How Can I Step Away?

How Can I Step Away?

by Janis Cox

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After 7 years of blogging I am getting a profound call to step away, or decrease how much I write on the Internet. I found out that this call from God is biblical.

But in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the Lord; you shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard (Leviticus 25:4, Amplified Bible).

This confirmed that my intentions are biblical. I plan to spend more time in prayer and study.

I plan to listen to God this month while I take a blogging holiday. Since praying the Prayer of Jabez for 6 weeks I see that asking God to expand my territory is more fruitful than constantly writing. Spending more time in prayer sees better results.

For those who read Under the Cover of Prayer, I will be moving (hoping to get it right) my blog to my website. This will become my “blog” along with Sunday Stillness. I will only be writing about my relationship to God.

For other ideas I plan to write pages and tweet and put on Facebook (but maybe not this year). I am working on a Sunday School Curriculum for Tadeo Turtle. Right now I have a homeschooling curriculum available for free with purchase. I am hoping Sunday School teachers will take this opportunity to pick up the free SS curriculum with the purchase of Tadeo Turtle.

Stepping away clears the mind. Stepping away nourishes the soul.

Do you need to step away from something? Please email at authorjaniscox@gmail.com to discuss this further.

Comments are off – I am on “holidays”.

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Stepping away clears the mind. Stepping away nourishes the soul. (tweet this)

Blessings,

Janis

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 andInscribe Writers Fellowship.

 

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Seeking God Through a Lens – Jesus Saved Us from What!?

Seeking God Through a Lens - Jesus Saved Us from What!?

by Deb Powell

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When Jesus hung on that cross, He was saving us from something.

But what?

I sum up the message of the Bible in nine words:

God created us

Satan stole us

Jesus saved us

In Genesis 1:27a it says:

So God created man in his own image… NIV

In Genesis 3:13b it says:

…the serpent deceived me and I ate… NIV

Then in Luke 2:11 it says:

…a Savior has been born to you; NIV

Not a baby, or a king, or a prophet, but a SAVIOUR. According to the dictionary saviour means to be rescued from something. But it wasn’t from eating fruit!

First John 3:8 says:

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.NIV

What did the devil want to do?

Ruin all creation!

In John 10:10a Jesus says:

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; NIV

Man was in trouble but didn’t know why.

He would be living without God’s protection.

Mans’ first sin:

‘Independence of God’

This was when God’s people first learned of GOOD and EVIL.

(Good: God’s ways – Evil: Satan’s ways

In John 10:10b Jesus says:

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. NIV

So do you see now why we need a saviour?

When we’re outside of the creator’s plan we cannot live as designed; peaceful and loving. We need protected from our human weaknesses so we won’t become victims. We shouldn’t fear the enemy though as he has been defeated!

Rom 6:9 says:

Christ rose from the dead and will never die again.

Death no longer has any power over him.LB

When Jesus defeated death, it was then that he totally defeated the enemy. Rising from the grave proved this and brought us newness of life which meant a new start with God.

Oh, by the way… If you want to know what Easter is all about it’s not the Easter Bunny, that’s a whole other story. It’s about Jesus being a sacrifice to save us from evil and to restore us back to the loving God who created us. All we have to do is ask…

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved,

Romans 10:13 NIV

You can read about the state of people’s minds in Romans 1:18-26.

And if you listen to today’s news, you will see people still just don’t get it.

WE NEED A SAVIOUR!!!

Could the world be better? It says in Titus 2:14:

 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness, and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.NIV

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If you don’t know the danger of living without God read this… (click to tweet)

If Jesus is called a Saviour, we must need to be saved from something… (click to tweet)

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Deb Powell

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For over 30 years Deb’s writing journey has been challenged by life’s storms. Her strong faith, experiences, and passion for writing and helping people, have been the motivation that has kept her going.

Since God has given her the gift of encouraging, Deb loves to use this to reach others face to face, and through inspirational writing. Her portfolio has been built with articles on such things as, faith, community events and school issues, as well as unique tips for making life easier, homeschooling, and healthy eating.

She also makes her own humorous greeting cards, and writes funny poems for adults, and children. She is on her second light mystery novel, and is looking to publish one of her children’s books.

Deb has always enjoyed photography, but even more since her kids bought her a digital camera for her birthday seven years ago. She loves sharing the majestic beauty of creation with others and likes to add thoughts or lessons to them. She says God shows her a scripture verse for every photo.

Deb is a member of The Word Guild and writes a regular column for Kimberley Payne’s web site ‘Healthy Eating’ called‘: ’Easy Vegan Healthy Eating on the Go!’  Deb has been a vegetarian for 15 years and a vegan for 9. She gets a kick out of people’s reactions when she tells them she lives on a beef farm. Deb lives in the Grey and Bruce area of Ontario, has 3 adult children, and last October her first grandchild.

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What will heaven be like?

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What will heaven be like?

One of the highlights of my trip to Israel included stopping at the various Biblical sites and reading scripture. It transported me back in history and in my mind’s eye I could see the stories unfold.

Our small group of 30 people came from Canada but along our journey we met groups from all over the world. I recognized people from Asia, Africa, North America and Europe. It was exciting to listen to different people singing and praising God in their native tongue.

At Caesarea Philippi, a small group broke out in song and many joined in with clapping. At the Garden Tomb there were pockets of groups praying and singing. I didn’t understand the language but I understood the message.

I imagine heaven will be like this. People from all nations will be gathered worshipping our Lord.

After catching a glimpse of what heaven might be like was breathtaking here on earth. I can only imagine what the real thing will be like.

“And they sang a new song before the throne” (Revelation 14:3)

 

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I imagine heaven will be like this. People from all nations will be gathered worshipping our Lord. 

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Seeking God Through a Lens – Did you hear what Jesus said?

Seeking God Through a Lens - Did you hear what Jesus said?

by Deb Powell

 

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“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you (John 14:2, NIV).

Ever heard Jesus say this? 

When I saw this bridge and the delightful building at the end of it, I thought of Jesus, being the ONLY way to God, and the place where He’s prepared many rooms, as the place for all believers to live in harmony with Him forever.

(When I was typing this I missed the ‘y’ in many and had written ‘man’ rooms. I laughed out loud, as it reminded me of the ‘man caves’ that men call their space now. But don’t worry ladies, God has pretty rooms for us too…lol!)

Jesus is talking about us being reconciled with God, as we are all born into a sinful world (the evil one wants us to be independent of God), but we must make a conscious decision to accept Jesus as the only way to have a relationship (not a religion) with God. In verse 6 when asked the way to where He was going He says:

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one shall come to the Father but through Me (John 14:6, NIV).

who gave Himself for us, to redeem us from all wickedness, and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good (Titus 2:14, NIV).

(What a world it would be if we all did this.
Did you catch the last sentence? 
‘eager to do what is good”.)

 Wow, what Jesus has done for us! We must accept His death on the cross as His free gift, which allows us to be saved from the enemy, and be a child of God, as was His plan from the beginning.

Have you received your free gift?

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If you want to know which bridge gets you to God, read this. (Tweet this)

 

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Deb Powell

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For over 30 years Deb’s writing journey has been challenged by life’s storms. Her strong faith, experiences, and passion for writing and helping people, have been the motivation that has kept her going.

Since God has given her the gift of encouraging, Deb loves to use this to reach others face to face, and through inspirational writing. Her portfolio has been built with articles on such things as, faith, community events and school issues, as well as unique tips for making life easier, homeschooling, and healthy eating.

She also makes her own humorous greeting cards, and writes funny poems for adults, and children. She is on her second light mystery novel, and is looking to publish one of her children’s books.

Deb has always enjoyed photography, but even more since her kids bought her a digital camera for her birthday seven years ago. She loves sharing the majestic beauty of creation with others and likes to add thoughts or lessons to them. She says God shows her a scripture verse for every photo.

Deb is a member of The Word Guild and writes a regular column for Kimberley Payne’s web site ‘Healthy Eating’ called‘: ’Easy Vegan Healthy Eating on the Go!’  Deb has been a vegetarian for 15 years and a vegan for 9. She gets a kick out of people’s reactions when she tells them she lives on a beef farm. Deb lives in the Grey and Bruce area of Ontario, has 3 adult children, and last October her first grandchild.

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Five Minute Friday – Writer

Five Minute Friday – Writer

by Janis Cox

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Once again I am using a writing prompt from Lisa Jo Baker. Today’s word is WRITER.  We have 5 minutes to write. So here goes.

Writer

My writing started, of course, when I was little. But other than writing for exams and projects my writing didn’t go any further. Although I must admit I did like writing essays. Crazy I know.

When I began to have a family I liked to think up stories and would make them into books for our children. I do wish I had kept those. During my time of teaching I wrote bedtime stories for the grade ones for their bedtime storybooks.

But my writing breakthrough came when I accepted Jesus as the Lord of my life in 2001. I began to journal every time I read the Bible. I asked questions. I found answers. And I wrote 150 poems of my journey.

I attended my first writers’ conference in 2004, Write!Canada. My eyes were open to others who had been inspired to write for God. And I have been writing ever since.

I can’t not write. Even if I didn’t blog I would be writing in my journal every day. I have ideas and stories coming so fast I don’t know what to do with them.

For that reason I am taking a blogging holiday – from my own website He Cares for You and blog, Under the Cover of Prayer. I plan to renew and rethink all of what God has taught me over the last 10 years.

Stop – Time’s up.

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Why do you write? What does the word “writer” mean to you? (tweet this)

Here are the rules:

Five-Minute Fridays

Five-Minute Fridays

Want to join Lisa Jo. Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

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Janis Cox can be found usually at a computer. This month she is breaking free and going in a new direction. To read more of her thoughts on this sabbatical click on any of the posts below.

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What I Wanted to Learn about Prayer

What is a Miracle?

Am I Spinning my Wheels?

Is God Working Through Me?

Please feel free to email me at any time during this sabbatical. I am taking off the comments as I am trying to stay away… from the computer. Email Janis.

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Don’t Lose Your Balance by Robin Livingston

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Don’t Lose Your Balance by Robin Livingston

How are you at keeping your balance? I don’t mind admitting that mine isn’t as reliable as it once was. There are no gravity defying stunts in my repertoire. In fact, I like to keep both feet firmly planted on the ground whenever possible.

It was actually a little difficult going for walks this past winter with the sidewalks often icy and deep snow making the footing treacherous. I tend to be quite cautious because of a fall I had a few years ago that left me with a dislocated elbow and a broken finger. I still remember the flash of panic I felt in the split second when I realized I was going down.

It wasn’t long after that when I decided to take an exercise class that was designed to improve core strength and balance. When I started out it was a little dangerous to stand anywhere near me. I had serious wobble issues and would often fling an arm out in a desperate attempt to stay upright in some of the positions we were asked to assume.

I did improve as time went on. It helped a tremendous amount when my instructor told me to keep my eyes focused on one spot on the floor about six feet in front of me. I learned to pay attention to where I put my feet and not to lean too far in any one direction. Those were important lessons in more ways than one.

I am a mother of three married children and I have seven grandchildren with one more on the way. Add aging parents and friends who need support to the mix and it’s easy for me to get so outward focused that I forget about my own needs in the process. I lose my balance and once that happens, the desperate fling of an arm is not enough to keep me from going down. When I crash the consequences can be both painful and far reaching.

A dear friend reminded me recently that self care is not the same as selfishness. I need to keep my balance in this busy life of mine.

That means choosing carefully where I put my feet. It’s okay to say no.

It means not leaning too far in any one direction. I need activities that will feed my soul and bring me back to centre.

Above all, it means keeping my eyes focused on the one thing that doesn’t change – God and His love for me.

Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are fixed on You, because they trust in You.”

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A dear friend reminded me recently that self care is not the same as selfishness.

Keeping my eyes focused on the one thing that doesn’t change – God and His love for me.

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Seeking God Through a Lens – Water!

Seeking God Through a Lens – Water!

by Deb Powell

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How many kinds of water can you name? Two, three, five, eight, ten?

I thought of these:

Hot ~ Cold ~ Steam ~ Ice ~ Running ~ Mist

Still ~ Salt ~ Fresh ~ Living ~ Dead (sea)

Tepid ~ Hard ~ Soft ~ Spring ~ Bath ~ Rain ~ Cloud

Water comes in many different forms. We’ve heard that 70% of the earth is covered with water, and also 70% of our bodies are made of water. There must be a reason for this. Coincidence? Probably not.

We need water to drink, to grow food, to bath. Besides air, we could not live without water.

We all need to do our part to take care of the earth’s water.

Many people say Jesus is the Living Water, but I believe Jesus Himself intended the phrase to mean the Holy Spirit who dwells in us is the Living Water (Eph 1:13-14 NIV). The ministry of the Spirit of God, flowing out of a heart redeemed by God, blesses those believers, and through them brings life and light to the world.

It is so sad how many people refuse the water of life only Christ provides, in exchange for a dry and eroded life of materialism and self-indulgence. (Isa 55:2a Author’s words)

Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life (Rev 22:17bNIV).

Remember, it IS our choice.

 

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If you’re not sure of what Living Water is read this (tweet this)

 

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Deb Powell

Deb-Bio-photo-web

For over 30 years Deb’s writing journey has been challenged by life’s storms. Her strong faith, experiences, and passion for writing and helping people, have been the motivation that has kept her going.

Since God has given her the gift of encouraging, Deb loves to use this to reach others face to face, and through inspirational writing. Her portfolio has been built with articles on such things as, faith, community events and school issues, as well as unique tips for making life easier, homeschooling, and healthy eating.

She also makes her own humorous greeting cards, and writes funny poems for adults, and children. She is on her second light mystery novel, and is looking to publish one of her children’s books.

Deb has always enjoyed photography, but even more since her kids bought her a digital camera for her birthday seven years ago. She loves sharing the majestic beauty of creation with others and likes to add thoughts or lessons to them. She says God shows her a scripture verse for every photo.

Deb is a member of The Word Guild and writes a regular column for Kimberley Payne’s web site ‘Healthy Eating’ called‘: ’Easy Vegan Healthy Eating on the Go!’  Deb has been a vegetarian for 15 years and a vegan for 9. She gets a kick out of people’s reactions when she tells them she lives on a beef farm. Deb lives in the Grey and Bruce area of Ontario, has 3 adult children, and last October her first grandchild.

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Blessings,
Debbie

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