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5 Ways to Simplify your Work Life

To Simplify isn’t Easy, you know

Today on Five Minute Friday the prompt is SIMPLIFY.

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I totally agree with Kate when she wrote about over doing it. I have done that before. I think there are 5 major things we can do to simplify our lives.

Start with God

Always start with God in the morning. Sit down with Him. He is your coach. See what He says about the day. Read His Word. Pray. Listen.

Psalm 143:8, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”

Review your Life

Look at your life every once in a while. Check that what you are doing is what God has planned for you. Say NO to things that are not on His path.

 “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.” Psalm 118:8

Watch your Time While You Work

Use your time wisely. I podcasted this week about social media as a trap for me (it will be available next Tuesday on Hope Stream radio). I recently uploaded an app called Pomadoro, which is a timer with breaks. I have set it for 30 minute work sessions and then a couple of 5 minute breaks and then a 15 minute break. So far it is working very well to simplify my writing and my art.

Colossians 4:5 “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.”

Where are you spending that Time?

Look at activities that you do. Are you watching TV that is not uplifting? Are they time wasters? I have watched much TV for the last 5 years.  Are you going to things that you feel you have to go to but really are not benefiting your heart and soul? Choose wisely.

Isaiah 40:31 The Message “But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
    They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
    they walk and don’t lag behind.”

Are you Cluttering Your Mind with your Stuff?

Look around you. Are you looking at too much stuff? Is that making your head not clear? Cleaning up my desk is something that really frees my mind. Clutter can cloud our thinking. Gett rid of stuff routinely.

Romans 12:2 ESV  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Those are the 5 ways I have learned to simplify my life (at least that  I can get down in 5 minutes.)

What about you? What do you do to simplify your life?

CALL TO ACTION:

Are you a Christian writer? If so, do you need to go deeper in your spiritual journey.

One way to continue to grow in God’s Word is online.

Growing Through God’s Word is an interactive Facebook Group that is a safe place to explore your faith without judgment. Learn to read your Bible and discover God’s Word. Learn to listen and hear God speak.

We share. We learn. We create. We connect. We grow.

Janis is a creativity catalyst with a heart to connect people to God. She specializes in creating art based on Scripture so that the Truth penetrates hearts and not just minds.The world needs more pictures, art and colour.

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Crucified With Christ

Crucified With Christ – What does that mean? Word of God Speak Linkup

For the next weeks I will be joining Lisa Morris as she delves into studying 17 New Testament Books in 17 Weeks.  That is the link to her Facebook Group if you wish to join us. This week we are studying Galatians and particularly looking at Galatians 2:20 – I’ve Been Crucified with Christ. I love studying one verse in depth and Lisa has chosen one scripture to memorize. But I am also reading through Galatians with some of her questions in mind.

Crucified with Christ

S – Say the passage out loud: Check other versions.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20, NIV).

Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that (Galatians 2:20, The Message).

I – Interpretation – Check footnotes, references and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

There were a few scriptures mentioned in my study Bible to check out.

Galatians 5:24 – crucified sinful nature
Galatians 6:14 –  only boast in the cross of Jesus
Romans 6:8-10 –  we live with Christ
Romans 7:6 – By dying… we are released from the Law, so we serve in a new way of the spirit, not in the old way of written code.

We died to sin – freed from its powers.

Galatians 1:4 – Christ gave Himself for our sins to rescue us.
1 Timothy 2:6 –  Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for many.
Titus 2:14 –  Jesus gave Himself to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His own.

M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

This passage is so powerful. It says the whole purpose of our Christian faith.

Being crucified, being cleansed, renewed, changed – a new person, the Spirit of Christ lives in me.

We are not only cleansed but filled with His power, His strength.
Jesus lives in me. (Tweet this)

Grasp hold of that. In my bodily weakness Jesus is strong.

Many times Jesus has pulled me through. Every summer during Vacation Bible School that I run I have been sick, but Jesus has given me strength to continue and not miss a day.

When I first heard the words, “crucified with Christ” I hated that word. I heard I’ve been crucified with Christ and I cringed. Why?

Was I afraid of giving up some of me? Did I know that if I said those words it would mean total acceptance and giving over control to Jesus?

Releasing control – could I do that? Could I say that I have been crucified with Christ and He lives in me?

Yes – I wanted to be thoroughly dead to sin. That doesn’t mean I won’t sin but it means sin has no power over me.

Through the death and resurrection of Christ the power of sin over me is DEAD. I am cleansed in Him.

The old “me” is gone. The “I” no longer lives. Instead Christ lives in me. I live by faith in Jesus. (tweet this)

And that makes all the difference.

P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak. When you have finished writing all your thoughts, questions and ideas then take time for prayer.

L- Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).

I felt a complete surrender as I prayed this morning. It was like being accepted all over again. It was giving up anything hindering my relationship with Jesus. I wrote this poem to remember this time.

I’ve Been Crucified with Christ

Surrounded by His Spirit
Enveloped by His Love
He dwells deep inside me
Guides me
Inspires me
Heals me

I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave His life for me.

Here is Robin Mark singing, I Have Been Crucified With Christ.

 

E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Father I am so glad you rescued me and brought me into Your family. I thank You that through the death of Christ I too have been crucified and brought into the Kingdom. May You continue to guide me and give me inspiration to learn more and more about You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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What I Want to Learn about Prayer

What I Want to Learn about Prayer

by Janis Cox

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I started Under the Cover of Prayer in 2010 because I felt God calling me to bring pray-ers together; to teach more about all the facets of prayer; and to make me a better pray-er.

He has done more than that. He has built a community, what I have started to call a Tribe of Jesus. I have started to use something called a hashtag (#) which helps people locate everything to do with this blog. I am using:

#TribeofJesus

#UTCOP

I have read many prayer books. I study the Bible. I focus on what I hear and see.

Today’s reading from Oswald Chambers really struck me.

How does God view our prayers and our pray-ers?

Worship and intercession must go together, one is impossible without the other (Oswald Chambers, March 30)

And from the Bible:

Your attitude should be the same as Christ (Philippians 2:5, NIV).

Now that makes me think long and hard and ask myself some questions.

      • Am I pleading without being with the mind of Christ?
      • Am I thinking of myself and my feelings, and my agenda when I pray?
      • Do I question God and ask how can I do this?
      • Do I let tell Him, ‘it is impossible’?
      • Do I decide for Him whether something will work or not?

Oswald Chambers says we need to aim to:

live in a holy relationship with God … having such intimate contact with Him that we know His mind about the ones for whom we pray.

For that reason I need a blogging holiday – not just one week, but at least one month away from blogging.

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Please pray for me while I take this time to renew, refresh and rekindle that intimate relationship that I crave.

From April 10 – May 10th. I want to R.E.N.E.W.

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If you need to contact me during this time please email Under the Cover of Prayer.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, you have told me to take this time away to renew. Please help me to hear clearly what is important to you. In Your name, AMEN.

Blessings,

Janis

Tweetables:

I want to RENEW my relationship with Jesus (tweet this)

Why am I taking a blogging holiday? (tweet this)

 

Sunday Stillness – Isaiah 40:8

Sunday Stillness – Isaiah 40:8

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Janis Cox photography – taken with Nikon Coolpix L820

As we head into the end of summer I look at the beautiful wildflowers. Striking in colours, variety and shape they show the imagination of our Creator God. But as we know they must end their lives to begin again next spring.

So too we will come to an end of this life. But we have a choice during this life to live anew with Christ. We can blossom and flourish under our Lord’s care and provision – a new life on earth – and then when we die from this earth we too will begin a new life with our Lord in Heaven.

God’s Word continues on through generations and generations – enduring forever. Let’s pray that we can spread this wonderful news of rebirth.

I will be going on a blogging holiday next week. We are cottaging with our whole family. I will post another Sunday Stillness but continuing from this week. Thanks to the wonderful posters. I really appreciate you.

Blessings,
Janis

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