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Slow: Five Minute Friday

Slow: Five Minute Friday

I am writing for 5 minutes on Friday night, while helping hubby renovate the kitchen. Joining Kate Motaung at Five Minute Fridays. Today’s word is SLOW.


It’s funny I recalled a childhood memory to my hubby today while we walked our little dog, Snowball, around the lake. I recalled walking home from school when I was quite young, thinking about things, dreaming, visualizing. When I arrived home my mom said, “Janis, you should walk smartly home. Don’t dawdle. People will thing you are dopey. Always move along, with your head up and keep going.”

That was the last day I walked slowly. Until now. Now I realize that I need the slow time to dream, to be inspired and to rest with God. That doesn’t mean I have “slowed down” continuously. Far from it. I keep thinking of things in my down time, and then have lots to do in my active time.

The book that got me thinking of living a slower, calmer lifestyle was In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honoré . By 2005 when I read this book I all ready spent time with God every morning. But I also realized that when I slow down I get to enjoy the beauty around me and I need an additional few pause points during the day as well.

I have a plate that says: Stop and Smell the Roses.slow

In order to be inspired we need time to hear from God. We need to slow down to hear from Him.

Elijah learned this lesson.

A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper (1 Kings 19:11-12, The Message).

Elijah heard God in the quiet whisper.

Are you learning to be quiet before God, to slow down, to listen to Him? (tweet this)

I have written on the subject of slow before:

Leisurely Pace

God Said Whoa!

Are you lead by the Spirit or man?


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Looking for a Breakthrough?

Looking for a Breakthrough?

by Susan Harris



A clip from the Science Journal on December 20, 2002 read:

A molecule called RNA has long been regarded as a big player in the drama of the cell, acting only as a helper for the more dominant DNA. But new studies show RNA actually controls key actions by turning genes on and off, directing embryo development and, perhaps, playing a role in cancer. This new understanding has been named the No. 1 breakthrough of the year by the Science Journal.

A breakthrough in technology in 2002 was the cyber knife. The caption was, “Georgetown University unveiled the Cyberknife this week at Georgetown University Hospital. The latest breakthrough in cancer treatment is surgery with no scalpel, no blood, and little or no post-operative pain…”

A headline in sports read “Latest breakthrough in Olympic Sports Pioneering Spirit.  Arab women make breakthrough at Games: — After Fatima Gerashi, their very presence represented a huge breakthrough for Arab women, whose freedoms have traditionally been severely curtailed…”

In the Bible there are breakthroughs that are more miraculous, greater, and more complete than the ones quoted above.

Mark chapter 5 highlights a breakthrough for a woman who had a bleeding condition. She had been to many doctors, had exhausted her options, and was desperate for a cure. The Scripture tells that while Jesus was on His way to heal Jairus’ daughter, the woman saw Him and resolved to get healed.

Jesus always drew crowds, and on this day, the crowds were thick. It was a negative strike against the weak, sick woman, because it made it near impossible to get Jesus’ attention face to face. Made even worse because she had probably heard that He was on other business, going to heal a little girl. But she was a trooper, and activated Plan B.

“All I need to do is touch his clothes…” Stretching out her skinny arms, and still being pushed, she managed to touch Jesus’ robe. At the same time, Jesus felt some power go out from Him, and in that moment, the woman was healed. Never to hemorrhage again. That’s a breakthrough…

It’s never too late for a breakthrough.

Friends, you must not give up on your situation. Set Plan B in motion, get passionate about the victory and go after the breakthrough you desire. No cause is too lost to pursue a breakthrough. Moses went before Pharaoh seven times before the breakthrough came for Israel’s freedom. Elijah would tell you that he prayed seven times before it rained. Don’t give up after a few times, Friend,  press in for the gain.

Remember too that Lazarus was dead for three days; he stank according to his sister’s description, yet he was raised back to life. No situation is too dead for Jesus because He Himself came back to life after being buried for three days. And He wants to break through for you. Will you let Him?

(An excerpt from Golden Apples in Silver Settings, Ch 3, Breakthrough, by Susan Harris)


It’s never too late for a breakthrough. (click to tweet)

Susan Harris

Susan Harris

Susan is a speaker, wife, mother, and former teacher. Prayer is her passion, and except for salvation, it is the subject on which she has spoken most frequently over 20 years of Christian ministry. She is also the author of three books – Little Copper Pennies for Kids, Little Copper Pennies: Celebrating the Life of the Canadian one cent piece (for adults) and Golden Apples in Silver Settings. She loves kittens, pennies, and making new friends. Find her at www.susanharris.ca, on Facebook at SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor, and on Twitter @SusanHarris20.


Have We Gone the Way of the Israelites?

by Jan Cox

The Adoration of the Golden Calf'

The Adoration of the Golden Calf’ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every morning I have practised on my new piano. I chose a piece from our hymnary. “O God Our Help in Ages Past”. I found this very hard to play – by the way.

As I play – I sing and think.

God has watched over all our families from the beginning of time. Our parents, our grandparents, our great-grandparents.. and so on. He has also watched us change our allegiance from Him to other gods and idols.

Are we just like the Israelites in the desert who wanted other things to excite them?They didn’t like waiting for Moses who had gone up into the mountain to talk to God. They built a golden calf. They wanted something tangible to worship right then.

Awareness. That’s what we need. We must open our eyes and see ourselves and how we are living.

I went to a recycling centre (a drop off for everything). I could not believe the stuff – for a small town. Most of it would have ended up in the dump if the owner had not built this facility. And our Thrift Store, called the LilyAnn, is always FULL. Their motto is, “New items every day”.


More Stuff!

This is a good news, bad news story. At least we are reusing our “stuff”.

But WHY do we have so much to throw away?

Our ancestors kept things much longer than we do? They were CONTENT. Are we? I don’t know the answers. I am guilty as well.

Tell me your thoughts.

I am asking God to show me how I can live with more FOCUS on Him and less on stuff.


Father, we are in a society of the “throw-away”. Help me to find a good balance and help me to keep my foucs on You and Your people and not on STUFF. In Jesus’s name, I pray. AMEN.

My Gratitude List: Counting to 2000 – I am at 1729.

        • quiet gentle rain for our county
        • corn – so delicious at this time of year on barbecue or boiled
        • a great night’s sleep
        • hearing great happiness from all grandkids on first day of school
        • my husband and I washing our truck
        • praying with a partner
        • skills to help others
        • getting back to Bible study group
        • deer family in the the backyard (Snowball was frantic!)
        • watching God at work
        • 2 deer running past my window early in the morning
        • excited crows – then we saw the fox
        • amazing God-led meeting
        • friend who helped me clothes shop (I hate shopping!)
        • new outfits
        • having fun!
        • working on more stuffed turtles


Stuffed Turtles – for gift baskets

        • ability to think
        • God connections
        • great weather for community picnic


Such a great time at the picnic!

        • leaves are changing


Leaves change early in Haliburton.

        • Bocce Ball game
        • Snowball freed from her leash for almost 4 hours outside (needed a good brush later)
        • revisions almost down for Tadeo Turtle
        • new member of family – Stella – a black standard poodle (daughter’s)
        • ideas! ideas! so many in my head
        • wildflowers


Oh so many sweet wildflowers


        • worked on our garden – planted perennials (1/2 price)
        • got my business cards done
        • had 1st piano lesson in over 40 years – fun
        • practising piano – slow, steady, again and again
        • gifts to help others
        • great group of members in our Board for our community


Janis 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. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has completed a children’s book calledTadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive will be publishing this story and it will be available later this summer. See more about Tadeo at Jan’s Website.


Is God in a Hurry?

by Rose Harmer

How long does it take for an oak tree to get this big?

One day as I took time to listen to God, this is what I heard!

 I do things slowly.

When you look at an oak tree,
know it takes years to mature,
yet when it is fully grown, many people will enjoy its shade,
birds will build their nests in its branches, 
and squirrels will gather its acorns for their winter food.

Moses was eighty years old before he was requested
to lead the children of Israel.

When you walk and work with Me, it is not speed that is important
but it is learning to know what I want you to do – in the moment.

In today’s journey, enjoy my sunshine,
and I will arrange your life to flow together without tension or worry.

Watch how projects can be done graciously, without hurry or frustration.

You have seen beautiful, peaceful rivers running through mountain valleys
bringing necessary water to the lush farms along their banks.

I came to bring living water to you and to those whose lives you touch.

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Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.  Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.


What Would Happen If … ?

by Brenda Wood

Moses parting the Red Sea

Because Moses fed over three million people every day, scholars estimate that he needed 1500 tons of food and 4000 tons of firewood every 24 hours. Keeping those folks watered and washed required about 50 million litres of water daily.

To get them across the Red Sea in one night, he had to form them into a line more than three miles long. That meant the ‘road’ they travelled on through the Sea had to be at least three miles wide.

Whew! How did he do it?

  “By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land… ” (Hebrews 11:29a– NIV).

Moses did what he could and believed God for the rest.

“the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God] “(Daniel 11:32b-AMP) .

What needs exist in your home right now? Does the electric, gas or water bill threaten your future? Are groceries a little scant this week? Does your salary not stretch like it used to? Have the children stopped going to church or the parents suddenly need care? Have you lost a loved one?

What would happen if we applied ‘Moses’ faith to our own lives?

What if we asked God for provision and expected him to provide?

What if we recalled those times that God did just that?

What if we expected him to do it again…and he did…?

Just because….. that is what God does.

I know because he is doing it for me…

Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
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