Special Sale for November 15 – December 15 – Tadeo Turtle


Special Sale for November 15 – December 15 – Tadeo Turtle


This month I am offering my Kindle edition of Tadeo Turtle for 99 cents.

And also I am offering my signed paperback edition for $10.00 plus shipping.

Grandparents, Moms and Dads – for those times that you need a book to settle a little one while you are not at home – check out the Kindle edition of Tadeo Turtle.

Tadeo Turtle learns a very important lesson in his first book.

He learns to accept how God has made him. We each need to realize that fact. Whenever someone says an unkind word about you, or you think thoughts of unworthiness – remember that God made you – just the way you are. Be grateful, and celebrate what He has made.

A great story for any child but those with special needs would certainly appreciate the message.

Click on PayPal on this page only to purchase the signed paperback copy. Use your credit card or pay through Pay Pal – the choice is yours. If you want to pay another way please email me at Janis. I can also figure out shipping for more than one book using this promotion price.

Birthday parties – give Tadeo Turtle as a gift. Or as a goodie bag present. Crafts available at the back of the book and online to do with your little one or ones.


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Tadeo Turtle on sale 99cents for #Kindle. $10 plus ship for signed paperback (US customers only). (click to tweet)


Sunday Stillness – Are you joining God in His will?

Sunday Stillness – Are you joining God in His will?


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Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:8, NIV).

I have had an interesting two weeks. A close relative died and that meant a trip home from Arizona. Always knowing that I need to follow God’s will, I have stayed for two weeks – not sure exactly why – but when God says something – we act. I pray that I have been a help to those concerned and shown God’s love and comfort to those in need.

I had read Oswald Chambers a few weeks ago.

The moments I truly live are the moments when I act with my entire will (Oswald Chambers, Nov. 4)

And then to top off that weekend the Sunday’s sermon focused on these words:

Do I live my life

  • with my will and my strength
  • with His will and my strength
  • with His will and His strength?

Putting these together:

The dominating power of the world, the flesh and the devil is now paralyzed, not by your act, but because your act has joined you to God and tapped you in to His redemptive power (Oswald Chambers, Nov 4).

To my way of thinking, if we are acting in God’s will, we do what comes naturally.

But we must move – we must do. We can’t sit back thinking should we or should we not. I know there is a time when God says wait – and I wrote about waiting expectantly. But when He says “do” – we need to “do”.

Is there something God is calling you to do?
Take time to listen to HIm. Act in His will.

Do you have that urge to act but are afraid?
Remember to be not afraid. Do it in His strength.


Are you joining with God in His will, and living in His strength? (click to tweet)

Today is Sunday Stillness.

Join in the community. Leave comments. Bless one another.

May I pray for you? Please email me at underthecoverofprayer.




Friday Features – What’s been happening?

Friday Features – What’s been happening?


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Here are a few updates:

I am no longer posting Under the Cover of Prayer posts. At least for the time being God has told me to put this endeavour down. It is like a Sabbath Rest. Thank you to all my contributors for the past 4 years.

You can see all my Contributors from their bios on the Contributors to Under the Cover of Prayer and their individual posts at Under the Cover of Prayer Posts  on the menu.

I am writing once a month for Kimberley Payne’s blog on prayer. Here are my first two posts.

What is Prayer Walking?
Can You Wait in Expectation?

I also write at Family and Faith Matters. Recently I have been on a journey learning more about natural foods. Check out my posts on the changing of my eating habits.

Does What you eat Make a Difference?
A New Way of Looking at Food
Another 7 Super Foods
7 New Super Foods

Thanks for keeping in touch with me on my blog, through Facebook and Twitter.







Sunday Stillness – What is a paradigm shift?

Sunday Stillness – What is a paradigm shift?


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The other day as I put my IPAD on the charger I realized it fit perfectly with the cover on. I had always had trouble putting it in the charger while the cover was on. Suddenly it occurred to me that I must have had the IPAD in the other way. Now the connection was on the other side – and it fit – without removing the cover.

Have you ever been so sure of something that it was the RIGHT way and then were proven wrong?

This is called a Paradigm Shift.

There are many examples of this and I am sure you can comment on the ones that have happened to you.

Pastor Bruxy Cavey from The Meeting House tells a story of how he went  into the wrong bathroom – so sure that he was in the right bathroom he felt sorry and embarrassed for the women entering. Hiding behind the stall it all of sudden donned on him – I am in the wrong washroom. It was quite an amusing tale how he escaped from the washroom undetected.

The realization of the truth does come on SUDDENLY.

That is one reason that God’s Word to us from the Bible can make tremendous impact and change in our lives. We will not expect the change but SUDDENLY it will come to light and the truth revealed.

Kyle Idleman wrote a book called AHA. In it he talks about the AHA moments of our lives.

On the day you finally come home, you will find Him waiting for you. You might wonder, How did He know to wait for me on this day? How did He know I was coming today? He has been waiting for you every day ~ Kyle Idleman – AHA.

From the Bible we read the story of Peter. Peter had been arrested and was in jail. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to him and helped him escape.

Peter left the jail. Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescue me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating.” When this dawned on him… (Acts 12:11-12, NIV). (bolding mine)


This past week I attended a funeral of a very close family member. At the end of the internment the snow which had been falling steadily stopped, the clouds parted for a brief moment and blue sky appeared. Then the sun (Son) shone directly on the grave site and the family. What a blessed moment in time! And it was SUDDEN.

At any moment in time God can reveal a truth to us.

Are you ready to be surprised? Have you been surprised all ready? Did you thank God for His revelation?

Are you in need of prayer? Email me at Under the Cover of Prayer.


What is a paradigm shift? Are you ready to be surprised by God. (tweet this)

Welcome to Sunday Stillness. A day to reflect – to read more about Jesus – to be still before God. Please drop over to some of the amazing posts below. Thanks for being part of Sunday Stillness.

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Sunday Stillness – Fill out your Closer Connection to God Form

Fill out your Closer Connection to God Form


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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



Today is Sunday Stillness.




Does what you eat make a difference?

Does what you eat make a difference?


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I am writing over at Family and Faith Matters today. I believe that what you eat makes a difference.

I am reading Ed Hird’s new book called, Restoring Health, Body, Mind and Spirit. I also watched Fed Up, the new movie with Katie Couric. 

From Ed’s book:

Health for Paul [Apostle Paul] was holistic, embracing our whole life in body, mind and spirit.

Read my thoughts on why and how my hubby and I have changed what we eat. Join me at Family and Faith Matters.



Sunday Stillness – Where is My Home?

Where is My Home?


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We are snowbirds and we fly south for the winter. Each year we fill out a US tax from 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 the US.

We are just visiting.

In our spiritual lives we need to think of 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)

Today is Sunday Stillness.


Do You Fight for Solitude? @desiringGod

Do You Fight for Solitude? @desiringGod


Do you have 6 minutes to listen to Pastor John? With Tim Keller.

Then take the time to be disciplined and pray.

If there is anything you know you got to do – you do. SO PRAY! ~ Tim Keller

Just studying Scripture does not bring us, necessarily, into the presence of God. Stop and pray when you reach something that touches you. Then LISTEN – or MEDITATE on the Word.


If you warm your heart through meditation on the Scripture, your heart will start to warm up. Martin Luther.

Check out how to pray and study Scripture together using the S.I.M.P.L.E method.

If you need prayer email Janis.



Sunday Stillness – Are You Hearing from God?

Are you hearing from God?

Are you hearing from God?

Fall has arrived and we snowbirds have flown south to Arizona. After an extremely busy summer I have spent this past week relaxing and trying to listen to God’s voice.

How often do you listen to God’s voice?

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a retreat in the mountains up in Pine Arizona with my Bible study group called The Bible Babes. We had a wonderful weekend and it certainly helped me adjust and get through jet lag.

Now I am ready to see where God will lead me. Our group is finishing a Bible study by Beth Moore called Living Beyond Yourself. This past week we studied “gentleness”. It was a great lesson to review the concept of living like Jesus.

Here are some wonderful statements from her study:

  • Gentleness is responsibility with power.
  • Gentleness is riding the wind of God’s will and setting sail toward the remote island of intimacy.
  • Allow Jesus to comb out the tangles of your life until you are free.
  • Physical posture can have a great impact on spiritual stature. (don’t forget to kneel!)
  • To miss God’s Word in our circumstances is to miss God.
  • God’s teachers are bound to God’s opinion, the only one which truly matters.
  • Only God’s Word is the absolute truth! Only God’s Word can sanctify believers.
  • God’s teacher is the vessel while God’s Word packs the punch.

As we come together today let’s remember to be gentle towards others and towards ourselves. Let’s remember to study God’s Word and pray. This is one way we can hear from God.

Today is Sunday Stillness.


Only God’s Word is the absolute truth! Only God’s Word can sanctify believers. @BethMooreLPM #BibleStudy. (tweet this)

To miss God’s Word in our circumstances is to miss God. To miss God is to miss the point. @BethMooreLPM (tweet this)

I like to link to:

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Essential Devotions http://essentialthingdevotions.com/

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#UTCOP – How Can We Seek Sacred Pauses in Our Lives

How Can We Seek Sacred Pauses in Our Lives

by Joy Lenton


Prayer can feel like deep mystery as well as the simplest and most natural activity of all. There are no set formulas, no wrong way to pray.

We learn and grow in the doing of it.

Methods may help us to find our feet or keep thoughts focussed but they are never intended as things to enslave and prevent freedom of expression.

The acronym below is a suggestion to aid us in coming to prayer, a possible preparation process that can help us to engage more fully with knowing God. It is intended to encourage greater mindfulness in how we come to God and growing awareness of how precious it is to be in communion with Him.

Prayer is primarily about being in a dependent, loving, surrendered relationship and continual conversation with God.

Pause   ~  from busyness. Breathe deep. Exhale. Just be. Take time to taste the sacred in the secular. Ready yourself to receive.

Reflect  ~ on God’s goodness and grace, your need for mercy and forgiveness, His provision for every problem you may encounter.

Ask     ~  boldly because you come in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Because you are God’s beloved child. He longs to hear your voice and answer every need.

Yield    ~  the answer, outcome and timing to God. Yield your mind and heart, your will, your life and your desires to His greater plans and purposes.

Engage  ~  your senses; sharpen your spiritual antennae. Be fully present and in the moment. Listen attentively.

Respond   ~  with gratitude, thanksgiving and praise, with a deep abiding appreciation of God’s will and ways, with obedience, with a surrendered spirit.

Dear Father,

Help us to take sacred pauses out of our schedules so that we can co-labour with you to set them according to your schedule.

Show us how to take opportunities to listen and learn in an open dialogue with you, to experience a meeting place between the miraculous and the mundane, the eternal and the temporal as heaven touches earth.

May each divine encounter leave us changed and transformed by grace, renewed by Holy Spirit’s touch and revived by your amazing love.



There are no set formulas, no wrong way to pray. We learn and grow in the doing of it. (tweet this)


Joy Lenton


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.