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Thoughtful Tuesdays – How we can make joy bubble over

Thoughtful Tuesdays – How we can make joy bubble over

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My thoughts during the bout of flu were “how can I make this joyful”? During that time I tried to pray but really felt so bad I couldn’t do it. But I did read my Scriptures, and some blog posts. I did sing praise songs while soaking in the tub. I found I could accept what was happening if I just rested in God and thanked Him for little things.

It reminded me of the years that I would count the gifts. Ann Voskamp has a wonderful site where she encourages us to count the gifts, daily. I did that and now have many posts to show those weeks. Check out Counting Gifts.

And Margaret Feinberg has written a book and Bible study to show us how to Fight Back with Joy.

So my little picture came to me as I thought of joy. Joy that bubbles over. If we can have that joy – then others will see it. And they will be led to wanting to know more about Jesus.

I am creating something new in you: a bubbling spring of Joy that spills over into other’s lives. Do not mistake this Joy for you own or try to take credit for it in any way. Instead, watch in delight as My Spirit flows through you to bless others (Sarah Young, Jesus Calling, June 13).

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness (Galatians 5:22, NIV, my emphasis).

 

I learned a song while in Poland. The English words are:

Jesus’ love is bubbling over.
Jesus’ love is bubbling over.
Jesus’ love is bubbling over.
Hallelujah!

Have a great week.

Blessings,

Janis

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Thoughtful Tuesdays: How to Live in Defiant Joy

Thoughtful Tuesdays: How to Live in Defiant Joy

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While reading the first few chapters of Margaret Feinberg’s book, Fight Back with Joy, I was suffering from one of the worst bouts of flu I have had in a long time.

 I decided to follow her advice and I fought back with JOY.

I thought of thanking God for the timing of this illness – we had had a wonderful Christmas break with family, we flew back to Arizona with a reasonable flight, we went out for a great New Year’s Eve Party with friends – before the flu hit. I thanked God for a patient and loving husband – so tolerant of my moans and pleas. I thanked God for friends who were praying for my recovery.

Yes I could feel JOY during this time.

Margaret writes from her whole heart and her experiences as she tells about her brutal fight with cancer. She explains lessons she learns along the way.

She says:

More than whimsy, joy is a weapon we use to fight life’s battles… You are founded in joy, created for joy, and destined for joy. Joy is where you come from. Joy is what you are created to experience. Joy is where you are headed.

I asked Margaret how hard it was to write this book on a scale from 1-10.

An eleven! This journey has been the most painful experience of my life. And, to share about it requires some vulnerability. Okay, a lot of vulnerability. And, that’s really, really hard. But I feel like I’m finally ready to share what God has stirred in my heart along the way because although cancer has been the most painful journey—it has also been the most joyful. And no one is more surprised than I am.

Pick up a copy of Fight Back With Joy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble today.

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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.

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Sunday Stillness – Mark 11:24

Sunday Stillness – Mark 11:24

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I am reading through the New Testament with Margaret Feinberg as a Lenten exercise. I started earlier because I knew I needed more time than 40 days.

As I read through Mark, I came across:

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24, NIV).

We doubt a lot. We wonder if it would be possible for God to answer our prayers. And here Jesus says, “believe you have received it.”

In The Message I read this:

Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything (Mark 11:24, The Message).

Embracing the God-life – listening to His Voice, acting on His Word, praying persistently.

Every day I try harder and harder to do this. And I have seen miracles, divine appointments and God moving mountains.

I believe I have received it when I pray. Do you?

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What Do You Say? – Thank you.

What Do You Say? – Thank you.

by Janis Cox

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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

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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.

ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH YOUR PRAYER LIFE?

Are You Struggling in Your Prayer Life?

by Janis Cox

Prayerfulness

Are My Prayers Prayeful?

This past Wednesday on my own blog, He Cares for Us, I wrote about true worship. I realized that sometimes I am not worshipping with my whole spirit. I am sometimes not truly present when I sing or even when I listen to sermons. (That doesn’t happen as much any more as I like to take notes and that keeps me focused.)

As I became more intentional in worship I felt closer to God and my worship became worshipful.

I have struggled in the same way in my prayer life. Sometimes I feel as though I am going through the motions. I have an agenda – something that needs to be done – to tick off my list. But am I connecting with God?

Are my prayers – prayerful? (tweet this)

I tried a new discipline in March after reading the book Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg. I tried praying only 3 word prayers.

Yes 3 word prayers.

Because I was intentional in this I found my prayers became more specific; they took me longer to think and compose and they brought me closer to God.

I am now leading a Bible study with the Wonderstruck Bible Study. We are studying session 4 this week, a chapter on prayer. Once again Margaret reminded me of being intentional, not blathering on and on, or having as she calls is a “noversation”. I am going to try this once again for this week and see if my passion and connection will resurface.

How do you struggle in your prayer life?

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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.

SUNDAY STILLNESS – Expect Wonder

Sunday Stillness – Expect Wonder

Last week we started our Bible Study called Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg. In the first lesson Margaret encourages us to pray for wonder and then to expect to find it. I woke up the next morning and prayed.

Now I have to explain something about that morning. I do a Joy Dare with Ann Voskamp. That morning I looked for reflections with my camera. I found some lovely ones. Then I pointed my camera at a print by F.H. Varley and was astonished to see the Cross.

Yes there was God speaking to me.

Surprised by wonder – the first morning of saying that prayer.

Here is the picture that I caught. I could not see the cross with my eye – only through the camera’s lens.

Expect Wonder

 

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DO I LIVE WITH A LID ON MY PRAYER LIFE?

Do I Live with a Lid on my Prayer Life?

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I want to live FULLY AWAKE. The more I read from Margaret Feinberg’s book, Wonderstruck, the more I realize that I need:

“to expect God to show up with divine wonder” (Wonderstruck, Margaret Feinberg).

But am I playing it safe? Do I continue day after day – just doing what I do – and not looking or praying for wonder? Yes that is what I need to do – pray for wonder.

And I need not only pray for wonder but expect to receive it. (Tweet this.)

It reminds me of the time I studied Bruce Wilkinson’s Prayer of Jabez. We studied this little piece of Scripture from 1 Chronicles 4:10:

“”Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And Godgranted his request”” (1 Chronicles 4:10, NIV).

During the time we studied this little book and prayed for our territory to be expanded – amazing things happened.

Am I ready for this to happen again when I pray for and expect wonder? Am I ready to be a child again? and:

“live each day like a child digging through a treasure chest, riffling for the next discovery” (Wonderstruck, Margaret Feinberg).

This is what I am embarking on this week. Maybe you will join me – pick up a copy of Margaret’s book – and let’s be amazed at what God will show us.

Prayer:

Lord, as I start to lead this group study on Wonderstruck, I pray that you will guide our thoughts and minds to get closer to You. Help us to drop the world’s challenges, fears and doubts and lay open our hearts to see the wonder of You. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

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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 – Now

Wednesday’s Word – Now

Living in the Now

The other day I had a plan (my plan) to go to town for a couple of errands. Seemed like God had another plan – to allow me to pray for someone. So I offered and I did pray.

Sometimes I am led to do something that I believe I know the outcome but that is not always so.

God can take what I am doing and
make it something for His glory.
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That’s why this week’s word is NOW. We are living in the now – this moment. We are wholly present only at this time. So savour it; listen to it; watch for God in it.

I have to get to the implicit relationship that takes everything as it comes from Him. God never guides presently, but always now. Realize that the Lord is here now,and the emancipation is immediate. (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, April 21).

I have read Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg and we will start our Bible study on this wonderful book tonight.

My word for the year is LIVE. Here are 3 ways that Margaret suggests to live a life Wonderstruck. (#livewonderstruck) All of these ideas are taken from Chapter 001 in Margaret’s book.

1.  Walk more upright with my eyes attentive to what God might do next.

2.  Maintain a childlike receptivity by simply being with Jesus, delighting in His presence, and humbly asking Him to pray for me.

3.  Look and see God’s Hand everywhere.

Do you see how everything written above is in the NOW?

So let’s try this week to live each day fully – watching, listening and waiting to see what God will do.

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Let us be aware and live in the now.
Watch for what God can do.
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WEDNESDAY’S WORD – Wonder

Wednesday’s Word – Wonder

“God invites us to look up, open our eyes to the wonder all around us, and seize every opportunity to encounter Him” (Wonderstruck, Margaret Feinberg). Tweet this.

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Photo is courtesy of Jake Jakobsen.

Wonderstruck – what an excellent book. I am being inspired by Margaret’s words.

When a painter, photographer friend handed me his poem “Good Morning, Lord”, I couldn’t help but see that he had been moved to see the wonder all around us.

I give you the poem today to help you to see God’s wonder in all parts of your day.

Good Morning, Lord

Good morning, Lord.
I look at the sunrise and I see you there,
The sun behind the clouds, light shining through the air.
Above the mountain in all its glory,
I see You there; I hear Your words, Your story.
I look at the ground and you’re there, I know.
I see Your wonders in the trees, in the flowers that grow.
I look in my heart and I feel Your love,
Shining in me as the sun shines above.

Good morning, Lord.
I look at the sky and see You in the new day.
I know if I need You, You’re never far away.
I see You in the animals, the fish, and birds that fly.
It brings joy to my heart and a tear to my eye.
I feel Your touch, Lord; I feel it in the breeze
As it touches my face, as it sings through the trees.
Know me, Lord, and let me know You.
Show me, Lord, what I should do.

Good evening, Lord
I see You there in the picture painted by the setting sun;
Your light shining through the clouds when day is done;
The sky glowing pink and yellow, turning the clouds’ edges gold;
In the beauty You’ve created, Your story being told.
Wherever I turn, whatever is still to be,
It is there, Lord; it is there wherever I look.
Your words are written before me like the Words in Your Book.

Good evening, Lord
I see You there as the evening falls before night;
Through the darkness I see You; I still see Your light.
It shines in the moon and the stars high above.
It shines through the dark; it shines with Your love.
I feel Your Presence as though near me You stand.
I feel You near me like the touch of a hand.
I look through the night; I look for Your face,
And in the wonder of Your love, I’ve found my place.

Written by James Amodeo 2002

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20, NIV). (my emphasis)



WONDERSTRUCK FOR THE THIRD TIME!

Wonderstruck for the Third Time!

My friend, Margaret Feinberg , has a new book and 7-session DVD Bible study called Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God ,which releases Christmas Day. This is a personal invitation for you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life. This book will turn your prayer life upside down, stir your desire to live more abundantly, and take your relationships with others to the next level. To learn more, watch the Wonderstruck Video.

Margaret Feinberg

Margaret recently posted a great warning on her site that those who have read Wonderstruck have experienced the following symptoms:

          • An inability to stop smiling
          • An uncontainable desire to pray
          • A loss of interest in judging others
          • A quiet, unshakable confidence in God
          • A renewed ability to see the wonders of God all around

And from what I’ve seen, they’re all true! I wanted to share some thoughts that stuck out to me as I read a sneak peek of Wonderstruck:

Each word means so much.

I have learned to pray for wonder.

I loved when she prays for “pixie dust”. [I used to be enamoured with the thought of “pixie dust”.] Margaret said:

“I want to leave here with a sense of wonderment as we encounter and experience things only God can do.”

And her outlook throughout this book is so positive and upbeat.

Listen to these words:

I praying for “pixie dust” was an invitation for God to lavish our team with a loving-kindness, and for each of us to walk more upright, eyes attentive to what God might do next. You can’t pray for “pixie dust” and maintain a dour demeanour or a dreary disposition.” [love it and the emphasis mine]

Follow Margaret’s snarky, funny, and inspirational posts on Twitter , Facebook  or her blog  You can learn more about this great book by visiting www.margaretfeinberg.com/wonderstruck where she’s offering some crazy promos right now with up to $300 of free stuff.

I’ve seen the book for as low as $7.95 ($14.99 retail) on Barnes & Noble for all you savvy shoppers.

And at Amazon.ca for $11.54 ($15.99 retail) on Amazon Canada.

Wonderstruck! by Margaret Feinberg

 So if you haven’t commented yet – please do – Where do you see the wonder? Are you looking for it?