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Do Not Be Anxious – Word of God Speak Linkup

Do Not Be Anxious – Word of God Speak Linkup

Today is the second week of prayer scriptures. This week I am looking at my favourite one and the first one I memorized. Philippians 4:6-7. Do not be anxious. That says it all. How can we not worry? How can we not be afraid in this world we are inhabiting? Read on.

do not be anxious

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

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).

Check here for other versions. BibleGateway.

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

I memorized this one many years ago. But this week God led me to someone singing it to help us memorize it. Check it out on Youtube. If you haven’t memorized it yet this certainly will help.

Anxiety and prayer are two opposing forces in the Christian experience.

Prayer is the antidote for worry. The best worriers become the best pray-ers. (tweet this)

Peace – an inner peace can be found by letting it all be given to Jesus.

I love this song, I’m Trading my Sorrows. It sings: Prayer is a powerful weapon. Strongholds come tumbling down.

Here are some scriptures to check out:

Matthew 6:25-34 – the Father looks after us
Ephesians 6:18 – Pray in the spirit for all things; keep on praying
1 Timothy 2:1 – make requests for everyone
Isaiah 26:3 – Trust in God and keep at peace
John 14:27 – Jesus left us His peace. Do not let your hearts be troubled
Ephesians 3:19 – Be filled up with God

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

I made this the first scripture to memorize because I was filled with fear and worry. This helped to take away the fear. I kept repeating this passage over and over until it became part of me.

In everything – love those words. It reminds be of the widow woman who gave “everything”. 

It doesn’t say – sometimes, or often, or once in a while, or when I think I need Him.

But in everything I do – always, that means in all ways.

Prayer, Petition and Giving Thanks.

That reminds me of one of the ways we can pray using A.C.T.S.

how to overcome fear

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).

A few weeks ago I held a contest for a book called Peace for a Lifetime by Lisa Murray. If you are struggling with finding peace in this world this book is for you.

I have always found that taking a deep breath is the first thing I need to do when things are turned upside down. Breathe in deeply. Tell God that You know He is there with you and will remain with you through this trial. God will be there no matter what. He says: I am yours.

Pray for inspiration.

I always wonder how I found this peace that I have now. It is all God. It is all because of Jesus and what He has done for me.

For those struggling, I know it doesn’t seem possible but God can and will pull you through. Let Him wrap you up in His arms. Allow God to give you His love. Allow God to fill you with peace.

In Genesis 2:7 we hear that God breathed life into Adam and he became a living being. Jesus can do the same for us. Let Him breathe life back into you.

Jesus came to save us from worry and fear. Let Him help you. Let Him help you to say: Do not be anxious.

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

Father, thank You for Your peace, the peace that passes all understanding as Jesus guards and protects our hearts and minds from the cares of this world. Help us to remember that prayer can combat worry. Let us breathe in the Holy Spirit and exhale all strife. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Coming Up

Then starting April 11, I will be joining in with 17 New Testament Books in 17 Weeks. Join me by clicking here. I am excited to see what others are saying on these books as I study each passage using the S.I.M.P.L.E. Method of Bible Study.


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God’s Will – What is it? HopeStreamRadio

God’s Will – What is it? Hope Stream Radio Podcast

As I started a quick study on prayer scriptures my first one brought me to understanding God’s will. I have heard that question many times: “How can I be in God’s will?”. I think I found the answer.

God's Will - what is it?

This week my podcast at Hope Stream Radio answers that question: What is God’s Will?  You can listen to the podcast here.

Here are the show notes:

This past week I have been studying 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

People are always asking: Is what I am doing God’s will or saying: I would like to be in God’s will.

What is God’s Will?

Paul answers this question, doesn’t he?

To be in God’s will we need to have continual joy, continual prayer and continual thanks in all circumstances.

That’s pretty clear. But it is not easy.

Paul encourages us on our spiritual walk. It is a journey, not a step or a marathon, but a walk.

In Thessalonians Paul talks about the second coming of Christ. But he focuses on how we are to live this life her on earth – the now – the present time – with the end in mind, learning to be in the presence of God now and hopeful of being in His Presence later.

In the meantime we can focus here on earth on those three things: Joy, Prayer and Thanks


There’s a lot to joy. It is not happiness, which ebbs and flows. Joy is in knowing Christ. We can find joy at all times just in knowing Him.

How to we know Him? By reading the Bible and by prayer. We can actually learn to hear His voice. That’s why God left the Holy Spirit here on earth. I picture the Holy Spirit as a cell phone line to God. The Holy Spirit rings me in the middle of the night to talk to me. He beeps me when I am to watch or be careful. Words on the page of the Bible come alive when I have the right connection.

In sorrow, the joy I feel is comfort and peace in knowing He is with me.
In inspiration, He gives me words to write and pictures to draw to encourage others.
In study, He opens doors of understanding.
In pain, He soothes my spirit and heals me.


Next Paul speaks about prayer. He says to pray continually. At first I wondered how I could do that. Could I talk to God on an on-going basis? After much practice, I think I am getting better at having those minute to minute conversations. Learning to have a close connection to Jesus is the way to be able to pray continually.


Finally there is thankfulness. And that’s being thankful in all situations – good and bad.

The best book I have ever read to discover this deep gratefulness is A Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It’s a book that needs to be read slowly, as a careful, prayerful and thoughtful study. I read it through 3 times. I started to develop an understanding of giving thanks for everything.

How can I be thankful at all times?

Seek God and know that He has me in the palm of His hands, holding me safe and secure. (click to tweet)

This is a verse worth remembering, so I can stand fast in adverse times, trust God through all things, and show the world the glory and wonder of my God.

Remember these words:

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

God's Will - what is it?May I pray for you and me?

Lord, we live in confusing, sometimes violent times. We don’t understand this world we live in. We are grateful to be a part of Your Kingdom so we can stand firm in Your promises of being with You forever. In the meantime, we will endeavour to be joyful, prayerful and thankful always and in all circumstances because this is living in Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time, take time to be with God daily in prayer and in the study of His Word.

Joy Prayer Thanks Word of God Speak

Joy Prayer Thanks Word of God Speak Linkup

For the next couple of weeks we are going to look at verses about prayer, starting with 1Thessalonians 5:16-18, we are looking at Joy Prayer Thanks.

Joy Prayer Thanks

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On April 16th I will be joining with Conforming to the Truth who will be studying 17 books of the New Testament in 17 weeks. (I will be taking a pause after every 6 weeks for review – I believe review is necessary to hold these scriptures in my mind).

We are using the S.I.M.P.L.E. Method of Bible Study  to study each passage.

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

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

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

Joy is not dependent on our circumstances. It is a joy based on our knowledge of Christ, what He has done for us and is doing for us now. Joy is consistent. Happiness ebbs and flows.

Prayer is not for “crisis only” but a continual conversation with God. I wrote about prayer at A Beautiful Life Ministry. 

God is interested in every facet of our lives. (click to tweet)

Read the following verses:

  • 1 Thessalonians 1:3 to 2:13
  • Romans 1:9-10
  • Ephesians 6:18
  • Colossians 1:3
  • 2 Timothy 1:3

Be thankful through all things. Look for blessings even in the dark times. Keep focused on Jesus.

Check out:

  • Philippians 4:4
  • Luke 18:1
  • Ephesians 5:20

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

How do I make prayer a living thing? How do I remember to be thankful and joyful at all times, in all circumstances?

What do you, Lord, want my prayer life to look like? (click to tweet)

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 heard so much in this time of reflection on the words joy prayer thanks.

What did I learn from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18? (click to tweet)

Concentrate thoughts on Jesus
Make a quiet time at least once a day
Soak in the knowledge of the Spirit
Feel Jesus’ life blood flowing through my veins
Seek Jesus with my whole heart
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Block out extraneous thoughts and focus.

Joy Prayer Thanks

My best time of the day is morning. I need to give Him my first fruits.
Make a promise. Find an accountability partner.

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

Heavenly Father, You are so awesome. I love talking to You. You make all things clearer, calmer and full of life. You inspire me. I feel the joy that Christ brings. We can make our lives full of praise, thankfulness and joy – all thanks to You, Jesus. In Your name. Amen.


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Who are We Giving Thanks to? – Watchful Wednesdays

Who are We Giving Thanks to? – Watchful Wednesdays

Who are We Thankful to? Watchful Wednesdays

Everyone around Thanksgiving seems to be saying “thanks” but our minister questioned “to whom are they giving thanks?”

The following notes are based on last Sunday’s Sermon – Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude by Harry Morgan.

We, as Christians, are giving thanks to our God – who is real and exists. Everything is a gift of God. We need to grow our attitude of gratitude so we remember that when we do things well or great things happen to us – that it is NOT us – but instead it is a gift from God.

The words: “I’m good at this. I made my own way.” Don’t we hear this? But is it true? NO.

God put us together for a purpose.

Three points – to help us get a starting  point for thankfulness to God

Based on Matthew 6:25-34.

1. Do not worry about our lives. Life is more than food, the body more than clothing. “Consider the ravens.” Think and ponder, imagine. This Scripture makes us think. Ravens don’t think about things – they just live. God feeds them. And God cares about you more than the ravens.

God creates and provides for us.

Jesus wants us to consider creation. – The wonder of the created world. There is One to be thankful to – God did this. But our world talks about evolution instead – an accident?, luck? – just popped into being. Right? NO. We can see design, engineering, beauty, in all things. Consider one single CELL – it so complex, so complex.

2. Consider the lilies. Stop and think about flowers. Why? All the colours. God made so many different kinds of flowers. But these flowers don’t work at it. It just happens. Even Solomon wasn’t arrayed like one of these. We cannot make anything to compare to one of God’s flowers.

God is extravagant.

God always goes big. All the creatures, with variety, – so wonderful. But we are the only creatures that can comprehend – rational, emotional, volitional. God made us – in His Own Image but the earth’s creatures could go on living without us. Look at all the stars, galaxies. Watch for rainbows… double ones.

3. Seek His Kingdom and these things will be given to you as well. Put all other things aside but seek God first. His reign, His Kingdom, His will – make that your first choice. Lord’s prayer says – Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.

Follow Jesus

He is the way God connects to us. Without Jesus we don’t get God. He becomes one of us. Chats with us. He eats and drinks with us. He gets tired. He has friends and family who are like us. He suffers. He dies like us and for us. Jesus shows that He loves us and cares for us. Jesus is interested in loving us. Serve and follow Jesus. Put aside all the world is chasing and instead seek God – you get thankful and joyful. It increases and grows.

And therefore you cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

List to the whole sermon – Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude.


What Do You Say? – Thank you.

What Do You Say? – Thank you.

by Janis Cox


Janis Cox – www.janiscox.com

Last weekend we held a community garage sale. My granddaughter who is 6 was visiting us. She wanted to sell lemonade and her copies of her “books”.

We set up the lemonade stand and book table beside Grandma’s. She had a wonderful time, sold some books and lots of lemonade.

Every time as someone said, “That was wonderful lemonade” or “Oh that lemonade was delicious”, I waited for her to say those special words.

But I had to say these words to her: “What do you say?”

“Thank you”, she replied.

Are we like that? Do we have blessings overflowing but do we need someone to remind us:

“What do you say?”

Practice praising and thanking Me [Jesus] continuously through the day (Jesus Calling).  (Click to Tweet this)

We all need reminders. The Bible is full of them.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name (Psalm 100:4, NIV).

Here are some suggestions to help us remember to say our thanks to God:

        1. Read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
        2. Read Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg
        3. Start a Gifts Journal – start counting each day
        4. Make a Gratitude Box
        5. Follow Can I Joy Dare You?


Lord, we do thank You for all the blessings you bestow on us. We are sorry that we forget to say those little words – thank You. Help us learn to be more grateful as we strive to remember this simple little thing. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

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 and Inscribe Writers Fellowship.


Can I Joy Dare You? Week 19


Butterfly Batik Watercolour by Janis Cox

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As I continue to count the gifts I feel like I have been on a scavenger hunt seeking new things. A wonderful week searching and looking. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

I have opened a LINKY for one month. If you count the gifts of God I would welcome you to link to this post. I would love to visit each one of your blogs.

May 6 ~ 3 gifts found in Christ

    • caring people at Women’s Day Together meeting – prayer – Women of Christ
    • caring people at Highlands Pregnancy Care Appreciation Dinner – men and women of Christ
    • I read through Acts 18-20: Paul uses reasoning, persuading, and discussions

May 7 ~ 3 gifts about your home

    • funny that today was the day for sorting and throwing out. My hubby always says, “Junk expands to fill the space available”. So I am dejunking because we have the gift of space
    • a porch where I can sit in the shade and the black flies have not found me yet
View from Back Porch

View from my back porch

    • a place to write, to paint, to eat, to sit and sleep and lots of space when family visits

May 8 ~ 3 gifts inside a closet

    • storage for art, sewing, paper
    • place for my clothes
    • finding things inside my closets to gift, recycle, give away or toss out

May 9 ~ 3 gifts found in the dark

    • the night sky in the Highlands – expansive, bright stars and the moon
    • deep deep sleep – love our dark room and living in the country – no city lights
    • shutting my eyes to pray, to focus

May 10 ~ a gift outside, inside and upside down

    • outside: walking around and see the blossoms of spring (we are slower up here in the Highlands) and the welcome spring rain


    • inside: working inside my newly organized den/art room (thanks to my daughter)
My New Printer table

Great find at the Reuse Centre – $10 for printer table

    • upside down: I watched a friend paint and she kept turning her painting upside down

May 11 ~ 3 gifts about your parents

    • remembering them on their knees beside their bed every night in prayer
    • they were always there when needed; nurturing with food, encouragement, fun and faith
    • knowing that both Mom and Dad are together again in heaven, dancing as they always loved to do
Mom and Dad Marriage 46

Mom and Dad married 1946

May 12 ~ 3 gifts held in hand today

      • a bar of soap for my morning shower – we take this for granted
      • a Hymn book and singing Rejoice the Lord is King
      • a Taco for Mother’s Day – one of my favourite dishes (easy, quick and delicious)

Please make sure that you only link if you are counting the gifts of God. I will take down other links. We are trying to connect with those who are writing about the gifts.

Thanks to the following blogs that I link to :

Multitudes on Mondays

GraceLaced Mondays

Beauty in His Grip Button


Can I Joy Dare You? – Week 16



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As I continue to count the gifts I feel like I have been on a scavenger hunt seeking new things. A wonderful week searching and looking. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

Can I Joy Dare You? #1000Gifts. (Tweet this)

April 15 ~ gift in a bag; in a box; a book

  • a bag ~ finally got over to Bracebridge to buy some needed items – put them in a bag
  • a box ~ also bought a new set of dishes – ours were over 20 years old and my hubby getting very tired of them
  • a book ~ bought another Jesus Calling – left my other one in Arizona

April 16 ~ 3 hard Eucharisteos

Didn’t really want to read this one today. It is my birthday. Is that a hard Eucharisteo? – not really. I am a year old but much wiser and closer to God.

  • my brother-in-law is still in the hospital
  • my youngest daughter’s 1 year old has a fever
  • I didn’t feel well during the night

April 17 ~ 3 gifts woven together

  • this one was fun as today three women of faith met together to discuss our blog Family and Faith Matters – as we seek to feed God’s sheep. We have become woven together into a strong cord – thank You, Lord
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Janet Stobie

Janis Cox - Author

Janis Cox

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley Payne

April 18 ~ 3 gifts inherited

  • there are some artists in my family – so maybe I inherited that gift
  • Psalm 33:12Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
  •     the people he chose for his inheritance.”
  • Micah 7:14 Shepherd your people with your staff,
  •     the flock of your inheritance,”

April 19 ~ 3 gifts square

  • very grateful to have a square meal when we are running late – leftovers
  • we bought square dishes this time – I like them
  • sometimes we get “boxed in” to do something one way – but getting out of that box can mean freedom. I pray that I may be aware when God moves so that I don’t stay in a box

April 20 ~ a gifts stacked; a gift stored; a gift stilled

  • stacked ~ our new Bible Study – Wonderstruck. Our books are stacked and ready for Wednesday


  •  stored ~ We really don’t store many things – except my artwork and art supplies and those are totally appreciated
  • stilled ~ Sunday Stillness, every Sunday I post a Scripture or Saying and a picture

April 21 ~ 3 gifts found in Christ

I found these Scriptures spoke to me this week:

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”

“But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin,
the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.”

“that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”


Can I Joy Dare You? – Week 5


As I continue to count the gifts I feel like I have been on a scavenger hunt seeking new things. A wonderful week searching and looking. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

January 28 ~ 3 Graces found in friends

  • met an artist online and we hope to meet face to face in the spring or summer
  • met a couple with a dog from Red Deer, Alberta while we walked around our lake – they will be going to Mardi Gras party so we might meet them there
  • emails from friends and new acquaintances

January 29 ~ A song heard, a soft word, a light seen

  • birds at 5pm make a cacophony of music
  • telling Snowball “no” without raising my voice
  • seeing light in photos so I can paint the light

January 30 ~ 3 old things seen new

  • our old socks with holes are new toys for Snowball

  • we use recycled water here in the desert for our lakes and watering our lawns
  • as we give our life to Christ we are renewed – a new person in Jesus

January 31 ~ a gift on paper, in person, in a picture

  • love my journals, notebooks, sketch books
  • I love all my Bible Babes – such wonderful women of faith and funny too
  • a smilebox from my daughter – grandson playing “I’ll get your nose”.

February 1 ~ 3 gifts red


  • red berries on a bush

  • we call it a “bottle bush” but not sure what it is

  • humming bird feeder

February 2 ~ 3 gifts on paper

Baby Bryce – Batik

  • love my new batik rice paper and then the paint goes on – fun
  • books, books and more books
  • journals for writing my thoughts, prayers, and ideas

February 3 ~ 3 gifts found in writing

  • fiction – love a good fiction book before bed
  • non-fiction – always have 2 or 3 on the go – right now, Wonderstruck, Everything and Refresh

God Loves Us - We can pray for others.

  • my Bible – God’s Word – always refreshing, nourishing, and powerful

THANK YOU GOD – Five-Minute Fridays

Thank You God – Five-Minute Fridays

Okay – I am late – It is Saturday morning here in Arizona. Here is my 5 minutes on the words “Thank you”. Linking in with Lisa-Jo and Five-Minute Fridays.

Counting the Gifts of God

I have been counting the gifts of God since I finished reading Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts in February 2011. (I read it 4 times and used it as a book study in a women’s group too). I am nearing the 2000th gift.

I will continue this spiritual discipline as it makes me conscious of all that God has bestowed upon me. It makes me aware of my world, the people, places and things that make it up. And it brings me closer to God.

Ann’s subtitle is “A Dare to LIVE FULLY right where you are”.

Saying “thank You” to God has become part of my daily life as I practice this discipline.

It takes practice.

It takes work.

Five minute is not long enough to talk on “thank You, to God”.

Thank you, Ann for your words:

“I want to be in God and God to be in me, to exchange love and blessing and caresses … this moment is a divine interchange” (One Thousand Gifts, page 217 – emphasis is mine).

Thank You, God:

I am living fully with my hands wide open.

Are you counting the gifts of God? If not, why not?

The word JOY is used throughout Ann’s book.

“Joy is the realest reality, the fullest life, and joy is always given, never grasped . God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given: joy” (One Thousand Gifts, page 57).

The words from I’m Counting on God are just beautiful.

Here are the lyrics. Read them slowly – let them sink in.

Counting on God

I’m in a fight not physical
And I’m in a war
But not with this world
You are the light that’s beautiful
And I want more
I want all that’s Yours

Joy unspeakable that won’t go away
And just enough strength
To live for today
So I never have to worry
What tomorrow will bring
‘Cause my faith is on solid rock
I am counting on God

I am counting on
I am counting on God

The miracle of Christ in me
Is the mystery that sets me free
I’m nothing like I used to be
Open up your eyes you’ll see

Jared Anderson
© 2007 Vertical Worship Songs

Here is the Desperation Band singing I’m Counting on God – I have put this in my posts before but if you haven’t heard it please listen.

Five-Minute Fridays


What Would Make God Smile? – A Message of Hope

Look At Each Seed

A short poem came to me this morning as I contemplated Scripture; thought of American thanksgiving and how blessed we are.

A Message of Hope

Look at each seed
Don’t stare at the forest
Search for small things
And watch them grow

Be thankful for little steps
For each step moves you ahead
Progress is made

Encourage each other
Use uplifting words

And our God will smile

Janis Cox November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to my American Friends!!!!

A favourite song of mine – Heaven Come Down by Robbie Seay Band