Creative Tuesdays – A bouquet

Creative Tuesdays – A bouquet

This week the challenge was to take the flower we created from last week and add it to a bouquet.

Here is last week’s flower – a carnation.

Isaiah 40:8

Isaiah 40:8

And this week here is my bouquet.

Spring-Flowers-Bouquet

Of course I had to look up verses about flowers. I thought about the short life of cut flowers. Even though I kept this bouquet for 2 weeks using ice cubes they still died. Our enjoyment of them is fleeting.

I thought then about life and how fleeting it is too.

O Lord, make me know my end
    and what is the measure of my days;
    let me know how fleeting I am (Ps 39:4, ESV)!

Being Easter week this tied all together. Death/Life

Here is a poem I wrote about Easter

Choose Life

We have a choice, not like the flower
We were doomed to die – the end
But by God’s grace,
Jesus made a way for us to live – the beginning
In Jesus we have the way
– an open door to life
– salvation through grace
Jesus died – but rose again
To open that door for us
To be with God forever.
That’s the Gospel – The Good News of Easter

Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:10, NIV).

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my words and believes in him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned. He has crossed over from death to life (John 5:24, NIV).

Flowers cannot choose. We can. It will involve decisions and life changes and making right choices.

It reminds me of a song we sang last year in VBS – Choose Jesus. Here it is for you to enjoy.

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I am joining Creative Tuesdays - please drop over and see other art pieces with this theme.

I also joined Paint Party Friday for the first time today.

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Flowers cannot choose. We can. Choose Life. (click to tweet)

Janis 

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

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Sunday Stillness – What is the Gospel?

Sunday Stillness – What is the Gospel?

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Last week I gave a rundown on how we were studying the Bible in our Bible Study. We were trying to find out exactly “What is the Gospel?” by reading big chunks of Scripture.

You can read more of the study by going to Six Important Things to Remember When Studying Scripture.

I said I would give my answers this week.

I will share my answers and what we decided as a group.

My answers:

What was the BAD NEWS that we needed GOOD NEWS?

All men have sinned (separation from God) and fallen from God’s grace and condemned to a separated from God forever.

What was the GOOD NEWS?

Jesus died for our sins in order to bring us back into a right relationship with God and live eternally with Him.

Our discussion:

What is the BAD NEWS?

darkness, rejecting the Truth, lack of belief in Jesus, sinners, separated from God, God’s wrath on us, helpless, hopeless.

What part did God play in the Good News?

God takes the initiative to rescue us through Jesus. There was a purpose to save the world through Jesus. It was a gift. God did this legally and justly. He provided death Himself to give us life. Jesus came to live and to die.

That’s Why we Praise Him – Tommy Walker

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What part must man play?

Believe, receive, be born again in the spirit, born into a new family – God’s family, trust, a relationship with God (Scripture uses the words, children of God, one with the Father, followers, adopted, reconciled.) Our belief is active and will bring about the relationship. We need to rest and trust in Jesus.

What is sin?

Going against the Word of God, doing our own things, not doing God’s way, not worshipping God, darkness, rebellion against God.

Are you doing your own things or what God wants us to do?

We need to bow down, relinquish self.

What do good works have to do with the Good News?

They flow out of our belief. We desire to do good works.

We talked a lot about good works to be sure we understood that we cannot gain any more or less favour from God by good works. It is not for “brownie points”. Good works cannot build our relationship with God. Sometimes believers count their good works and think that will get them closer to God – That is WRONG. Sometimes believers feel bad when they sin and have fallen short of what they believe God expects and feel helpless and “not good enough”. That is WRONG too. We must make sure pride in our good works does not happen. We need to keep our good works in perspective. Good works have nothing to do with us but everything to do with God.

The object of our faith is CHRIST ALONE. Belief is forsaking all others except for Jesus. We want a right relationship with God. We turn our lives over to Jesus. We trust and rest in God alone.

Christ Alone sung by Kristian Stanfill –

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What are we saved from?

God’s wrath, judgment, separation

What are we saved to?

Eternal life – with God forever.

What is the Gospel? My answer

Christ died for our sins, which had alienated us from God; Christ was buried, raised on the 3rd day, and went back to Heaven. All this is how God planned from the beginning in order that we could be reconciled to Him forever. We only have to ADMIT our sins, BELIEVE in Jesus and CHOOSE to follow Him. Then we are saved and will have everlasting life with God.

The simple answer that we came up with:

Jesus is our Saviour. He died for our sins, was resurrected and went back into Heaven to be with the Father.

So that was it. Very full. I found it fascinating to take such a large chunk of Scripture and look for specific answers.

And I learned a new word: Propitiation –

that by which God is rendered propitious, i.e., by which it becomes consistent with his character and government to pardon and bless the sinner. The propitiation does not procure his love or make him loving; it only renders it consistent for him to exercise his love towards sinners.

 

It’s an important word as it is part of the Gospel – God’s sacrifice in Jesus to appease His wrath.

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I found it fascinating to take such a large chunk of Scripture and look for specific answers.(click to tweet)

TODAY IS SUNDAY STILLNESS.

Please link your post about what God has been teaching you. And please remember to visit your neighbour, leave comments and get to know more people in this group. We are a growing community of believers.

Thanks,

Janis 

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

 

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TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS

THE SUNDAY COMMUNITY – #GIVE ME GRACE @SEE SPEAK HEAR MAMA

SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS – @SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS 

Embracing His Will @Motivate and Rejuvenate Mondays

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The Life of an Author – Guest Posting

The Life of an Author – Guest Posting

Tadeo and stuffed Tadeos

Today I am a guest poster on Emma Right’s blog. Emma is the author of many books. Her most recent ones are a children’s series called Princesses of Chadwick Castle Adventure Series.

Emma asked me to tell about a typical day as a writer. Yikes – there is no typical day but I gave it a try.

To see more go to: In the Life of Author Janis Cox.

Blessings for a wonderful day.

Janis

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Sunday Stillness – Six Important Things to Remember When Studying Scripture

Sunday Stillness – Six Important Things to Remember When Studying Scripture

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I am taking a little break from studying Titus. We are preparing in the next couple of weeks to relocate back home to Haliburton. This always takes more thought and time than I realize.

Today for Sunday Stillness, I will tell you about the study I have been in for the last 3 weeks. We have been reading and studying through passages that tell us about God and the Gospel. We been asked to find the answers to these questions:

  1. What do you learn about God?
  2. What do you learn about man?
  3. What do you learn about the Gospel?

It has been a lot of reading, underlining and prayer to try to understand all of this.

This week our questions are:

  1. What is the bad news for which the Good News (the Gospel) is the remedy?
  2. Write 2-3 sentences to answer the question: What is the Gospel?

Here are the references we used,  if you want to try this exercise:

John 1:1-18, 3:1-36, 6:25-40, 10:20-50
Romans 1:1-32, 3:9-31, 4:1-7:6
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
2 Corinthians 5:1-21
Galatians 1:1-17, 2:11-21, 3:1-4:11
Ephesians 1:1-2:22, 4:1-5, 17-24,5:1-21
Philippians 1:1-11, 3:1-11
Colossians 1:1-23, 2:6-15, 3:1-17
Titus 2:1-3:8
Hebrews 8:1-10:39
James 2:14-26

We were given 6 important things to remember when studying Scripture:

1. Prayer – It is always important to ask God first to open the Scripture for you.

2. The Context – Always consider the context. Don’t take a passage out of the context to try to get it to fit your point of view.

3. Background - Use the 5 Ws, where, what, why, when, who. Find out the culture of the times, the idioms and the history.

4. Different Translations: Read through different translations.

5. Cross-references – These are other verses that correspond to the verse you are studying. Check them out.

6. Commentaries – First work on the passage by yourself and ask God to help you figure it out. Next check at least 3 commentaries (expert opinions) and then compare with your thoughts.

Prayer:

Father, it is so important that we study your Word. We thank You that we can ask You to help us. We also thank other experts who have gone before us to help us to understand more fully what we read. Help us as we continue to grow closer to You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

I will tell you next week what I have found out. In the meantime tell me what you think about this type of study.

Have a wonderful Sunday Stillness.

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How do you study the Scripture? Studying in big chunks this time.  (tweet this)

TODAY IS SUNDAY STILLNESS.

Please link your post about what God has been teaching you. And please remember to visit your neighbour, leave comments and get to know more people in this group. We are a growing community of believers.

Thanks,

Janis 

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

 

I sometimes link to:

STILL SATURDAYS @SANDRAHESKAKING

PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS

THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART

TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS

THE SUNDAY COMMUNITY – #GIVE ME GRACE @SEE SPEAK HEAR MAMA

SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS – @SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS 

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Creative Tuesday – Flowers May Fade

Creative Tuesday – Flowers May Fade

I really am not a fan of painting flowers. However, in the last while I have painted 2. But I thought I should do a fresh one for this challenge.

The challenge this week is FLOWER.

For this exercise I painted one taken from a bouquet that was given to me. In two weeks  Michael has given a challenge to paint a bouquet, so I thought it easier to paint the single flower (actually 2 flowers and 2 buds), then attempt the bouquet the next week.

Here are the two paintings I had all ready done.

This is called – IRIS (I know that’s very original)

iris-with-black-background

And this is called FLOWER – (really original)

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But today is the first time I painted from an actual flower that I held in my hand.

Here is the final outcome.

Isaiah 40:8

Isaiah 40:8

I couldn’t paint a flower without thinking about the world that God has created. As I held the flower and looked closely at its tiny petals, its intricate variegated edges, and how delicate it felt – I was in awe.

The bouquet I was given lasted over 2 weeks in a vase. I learned a secret from the “Flower Lady” – put ice in the vase every day. It works!

The grass withers, and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever (Isaiah 40:8, NIVUK)

As I watch this flower fade – these words strike a strong note in my heart. Once again, His Word is what remains for all of us.

Thanks to Michael at Creative Tuesdays. He has now moved to a new blog. You can look at other artwork from Creative Tuesdays.

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