Creative Tuesdays – Fairy Tale Tree

Creative Tuesdays – Fairy Tale Tree

 

Fantasy-Tree

 

This week at Creative Tuesdays the prompt was as follows: A Fairy Tale Tree.

I didn’t paint this picture in the past two weeks. Instead I am giving you a glimpse of one of the watercolour paintings in my new fantasy story that has a working title of Yoj and the Land of Thrim.

In this story Yoj desires more than God has planned for his life. He makes a decision that will cost him his peace and joy.

Stay tuned and you will learn more as my production of this book proceeds.

Drop over and see other posts and pictures from Creative Tuesdays. These people are a delightful bunch. Show them encouragement.

And thanks to all those who have written encouraging comments to me.

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Sunday Stillness – What can we learn from the Rock Badger?

Sunday Stillness – What can we learn from the Rock Badger?

Four things on earth are small
yet they are extremely wise (Proverbs 30:24, NIV).

Last week I looked at the industrious ant. We seem to be winning the battle of the ants this week. Whew. I hope so.

Today is the rock badger.

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hyraxes are creatures of little power,
    yet they make their home in the crags (Proverbs 30:26, NIV);

The rock badgers are a feeble folk,
Yet they make their homes in the crags (Proverbs 30:26, NKJ);

The conies are but a feeble folk, Yet make they their houses in the rocks (Proverbs 30:26, ASV);

The next animal in the list In Proverbs 30 is the coney, hydrax or rock badger. This was a new one to me. I needed to go back to Google. They were also called mountain mice and bear mice.

I found out that conies live along the foot of the mountains west of the Dead Sea. They are small like mice. They live in the clifts of rocks which gives great security. They also are swift so they are hard to catch.They also set up sentries to warn the others of intruders. This wise conduct brings them safety and security.

As I thought and prayed over this passage I see that we are like the conies but we hide under the protection of Jesus – our Rock – we hide under His wings. We are a feeble people but we have a strong God. His angels protect us too. We need to be wise and put up personal sentries to guard our boundaries (our heart, our health, our minds, and our spirit).

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What can we learn from the rock badger? (click to tweet)

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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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Sunday Stillness – Are you working or dreaming? – An Ant Lesson

Sunday Stillness – Are you working or dreaming? – An Ant Lesson

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Watercolour painting by Janis cox

Or maybe it should be are you dreaming of working? This past month as I worked through Proverbs I read one little passage – Proverbs 30-24-38, that took my attention.

Today I will look at Proverbs 30:24-25

Four things on earth are small,
    yet they are extremely wise:
 Ants are creatures of little strength,
    yet they store up their food in the summer;

When reading about Proverbs I learned that most are attributed to Solomon. However this one it says: The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh – an oracle. We don’t know the background of Agur but it can be assumed he was a wise man or prophet.

So small things can be very wise. I think it interesting that today I am writing about the ant – as my kitchen has been invaded by the little beasts. AGAIN. Same as last year. It took us 6 weeks to finally get rid of them. I do hope it is faster this time. YUCK.

But they are industrious little things. Set on task. Going somewhere. Nothing stops them (except Fantastic). And obviously they stored up enough food to last the winter and come back to bother me this spring.

Check out another reference to ants.

Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
 It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.

I noticed it said: Hard worker. I think that is extremely important in this life. To work as hard as we can. Certainly to work at learning as much about God and our relationship as we can.

And Proverbs 28:19 talks about the importance of hard work. Those who just dream about things and don’t put them into practice are wasting  precious time.

Those who work their land will have abundant food,
    but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

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The picture today comes from one of the sketches I did for Adam’s Animals by Kimberley Payne – a great resource for homeschoolers and Sunday School teachers. I decided to sketch it again and try my watercolours.

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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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PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS
THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART
TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS
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Creative Tuesdays – Wet Tears for Jesus

Creative Tuesdays – Wet Tears for Jesus

Once again I am joining the prompt from Creative Tuesdays. The theme this week is WET.

I pondered on this for a long time. I thought of all my plants – I am trying to grow some vegetables from seeds. I need to water them, keep the light on them. And I bought an hibiscus – which of course needs watering and watching. I thought about ducks getting all wet. I love water – splashing and exhilarating.

But this Scripture kept coming back to me –

 One of the Pharisees asked him over for a meal. He went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down at the dinner table. Just then a woman of the village, the town harlot, having learned that Jesus was a guest in the home of the Pharisee, came with a bottle of very expensive perfume and stood at his feet, weeping, raining tears on his feet. Letting down her hair, she dried his feet, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfume. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man was the prophet I thought he was, he would have known what kind of woman this is who is falling all over him (Luke 7:38, MSG).”

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This woman was so overcome that she rained tears, enough to wash Jesus’ feet. The Pharisees had no idea what this was all about. They didn’t understand that Jesus has the power to release us from our sins. That woman did and was so sorrowful that she rained tears. But there is good news.

Then turning to the woman, but speaking to Simon, he said, “Do you see this woman? I came to your home; you provided no water for my feet, but she rained tears on my feet and dried them with her hair. You gave me no greeting, but from the time I arrived she hasn’t quit kissing my feet. You provided nothing for freshening up, but she has soothed my feet with perfume. Impressive, isn’t it? She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.”

Then he spoke to her: “I forgive your sins.”

That set the dinner guests talking behind his back: “Who does he think he is, forgiving sins!”

He ignored them and said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace (Luke 7:43-50, MSG).”

Her faith gave her the freedom she needed to live.

This is a beautiful reminder to us that Jesus forgives all. Every time I think of this story I remember that Jesus washes away our sins. We are new again.

Explanation of the Watercolour

This watercolour is totally different than what I usually paint. I haven’t painted too many portraits – and none without a photo as reference. So this woman is totally from my head. It is darker than I usually paint but really she is full of sorrow. And I painted her quickly. In about an hour.

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The woman rained wet tears on Jesus’ feet. “Your faith has saved you.” (click to tweet)

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Sunday Stillness – By wisdom a house is built

Sunday Stillness – By wisdom a house is built

For the past month I have been reading a Proverbs a day with an online Facebook group. This exercise proved to be a great discipline. Reading through each Proverb I would see where God led me. On day 24 I read this verse.

Watercolour painting by Janis Cox

Watercolour painting by Janis Cox

By wisdom a house is built,
    and through understanding it is established (Proverbs 24:3, NIV)

Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation] (Proverbs 24:3, Amplified Bible)

In my journal I had sketched a picture to remind me of this Proverb.

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As we can see from the Amplified Bible, house can mean your life, your family, your home. So taking a look at my life I know that I need to continue to grow by reading the Bible, following discussions and listening to God. I believe I am filling my mind with knowledge that will become beautiful treasures. I find even now I am using Bible verses to encourage others.

We started a Bible study back in Haliburton, using my SIMPLE Method of Bible study. For the past two weeks we studied a verse a week.

I shouldn’t be amazed but I am – how God can use the same verse to say different things to each of us.

We discuss the questions that come into our mind, and then we each take a time of quiet prayer to talk to God and most importantly to listen to Him. Then we come back and whoever wants to share what they heard, may.

If you are interested these are the two Scriptures we used:

Romans 8:6

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

Proverbs 28:19

Those who work their land will have abundant food,
    but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

Prayer:

Lord, thank You so much for the power of Your Word. Every time I read a verse and study it – really study it, You bring so much into my mind. You can convict, inspire, lead and guide us through Your Word. Thanks for this marvelous discipline of studying the Bible. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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God amazes me how each verse of the Bible can mean something different to each of us. (click to tweet)

Today is Sunday Stillness!

Please join us by linking your posts about what God is doing in your life. Remember to visit your neighbour and leave an encouraging comment. Continue to get to know wonderful writers for God online.

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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
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