We are many in Christ, each member belongs to all the others.
Use your gifts wisely.
Use your time wisely.
We can change the world if we join together.
Reading from the stories of Joseph and Moses
To be worthy we need to use the gifts given to us and be content where God puts us.
Remember Joseph — he did not fret while in jail. He used his time wisely. Eventually, he saved the Israelites from starvation.
Moses could have died shortly after birth, but he was saved by his mother and sister. He grew up in the palace. God was preparing him to lead His people.
God is gathering the world together, through the Internet. Let’s not rant and rave.
Let’s write to show others Who God is.
Reading Psalm 124
Praising God for His Help and getting us out of trouble.
Praise the Lord,
who did not let their teeth tear us apart!
We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap.
The trap is broken, and we are free! Our help is from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:6–8, NLT)
May I pray for you and me?
Lord, help us to use the time You give us — wisely. Help us to look to You for direction as our help is truly from the Lord. Guide us, prepare us, transform us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Have you had a time where you made a hasty decision? Have you ever made financial decisions that were not good ones? Do you listen to God on a daily basis?
A Purposeful Faith
We want our children to have a strong purposeful faith. We want them to trust and believe in God. We want to instil in them good values and faith disciplines.
The Kingdom of Thrim is packed full of valuable lessons – from money, to listening to God, to being creative and using your God-given gifts – to being content with what you have. Help your child find his way.
Created for ages 6 and up, The Kingdom of Thrim brings colour and excitement to a child’s life through vivid watercolour illustrations.
A page from The Kingdom of Thrim
The lessons learned are life lessons as one adult reader said:
“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
Other happy readers have said,
“This is a delightful children’s book with a strong Biblical message. I loved the soft tone of the illustrations. It would make a wonderful story-book for those bedtime moments that are so important for bonding and teaching.” – Marcia Laycock
“Janis Cox is a beautiful storyteller and lovely illustrator and does an excellent job of presenting a story for both kids and adults that speaks to the very heart, no matter what age you may be. Highly recommended.” – Sally Meadows
I am in a hard spell. There has been a lot going on in my life and I can’t seem to concentrate on sitting still and writing.
But here I am.
This Sunday and last Sunday we had marvellous sermons about Pentecost. Yes, the coming to earth of the Holy Spirit. The fire — the life — the revelation.
We need that again.
In 1734 Jonathan Edwards wrote:
“”It pleased God…to display his free and sovereign mercy in the conversion of a great multitude of souls in a short space of time, turning them from a formal, cold, and careless profession of Christianity, to the lively exercise of every Christian grace, and the powerful practice of our holy religion.”
Free and sovereign mercy — God did this.
We have to remember that God brings revival. So what do we do?
Is it time for another awakening of hearts and spirits?
Revivals happen in a period of moral decline. Look at our world: sexual abuse, disgust with those running governments, corruption, killings, and fear. We have screen abuse so we are no longer talking face to face with others. Our reading skills are declining.
Prayer stimulates our hearts and souls and sends a signal to God that we are ready to see Him in action.
Those who teach from God’s Word are speaking into the hearts of the people.
Are you ready for revival?
Do you want to see God’s spirit move in hearts?
Are you ready to be convicted and see yourself as God sees you? (That’s scary.)
I always love this song by Robin Mark. Revive Us.
God has put it on my heart to gather believers together, to grow through God’s Word and prayer.
“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,”
I love to draw. But lately I felt hemmed in when I painted. This week my painting led me to the word – burden.
I decided I’m letting my inhibitions go and see where God would lead me.
I want to draw freely.
As always I pray first. Then I put down 33 dots ( Idea from Meg Konovska) and draw in the outline. After that I look and look. Then I decide what I see and make the picture. Then I paint it. Continue reading →
I haven’t been posting here much as I have been posting on Medium.com. I am building a following there too.
Also I have started a Facebook study group of Psalms Alive by David Kitz. I hope to keep you up-to-date here about what I am discovering.
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Reading from the Prologue in his book, I found some wonderful nuggets of wisdom.
David inspires us to ask the Holy Spirit to bring His Word to life.
We find life in the Psalms, real people, and a relationship with God and His people.
We will be reacting to what God is telling each of us -not what I say, because what God says to me could be entirely different to what He is telling you.
Our expression will be through words, prayers, poems, songs, art, pottery, and relationships.
An example of expression through art.
Here is a short welcome video to the study to help you decide. This is a new way of communicating. I am taking the plunge and learning to video. Yikes. I have a lot to learn. But I am breaking away from fear – and branching into new territory.
I feel like Moses when He saw the burning bush. I know God is calling me to do this. But I always say, “Who me, God?” Just as God gave Aaron to Moses, God has given me a new cheerleader, Deanne Welsh. She writes at Deanne Welsh at Unstoppable Writers. I am excited to see where this leads, willing to do the work. But I just need a push and support.
Have you let the Psalms come alive for you?
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Here is today’s post.
Will this Unbelievable Glitch ruin Our conference?
I believe we need to love, care and help others no matter their colour, their faith, their background – whatever.
I believe God put me here on earth for a purpose and I am trying to follow that way. I try to listen to what He is telling me.
I believe I can communicate with my God. I write about what I learn as I continue to grow in my faith. I read my Bible daily.
I believe we cannot judge one another. There is One who judges. Period.
I believe in a community – a community of believers, of like-minded individuals (like artists), of young people, of seniors, (whatever) – a group of people that help one another. (That’s why I love our church.)
So today I am going to sketch my black and white.
But my faith needs colour.
I need joy, compassion, hope, love, excitement, energy, enthusiasm – I need life. Life to me is colour. So my black and white will be coloured with the zeal of living
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And to do that I must stay alert to what’s happening around me. That way I can help others, I can thank God and be grateful for His help.
Mark says: Prayer is the difference between seeing with our physical eyes and seeing with our spiritual eyes.
Here are 5 ways I have found to bridge the gap between earth and the unseen world.
1. Pray specifically for God to open your eyes
Only God can open our spiritual eyes.
I know when I do this that I will be seeing things I would normally pass over. I will see divine appointments. I will notice where God is leading me.
The Aramaic word for prayer means “set a trap for”.
Instead of thinking of prayer as a list of wants we need to see prayer as a way to ask God to speak to us. (tweet this)
Waiting for Him to give us wisdom. Waiting for Him to answer our questions.
2. Prayer is a two-way conversation.
We need to remember it isn’t just us speaking. God can reply. God speaks through our dreams, our desires, our promptings, impressions and ideas. The Holy Spirit helps us to do this. We could say the Holy Spirit is our Sixth Sense. He helps us see into the spiritual realm and to hear across the divide between earth and heaven. That’s the way to become a watchman.
3. Be prepared for work and practice.
Set a time each day to practice the art of prayer. Set your alarm if you need to get up earlier. Be specific in what you ask and then wait. This prayer journey must become routine. We need to do it each day.
4. Read God’s Word daily.
Start using God’s Word as an offence. Pray the Scriptures.
Mark says: Quit talking to God about your problem and start talking to your problem about God.
5. Read devotionals, Bible studies and thoughtful theologians.
These resources will help enrich your experience. Make sure that the references you are using are biblical. I like books that are filled with scriptures.
This prayer journey can be exciting. But we need to begin. So if you haven’t asked God to open your spiritual eyes, do so today and begin a wonderful, exciting journey into communicating with God.
May I pray for you and me?
Thank You Father for this wonderful way to communicate with you. Help us to learn more and more as we ask for Your help. Jesus taught us how to pray by saying Our Father Who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. For ever and ever. Amen.
Until next time, I would love to hear about your prayer journey.
Remember to take time each day to pray and read God’s Word.
Active listening – How to Control the Mental Racket when I Pray
A lesson on active listening
The other day I read a post about being an active listener and how important it can be. I have a head that never stops thinking except when I am asleep. And I’m not sure about that either as I do have dreams.
When I’m listening to someone I do try to keep eye contact and be fully engaged. The problem is that I can get so engaged with what been said that it brings to mind other ideas. And then I feel like I’m going to burst because I want to interact. I know I need to wait for the person to stop talking or at least a break in the conversation. But as you see this leads to not actively listening. If I wait until they are finished I will lose those thoughts. That shouldn’t bother me – but it does.
I want to work on this part of me. I want to find a way of actively listening without interrupting. In church I take sermon notes. This helps me to relax, assured that if I have a question I can jot it down to ask the minister later.
This whole thing made me think about my relationship with God and how I talk to Him. My prayers consist mostly of my talking. Period. That’s it.
Father, we know we have very active minds that sometimes don’t want to shut down. Help us to learn how to clear our hearts and minds of the mental clatter to be able to hear from You. Give us time to be present with You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Until next time, while you study a verse or passage take time to pray and listen to God’s voice. You will be inspired.