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CAN I PRAY TO SEE BLESSINGS?

Can I Pray to See Blessings?

by Janis Cox

TODAY

TODAY

After finding my “word” for 2013, which is LIVE, my desire was to make a new habit to write a word from God each week. It is called Wednesday’s Word.

This week I chose the word today. Everything that I have been reading speaks to me about living with God each moment. I get great help and inspiration from Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling.

This week the words that touched me were:

“My living Presence is your Companion every step of the way…Expect each day to contain surprises… The future is a phantom, seeking to spook you. Laugh at the future. Stay close to me” (Jesus Calling).

Yesterday’s reading said SEARCH. That made me laugh as another habit I am cultivating this year is the JOY DARE. Every day I go on a hunt for 3 things listed in the Dare. You can check this out on Ann Voskamp’s page.

Can I  to pray to SEE those blessings and watch for everything around me that God is preparing me to see. – YES

Anticipate abundant blessings and accept difficulties as they come.

How can I do that?

Answer: By being in constant contact with the Father.

BE AWARE OF GOD

Once again I have an acronym for AWARE:

A – Always
W – Watch
A – Anticipate
R – Rewards
E – Every day

Prayer:

Oh Lord, open my eyes to see you in my life today. Help me search for what you have prepared for me. Thank you in advance. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

The song that came to me was Open the Eyes of My Heart. One of the first version I heard was Sonic Flood’s.

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Jan 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. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.

 

HOW DO I COME INTO HIS PRESENCE IN TEARS?

In His Presence in Tears

by Mary Haskett

Come into His Presence in Tears

“…Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry” (Luke 7:11-13 NIV).

Reading this passage the other day brought a lump to my throat. I have read it many times before, but this day the compassion of our dear Saviour registered with me. “Don’t cry” He says, “When troubles hit you, I’m here. And if you do cry that’s okay too, because I understand.” Those two words, “Don’t cry,” carry so much meaning, and tell us how much He loves us and empathizes with all the ups and downs of life we face here on earth.

Every one of us, at some time or another, has gone into His presence in tears, or perhaps we’ve forgotten to go to Him and have agonized over situations—internalizing our grief. But still He’s there saying, “Don’t cry.”

May we always remember He’s waiting for us to come to Him. His compassion never changes. How privileged we are to be able to go directly to the source of all comfort and know with a certainty He is aware of all that concerns us.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, may we never forget your love and concern for each of us. We are eternally grateful that we can come into your presence through our tears. We offer praise  and thanks to you for this truth.

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Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served as Director of Women’s ministries, Singles Fellowship, counseling and prayer.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. Mary is the founder of Ready Writers, London

Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released last year.  She has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her on her website.

JESUS SAID – REST

Jesus said – REST

by Jan Cox

Jesus said:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28 NIV).

As I write this I am suffering from a cold and right now the sinus pressure is giving me a headache. Can you feel it?

What do I seek? RELIEF. I have used cold cloths, hot tea with lemon and ginger and a sinus massage. It’s still there. Pound. Pound. Pound.

So I am going to try God’s remedy – REST. I wrote about REST in Inscribe On-line last Friday.

This morning I’m going to try what I wrote:

Release

            Everything

                        Sit

                                    Tight

In releasing everything to God I am giving Him all of me. In sitting tight I am not allowing myself to “do” anything.

As I seek Him – I relax – because He is here. In those few moments His healing Hands are placed on my head.

I sneeze – twice. A release?

This  REST is communion with God on a personal level. As I allow Him to minister to me, I am content. He is in control. I surrender to Him.

Oh  —- thoughts invade this peaceful time. What can I do?

Release

            Everything

                        Stop

                                    Thinking

Oh my – that is tough. To totally NOT let thoughts invade this healing time.

Trying again. This time success.

Sometimes when I REST I fall asleep. That’s okay, too. Sleep is part of REST leading to RESTORE.

I feel better – my headache is less but more importantly I feel a peace.

Prayer:

Thank You, Father, for teaching me to REST. You restore me – my mind, my body and my soul. I trust in You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Gratitude List for this week: I reached 1000 – I am at 1014. Linking up with A Holy Experience for Mondays.

  • Hubby safely back in AZ
  • I am able to write two posts
  • A cozy bed
  • A Wii game with my daughter – I didn’t do well.
  • God being “behind the scenes” to help figure out the estate
  • Knowing and feeling the love of God
  • An understanding sister who is just so loving
  • My partner in life – my lovin’ husband
  • Good health
  • Good weather while back home in Ontario
  • My Bible
  • Writing a poem to understand myself
  • REST – Release everything and stop thinking
  • Warm welcome back hugs from my tap dancers
  • A head cold – slowing me down but helping me to have time to process all that has gone on
  • Reliance on God – “faith is assurance of things hoped for” – Hebrews 11:1
  • A lymphatic massage to help me get rid of my cold
  • Read Heaven Is Real
  • Busting financial myths in FPU
  • Saving means “paying me”

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 is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.