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Live in Constant Contact with God

Live in Constant Contact with God – Word of God Speak linkup

This week was launch week for The Kingdom of Thrim my new children’s book. In my book Yoj, a happy doll maker, learns it’s best to keep in constant contact with God and give his best where God has put him.

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If you do well, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desire to have you, but you must master it (Genesis 4:7, NIV).

As I read this passage over and over and did my SIMPLE Bible Study Method – I realized how easily we can be snared into temptation – to forget what that our God comes first. The rest of the stuff has to wait – He deserves the first fruits – the best offering we can give Him.

No matter what is happening – even when we feel there is too much going on – we need to take time and be with Jesus. He helps us carry on.

No matter the time lines
No matter the deeds
Keep close to Jesus
He’s the One you need. (Janis Cox 2016)

Sin is crouching – ready to pounce. We must be ready – we must remain with Jesus and keep a firm foundation of faith. The devil is aware of our weaknesses and will grab them to keep us away from our primary focus.

This ties in so well with last week – How to Live Well. – Be wise how you live.

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#SundayStillness – Are you focusing on God or your circumstances?

#SundayStillness – Are you focusing on God or your circumstances?

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 “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you.  (John 15:11-12, The Message). (my emphasis on JOY)

What is a wholly mature joy? I have been thinking about that. This summer has been a joyful one – family, more family and more family. I have loved it. Even though others have complained about a cool summer – really it was lovely. Love filled the summer.

But in the past, I didn’t always feel “joyful”. I found myself tired, overwhelmed, disorganized and confused. Why?

I think Oswald says it best:

The first thing that will hinder this joy is the captious irritation of thinking out circumstances (Oswald Chambers August 31).

I used to let little things bug me – laundry, dishes, meals, cleaning. Instead of just doing them joyfully. I used to let the fact I was tired bug me.

Instead, I needed to be rightly related to God,
and then my joy will come without any effort on my part. 

When I figured this out – I could be joyful during anything.

So I had a wonderful summer during tiredness, sickness, and sleepless nights.

So if you are feeling overwhelmed, tired, or confused:

STOP – pray.

Get right with our Lord, thank Him for all His blessings.

When we focus on God the rest falls into place.

Prayer:

Lord, sometimes we let the trials of the day drag us down. Instead we need to look to You for our strength and joy. Help us to get closer and closer connected to the mainspring of our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Do You Feel Surrounded?

Today we have a post from Janet Sketchley. Very timely as I have been a little “surrounded” myself and forgot to post until now. I find God really does have a sense of humour.

Do You Feel Surrounded?

by Janet Sketchley

Help me O Lord

O LORD, I have so many enemies;
so many are against me.
So many are saying,
“God will never rescue him!”
Psalm 3:1, NLT*

Do you ever feel this way, not about physical enemies, but about the pressures, the “stuff” of your life? About the obligations, real or perceived, that loom around you like mountains? They block the light, and it feels like they’re closing in.

I try to be organized and manage my time, but my to-do list can turn into an overwhelming monster. The details paralyze me and I get further behind.

I forget I have a Good Shepherd, and
I hear those “enemy voices” saying I’ll never make it.

Psalm 3 is a perfect prayer when we’re overwhelmed. In eight verses, it lets me articulate the problem, it focuses on God my defender and source of hope, and it cries out to God for rescue.

Do you feel surrounded? Pray Psalm 3.

Fear may whisper that God will never rescue us—or that He can’t—but He can. He will. We just need to ask Him, and to believe His word.

*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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I forget I have a Good Shepherd, and I hear those “enemy voices” saying I’ll never make it. (tweet this)

Do you feel surrounded? Pray Psalm 3. (tweet this)

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Janet writes about the tenacity of God. Her novel, Heaven’s Prey, released November 1, 2013 from Choose NOW Publishing. You can find her on her website, Janet Sketchley.

WEDNESDAY’S WORD – Perseverance

Wednesday’s Word – Perseverance

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The ant is always working. Never gives up.

 

This past week I had a wonderful Sabbath Rest from blogging. I did try to keep connected but I stayed away from the computer more than usual.

Study God and his strength,
seek his presence day and night; (1 Chronicles 16:11, The Message)

What did I learn this week? The word that kept coming to me was perseverance.

There are times when I feel overwhelmed with the ideas and jobs that God has put in front of me. If I look at the forest (the whole week ahead) I can get overwhelmed.

When my daughter first attended university she felt that way. Being her first time in a semester system she saw the end looming before it even came. She saw all her assignments that were due. She panicked. Everything seemed impossible.

I know how she felt. Do you feel this way sometimes?

You take a look at your calendar, your responsibilities, your commitments and you feel like crawling in a hole, burying your head in the sand or pulling your head inside your shell like Tadeo Turtle.

Enter Jesus.

Jesus certainly had commitments, crowds of people following Him, disciples questioning Him. But how did He react. Always calmly and with much patience and love. He only got angry with the Pharisees calling them, you brood of vipers, (Matthew 12:34, NIV) and the money changers. Jesus overturned their tables. (Matthew 21:12-13, NIV)

And Jesus also went away to pray. He sought the solace of God. He knew He got His strength from His Father. And so can we.

I find that if I keep going in my own way without a thought of praying, I don’t get much done and I can feel overwhelmed. But if I ask God for help first – then He comes and His power, His Spirit and His passion can flow through me.

Seek His Presence day and night.

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Remember when you feel everything closing in on you,
look to Jesus and He will help you through. (tweet this)

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OUT-OF-THE-WAY PLACES

Where are your out-of-the-way places?

In The Message we read:

“Jesus instructed him, “Don’t talk about this all over town. Just quietly present your healed self to the priest, along with the offering ordered by Moses. Your cleansed and obedient life, not your words, will bear witness to what I have done.” But the man couldn’t keep it to himself, and the word got out. Soon a large crowd of people had gathered to listen and be healed of their ailments. As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer” (Luke 5:14-16 The Message).

Do you get overwhelmed, feel like you are crowded in, have too many tasks in your in-box?

I used to feel this way – often.

Recently I have learned to ask God before committing myself to “one more thing”. Join me at my new blog A Better Way to see the rest of my post on how I try to cope with this situation.

But even when we get into a situation of “there is too much on my plate”, we have to remember what Jesus did. As often as possible Jesus withdrew – where? To out-of-the-way places. Personally, when my kids were small I found the bathroom a very safe retreat. I could ask God to hold it all together for me; bring me down to a calmer frame of mind; remind me what really was important.

Where is your out-of-the-way place? If you haven’t found one yet – try to think where you could go for that moment of respite; for the time to call out to God. It is better to be prepared because we know that time will come and if we have that spot chosen it will be easier to get there – quickly.

My Gratitude Journal for this week:

49. Praise and worship music that makes my heart soar
50. A walk around the lake
51. Sunshine skies
52. Inventors of medicine
53. Someone to mow the lawn (at home – my husband, in Arizona – someone else)
54. The sweet song of the birds singing in the morning
55. Naturopath doctors

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Prayer:

Father, we know that Jesus went to quiet spots to pray. Help us to find our quiet spots now. Then when we need them we know were to go. Thank You for being there in the midst of the noise and in our quiet times. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN