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What Is It That I Really Need?

What is it that I Really Need?

I’m a little late for Five Minute Fridays but can’t resist writing on this week’s prompt: NEED. Five minutes to type out my thoughts. Here goes.

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This morning I read two devotionals – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, and Jesus Calling. Both said the same things to me – I only need Jesus.

The time I spend with Jesus every morning is all I need to give me everything I need for the day. (Tweet this)

Strength, calmness, focus, joy, connection, inspiration and on and on.

Sarah Young wrote:

You must traverse this day like any other; one step at a time.

That reminded me of a favourite song, Step by Step. Here is a great version with Michael W Smith blending this song with Forever we will sing.

Each step forward we get closer to our Lord. I need that.

I read a scripture prayer this morning that I turned into a personal prayer. Do you do that? This reminds me of what I need.

Hebrews 13:20-21

This is what I wrote:

Lord, may You equip me with everything good for doing Your will and will You work in me, what is pleasing to You. (NIV)

And Jesus – put me together and provide me with everything I need to please You. Make me into what gives You most pleasure (The Message)

And how to do I do that?

James 4:7-8

Submit yourself, then to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you.

So what do I need? One answer: time with God. What about you? (Tweet this)

Time’s UP. Lots more to say but for this post I am supposed to write for 5 minutes only.

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Jesus JOY – Where are you? Advent 3

Jesus JOY – Where are you? Advent 3 and Linkup

This week has been full – full of good things. But sometimes a little hectic too. Where do I find Jesus joy? Today I light the third candle in Advent – Joy.

Jesus Joy

 

Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full (John 16:24)

Jesus Joy

Life is. Life happens. How I go about my life is how I see it – How I see it, view and live it.

I am not talking about the bubbly joy that comes sometimes, or the excited joy when I see family, or the exuberant joy I get when I dance. It is the joy that Christ gives me that keeps me going and going. That joy can only be found in Jesus. When I focus on Him and let Him lead there is a wonderful feeling of “rightness”. It doesn’t mean I’m happy, or giggling or smiling. I’m just okay. I’m just all right.

Joy is my Rock because Jesus is my Rock. (tweet this)

My acronym for JOY is Jesus Opens You. (tweet this)

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And He does. I can’t tell you how He does this. But when I am not striving, or full of my agenda, He brings life to me; He shows me things to do and I do them. He gives me the time, the inspiration and the fulfillment.

No one need be poor, because, if he chooses, he can have Jesus for his own property and possession. No one need be downcast for Jesus is the joy of heaven and it is His joy to enter into sorrow hearts. ~ Tozer

I am grabbing hold of this joy – and as Tozer says, “it is not a doctrine to be held, it is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day.”

Today is rest today. I am going to end with a series of pictures of the past couple of weeks.

Have a Jesus-filled, joy-filled life.

Day 4 and Day 5 of #DressforDunamis – The Dunamis Foundation fighting against #humantrafficking

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Outside our home in Arizona

Jesus Joy

Wearing a dress every day in December. I need an apron to cover up. Susie Homemaker?

Jesus Joy

A wonderful Christmas Open House. Great chats.

Jesus JOY

And I am delighted that my painting from The Kingdom of Thrim won the Inscribe Art Contest and is featured on the cover of this month’s Fellowship Magazine.

Jesus Joy

I linked this post to FMF as the topics were the same this week. JOY. You can join in Kate’s challenge to write for 5 minutes on Fridays. Go here.

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Why I Like Quotes

Why I like quotes

I find myself liking quotes more and more. When they really hit me I like jotting them down and looking at them throughout the day. I like quotes. Christian quotes make me think.

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I read from a devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, most mornings. Oswald Chambers always makes me think.

Here are some recent ones:

God works where He sends us to wait.

He [God] never tires of bringing us to the one point until we learn the lesson because He is producing the finished product.

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Do we live with God, or set Him aside?

Is the Son of God praying in me or am I dictating to Him?

Then we have AW Tozer – who makes such deep statements. These are from a chapter called The Self-Sufficient God in The Knowledge of the Holy.

[God] needs no one but when faith is present He works through anyone. (click to tweet)

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God cannot be elevated. Nothing is above Him, nothing beyond Him.

What are your thoughts about quotes other than from the Bible? Do they make you think? Why or why not? (click to tweet)

 

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Thrim Week6 Blog Holiday

Thrim Week6 Blog Holiday

I would recommend that if you are having a book launch don’t have one in June. The summer is not the time to be marketing a new book. However saying that I am going to put up a few memes about The Kingdom of Thrim that I hope you consider sharing.

I had a couple of interviews last week. Please check them out on my Interview Page.

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While on this blogging holiday I have been learning much from Oswald Chambers and a study by Kay Arthur called Lord, Only You Can Change Me. I hope to write some of my thoughts on what God is teaching me when I return in September.

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July Tweets Week5Blog Holiday

July Tweets Week5Blog Holiday

Here are a few July Tweets.


You can follow me at @AuthorJanisCox. Here is a little food for thought. I love reading and studying Oswald Chambers every morning. Feel free to retweet any of the following.

The Kingdom of Thrim by Janis Cox

Get your copy for your children ages 5 and up of my new children’s book, The Kingdom of Thrim. You can find out more at my bookstore.

Here are a few reviews:

Jeff Goins

“I needed this book. If you feel like you’ve lost your gift or wandered too far from home and aren’t sure if you can find your way back, you need it too.” Jeff Goins, best selling author of The Art of Work

Tanya

The “Kingdom of Thrim” is fantastic! It is a wonderful children’s book, that I am sure adults will enjoy. It has a powerful message of following God’s purpose for your life. The language is simple, engaging and captivating. The pictures are wonderfully done and help to bring the book to life. I can’t wait for more books like this!

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Don’t Criticize – #WOGSLinkup

Don’t Criticize – #WOGSLinkup

Who likes to be criticized? No one that I know. So don’t criticize.

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Today I looked at Matthew 7:1.

 Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

I love these quotes from Oswald Chambers:

In the spiritual domain nothing is accomplished by criticism.

The Holy Ghost is the only One in the true position to criticize. He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting or wounding.

This ties in well with the past few weeks.

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Don't criticizze

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I will be continuing to give you this space to link your wonderful posts but I am going on a blogging holiday for the summer. This week I attend Write!Canada a conference but on by The Word Guild which is for writers and editors who are Christian. I have a Vacation Bible School to run in the first week of July. And my new children’s book has been released. As I write this I am waiting for the books to arrive.

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Want – Five Minute Friday #FMF

Want – Five Minute Friday #FMF

What do I want? What does God want? Are the two compatible? Once again I think it comes down to our life’s purpose (which changes in seasons).

I am joining Five Minute Friday writers with a prompt of want
…and write for five, yes five minutes. 

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Jeff Goins helped me find my focus at this point in time – God’s Word.

He asked:

What do you like?
What are you good at?
How can you help others?

After reading this statement found in The Art of Work by Jeff Goins:

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it (Paul Coelho).

I changed it to follow what God wants:

If you are in God’s will, all your passions and abilities will open doors for God’s glory (Janis Cox 2016).

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We need to pay attention to where God is leading us – that will show us what He wants. Don’t tell your life what you want, listen to God and watch where He leads.

More and more I am becoming aware that God leads me to where He wants me to go.

From a study called Experiencing God by Blackaby I remember one important lesson. Be aware. Pay attention to God and He will guide you in the next step. Be open.

But I have also learned that I can take a step in any direction (it is good to move) and God will tell me if I am going in the right direction and correct me if He needs to.

If you ask for things from life instead of from God, you ask amiss (Oswald Chambers).

Knock on God’s door. Spend time with Him so you will want what He wants.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19, NIV).

Tweetable:

If you are in God’s will, all your passions and abilities will open doors for God’s glory. (tweet this)

If you ask for things from life instead of from God, you ask amiss ~ Oswald Chambers. (tweet this)

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Hope Now and Forever #WOGS linkup

Hope Now and Forever #WOGS linkup

I have been thinking this week about hope – hope now and forever. We lost a wonderful joyful calm brother-in-law this week. We celebrated his life and we know he is with Jesus. But we mourn. We are the ones who are left here on earth.

As I think about our faith and the hope we are given I remember this acronym:

Hope now and forever

This openness – how did it happen?

At Pentecost the Spirit of God descended onto the disciples and the world. They were filled with the Holy Spirit. God resides now on earth through His Spirit and all those who accept Jesus are filled with it.

We need to be open to receive it in order to find hope now and forever.

hope now and forever

The Holy Spirit has been here on earth since Jesus’ death and resurrection and the coming of Pentecost.

we have to receive the revelation that He is here (Oswald Chambers).

It is Christ’s power that comes to us when we are open to receive it. That power is given so we can see Jesus and realize that this is eternal life – from this moment on and forever.

And this is eternal life, that people can know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent (John 17:3, NIV).

Perceiving eternity – can be in the now, knowing Christ, having
hope for now and forever.

I love 10 000 Reasons by Matt Redman.

Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

Tweetables:

We need to be open to receive it in order to find hope now and forever (tweet this).

How can we perceive eternity? – know Jesus Christ (tweet this).

The waiting depends not on God’s providence, but on our own fitness ~ Oswald Chambers (tweet this).

 

Update on my next children’s book:

Now and forever

I think we have jumped through some hurdles and we are on the way to the finish line. Stay tuned for the news.

 

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Spirit and Life – #WOGS Linkup

Spirit and Life – #WOGS Linkup

Our scripture this week is 1 John 5:14. How can we find spirit and life by praying. Put this scripture to memory. Follow us on Word of God Speak Facebook Group.

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This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us ( 1 John 5:14, NIV)

 We can come to God with no doubts. This means that when we ask God for things (and those things agree with what God wants for us), God cares about what we say (1 John 5:14, East-to-Read Version)

Today instead of going through the SIMPLE Method of Bible study, I am going to tell you my thoughts, feelings and application from studying this verse. I would love your feedback if this is easier to understand this way, or if you liked the detailed study using the SIMPLE Method.

Knowing that Jesus has saved us and opened the door to communicate and approach God – changed my life. Being able to ask Him anything. That reminded me of a children’s song that said those very words. “I can ask Him anything.”

Knowing His will is a little more difficult but very important. By being in His will as I learned from HIm back in 2014 we can find peace in every decision we make. And as I studied God’s Will through 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 I found out I truly can find joy in all circumstances.

If I want my words to God to count  – I need to take time and pray. (tweet this)

If it is in God’s will, then the path will be clear. He does hear us. That’s why we need to stick close to Him, so we know His will.

I know God loves me and wants His best for me. My blog started with the scripture 1 Peter 5:7 – He cares for us. And that’s how Tadeo Turtle was written – knowing that we are made exactly how He created us.

Here is  quote from Oswald Chambers – wise words about talking to God.

If we have never had the experience of taking our casual, religious shoes off our casual, religious feet— getting rid of all the excessive informality with which we approach God— it is questionable whether we have ever stood in His presence (Oswald Chambers).

We must know Who Jesus is in order to be in His will. (tweet this)

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life (John 6:63, NIV).

Once again Oswald Chambers spoke to me:

Once, the Bible was just so many words to us — “clouds and darkness”— then, suddenly, the words become spirit and life because Jesus re-speaks them to us when our circumstances make the words new.

Jesus can make the words of our Bible be spirit and life.
Just ask Him. (tweet this)


Word of God Speak – How to Accept God’s Grace

Word of God Speak – How to Accept God’s Grace

Last week our Scripture was 2 Corinthians 3:17

Now, the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

I looked at this Scripture in three different ways:

Word of God Speak –

Using the SIMPLE Method of Bible study I came to the notion that God was leading me to be proactive against human trafficking. I joined with Ratanak International to try to bring awareness against this travesty. I am wearing a dress every day to remind me to pray, and to speak to whomever God puts in my path about human trafficking.

Scripture and a Picture –

On Tuesdays I looked at this scripture again and thought of freedom. I captured the thought of Christians catching the football of faith and running with it. The Holy Spirit can bring a freedom that breaks us free of this world.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18

Hope Stream Podcast

On Wednesdays I look at the Scripture again. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. I talk about birth and expectancy and how it can be compared to the expectancy of Christmas. Here is the Podcast Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. Click on #38.

 

John 3-5 Holy spirit

That brings us to this week’s Scripture. Using the SIMPLE Bible Study Method I try to see what God is saying to me in HIs Word.

S – Say the passage out loud.

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no-one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit (John 3:5 NIV).”

I find it interesting that my NIV Bible is always a little different than Biblegateway.com even if I check the NIV or the NIVUK. So I use the one in my Bible.

I – Look at footnotes, commentaries, references.

I found Titus 3:5 helpful.

He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

I read that baptism was an outward sign of an inward work of grace achieved by the Holy Spirit.

M – Make a list of questions, thoughts.

I have always wondered about baptism – children, adult, different denominations have different interpretations.

I grew up where there was infant baptism and then confirmation at the age of 16. When I came to a renewed faith in Christ in 2001, I wanted to be baptized through immersion as a declaration of my faith. I chose a lake in our county. It was definitely an outward sign as the Lord had already changed my heart inside.

P – Prayer. Take the time to be quiet before God. Still your mind. Let everything go out of your head except Christ.

As usual this is always an interesting time. He shows me pictures, ideas and convictions.

L – Life Application – What did God teach me?

I saw a picture of God in the Holy of Holies – beyond us all. Then I saw Him coming down and how He made Himself able to come into our lives through the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirt alive and active inside us, we can now connect to our Lord.

But I also saw those who don’t know God. I thought, “What does it take for the Spirit to move in the hearts of men? in my family? in my friends?

It is such a simple acceptance of God’s grace.

But I remember before I took that leap of faith, being prideful, and stubborn. So it takes the power of the Holy Spirit to break through our tough skin.

We have to realize that we cannot earn or win anything from God through our own efforts (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest).

It is only when we get hungry spiritually that we receive the Holy Spirit (Oswald Chambers).

Jesus can take that which was beyond us, and place it in us (though the Holy Spirit) and rise us up to be with God.

E- Exit with a Prayer

Father, I thank you so much for showing me Who You are, for bringing me into the fold, for shepherding me. I pray for those Who don’t know. I ask that You lead them to Yourself. Help me to speak love, hope, joy and peace to all I meet. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

 

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We have to realize that we cannot earn or win anything from God through our own efforts  (click to Tweet)

It is only when we get hungry spiritually that we receive the Holy Spirit (Oswald Chambers). (click to Tweet)

 

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