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Review is Important – Take the Time

Review is Important – Take the Time

This week on Hope Stream Radio my podcast is called Make Sure to Review. Review is important.

Review is Important


Review - Hope Stream Radio

Since October 31, I have studied one scripture each week using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study.  I have tried to memorize that scripture. I think we have done 11 scriptures. I needed to stop and take stock.

Which ones did I study? Where did I study them from? Can I remember?

Honestly the scriptures kept coming. God kept bringing them to me. They came from Hebrews, Luke, John, Romans, 2 Corinthians, Isaiah, 1 Peter.

To remember. It’s important. God talks about that in scripture. (tweet this)

Of course the best example is what we now call communion – to remember to obey Christ at all times. “This do in remembrance of me (Luke 22:19)

Chuck Swindoll wrote,

I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61).

Here are the show notes from my broadcast on Hope Stream Radio.

Review is Important - Hope Stream Radio

Make Sure to Review  (this is my 45th podcast)

Click here to listen to the podcast.

This has been quite a week. I’m sure you’ve had them too. I am grateful that God showed me how to slow down my pace this week as other things have filled up my time.

Listening to God has become my top priority. Before taking on any additional projects I sit with Him and hear what He says. If I sense a strong YES I will say yes too. If I sense a hesitancy in my spirit – then I say, maybe. If I sense a big NO, then I will say no.

On my blog this week I knew I had to stop studying and memorizing a new verse for this week. I knew it was time for a review.

Review is important in our lives.

Whether we sit down and review what we are to do today; or look at our year and see what were the challenges and what were the successes; or before we go to bed review what went on during the day – review is important.

God talks about remembering many times in Scriptures. This year I have begun a two-year study of reading through the Bible. I am thoroughly enjoying reading through Genesis. Those stories are starting to become more real to me every time I read them. I also noted that Abraham in his travels always erected a remembrance to God, and named each one.

This week there are three scriptures I am reviewing from my study:

John 1:14 I believe this scripture is crucial to our understanding of the incarnation.

And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only Son who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

I wanted to commit this to memory so that I could say – He made His dwelling among us. And because of His sacrifice He made His dwelling in us when we have said Yes to following Him.

John 3:5

Jesus answered, “No one can enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

I know personally how I felt when I accepted Jesus. Certainly His Spirit worked in me. And when I was baptized I felt a different elation, a joy of submission and acceptance.

The third one I am reviewing this week is:

2 Corinthians 9:8 This is also my verse for this year.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that you may in all things and at all times and having everything you need, you will abound in every good work.

My Word for this year is abound. This verse reminds me that God is behind everything. He will give me everything I need for His purposes.

In order for God to be known I must break free of my wall of insecurity – the introvert me. I must allow Him to let me burst forth – ABOUND- to show His Light to the world.

Podcasting for Hope Stream Radio has allowed me to do some breaking forth. I thank you for listening to my podcast.

Have you taken time to review your year, your week, your day? If not, stop now and see where you are headed. Is there something you need to change? Are you heading in the direction that God is calling you?

May I pray for you and me?

Father, we need time to review and remember. Help us to stop, and take stock of our lives. Help us to review our days, our weeks and our years. As we review help us to hear Your words to us. Are we to move forward, stay still or change direction? Help us too learn Your Word – help us to dig into scripture, ask You questions, and hear You speak. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Until next time take a look at your life, your day, your week, your year – review, talk to God and be in the Word.



Watchful Wednesdays – How Can I Learn Scripture?

Watchful Wednesdays – How Can I Learn Scripture?


I found this blog today more than stimulating. Ann Voskamp really hits the truth in her post at InCourage. All quotes are from her post.

What if Jesus’ Word was more than useful to us? What if it was beautiful to us?

What if God’s Word was more than a manual in our lives — what if it was the masterpiece in our lives — that made our lives a masterpiece?

Ann questions whether we see Jesus as “useful” or do we adore Him. If we are using Him to make our lives better we are missing the whole point. We need to love Jesus – and get to know Him better through His Word – so we can be strong in Him.

This is a wonderful way to learn Scripture.

Christ’s weapon against Satan in the desert was memorized Scripture. And if you aren’t memorizing Scripture — what IS your weapon in your battle? Where is your defence, your arrow, your hope? We have got to do this thing. It. is. our. life.

This is the year we pick up a sword, that we carry our arrows, that we take aim —-

This is the year that we would fly.

Please read this post. 


Five Minute Friday – a day late – REMEMBER

Finished Tadeo Turtle puppet

Remembered but too busy having fun.

No I did not forget to write on Friday – I just got into so much more that I never had time to write FMF.  I love making connections with others and sometimes I get carried away and forget the time. I know that I should be stopping but it is so much fun meeting and reading the posts of others.

This week I have met so many new friends. And on Wednesday’s Word we have had so many wonderful links with God’s Word. I have found other linking parties – so then I went visiting.

Then I made a craft for Saturday – a Tadeo Turtle Puppet – that was so much fun. Now I am planning for next Saturday.

So remember I did – but no time. So what I have to say about remember today will be this.

1. I am learning to memorize Scripture – it is working. I want to do a video one day but being a perfectionist – it is hard to put something up that is not perfect. Grrr. So either I have to stop working towards perfection or I have to work harder at my memory work.

2. I remember that Jesus is the “author and perfecter of my faith” and that is most important.

3. I remember that my “job” is to glorify God in all I do. And that is what I am trying to do.

Time is up – way up – late and time to post.

Time’s up. What do you think of when you think of the word REMEMBER?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}
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.


Wednesday’s Word – OBEY

Sometimes I feel like I am stretched to the last ounce of my strength and time. So how can I do all the things that I think God has put before me?

Then He shows me:

Trust me enough to spend ample time with me and I will give you time. “I am able to bend time and events in your favor” (Jesus Calling, February 10).

And it works. In obedience I put Him first every day. In prayer, in study and meditation. And when I feel like I have no more energy left. I stop – and pray – rest in Him for a few minutes. REVIVED. Ready to tackle a little bit more.

So this week OBEY has been at the top of my list. It means to turn to God. I learned three important steps to obedience:

1. Don’t wait for God to come to you.

2.  Your mind is a gift from God – Use it. Choose to obey the Holy Spirit.  Click to Tweet

“we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV).

3.  Prod your memory. Wake it up.

The word “remember” is spoken many times in the Bible. I have joined the Romans Project to help me remember God’s Word. And I also have been learning a Scripture a week in Experiencing God.

So memorize Scripture. You can do it.

“My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,” (Proverbs 3:1, NIV).

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

If I want to have a close relationship with God I need to learn to obey.

What do you think? Are there ways that you have learned to obey? I would love to hear from you.

Can we build a community to follow God’s Word

– here at Wednesday’s Word?

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Five Minute Friday – Again


On Friday’s I link to Lisa Jo Baker and take only 5 minute to write a post. Great for making me sit and write with total freedom. Here goes:


Sometimes I feel as I get older I have to do things again and again to get them right. It is getting longer to learn something but I know that in order to get it into my brain I have to do it again and again.

Continue reading


Sidelined but Back on Track

by Jan Cox

Last Friday I wrote about my husband’s car accident and how he was t-boned at an intersection. This definitely set our lives on a slightly different course for a while. Our time has been spent in hospitals, giving medications, resting and much paper work. Regular routines have been sidelined for a time. But God is good and it has been a good time for reflection.

This week I received an announcement of a Liebster Award for my writing on this blog from Dawn Blanchard. She wrote:

I met Jan on the Facebook web page Colossians in a Year where we support one another in memorization of the book of Colossians. Jan’s site is about prayer. If you go there you can leave requests, but the best part is her extensive coverage of each nation in the world and how to pray specifically for that nation. She travels to do mission in the world and at home. If you need some help with prayer or want to help Jan, I know she’d be glad to have you.

Oh my – I have been sidelined. The two things that Dawn wrote about I had stopped doing. And just this week, before the award, I had come to the conclusion that the Praying for the World part of my ministry had come to a halt somewhere in the “m” category. I don’t know how it happened. I used to have my Operation World book at the breakfast table and I would read and pray as I ate – yes I had lost my focus on this ministry.

Earlier this week I signed up for a daily email for each country and started to pray again. If I feel a strong nudge for a country I have my Operation World book handy for more intensive prayer. This email will keep me steadier in my prayers and I can pray while travelling, when routines get changed and even if I feel “out-of-sorts”. That email will be my reminder to pray.

Dawn reminded me of something else I had let go – the memorization of Colossians – that left me sometime during the summer. What I did memorize has been a definite blessing – especially in the past two weeks. These two passages were a blessing:

“being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light” (Colossians 1:11-12 NIV).

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2: 6 NIV).

It was in the counting His gifts during this time that has brought joy to each moment of each day.

I thank God for nudging me and for Dawn in her blessings me with the Liebster Award.

And I don’t feel guilty about being pulled off the line I had travelled. I do feel thankful that  the Holy Spirit reminded me that getting back on track is good, too.

Here are four wonderful blogs/websites that I think deserve this award: And remember to check out Dawn Blanchard’s Dschondog’s Blog.

Storygal by Carolyn Wilker – Carolyn wrote about milk bags for Haiti last year. She is still getting comments on this post. She writes from her heart and her experiences in writing and speaking.

 Precious Moments by Sulo Vinayagamoorthy – Just found this blog from a fellow Inscribe member. She wrote a wonderful post on prayer called Precious link to God-P-R-A-Y-E-R.

Tickling Won’t Do by Tammy Wiens – I didn’t know that T. L. Wiens, one of Under the Cover of Prayer’s writers had a blog. Discovered it in my hunt for blogs this morning. Tammy always has a clear understanding of God’s word and explains it well for the reader.

A Woman’s Voice by Dolores Ayotte – Dolores has written a couple of books and her third one comes out next month. She speaks from her heart and her faith. One can learn a lot by listening to her words of wisdom.

My Gratitude List for this week: I am getting closer to 1000 – I am at 745.

  • Prayer warriors
  • Hot tub to lessen Wayne’s pain
  • Rest for Wayne
  • The arresting sound of an owl’s call at night
  • Pictures of my family by email
  • A good night’s sleep
  • Time – a good healer
  • Finding Operation World has an email option
  • Links through blogs to grow me spiritually
  • Holy Spirit nudges, emails and God-incidents
  • My connection to Poland
  • Peace while waiting for a replacement card
  • Strength and stamina to do “double duty”
  • Wayne is able to reduce his medication
  • A Christmas piano book for $1.00
  • Praying for someone about their father’s operation
  • Feeling and understanding the Holy Spirit at a different level (reading Charles Stanley’s A Wonderful Spirit Filled Life)
  • Snowball loves to ride in the golf cart
  • Stars shining above the palm trees
  • Learning to speak French with a friend at the pool
  • Bible verses that come to mind
  • Service on generosity (Unleashed Generosity)
  • Wild bunnies
  • The beating of my heart
  • First Sunday in Advent – God our Hope
  • Facebook chat with a friend
  • Watching Snowball jump through a hoop
  • Painting a live parrot – beautiful colours – awesome
  • Being personally awarded the Liebster Award
  • We put up our Manger Scene in front of our house

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 some day.



I have had back problems in my past and I have learned that stretching is very good to keep those back muscles strong. The same goes for my mind. As I age I want to make sure that I keep as sharp as possible. To that end I try many tactics.

I have learned new skills. I started to watercolour about 15 years ago and each year my skills have grown. I also took pottery lessons, both hand building and on the wheel. And this winter I joined a tap dancing group. Three times a week I would go to the dance room and practice for over one hour. Learning each new step and then putting all the steps into a dance was a challenge that I thoroughly enjoyed.

All of these activities were stretching my mind – making new dendrites. “They form new synapses between neurons, which facilitates further learning … By stimulating our brain more intensively, a curious thing happens: The inter-connections between neurons increase by developing new dendrites” (Increasing Brain Power: by Alvin C. Roseyard).

In stretching my mind I feel younger. I will still have memory lapses but hopefully I can keep these to a minimum by working my brain.

This year I have also stretched my mind by learning Scripture. Ann Voskamp from A Holy Experience challenged her readers to learn Colossians in a Year. I may not remember every verse word for word but once I start saying some of the Scripture the rest flows quite easily. Not only am I stretching my mind through this exercise but I am also stretching my soul.

Writing – a creative discipline. In the past year my goal has been to write more. I have started two blogs. One is called Under the Cover of Prayer and the other is this one A Better Way. I like the challenge of daily writing.

The discipline of stretching can work in many areas, mind, body and soul. We can now ask, “Have you stretched yourself today?”

Reprinted from Inscribe Online May 3, 2011.


Simply Saturday – Forgetting

I know I am getting older but I don’t think that is the reason I am forgetting things. I think that once again I have taken on too much. I thought it wasn’t going to be too much when I signed on – but then other things came along to fill all the interstitial spaces.

Last week I forgot an appointment, which I had been waiting for quite a while. This week I forgot my own post on Under the Cover of Prayer – but at least it was still Friday at the time and I did post it.

I tried to set up a schedule for myself using Michael Hyatt’s Ideal Week schedule. It did work – until the weekly plans got changed and then it went by the wayside.

I know that it is important to continue to learn new things – that keeps the dendrites growing. I wrote a post about that called Stretching on the Inscribe Blog.

So I continue to do my Scripture memory work; I learn new computer programs; I do crossword puzzles.

But what I really think is missing is time to think – so this week I am going to add that  – think about what is ahead for this week and try not to forget my new appointment with the doctor.

My 5 minutes is up – your turn.

I am joining Gypsy Mama again on her Five – Minute Fridays. You can join too. Topic – Forgetting


Memory Work? Me?

Last week I told you about Ann Voskamp’s new book, One Thousand Gifts – which I am thoroughly enjoying.

This week I want to tell you about a challenge that Ann stirred in me.

I like to try to memorize Scripture. It hasn’t always been successful but at least I have the paraphrase in my mind.

Why memorize Scripture you ask? Over the past few years I have committed to memory several verses. I learned them because they meant so much to me. Here are two of them about fear:

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)

2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (NIV)

Other verses I have learned when I taught Sunday School and we learned them together or learned them through song.

Here is one:

Proverbs 3:5,6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight. (NASB)

You may notice it is not an NIV version – I learned this through a song – so I have all the actions to it as well.

I am grateful to God for His Word and for my ability to remember it. It takes practice and discipline but it feels so good ‘to know that you know’ it.

Scripture can also be used in prayer. When we say God’s words back to Him, they make a great impact on both of us. For instance I pray  Ephesians 3:16-19 for each member of my family. I trust Him and know that in His time He will reveal Himself in all His glory to each one of them.

This challenge of Ann’s is to memorize Colossians. Yes, that is what I said – memorize the book of Colossians. If you do 2 verses per week for a year – it will be done.

I took the challenge along with an entire group of people – they have a Facebook page. We are doing verses 9 and 10 this week of Chapter 1. At last count there were over 800 people signed up.

So far I have kept my goal. I like that there are others doing this with me. It is not too late if you want to join us.

In any case, memorizing Scripture is a great way of “being in God’s Word” and communicating with Him.


Father, we thank You for your Word. We thank You that You have instilled in us a desire to know You more. Help us to study Your Word, memorize it, if we can, and keep it close to our hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.