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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”.


“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.


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.


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.

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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


Slow: Five Minute Friday

Slow: Five Minute Friday

I am writing for 5 minutes on Friday night, while helping hubby renovate the kitchen. Joining Kate Motaung at Five Minute Fridays. Today’s word is SLOW.


It’s funny I recalled a childhood memory to my hubby today while we walked our little dog, Snowball, around the lake. I recalled walking home from school when I was quite young, thinking about things, dreaming, visualizing. When I arrived home my mom said, “Janis, you should walk smartly home. Don’t dawdle. People will thing you are dopey. Always move along, with your head up and keep going.”

That was the last day I walked slowly. Until now. Now I realize that I need the slow time to dream, to be inspired and to rest with God. That doesn’t mean I have “slowed down” continuously. Far from it. I keep thinking of things in my down time, and then have lots to do in my active time.

The book that got me thinking of living a slower, calmer lifestyle was In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honoré . By 2005 when I read this book I all ready spent time with God every morning. But I also realized that when I slow down I get to enjoy the beauty around me and I need an additional few pause points during the day as well.

I have a plate that says: Stop and Smell the Roses.slow

In order to be inspired we need time to hear from God. We need to slow down to hear from Him.

Elijah learned this lesson.

A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper (1 Kings 19:11-12, The Message).

Elijah heard God in the quiet whisper.

Are you learning to be quiet before God, to slow down, to listen to Him? (tweet this)

I have written on the subject of slow before:

Leisurely Pace

God Said Whoa!

Are you lead by the Spirit or man?


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Breathe: Five Minute Fridays

Breathe: Five Minute Fridays

I can’t believe one week has gone by so quickly. Breathe. Janis. Breathe. That’s what I always tell others when they say they are stressed, angry, frustrated or just plain tired. Breathe.


Why do I use that word to help them and me? Because that is what can bring God into the situation. By stopping to listen, to quieten our hearts and spirits, God speaks and we can listen.


I’m doing it right now. I know I am supposed to “write for 5 minutes” but when I am not typing I can stop and breathe in His Spirit. Ask Him for inspiration. Let Him bring about a restoration.

I have a plate at home that always reminds me to stop and take a breath. It says, “Stop and smell the roses.”. I think we forget to do this – all the time. We get on a roll, we keep going and doing and going and doing. Until sometimes we just stop because we have come to the end of our strength. You can read all about how God stopped me in my tracks and forced me to take a breath so I could listen to Him.

breatheThat’s a good thing though – coming to the end of our own strength. I am reading The Story of With by Allen Arnold. I heard him at a writers’ conference last weekend. He talks about trying to do everything in his own strength and how that will eventually implode and even explode. Instead he suggests we need to live in the land of With – With God. In that land we can slow down, inhale God and we can find joy and peace.


Scripture talks about quietening our souls. We can do that by focusing on our breathing and nothing else. As we take in breaths,  in and out, we know we are creatures created by God. He is breathing right there with us.

The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4, NIV).

When we stop and breathe – we refocus on God. (Tweet this)

We can hear His Voice, feel His presence, learn His wisdom.

Life is breath. So breathe.


Here is a great song by Jonny Diaz called “Breathe”.

Five minutes are up. It’s your turn. What are your thoughts on the word “breathe”? click on the icon below and try your hand at writing for five minutes.



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God said Whoa! #WOGS Linkup

God said Whoa! #WOGS Linkup

Once again I got on a roll and forgot to stop and regroup and see what God had taught me in the past seven weeks. He certainly prepared me for all the possible things that might go wrong with a book launch. God said Whoa. And I have stopped to review.

Here are 2 things I know God is teaching me:

God said Whoa

God said Whoa

And all my past 7 studies since Lent have been focused on these truths:

God is interested in every facet of my life, including my prayer life  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Do not be anxious – pray instead (Philippians 4:6-7).

Jesus lives in me and fills me with His power and strength (Galatians 2:20).

Be led by the Spirit and not man (Galatians 3:3).

All I need to do is KNOCK (Revelations 3:20).

God’s timing is perfect (2 Peter 3:9).

Have Confidence in God (1 John 5:14).

We are still waiting to make the announcement that The Kingdom of Thrim has gone to print. I don’t think it will be long now. We have gone through trial and error; we have had glitches. But through everything we remain strong in the knowledge that God will make a way.

As I remember all these past scriptures I know that God has given them to me for this time in my life. I am calm, happy and joyful that He is in control.

I am enjoying the company of my launch team. They have become good friends.

To read the reviews click here. The Kingdom of Thrim reviews.

God said Whoa

How have you been? Do you see God at work in your lives? Do you know to slow down and smell the roses?

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Keep yourself fit to let the life of the Son of God be manifested ~ Oswald Chambers (tweet this).

There is no room or time to be disagreeable ~ Oswald Chambers (tweet this).

God said Whoa. Find out how I learned to listen to Him (tweet this).

Are you led by the Spirit or Man?

Are you led by the Spirit or Man? Word of God Speak Linkup

This will be a different Word of God Speak today. God has shown me what I need to do and that is listen to His Spirit. Are you led by the Spirit or Man?

I had decided to join an online Bible study that was doing 17 New Testament books in 17 weeks. I realized that it wasn’t for me. I felt rushed and stressed when I thought of doing my studying that way. I’m one who likes to see each individual tree – not the whole forest.

Are you led by the Spirit or Man?

I like to dive deep into one passage or verse. (tweet this)

God stopped me in my tracks. He told me to “stop and smell the roses”. I have a plate that reminds me of that – I just didn’t listen.

Are you led by the Spirit or Man?

I am reading through the Bible in two years and that takes enough effort and time. I read until God shows me something. This morning he showed me Deuteronomy 8:12-14. God is warning the Israelites to obey His Word.

 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,  and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied,  then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Last week I did take a look at Galatians 1 and 2 and focused on Galatians 2:20. You can read my post here and listen to my podcast each Tuesday on Hope Stream Radio.

I also painted in one of my regular Bibles as I haven’t bought a Bible journal here in Canada. I actually like the paper in this one which I had found at a garage sale.

But as I continued with Galatians I stopped again at Galatians 3:3:

Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?

The Galatians were  being misled by the work of the flesh. Paul calls them foolish (verse 1) and asks if they have received the Spirit by law or by believing.

I live by faith in the Son of God
Who loved me and gave Himself for me (words from I’ve Been Crucified by Christ by Robin Mark).

Are you led by the Spirit or man? Listen to God. (tweet this)

I read a message from a woman in the First5 App who had started back to school and felt overwhelmed a couple of weeks into the semester. She sees the forest and panics. I believe we must see each individual minute as a gift from God; to live each day in a relationship with Him.

And to help me out this week I have started a new way to do my day. I write down 5 tasks I want to complete. I focus on those tasks. I have been doing this and it’s working.

I see each tree and not the forest.

This week’s memory verse is Galatians 3:3 because it reminds me that in everything I will live in the Spirit.

As you can see God led me through many things to get me back on the path of being led by the Spirit and not man. I’m glad to be back.


Thank You, Lord for speaking to me about what I can do and not do. Thanks for stopping me and redirecting my path. Let me continue to live in the Spirit – being guided continually each and every moment of the day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

See each tree and not the forest, write down 5 tasks per day and follow that. (tweet this)


Are you led by the Spirit or Man?Are you led by the Spirit or Man?

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