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My Word for 2016?

Word of God Speak – Linky – What is my Word for 2016?

Word of God Speak – Linky – What is my word for 2016?

My Word for 2016?

I have been praying this week to find my word for 2016. I have mulled over many things. As we celebrated Christmas I focused on all that meant to me. This week I found myself thinking about “after Christmas”. What does that mean?

What does “after Christmas” mean? (tweet this)

I thought about the magi and wrote a post for Community Moms for this coming week. I really thought about those wisemen. They knew something important happened. They had seen a sign.

Am I watching carefully enough to see a sign from God? (tweet this)

I decided to look over the past 4 years – ever since I started choosing one word for the year. You can see my walk by clicking the links below. I went from trust, to live, to follow and then this year be intentional.

I don’t know what my word for 2016 is – yet. I know that I need to take this week to spend in prayer and study. I won’t be posting any regular posts until next weekend.

While I am searching for my word, I ask you, do you have a word for this year? (tweet this)

Here is my history of words.

2012 The Year of Trust

2013 The year to Live

OneWord2013LIVEweb

2014 – The Year to Follow

OneWord2014FOLLOW

2015 – Be IntentionalMy-Word-2015---Intentional

At the time of posting this I think I might have my word – stay tuned.

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How Can We Stop Coasting?

How Can We Stop Coasting?

by Brenda Wood

New-Year's-Resolution

Why is it we can’t drop ten pounds as fast as we used to? As we get older we burn calories less efficiently and our physical energy output decreases. We can rev it up again but that takes some work on our part.

People who study such things say that our resting metabolism declines about 20% over our adult lifetime. As a result we lose muscle and gain fat and that fat will increase by a bunch more if we don’t exercise more and eat less.

Do those physical rules also apply to the spiritual?

Do we need to exercise more faith muscles, so that the creeping fat of sin doesn’t overcome us?

It’s easy to coast along letting others do all our praying and studying for us, but someday that will catch us unaware.

You see, God wants a personal relationship with us, not with our stand-in or secretary.

Let’s rev up our prayer life before it’s too late.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV).

Prayer:

Lord, forgive us for coasting on the prayer life of others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Tweetables:

Do we need to exercise more faith muscles, so that the creeping fat of sin doesn’t overcome us?

God wants a personal relationship with us, not with our stand-in or secretary.

Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
Read more at:
http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com
facebook – www.facebook.com/brendawoodspeaker

Why Start Your Faith Journey with the Book of John?

Why Start Your Faith Journey with the Book of John?

by Brenda Wood

The Book Of John

The Book Of John (Photo credit: design-gate)

When I first invited Jesus into my life, someone suggested that I start my new journey with Christ in the Book of John. I’ve since offered the same advice to other newbies. Why do we do that?

According to the introduction to John in the Amplified Bible, this book is very different from the other three Gospels. Its purpose is to report the signs or miracles of Christ so that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ. In fact, the word “believe (trust, adhere to, rely on)” occurs ninety-eight times in this writing.

As we learn to believe, we will learn to trust, and the more we do that,
the more we will pray and obey. (Tweetable)

Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God (Isaiah 50:10, NIV).

So have your read the Book of John lately? It would be a great place to start if you need to rekindle your faith.

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:1-5, NIV).

Prayer:

Lord, we believe. Help our unbelief! (from Mark 9:24) In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
Read more at:
http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com
facebook – www.facebook.com/brendawoodspeaker 

Why is Study Important?

Why is Study Important?

by T. L. Wiens

Bible

I hear and read about many different “methods” to pray. Some are good while others leave me wondering where in the Bible the author or speaker discovered that idea. Some are taken from pagan religions and shouldn’t be a part of our Christian prayer life.

How do we know how to pray?

Two verses come to mind.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV).

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” (Mark 12:30, KJV).

When I think of my own faith walk, I see how my prayer life has changed. As a child, I asked for more frivolous things. As I grew in my knowledge of God, my prayers became less self oriented. Now, my heart hurts for God’s people and my prayers echo that love. At the same time, I’ve come to understand my lacking in a much deeper way and many of my prayers are for true understanding of God’s Word and His will.

Prayer isn’t complicated.

Prayer is not about methods but about relationship. (click to tweet)

When you love God, you’ll want to know Him. You’ll study His word. As you study, you’ll get to know Him better and your communication with Him will flow naturally.

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

SUNDAY STILLNESS – Matthew 6:20

Sunday Stillness – Matthew 6:20

Matthew 6:20

Watercolour painting by Janis Cox

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20, NIV).

“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being”(Matthew 6:20, The Message).

This week I have been studying about being Holy and worshipping in the true way. We have been studying Rational Worship.

Where I place my treasure is where I spend my time and where I want to be. I want to be in God’s Word so I am ready, so I am filled with the Holy Spirit and so I am grounded in the truth.

So I am storing up treasures in heaven – what about you? What is God teaching you this week?

Remember this passage:

 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1-2, NIV).

Today is Sunday Stillness – Do you have a Scripture that spoke to you this week? Please link below. If you post to Twitter use #sundaystillness and @authorjaniscox.

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Read the Sunday Stillness rules if you are new here.

I would appreciate if you would link only about God’s Word. If you have a linky party that’s okay if it is about the same thing. Please no sales or prizes. I want this to be friendly but I must ask you to abide by the rules. Others want to read God’s Word – and that is what I would like the links to be about. I will take down the links that don’t follow the rules. Thanks so much.

Comments always appreciated. Linking with Jumping Tandem, and Scripture and a Snapshot.



THE 4 NOWS

The 4 Nows

by Jan Cox

Early Morning Time with God

“God You are my God … and I will ever praise You… I will seek You in the morning and I will learn to walk in Your ways… step by step you’ll lead me and I’ll follow You all of my days.” Step by Step by Michael W. Smith

I sing that. And then I forget what it means.

This is NOT what I have been doing. Other things get crammed into my early mornings – my IPOD, ideas, my new book, surfing the Net. All these things seep into my time – this early morning time – with You.

It has happened before and I know it will happen again. But I am sorry. I have forgotten that You must be first.

So, I have come up with:

4 NOWS

NOW (this morning time) is a time for PRAYER.

I have not been vigilant. I do pray whenever the Spirit leads me but I have been lax lifting those people, whom I have promised to pray for, to You on a regular basis. So this morning time will be for that.

NOW (this morning time) is a time for PRAISE.

Whether it is through music or words – I want to sing Your praises. I have not done this enough. The Psalms would be a good place to start. Music too. My drive to Peterborough and back reminded me how much I love to sing praise to You.

NOW (this morning time) is a time for STUDY.

That means studying Your Word. I have been doing my Bible Study on returning from Poland – but not regularly. I have been back almost a month and I am not finished yet. I want to delve into the Word and hear what You want to tell me.

NOW (this morning time) is a time for YOU.

Yes, I want to remember to still my mind before You. I want to take this time to stop thinking and talking and start listening. I need this – it focuses me; it refreshes me; it gives me peace.

So here it a new start (once again). May my mornings be for You. May this time not be wasted with other “things”.

How about you? Do you live with God in the NOW? Can you take time, whether it is morning, afternoons, evening or the middle of the night – to meet with our God? It doesn’t matter how long but it does matter if you do it.

What do you think?

Here is Michael Smith singing Step by Step.

Counting My Blessings – to 2000 – I am at 1666

        • God’s peace
        • Great prayers
        • Good thoughts
        • Working on Tadeo Revision
        • Being asked to speak about my trip to Poland to the UCW
        • Playing in pool with grandchildren and watching to see what great swimmers they are
        • Bath time with grandchildren
        • Storytime with grandchildren
        • Thanks for keeping me awake, Lord, on the way home
        • Singing Your praises while I drive
        • Conversation with You while I drive
        • A stressful situation finished
        • Great swim in the lake from our boat
        • Knowing it was NOT the right digital piano
        • The love of my hubby
        • Excitement felt in my daughter as she gets ready for her Kindergarten class
        • Life growing inside my daughter
        • Questions are good
        • Debates are good
        • Scripture is powerful
        • “Wages of sin is death: the Gift of God is eternal life in Jesus” (Romans 6:23)
        • The morning sunshine

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis 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 has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive will be publishing this story and it will be available later this summer. See more about Tadeo at Jan’s Website.

WHAT ARE YOUR TIN GODS?

What are Your Tin Gods?

by Jan Cox

Tin gods

What are your tin gods?

We read about the kings of the Bible in the Old Testament. We see how some of them follow God – at first – then turn their backs on Him. They turn away and start to worship alien gods or tin gods such as the Baals.

“I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals” (1 Kings 18:18 NIV).

God waits until they are desperate and calling for Him. Then God answers. They come back to worship Him.

But this cycle repeats itself over and over again.

We think, “How can they be so stupid turning to those tin gods or alien gods?”.

Then I look at my life and your life and think –

Do we have tin gods?

What pulls me away from studying His Word?

What pulls me away from praying?

What pulls me away from helping others?

There was an email circulating years ago called Satan’s Meeting. In it Satan wrote to his devil helpers. He encouraged them to keep humans busy, all the time … doing and doing and doing.  In that way humans became so focused on themselves and all their activities they forgot about God.

That letter had an impact on my life.

Today I will reprint part it here so you can pray about anything that might be your “tin god” – something that keeps you away from connecting with God.

Next week I will continue…

It is called Satan’s Meeting:

SATAN’S MEETING

Satan called a worldwide convention of demons. In his opening address he said:

“We can’t keep Christians from going to church. We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their Saviour. Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.”

PAUSE

“So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners, but STEAL THEIR TIME, so they don’t have time to DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ.”

He continues:

“This is what I want you to do,” said the devil: “DISTRACT them from gaining hold of their Saviour and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!”

Do you have anything that distracts from your connection to God? If so, what can you do about it? Any ideas. I would love to hear from you.

Prayer:

Father, we want to connect with you. Show us our tin gods so we can turn away from them and to You. Help us to find time to connect with You. Show us how. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Gratitude List:

My Gratitude list for this week: Counting to 2000 and connecting to Ann Voskamp’s Multitude of Mondays.

          • What a VIBE (VBS) week!
VIBE

Our VBS – VIBE

          • early morning sunshine; stillness
          • great dollar store in town called Needful Things
          • endorsements for my children’s book, Tadeo Turtle
          • made 3 little pigs puppets and 1 big bad wolf puppet for Poland

My 3 Little Pigs

          • beautiful walking weather
          • going out on the boat with my hubby 
          • saw a loon very close to our boat
          • saw a seagull dive and come up with a fish in its mouth
          • saw a heron land in the marsh and then walk along
          • oh that I would remember my camera but thankful for my memory

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 has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive will be publishing this story and it will be available later this summer. See more about Tadeo at Jan’s Website.

SIMPLY SATURDAY – Grafted

Simply Saturday

 Grafted

This is planting season in Ontario (through the rain drops). I understand how to put a seed into the ground, cover it with soil, and with water and sunshine a plant or an oak tree can grow. But the art of grafting one plant to another has always baffled me. One plant is literally STUCK to another plant and the two become as one.

Here is a picture of a grafted tree, one part Native Ash and the other European. (Picture found with thanks, jbcurio)

I think that is the process we are in – becoming STUCK to Jesus.

“rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2: 7 NIV)

I want the glue to STICK and be permanent. I think they use tape or twine or something sturdy to hold the plants together.

What is my tape?

Prayer, study, meditation, reading the Bible, worship, and fasting.

Only with these can I keep STUCK. Will I ever be firmly rooted to Jesus? Yes, in heaven – but until that time I want to keep the tape firmly holding Jesus and me together.

THOUGHT:

(Romans 8:35 NIV) says “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”

I need to keep ‘rooted’ or grafted in all circumstances and with thanksgiving in order to live in the joy of the LORD.

Other connections that make me remember to start my day with Him:

(Isaiah 22:23 NIV) “I will drive him like a peg into a firm place;”

Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts:

Quote: “And when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.” And as I get up and take my place with God, I remember to thank him.

Ann continues, “Only real prayers are the ones mouthed with thankful lips. Because gratitude ushers into the other side of prayer, into the heart of the God-love, and all power to change the world, me, resides here in His love.” (Chapter 3)

Continuing to work on being firmly fixed to Him.