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3 Ways to Turn from my Old Ways

Five Minute Friday: Turn

Okay – I think I will continue to do my Five-Minute Fridays on my blog rather than Medium. This week’s prompt is TURN.

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So I have 5 minutes to write on the word “turn”: Set the Timer: Go

I keep hearing the words from the Bible: “Turn from your ways”.

And that’s exactly what God told me when I accepted Jesus as Saviour in 2001.

” ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live’ (Ezekiel 33:11, NIV).”

There were many ways I had to turn from.

Here are 3:

Judgment:

I’m still judgmental. But not as bad as I was. Everything that would happen I would have an opinion and I believed my thoughts and ways were the best.

I am working on turning even further from that.

 “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you (Romans 12:3, NIV).”

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Control:

Oh yes, I think that is how I am wired. I am a task-master, a doer, a person who likes to get things done. I want to fix things and make them right. I’m reminded of Peter – yes, he too wanted to make things right. Remember when he wanted to set up tents for Moses, Elijah and Jesus? He thought that was the right thing to do. It was not.

I have to learn over and over that others have thoughts and ideas too. I am working on that as well. But, as someone told me, “Don’t let go the fire that you have inside you. Just don’t burn anyone.”

Self-control – that’s what I am working on. Keep looking to Jesus.

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Fear:

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I worried constantly. The control part of me helped me do that. I feared climbing ladders, thunderstorms, speaking in front of people, what people would think, how I looked. And it goes on and on.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes (Matthew 6:25, NIV)”.

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Now I learned to pray and I have heard that the best worriers become the best intercessors.

Jesus let me drop all that when I said to Him, “I’m yours.” Now I will go boldly where Jesus wants me to go. I will tread the waters and not look down.

These are my 3 big turns since deciding to follow Jesus.

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Other posts you might enjoy.

Control: Five-Minute Friday

How to Overcome Fear

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Three Ways to Surrender All to God

I want to Surrender to God but I don’t know How

Today is 5-Minute Friday and the prompt is SURRENDER. Five minutes to write… Set the timer. GO.

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As I surrender to God I ask Him to give me the words to write. I think back – to the year 2000. That’s when I did life mostly all by myself. I felt as if my stress level was huge.

I felt burdened with the cares of this world.

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But the Lord turned me around and gave me this scripture that I have memorized from 1 Peter 5:7.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

That’s exactly what I needed to do. And I did. The pain went away. I slept well. I didn’t worry about much any more, because I knew  – I really knew that God had it under control.

And the next memorized Scripture was:

“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.”

To surrender takes work. It takes time. It takes trust.

My life has changed. Yours can too. Surrender to God.

Are you stressed? Do you feel as if you life is out of control? Do you want to be closer to Jesus? Do you need to surrender to Jesus?

I’m working to help you. At the moment I have two ways to help you find the way to surrender to Him.

  1. I run a Facebook Group that is safe, and comfortable. It’s where we can grow closer to God; where we can study His Word. Join us. Growing Through God’s Word.
  2. There is an exciting opportunity for all believers to dig deeper into their faith. We will be studying David Kitz’s book, “The Soldier Who Killed a King”. Starting February 14. But for the next 6 days we are offering free books as well (for as long as they last). So join us. Book study With David Kitz and Janis Cox. 

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3 Ways to Surrender All

  1. Get up with God. Pray and connect. Go to bed with God. Pray and thank Him for the day.
  2. Pick up your Bible and read something. Then journal, draw and/or meditate on it throughout the day.
  3. Join somewhere with believers. I have given you 2 ideas. There are many more.

If any one needs prayer, please feel free to contact me. (Email Janis).

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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.

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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.

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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

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Today is the Linkup for Word of God Speak

Please add your links for any posts that are faith-based.


WHEN DO PEOPLE SEARCH FOR GOD?

When Do People Search for God?

by Janis Cox

Philippians 4:6-7

After the bomb exploded at the Boston Marathon on Monday April 15- we had many people searching for God. My search sites indicate words like this:

  • power
  • power of prayer stories
  • prayer life
  • prayer for calm in the storm
  • God of the impossible

The most popular post on Tuesday: Praying for the World.

And How Do I Have a Conversation with God?

What does this tell us? Well it tells me that people want to know – they want answers. They want to speak to their Creator.

How can we show them?

Here are 5 Ways that I think will help to lead people to pray:

1. Offer to pray with them.

I have found that most people when they are in crisis will willing let you pray for them. Don’t be bashful. Just DO IT.

2. Offer them a short devotional booklet.

I know The Upper Room Devotional was a great resource for me in my walk with God. Now I read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young and  My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

3. Give them a short Scripture.

And I don’t mean a lengthy passage but a short one. Here are a few that I have memorized to help me help someone else in a time of crisis (and help me, too):

4. Suggest great books.

You can suggest a book or give them a book where they can learn the power of God’s Word; the presence of God and how to get closer to Him.

My favourites are:

5. Tell them you will be praying for them.

And DO IT.

Don’t just give lip service – give knee service. (Tweet this.)

I would love to continue this list. Please feel free to add your ideas in the comments below. Or put a link to a post where you have answered this question.

Prayer:

We are praying for all those who are fearful, hurt and discouraged. We pray especially for those who have lost loved ones in the Boston massacre or those who are injured. We ask for Your Hand upon all of us as we seek to teach others to pray. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Blessings,

Janis

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Janis 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 has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.