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Sunday Stillness – Another look at REST – LINK

Sunday Stillness – Another look at REST


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.


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

Today is Sunday Stillness.


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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When Do I Pray?

When Do I Pray?

by Stephanie Nickel

 English: Oil painting, "Praying Hands&quo...

There is always so much to do:

      • Get up – often before we want to.
      • Get ready for work.
      • Drive to work . . . or plop down in our home office.
      • Perhaps, pop by the gym on the way to work (or on the way home).
      • Accomplish what is laid out for that particular day – or, at least, do the best we can.
      • Pop onto our social networks from time to time. (Certainly not everyone can or does do this during the day, but it is increasingly common.)
      • Drive home . . . or close the door of our home office.
      • Prepare supper, eat, and clean-up.
      • Prepare for the following day.
      • Snatch a few minutes for ourselves.
      • Get up and start again.
      • Head to bed.

Of course, your day may look different. Perhaps you’re a student with classes, exams, and projects or, like I was, you are a stay-at-home mom and your work entails caring for your precious sons and daughters. You may not leave home, but you understand busy.

Some of you are even disciplined enough to include daily devotions in your routine. Kudos!

No matter what your day looks like, I encourage you to add two specific times of prayer, if you haven’t already done so.

When you awaken, commit your day to the Lord.

Offer every aspect of it to Him. Ask Him to have His way in and through you. Pray for those people you will encounter, particularly those you find difficult. Take a deep breath – and thank Him that you can do just that. Deliberately, give thanks and you will find your attitude will be immediately more positive. You are now ready to get up – hopefully.

Of course, you can offer up prayers throughout the day – and it’s a wonderful way to deal with each and every situation and individual you encounter, but that’s a topic for another time.

The second time of prayer I want to mention is as you lie in bed at night.

(I admire those who still take the time to kneel beside their bed before crawling under the covers.) It’s OK if you fall asleep while praising and thanking Him and taking your needs and the needs of others before the Lord. Prayer is also a much better alternative to tossing and turning when you are having trouble falling asleep. (This never used to be a problem for me, but I find I am restless a lot more these days.)

Beginning and ending each day with prayer is not a magic pill. It doesn’t ensure that everything will go our way or that our attitude will always be as it should be.

Beginning and ending each day with prayer enables us
to focus on the Lord.

Since we are to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5), this is an effective way to do so. It reminds us we are not alone. He will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). It reminds us there are things beyond our control – and that’s all right. Our sovereign God will not be surprised by anything that comes our way – and He is working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28).

Begin and end your day with prayer. The results may amaze you. (Tweetable)

Steph Beth Nickel

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Steph Beth is a wife of over 30 years and the mother of three grown children. Steph’s eclectic interests include writing, editing, fitness, and childbirth (she is also a labour doula).
Steph’s was honoured to co-author former Paralympian Deb Willows’ memoir. Living Beyond My Circumstances is scheduled for release at the end of November 2013.
Steph edits for Christian Editing Services under the leadership of Karen Burkett. She is a long-time member of The Word Guild and a recent member of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.

Steph blogs at Steph’s Electic Interests. Her new author website, Steph Beth Nickel , is a work-in-progress.


Looking Back

by Jan Cox

Remembering Arizona

Sometimes life just gets busy, doesn’t it? We “say” our prayers – then off we go to our pursuits. When do we stop and look at our lives and see where God has been working?

Today I want to suggest that we all take 10-20 minutes this week to stop and reflect, remember and rejoice over what we have seen God do in our lives.

All through the Bible God tells us to remember. For example in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy it states:

“Be careful not to forget the covenant of the LORD your God that he made with you” (Deuteronomy 4:3 NIV)


“Remember every road that God led you on for those forty years in the wilderness, pushing you to your limits, testing you so that he would know what you were made of, whether you would keep his commandments or not” (Deuteronomy 8:2 The Message).

And Peter also reminds the new Christians to never forget what God has done.

“So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things” (2 Peter 1:12-15)

So today I want to remind all of you to take time this week to remember all God has done in your lives. You can think of the following when you start remembering:

People – who has influenced you the most in your spiritual journey?

Moments – what are pivotal times when God has made Himself known?

Lessons – what are important spiritual lessons you have learned in your life?

Disappointments – Yes you need to look at those and see how God has used these in your life

During this time of remembrance – thank God for all He has done and is doing in your lives.


Father we thank You for being here with us. We remember the past and those times when we learned and grew in knowledge of You. Thank You for showing me how You are in my life. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

A special thanks to Amazing Collection Bible Study the book of 2 Peter for opening my eyes to remembering.

My Gratitude List for this week: aiming for 2000 this year. Linking to A Holy Experience.

  • Ginger tea (Yogi) with real ginger
  • Sunlight streaming through to make a pattern on the wall
  • The cooing of the doves
  • A comment from someone about how God speaks to them through the posts on Under the Cover of Prayer
  • My youngest daughter preparing for the birth of her first baby
  • Big group of friends with a fun conversation at the pool
  • Starting to “see” in my watercolour
  • Email from my granddaughter (8 years old)
  • Good sermon on “character”
  • Hubby cough is getting better
  • A restoring nap
  • My sister’s birthday
  • Delicious looking cupcakes – wish I could have one
  • Communication via emails
  • No sore toes when tap dancing
  • Write! Canada – I signed up
  • Idea of negotiating for the best deal in FPU
  • A good flight back to Canada from Phoenix
  • A good shuttle driver who drove on icy and snowy roads
  • A great night’s sleep (11 and ½ hours)
  • Awaiting the birth of a new grandchild

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.