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SIDELINED BUT BACK ON TRACK

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.

PRAYERS FOR THE WORLD

Prayers for the World

by Jan Cox

The words “pray for the world” have been used many times in searches on the Internet this week. We have seen people rise up against their oppressive governments; we have seen earthquakes and tsunamis and fears of a nuclear meltdown.

People are searching for a way to reach God in these times.

T.L..Wiens has spoken in Under the Cover of Prayer about ways to pray for our governments. It is not easy to pray for those in authority when we disagree with their policies. But we have to remember that Jesus is the head of all authorities and has the power to use them as He needs to in His plan.

“Whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities all things were created by him and for him” (Colossians 1:16 NIV UK).

I find that praying for different countries each day is a good way to lift people and their governments to our Lord. It doesn’t take a lot of time.

I read Operation World while having my breakfast and then pray for that country. On the sidebar to the right you will see the countries I have prayed for so far this year and each will link to the Operation World site for that country.

Join me in prayer and together we can learn about the countries as well as intercede for all the peoples of the world.

This week we especially pray for the people of Japan and Libya, whose lives are in turmoil and their countries torn apart.

Here is a link to prayer for Japan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiYiD1fgUz0

“Do not fear.” Those words were some of the first I learned when I became a Christian.

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV UK).

Fear comes from Satan and Christ gave us power over him. So when you feel fearful try saying that Christ has overcome fear and you are free from Satan at all times.

Continue to pray.

My Gratitude list for this week:

36.  Our small town Pregnancy Care Centre

37.  Volunteers at the Centre

38.  The Board of the Centre who have shouldered many emergencies lately

39.  The women, our clients, at the Centre

40.  All the churches and others who support the Centre

41.  All the donors who give to the Centre

42.  Our small community who want to help us with donations of clothing and money

Prayer:

Father, these are times when many things in the world could frighten us. However, we know that you have conquered fear. We no longer are until its control. Help us to remember that and come to you whenever that “‘ole fear” might arise in our hearts. Thank you for Your Son, Jesus, who is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. We pray in His Name, AMEN.

WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD?

What is going on in the world?

Are you up-to-date with your prayers for the world?

I watch our Canadian news station called The National every night so I can keep abreast with what is happening in our world. But I found the best resource for prayer is Operation World 21st Century.

Each day for a whole year you can read, and pray about a continent or country. Sometimes more than one day will be spent on that continent or country. Not only do you expand your knowledge of the world but you see how God works and what we can pray about.

In the Bible we read,

I’m praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you (my emphasis), in fact, sent me.
The same glory you gave me, I gave them,
So they’ll be as unified and together as we are—
I in them and you in me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you’ve sent me and loved them
In the same way you’ve loved me (John 17:20-23, The Message).

Yes, we need to pray for the world – for God’s people. Check out Operation World website.

Last week I told you I planned to start a Gratitude Journal.

Here are my thanks for this week:

Thank you Lord for:

  1. Christ’s sacrifice for me
  2. The Bible
  3. My family – my ancestry and now
  4. God’s leading to find my husband, Wayne, almost 43 years ago
  5. My education, so I can read, write, think and talk
  6. My dog’s, Snowball, kisses
  7. My eyes to see – the beauty of the world and God

Prayer:

Lord, we are grateful for our lives. We pray for those who have not heard your message through Jesus. We pray that You continue to teach us how to pray – there are so many ways. In Jesus’ name. AMEN