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10 Tips to Life and Peace

10 Tips to Life and Peace

How do we find life and peace? I have been reading a devotional every morning from UCB Canada written by Bob and Debby Gass. Today’s thoughts were great and have been setting the tone for my sabbatical this summer and I felt a need to share them.

Life and peace

  1. Have a true faith: On Sunday the sermon was all about faith, taking words from Hebrews 11. Faith is more than belief. Faith is built on a firm foundation and in things we can’t see.
  2. Be with others of our faith: Stir each other on.
  3. Watch your thoughts: Remember the “whatevers” as they mean a lot. See Philippians 4:8.
  4. Be thankful: As you go to sleep and when you wake up – don’t forget to thank God. My favourite book about this is Ann Voskamps’ One Thousand Gifts.
  5. Watch out for the world: What is keeping you away from God?  What books do you read? TV? Media? What fills your thoughts and mind? Maybe you need to take a sabbatical from all things that turn your mind away from God.
  6. Be merciful: Remember God is merciful to us. Don’t harden your hearts against anyone.
  7. Don’t judge: That means everyone who doesn’t believe but we are called to judge our brothers, those of our faith who are straying away from the truth – Read 1 Corinthians 5. But the rest of the folks – only God is to judge them. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?  God will judge those outside.”
  8. Forgive: To me this is the top one for peace. God forgives us and calls on us to forgive others. You don’t have to like the person but you do have to forgive them. If you have problems, ask God for help.
  9. Love your enemies: Do you have people you disagree with? Pray for them. Love them. You don’t have to agree with them to love them. And don’t forget to pray for those in authority.
  10. Tell others the truth about the Gospel: This is something we all need to do more. Speak your faith story. Be specific. What is God doing in your life? Tell others about the saving grace of Jesus.

I am grateful to have read this today. I am keeping a copy of it for myself. Feel free to save the photo and post it on your bulletin board or share anywhere.

life and peace

Time for today’s linkup. This is Word of God Speak. Please join us in posting or reading wonderful words of what God is doing in our lives. Let’s build each other up.


Sunday Stillness – How do we become sound in the faith?

Sunday Stillness – How do we become sound in the faith?


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I am continuing to study Titus using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study and Ed Hird’s book Restoring Health. Today I am working through Titus 1:13,14.

REstoring Health ed hird cover

To learn more about this Bible Study go to my Bookstore.

Of course, I start with a prayer for God to open the Scripture to me.

S – Say the passage aloud.

This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth (1 Titus:13, 14).

I – Identify the characters, the setting, and the circumstances surrounding this passage.

Testimony: This is referring to verse 12: all Cretans are evil brutes, liars and lazy gluttons.

Rebuke: tell them “no”. Be wiling to stand up for the faith.

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

So how does this apply now? What and who are the ones who are making money dishonestly using “Christianity” as their catalyst? Are there some Christian speakers? writers? singers? Who is real before God? Who are followers of Christ and not themselves? How can I tell who is real?

The Message says:

For there are a lot of rebels out there … Those who were brought up religious and ought to know better are the worst. … He (the prophet) certainly spoke the truth. Get on them right away (Titus 1:10-16, MSG).

[Titus] started a truth revolution, a Jesus revolution. Through speaking the truth to a pirate culture not that dissimilar from our North American culture (Ed Hird, Restoring Heatlh, Page 55).

So what is truth?

I heard this:

When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense (Interpreting Scripture).

We in North America are seeking other “truths” in man-made knowledge. What in our modern day compares to this? Movies, gossip, self-help books, astrology charts, fortune tellers, Eastern religions and their activities?

P – Pray again for God’s guidance.

God kept saying to me: “See the myths vs the truth”.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life?

If we believe in the Bible we can check all things by reading what God says. We are to be graphed to the vine (John 15). And if we are graphed, the Holy Spirit will flow through us to teach and admonish us through His Word. ‘What would Jesus do?’ question makes sense if we are a part of Him.

I see many things that are NOT a part of God. Do you?

Can we separate ourselves from those things but still live in the world and love all people?

Truth is the way of health and life … Violence is the way of death. Jesus is the way of life. (Ed Hird, Restoring Health, page 55).

We need to OPEN our eyes to see how we may be pulled away into the world. Here are a few examples:

  1. Do you listen to gossip? Do you add to the conversation? Do you start your own gossip tale?
  2. Have you read or seen or played violence for the sake of entertainment?
  3. Are you forwarding emails without checking the accuracy of the truth to the statement?
  4. Are you forgetting to pray for God’s will in the lives and decisions of the leaders of our countries? Or are you just complaining and spreading hatred?

As for the rebuking those who don’t follow the truth – I will continue to write what I learn from God’s Word. Even one person is worth fighting for. Jesus wanted to find the lost sheep. If we focus on speaking the truth someone will hear. This is how I found Jesus – someone found me and led me to Him.

E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you.

Thanks Lord, for the excitement I feel about speaking the truth. I will continue to focus on Your Word and what You tell me to say. I will rest in Your truth in order to restore my mind, body and spirit. And it is not easy separating ourselves from worldly pursuits. Help us to see whether our activities and actions are of You. Help us to pull away from anything that would not be of Your will for us. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.


 I see many things that are NOT a part of God. Do you? (click tweet) 

[Titus] started a truth revolution, a Jesus revolution. (click to tweet)


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Sunday Stillness – Fill out your Closer Connection to God Form

Fill out your Closer Connection to God Form

Last week I discussed how we need to show our closer connection to God so the world and we ourselves will know where we truly live.

This week I have made a fun “Closer Connection to God Form” for you to fill out.

1. When you wake up, what is your first thought?

what must I do today
oh no it’s morning all ready
Good morning, God, You are my One and Only?

2. On arising what do you do first?

start getting ready for my daily activities
wish I were back in bed as I head for a coffee
seek God by sitting quietly before Him (remember seek ye first the Kingdom of God)

3. Throughout the day as you go about your daily routine, when you encounter a problem what do you do?

get frustrated, maybe yell
find someone to blame
aks God for His help and guidance

4. Do you have control of your tongue during the day?

with my family
with my co-workers
with friends
with strangers (how about the drivers you feel are not driving the way they should)

Pray for a mouth that glorifies Him all day long, and you will be filled with a sense of His love and approval. ~ Beth Moore Living Beyond Yourself

5. With what do you fill the spaces of your day?

secular talk shows
secular TV
Christian music
quiet times of prayer and praise
shopping (just because you like it – buy, buy, buy)
social media

6. At night before you close your eyes what do you do?

go right to sleep
read a light inspiring book
watch nightly news
have a quiet time with God to reflect on my day – the highs, the lows and to lay requests before Him

7. As you drift off to sleep what do you do?

remember where I live – in God’s Kingdom
give Him all my cares and concerns
fret about all that needs to be done tomorrow
fear what I saw in the news and can’t fall asleep

 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7, NIV).

Heaven’s bells continually peal with that promise of My [Jesus] Presence. Some people never hear those bells because their minds are earthbound and their hearts are closed. (Jesus Calling)

Keep hearing the bells. Visit this world – enjoy it all – live life to the fullest but live in the Presence of God.

How did you do on the form? Is your closer connection to the world or God? If you want to be closer to God how would you change?

Let’s discuss this. I welcome your thoughts.


Fill out a “Closer Connection to God Form” and see where you stand. (click to Tweet)

Keep hearing the bells – visit this world – live life to the fullest but live in God’s Presence. (click to Tweet)

I have linked to:

Essential Fridays LinkUP @ essentialthingdevotions.com
Faith Filled Friday @ missionalwomen.com
Fellowship Fridays @ christianmommyblogger.com


Sunday Stillness – Where is My Home?

Where is My Home?


Our vacation home in AZ.

We are snowbirds and we fly south for the winter. Each year we fill out a US tax form to show that we have a closer connection to Canada. Canada  – that’s where our family resides, our church, and church family, our home, our cars, our doctor, optometrist, and our possessions and documents. We want to ensure that the US government knows we do not intend to reside in the US forever and become income taxable in the US.

We are just visiting.

In our spiritual lives, we need to think about which place is our closer connection.

Are we pulled and swayed by the world?

Or are we just visiting?

As I finished reading the last study on Beth Moore’s Living Beyond Yourself, the thought of closer connection became clear.

As followers of Jesus, we are just visiting here on earth. It is not our home. And I need to show others my closer connection.

Jesus said:

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world (John 15:19, NIV).

Next week I will talk about the way to get this closer connection so we know to whom we really belong.

It is not God’s will for us to be mastered by anything other than Him – Beth Moore. Living Beyond Yourself.


As followers of Jesus we need to show others we have a “closer connection” to God. (tweet this)

It is not God’s will for us to be mastered by anything other than Him ~ Beth Moore. (tweet this)

#UTCOP – A Month of Prayer – Praying Through Poetry

Praying Through Poetry

by Joy Lenton



Thanks to Ladyheart at morgue file for the image.


There’s so much grief and pain in our hearts
in a world where lives are torn apart
With war and conflict on every side
we need a safe place, shelter to hide

Men, women, children in captivity
Please provide a way for them to be free
With broken hearts and wounded souls
we need your touch to make us whole

Physically, mentally, we need release
from anxiety, shame, into your peace
When all feels dark and black as night
reveal your presence shining bright



Pray with us this month. Join #UTCOP for a month of prayer. (Tweet this)



Joy is a grace-dweller and storyteller who weaves words out of the fabric of her days. Her desire is to seek the poetic in the prosaic and look for the eternal in the temporal.

As an M.E and chronic illness sufferer, who is also recovering from a painful past, she writes with a heart for the hurting and to support and encourage others who are struggling with life and faith issues.

She is  a member of the Association of Christian Writers and Fellowship of Christian bloggers.

You can connect with her at her blogs, ‘Words of Joy’ or ‘Poetry Joy’, and on TwitterFacebookGoogle + or Pinterest.

Are You Avoiding the World?

Are You Avoiding the World?

by Janis Cox


One of my mission trips to Poland – 2011 – with Czarek and a fellow missionary.

By the time you are reading this my husband and I should be in Warsaw, Poland. We are heading there as tourists for ten days. I have travelled to Poland as a missionary four times with International Messengers. This trip is a holiday and my husband is coming with me. We hope to meet some of the people I have met before in Poland.

I have been reading Mark Buchanan’s book, Your God is Too Safe. I am on Chapter 11. This statement struck me today:

If anything, an ethic that sends us out into the world, with all its dangers, toils, and snares, makes us more prayerful and prepared (Your God is Too Safe, Mark Buchanan).

In his book, Mark talks about risks. Jesus tells us to go into the world NOT to avoid it. Some take the quote, “not of this world” to mean that we can sit back and avoid the world all together. Mark challenges us that we are not following Christ by avoiding the world.  We can be in this world, living with God in us. God is with us. We are not alone.

But we need not avoid the world. Once again – awareness – he says:

we are called to live with new eyes, grace-healed eyes … seeing every moment.

Our lives are not to be ones of the least involvement but instead:

we’re to enter the marketplace looking for ways to bring God’s Kingdom, light, healing into it.

Come – to Jesus

Go – into the world

We will be praying every step of the way for awareness of what God wants us to see and do.


As we travel from our comfort zone please keep us close to You. Help us to see the world through Your eyes. Help us to be Your hands and feet. Praying in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Please pray for us while we are gone that we will be His Light and shine for Jesus.

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Janis Cox, a retired public 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.


How Can Satan Get a Hold of a Believer?

by Jan Cox


How Can Satan Get a Hold of a Believer?

I have always wondered about Judas, Jesus’ disciple that betrayed Him. Jesus chose him; he followed Jesus. So how could he betray Him?

I reread Luke 22:3:

“Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve”.

Now I ask – How can Satan get a hold of a believer?

I have been reading Spiritual Warfare by Dr. Jerry Piscopo and Dr. Sherill Piscopo. In Chapter 10 I learned quite a bit about this topic.

When we are born again, our Spirits are with Christ but our minds, bodies and souls remain earthbound. So in Judas’ case, he was led by his mind and his flesh – he always looked on the mission as power and money.

When Jesus rebuked him, after Mary had anointed Him, Judas was angry I am sure.

“”But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages””(John 12:4-5 NIV).

I think he wanted to use the money for power. I wonder if helping the poor to him was ‘to be seen’ and not for the sake of the poor?

An entrance into our souls is made when we are not in line with Jesus – our minds, body and soul can be in opposition to our Spirit.

Paul explains:

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law” (Galatians 5:16-18 NIV).

Judas was a normal guy whose mind saw the ‘greater earthly things’ rather than the heart of Jesus’ ministry. He couldn’t see or fathom the upside down world of Christ.

We need to remember John 10:10:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life,and have it to the full” (NIV).

Our prayers need to focus on the following:

        • Beware
        • Be faithful
        • Be on constant vigil
        • Be self-controlled and alert

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 NIV).

But do not fear – the battle is already won.


Lord, we know that our flesh is weak. We ask for strength to combat the things of this world that would take us away from the goals of Christ for us and for His Kingdom. Help us to watch out; help us to be faithful; help us to have self-control. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week – as I count to 2000 – I am at 1836.

      • new book launch by friend, Margaret Terry. Dear Deb – letters between two friends, one with cancer. Deb was a dear friend of mine.
      • amazing story by Michael Bull Roberts – The Tender Heart of a Beast
      • memories of my grandchildren helping to set the table
      • beautiful lake sunrise emailed to me

Sunrise over Lake Kashagawigamog. God’s Handiwork.

      • sunlight streaming through front windows – so bright
      • reddish purple sky in the morning over the trees

Beautiful Sunrise in Haliburton

      • studying Scripture
      • getting ready for trip to Arizona
      • wonderful Biblical Storytelling Conference – the colours tell it all

Biblical Storytelling Conference – On the Breath of God

      • good friends
      • family who care for us
      • God at work in my family
      • grandchildren help us take pictures for our new blog – Family and Faith Matters (coming soon)
      • a new venture with Kimberley Payne 
      • good drive to Peterborough and back
      • closing up our house and my NOT arguing with my hubby
      • peaceful Sunday
      • last church service in Haliburton for a while
      • prayer
      • friends to drive us to Barrie
      • good snuggle with grandbaby
      • great plane ride and on time
      • friend to pick us up
      • sunshine – warm
      • strength to shop and organize – jet lag not too bad
      • deep deep sleep
      • quiet morning to count blessings

Jan Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

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. 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 October 2012. See more about Tadeo at Jan’s Website.


At this moment when you are reading this I am on a mission trip to Poland with International Messengers. Please pray for our team and the Polish people we work with.

Airport to Poland

Our IM Team in airport 2011

How Busy are You?

by Jan Cox

Continuing from last week  – What are your tin gods? We were reading a letter from Satan’s Meeting. I left you with these words:

“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!”

Continued from last week:

“HOW SHALL WE DO THIS?” his demons shouted.

“KEEP THEM BUSY in the NONESSENTIALS of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered.

Are there things in your life that keep you from God? Are you running and running and never have time to listen to Him?

“TEMPT them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6 to 7 days each week, 10 to 12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children. As their families fragment, soon their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work!”

Tempt Them

Do you need to rethink your priorities? Do you need to find a balance? Are you playing a catch up game? Or are you content where you are?

“OVER-STIMULATE their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small Voice.”

Over-stimulate Them

Do you always have the radio or music playing? Do you take time just to sit – and listen to your heart, your soul and your God?

“Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive. To keep the TV. VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it they every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.”

What Music Do you Listen To?

What type of music do you listen to? Do you play praise and worship songs so you can fill up with the Holy Spirit?

“Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day. Invade their driving moments with billboards.”

“Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every king of newsletter, and promotional, offering free products services and false hopes.”

Are you listening to the World or God?

Are you listening to the world? Or the Word of God? How much do you read your Bible? One verse a day would be a good start? One little bit can counteract much of the worldly on slot.


Father I know I am tempted to get too busy. Help me to plan my time so I can remember to take time with You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Write and tell me what you think? Is this true? Is Satan happy about pulling us away from God? Is he keeping you so busy that you forget your Creator?

Counting my blessings while in Poland and I will have a huge list when I return in two weeks.

Some other posts on the topic of BUSY:

Looking Back   Rest    Connected   Time is Flying By  – Last Year’s Planned Trip to Poland

 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.