has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Janis’s Website.

WEDNESDAY’S WORD – Rock

Wednesday’s Word – Rock

Rock - Psalm 18

Picture taken in Czech Republic

Sometimes I wonder how I get the energy to do all that I do – then I remember, God does it. I rest in Him. He is my Rock.

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand” (Psalm 40:2, NIV).

So many times I feel like I am slipping – with tiredness, with lack of focus, and sometimes just in a fog. Then I remember – He is my Rock. And I say to myself:

He set my feet upon a Rock. I can stand up;
I can stand firm; I will not fall.
(Tweet this)

Sarah Young in Jesus Calling says this:

“To get your mind back in gear, just turn toward Me, bringing yourself and your problems into My Presence” (April 9).

When the going gets tough I realize I have slipped off that rock and I must conscientiously climb back up – focus on Jesus and let Him do the rest.

And I love the song Jesus is the Rock of my salvation, His Banner over Me is love by the Cedarmont Kids.

Look at the leading words to each verse:

The Lord is mine and I am His

He brought me to His banqueting table

He lifted me up into heavenly places

He is the vine and we are the branches

Jesus is the Rock of my salvation

There’s one way to peace through the power of the cross

And a final Scripture that sums it up:

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, NIV).

Each Wednesday we hold a Wednesday’s Word Community. Please check the rules of Wednesday’s Word if you are here for the first time. Feel free to add your link below about God’s Word. And we all love comments.

May Jesus be our Rock for the coming week.

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HOW CAN I HEAR YOU, GOD?

How Can I Hear You, God?

by Janis Cox

How-Can-I-Hear-You,-God-

“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.

Conclusion:

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.

Related Posts:

How Can I Hear from God?

How Do I Have a Conversation with God?

I linked with Hear it On Sunday –

Jan Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

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.

HOW CAN I NOT AFFORD TO SPEND TIME WITH GOD?

How Can I Not Afford to Spend Time with God?

by Janis Cox

Time with God

Time with God

 REST

Twice this past week I have been shown the word – REST. While reading Wonderstruck, Margaret talks about making sure we take the time to rest. If we don’t take the time to rest we won’t accomplish nearly as much. When we rest we replenish ourselves and the tasks go smoother.

The second time, Jesus Calling spoke about taking every thought captive so our minds can be at rest or peace.

“I will guard you and keep you in constant Peace, as you focus your mind on Me [Jesus].”

So for those days when things just seem impossible; when the tasks seem insurmountable; when your heart is heavy or your mind scattered – REST. This is living prayer.

Even a few minutes sitting in silence with God can replenish our spirits.

I have been asked how we can do that when we have young children. I tell them that the bathroom is their refuge. Use the bathroom for your escape to sit and pray; rest in God. You will find that your discouragement, anger, frustration will be supernaturally released. You will feel refreshed and renewed.

Take that time – BREATHE.

Can you really afford NOT to spend time with God?

Once again from Jesus Calling:

“Bring Me the sacrifice of your time and watch and see how abundantly I bless you and your loved ones.”

Take a look at your time  – where can you put REST into your week?

I would love to hear how you do this. Please write a short comment in the space below.

Other articles on spending time with God:

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, 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.

CAN I PRAY TO SEE BLESSINGS?

Can I Pray to See Blessings?

by Janis Cox

TODAY

TODAY

After finding my “word” for 2013, which is LIVE, my desire was to make a new habit to write a word from God each week. It is called Wednesday’s Word.

This week I chose the word today. Everything that I have been reading speaks to me about living with God each moment. I get great help and inspiration from Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling.

This week the words that touched me were:

“My living Presence is your Companion every step of the way…Expect each day to contain surprises… The future is a phantom, seeking to spook you. Laugh at the future. Stay close to me” (Jesus Calling).

Yesterday’s reading said SEARCH. That made me laugh as another habit I am cultivating this year is the JOY DARE. Every day I go on a hunt for 3 things listed in the Dare. You can check this out on Ann Voskamp’s page.

Can I  to pray to SEE those blessings and watch for everything around me that God is preparing me to see. – YES

Anticipate abundant blessings and accept difficulties as they come.

How can I do that?

Answer: By being in constant contact with the Father.

BE AWARE OF GOD

Once again I have an acronym for AWARE:

A – Always
W – Watch
A – Anticipate
R – Rewards
E – Every day

Prayer:

Oh Lord, open my eyes to see you in my life today. Help me search for what you have prepared for me. Thank you in advance. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

The song that came to me was Open the Eyes of My Heart. One of the first version I heard was Sonic Flood’s.

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Jan Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

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.

 

WEDNESDAY’S WORD – Enjoy

I am starting a NEW HABIT – putting God’s Word out to you on Wednesdays. Hopefully Wednesday’s WORD – will be a habit I can continue for the year. No pictures – just God’s WORD – sitting in front of you to BREATHE in and keep with you for the whole day.

Wednesday’s Word – Enjoy

As I decided on my WORD for 2013 – LIVE, I thought it would be good to find one word a week that comes from God’s word to take me through the week. Enjoy – that is today’s word.

From Jesus Calling by Sarah Young:

“Slow down and enjoy the journey in My presence.”

God will set the pace. If you are doing something in God’s will NOTHING can stop you – but it may take time.

“For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37 NIV).

“Softly Tenderly Jesus is Calling” has been going through my head the past two days. Here is Anne Murray singing this wonderful hymn. May you ENJOY today.

Please tell me what you heard from God this morning. Drop your comments into the comment box below – link your post if you like.