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Do You Know Why You Are Stressed? Pause

What Jesus Can Teach Us About Pause

The word for Five Minute Friday this week is “pause”.

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“Pause” is such an important word in our lives. Jesus went away from all the people to find communion with God. He left early in the morning to go out by himself to pray.

We need to use His example.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35, NIV).”

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:16, NIV).”

In the hustle and bustle of our lives we need to take that time. Five minutes. An hour. A day. A week. Take whatever you need to find out what God is saying to you.

I find when I am feeling rushed and tense, it’s good to leave and just breathe somewhere quiet. I use the washroom. Usually that brings quiet. A short walk around the block. Sitting outside in nice weather.

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Where do you find rest? We need it physically and spiritually.

My mother-in-law gave us a plate when we were newly married. It didn’t make sense to me at the time. As the years go by it means more and more to me.

I wrote a post about this. And many times in the past few weeks God has said: slow down. Stop. You can read more posts at the bottom.

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But I really wonder how many of you will really heed this warning.
What are you striving for?

If you are in ministry, are you doing for God instead of being with God? Sometimes He wants us to slow down to hear His voice. Stop and find out what He wants. There will be more power if you allow the Holy Spirit to enter your life and your decisions.

Have you thought of art as a way to relax and relate to God. I love Bible Art and would love to teach what I have learned. Please consider signing up for a free course. 

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Other posts about “pause”. These are older posts and some of the pictures are missing as I deleted any picture that wasn’t “free”.

Slow: Five Minute Friday

Breathe: Five Minute Friday

 

Who Can I Expect to Meet My Needs?

Expect – Five Minute Friday

For a very long time in my life I would expect everything to be my way.

expectTwasn’t me, ’twas the Lord! I always told Him, ‘I trust to you. I don’t know where to go or what to do, but I expect You to lead me,’ an’ He always did. ~ Harriet Tubman

Being the first born my parents expected much from me and I obliged. But I also then felt the same about others. If people didn’t come up to my high standards it bothered me.

When I married 46 years ago I felt my husband should see my needs and respond to them. As I found out that is not possible. My needs are not his problem. They are my problem.

That doesn’t mean he doesn’t care for me. I know he does. But it does mean I can’t expect him to see everything my way and do everything my way and when I want it.

Yes I was bossy. My younger sister can attest to that. I loved to rule the roost.

Getting rid of my expectations has helped me to relax, and has turned my world up-side down. Instead of trying to get my way (all the time) I am learning to look to the needs of others. I am learning that it is not about me. It is a slow process.

Jesus said we are “to be poor of spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3).”

I still work on this one. Not only do I try not to expect others to meet my needs I try to not be self-sufficient and meet my own needs.

I know that sounds weird. Why wouldn’t I want to strive to meet my own needs?

But if Christ is living in me I need to look only to Him to look after me. (tweet this)

It’s my expectations that have to change. Others may help me grown spiritually but I don’t need to depend on them. I have Jesus.

Expect: – To look forward, to consider probable or certain

Expect is more than a desire or longing but a knowledge that such a thing will happen.

We can’t expect people – any people to always be on the same page as we are. It’s impossible.

Jesus is the only One that I can expect to be there at all time, through all situations.

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

I did put my trust in Him. He does as He promises – He is there. He listens.

I love the praise song, “Hungry Falling on my knees”- 

There is sentence that says I know You satisfy.

Hungry, I come to you
For I know You satisfy
I am empty but I know
Your love does not run dry

Where do you put your expectations?

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Creative Tuesdays – Chillin’ With Art

Creative Tuesdays – Chillin’ With Art

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Watercolour by Janis

Because we are “chillin'” this week at a cottage – just resting and enjoying family, I chose a piece I did a while ago that reminds me of laid back summer days in Canada. I understand some people are too hot in summer but where we are we are delighted with warmer weather, especially if we can cool off in the water.

Good news that made me have a happy dance this week, I found out that 2 of my watercolour batik paintings sold at the Rails End Gallery last month along with my children’s story, Tadeo Turtle.

These are the two that sold.

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Original Watercolour Batik – Turtle – sold

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Original Watercolour Batik – Fish – Sold

So enjoy wherever you are – hot or cold. We are always content with Jesus – right?

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Sunday Stillness – Another look at REST – LINK

Sunday Stillness – Another look at REST

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As I have been working at finding time to spend with God another acronym came to me for REST. Are we sitting and thanking Him for all the little things in our lives? Do we look around and see the things we can be thankful for? Are we aware of our surroundings?

So I started another grateful journal. A friend of mine opened my eyes again to see that each moment of the day we can speak a prayer of thanks to Him Who watches over us.

Here are a few that came to me that day:

  • gentle breezes of summer for those hot summer days
  • fluffy white clouds that float in a blue sky (I even saw a little dog in one of the clouds)
  • all shades of green
  • my sweet dog sleeping on a pillow
  • a family who cares
  • a faithful husband who believes in the power of God
  • planting my own garden
  • a solid house (we are built on rock)

Check out all the Joy Dare posts about thankfulness.

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Are you able to REST in God by being thankful? (tweet this)

Today is Sunday Stillness.

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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Sunday Stillness – What is REST? – LINK

Sunday Stillness – What is REST?

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This has been on my mind for some time. What is REST? Last Wednesday I found out. I think it means to spend some quality time with God.

R – Restore

E – Everything

S – Sit

T – Tight

I had trouble doing this the past few weeks. On Wednesday,  I still had trouble but had the time to persevere – until I heard that quiet voice with some answers. I loved Oswald Chambers from August 5.

A Christian is one who trusts the wits and the wisdom of God, and not his own wits (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, August 5)

If I am going to trust in His wits, then I have to be close to Him, listen to Him and follow His directions.

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Are you trusting in your wits or God’s? REST in Him. (click to tweet)

Today is Sunday Stillness.

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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Sunday Stillness – How Can We Learn to Live Each New Day in Expectation

Sunday Stillness – How Can We Learn to Live Each New Day in Expectation

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This is the day that the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24, NKJV).

So good to be back writing. My month long sabbatical was excellent. And if any of you are feeling overwhelmed or frustrated I would suggest you try it. Every day now seems like a day of renewal.

I am learning to live each day in a state of expectation. To look around and see what God has in store.

I want to:

Seek the Light
Give thanks for each moment
Find beauty in little things
Be amazed
Find my childlike wonder
Open my eyes to what God is doing.

Here is a picture I painted in 2000. The beginning of my awakening.

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I want to:

Watch where God is leading me
Be ready to say yes
Be ready to say no
Continue to study His Word
Continue to pray
Follow Jesus

I read a wonderful book by Matt Appling called Life after Art.

He has some excellent words of wisdom. Here are few.

Creating excuses is always easier than creating change.

An amateur artist tries to erase a mistake. A master artist learns how to work with a mistake.

Every interaction you have with the world is a chance to add a little more paint.

 

Any one of these would make a wonderful post.

Seek this week to look for beauty in every moment.

Blessings to all of you.

Prayer:

Lord thank You so much for the beauty of this earth. Thank You for Jesus and the Holy Spirit Who guide us, heal us and protect us. Bless all my readers this week as we seek to follow Jesus. In His Name, AMEN.

May I pray for you. Please contact me at Under the Cover of Prayer if there is a special prayer you would like me to pray.

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Sunday Stillness – Jesus Calling -08/26

Sunday Stillness – Jesus Calling -08/26

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So many times in the past few weeks God is reminding me of His Peace. Last week I drew a picture of a dove and this reminds me that He is our Peace.

Oswald Chambers said:

Look up and receive the undisturbedness of the Lord Jesus (Oswald Chambers, August 26).

If I focus on the problem I can obliterate God. (tweet this)

Jesus told us to let not our hearts be troubled. (John 14:1)

So I need to do exactly what I read in Jesus Calling – detach from the disturbances around me.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God (Psalm 42:11, NIV).

Please find time to detach from your world around you. Seek Jesus right now – find His Peace so you can relax and not let the circumstances touch your spirit.

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Am I Straining at the Oars?

Am I Straining at the Oars?

by Janis Cox

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Painting by Janis Cox – Experimental Watercolour Course – Process not Product

A few weeks ago I took a full week art course in Experimental Watercolour by Kal Honey at the Haliburton School of the Arts.

One of the quotes Kal posted was this:

Detach from outcome. Commit to process.

I kept thinking about that all week. I am a doer – I look for outcomes. So in my paintings I look to see a pleasant product.

But that week, Kal kept saying, “No, explore and see.”

I fought this. I fought this with every fibre of my being. I didn’t want to watch and explore, I wanted something beautiful right now.

Then I read Oswald Chambers from July 28.

It is the story of the storm in the Bible from Mark 6:45-52.

The disciples are straining at the oars. They have a goal. But their efforts are not producing anything but anxiety.

Jesus appears – walking on the water – and He calms the waves.

Oswald made me really think about my “efforts” – and do I invite Jesus into every moment?

If my life is to learn – then Jesus needs to be in my every moment.
(Tweet this)

It is the process, not the end that is glorifying to God (Oswald Chambers, July 28).

What men call training and preparation God calls the end (Oswald Chambers, July 28).

God wants to be in every part of my life. He wants to be in the process.

The words of Spirit of the Living God come to me:

Take me, mould me, fill me, use me
Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.

Prayer:

Father, I want to live each moment connected to You. Remind me! Fill each moment in awareness of You – holding Your Hand and inviting me to walk on water. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.

Will You Rest?

Will You Rest?

by Rose Harmer (reprinted with permission)

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I have been encouraging you to learn to rest –
to not take on many responsibilities, but do one thing well.

 I know you better than you know yourself.
Rest in Me.

Whatever I want you to do,
I will give you the strength to accomplish.

You are My beloved child – a daughter of My kingdom.
Do not worry!

Rest in Me and in My goodness.

Last week I read a book entitled “Anonymous” by which talked about the twenty-nine hidden years of Christ.

To read the entire post please visit Rose at Listening to Hear.

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Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.  Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.

 

Do You need a Sabbath Rest from Blogging?

Do You Need a Sabbath Rest from Blogging?

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Once again I am taking a break from blogging – My plan was to take every 7th week off but I missed the 7th week and am into the 8th. I actually noticed the difference – I need to stop and take a break. God tells us to be wise – and taking a break for me is a wise choice.

Next week is a great week to stop as I am co-ordinating  VIBE (Ventures in Biblical Education) at our church. I need my wits about me and energy to sustain me through the week. We have ages 4-12 for 1/2 day for 5 days.

Here are the links if you would like to catch up on posts and also to read those who have linked their posts.

Sunday Stillness

with a Link – Thank you to all the loyal supporters who faithfully link their wonderful posts each week. I have extended Sunday’s post to last for 2 weeks.

Can I Joy Dare You?

with a Link – This post has moved from Monday to Wednesday and the link will continue here as well.

Five Minute Fridays

Read through the posts where I have been given a word to write about in 5 minutes – no editing.

Creative Saturdays

I attempt to think of new activities for children to enjoy. Check back through the activities.

See you in a week – Enjoy.

And if you haven’t visited Tadeo Turtle’s Page I would ask that you check him out. He won an award for the best children’s book in 2013 by The Word Awards.

Blessings,

Janis