ARE YOU WAITING?

Are You Waiting?

by Jan Cox

by Janis Cox

by Janis Cox

Oh – to learn to slow down. A number of times in the past week I have read about “waiting”.

        • My Advent study from Margaret Feinberg – first week – WAIT.
        • A speaker at a women’s dinner said, “learn to unitask”.
        • Tadeo – my turtle goes slowly – something I need to learn.
        • Then I read Jesus Calling – “it is good to wait quietly” (Lamentations 3:26 NIV).

I took a deep breath. I sighed. Yes I do need to slow down or I will miss the waiting. This waiting for Christmas can be a Holy time if I let it.

I responded to Margaret’s words in Wonderstruck.

I particularly liked when she wrote about “Three Word Prayers”. I realized I needed to slow down my words to God. To release them ONE at a time.

Thank You God

Wonder. Power. Healing.

Search my soul.

Sense my being.

“Every word, every syllable, demanded mindfulness” (Wonderstruck, page 78).

“Three word prayers required me to reengage spiritual muscles that had long ago grown flabby” (Wonderstruck, page 80)”

Do I ramble at God like a nagging wife? Or do I slow it down and make each word count?

“Be still and know that I am God.”

That is what God said. Not chatter and beg – but be STILL.

So in this first week of Advent I have tried to be still. I have tried to seek the quietness that He wants. And you know what – it is good. I rested in Him.

The First Week of Advent

A time to wait
A time to listen to God
Still your hearts
Still your souls.

Slow down your thoughts
Focus on Him
Let distractions cease
[even for a few minutes]

Who is this God?
What is eternity?

“Be still
And know

I am God

Get to know Me.”

Breathe

God is LOVE
God knew you before you were born
God knows you now
God will know you forever!

Janis Cox 2012

“Modern man has lost the perspective of eternity. To distract himself form the gaping jaws of death, he engages in ceaseless activity and amusement” (Jesus Calling, Sarah Young).

Ceaseless activity VS Stillness in Him?

Which are you doing this Christmas?

I would love to hear from you.

Here is Chris Tomlin and Everlasting God (Wait Upon the Lord)

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

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4 Responses to ARE YOU WAITING?

  1. Janis Cox says:

    Janet,
    I am trying to talk to God in less words – it doesn’t always work. My mind tends to run ahead. This slowly down is a real discipline that I think I will make my focus for next year. THe year of 2012 was the Year of Trust. I believe I am supposed to make this year, 2013 The Year of Slow.
    Blessings,
    Jan

  2. Janis Cox says:

    Thanks Sue,
    I slowed down so much I forgot to respond to comments. 🙂 But today I am catching up and being thankful for each moment.
    Blessings,
    Jan

  3. Sue says:

    Janis, a great song to start my morning! Thank you! Advent has been a bigger focus this year than in years prior at our church, using an Open House each Sunday to welcome everyone. Our anticipation and waiting for Christ to come again, and throwing out the welcome mat seem to go together well. It’s never too late to slow it all down…
    Sue

  4. Oh, yes, to learn to slow down… God and I have been having a conversation about that lately too. I love this idea of managing our words in prayer. Good to think on today!

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