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Can the Word of God come ALIVE to us?

Can the Word of God come ALIVE to us?

A New Opportunity for Studying God’s Word

I will be starting a new FB study – Psalms Alive using David Kitz’s book, “psalms alive” (yes no caps). He has generously offered his book for anyone who wants to join this study. Some of you may have read this in my newsletter. You can sign up here to join my newsletter if you aren’t part of that and want to be.

Psalms Alive Starts November 1, 2017 (looks like a 7 doesn’t it?)

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You must be on Facebook to join psalms alive.  Sorry.

Please email me for further information.

We hope that anyone who joins in this study will do so with full attendance and attention. And if possible you will give David a review at the end of the study. (or in the middle. lol )

In the prologue David says:

God speaks to us – to humanity – through His Word….. How do we draw meaning from these words?…can the Word of God come alive to us and speak to our hearts? Are there insights we can gain by looking at the prayer and devotional life of the ancient Hebrews?

That speaks to me. I want to go deeper. Don’t you?

I will use the SIMPLE method of study for each of the chapters. You can follow that or do what you need to do.

I will be drawing, painting, and lettering as God leads me. You can do that or just let God speak to you as He does, which is different for each person.

You can find this study on Growing Through God’s Word FB. Ask to join.

Psalm 19:4 – I started David’s book … just a quick look and a sketch.

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Bible Painting – Have you tried it?

Word of God Speak – Bible Painting – Have you tried it?

Bible painting or journalling – what is it?

Bible painting

I posted this a year ago. I have continued to work on my Bible painting/journalling. Check out my Bible Journalling Page for more scriptures and pictures. I now have a link in my menu for Bible Journalling. Check it out. Join us on Facebook Word of God Speak.

I use watercolour pencils and felt pens and Micron pens.

Here is the post:

Bible painting is something new to me.

I would like to show you this week some of the watercolour paintings I have done in my Bible. I find, being a visual person, Bible painting helps solidify the scriptures in my mind.

It’s time for a review. I have studied, painted and memorized a number of scriptures since we started Word of God Speak. Each week I would use the SIMPLE method of Bible study to hear what God was telling me.

Here is a quick review with the scripture, my Bible journalling page, and my thoughts for each scripture. I am only doing a few of them this week. Next time I will show you new ones. Review is important. It’s time to go back and see what I have learned.

If you haven’t been following you can click on the link to see my thoughts of each scripture.

My Bible Painting

2 Corinthians 9:8  Have you found one word for 2016?

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9-8 Bible Painting

What I learned from 2 Corinthians 9:8:

In order for God to be known I must break free of my wall of insecurity – the introvert me. I must allow Him to let me burst forth – ABOUND- to show His Light to the world.

John 1:14   What does it mean God came down?

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1-14 Bible Painting

What I learned from John 1:14:

I know God is leading me somewhere. Therefore, I will continue to watch where He leads. We are called to look after those who cannot look after themselves.

John 3:5    How to accept God’s Grace

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.

John 3-5 - Bible Painting

What I learned from John 3:5:

I thought, “What does it take for the Spirit to move in the hearts of men? in my family? in my friends? I remember before I took that leap of faith, being prideful, and stubborn. So it takes the power of the Holy Spirit to break through our tough skin.

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Have you tried painting in your Bibles? Bring scriptures to life by studying, memorizing and even using art. (tweet this)

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Finish – Word for 2017

Finish – Word for 2017

It is December 13 and I am writing this post. We head back to Canada tomorrow and will return before you have read this post. Find out below how I came to pick the word “finish” for My Word for 2017.

I have been working hard at listening to God’s Word and painting in my Bible journal the pictures He is showing me. I work at promoting my children’s books. I have new opportunities I want to check out.

Last year my Word for 2016 reads:

finish finish

It was from 2 Corinthians 9:8 –

God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it (The Message).

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work (NIV).

I found my Word – Finish – for 2017 this week. It is from Psalm 138:8 (tweet this).

This verse spoke to me:

The Lord will vindicate me;
    your love, Lord, endures forever—
    do not abandon the works of your hands (NIV).

Finish what you started in me, God.
    Your love is eternal—don’t quit on me now (The Message).

As I was finishing off this post I drew a Bible Journal picture on Day 25 – Christmas Day – Romans 8:14-15). I now have another word to go with Finish – GO. God will finish what He started in me and I will go where He calls.

My Word for 2017 is Finish.

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God is leading me in many directions. I am not sure which ones He wants me to follow but I am listening. I know He has plans.

Finish

But I must stop and listen so He can continue to work in my life (tweet this).

For that reason I will no longer be doing Word of God speak Linkup. I need to be freer to follow His lead. Although I have loved setting this up and meeting wonderful bloggers, my readership has not grown in the past year. I believe that is because I am hemmed in and not able to do it “His Way”. I think I will meet more of you as I travel and comment around the blogosphere.

So I am crying out to the Lord and asking to do it “His way”. I may not blog some weeks – others I may blog 2 or 3 times – depending on what He tells me.

I need Him to finish what He has started in the past few months (tweet this).

Here is a poem I wrote while studying this verse.

Your Plans

Lay out Your plan
Nudge me in the way I should go
Clear a path before me
Steady me.

Cascade lights before me
To show me the way
Beam them brightly
So I can see.

Speak in a distinctive voice
So I can distinguish You among the cacophony of noise
Your words mean more than all the noise around me
Make it clear, Lord.

Unlock the doors that lead me onward
Unfetter any chains that bind
Cast me out amid the lions
As long as You are by my side.

@Janis Cox December 2016

For this reason I will work on reading His Word – I study it, paint it sometimes, write or podcast about it. Maybe I will speak it live.

I will continue to podcast for Hope Stream Radio. I want to reach 100 – I am at 72. And then we’ll see where God leads me from there.

This is what I feel He is telling me on December 13 as I work through the Dress for Dunamis fundraising. Praying for a shelter for these girls. Praying for their protection. Check out the post.

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Therefore if you feel called to contribute, please check out the following:

Canadians:

For our grass roots organization. Please make cheque payable to The Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Haliburton. Send your cheques to:

The Lighthouse Pentecostal Church
12 Dysart Street
PO Box 287
Haliburton, ON, Canada K0M 1S0

Please mark your cheque in the memo line as The Dunamis Foundation. Tax Receipts will be given for over $10.00.

Americans:

You can find a donation page here.  We welcome your support.

Please find us at Dress for Dunamis Page on Facebook and the Dress for Dunamis Facebook Event page.

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All About That Baby – Merry Christmas

All About That Baby – Merry Christmas

I pray that this post reaches you with joy in your heart about the birth of a baby – Jesus. It is all about that baby, isn’t it?

All about that baby

I watched a fantastic production put on by the kids at Via Church here in Arizona. I have never seen such diligence, enthusiasm, clarity of speech, joy and love in any children’s performance before. Excellent. They really taught the audience that it was all about that baby.

Today it still is. So no matter where you are, what your circumstances are – please remember that statement. Put your faith in Jesus – He is the way, the truth and the life.

If you have missed the podcasts on Advent you can listen to them all here on my page for Hope Stream Radio.

I have one week to go in wearing a dress for the month of December in support of the Dunamis Foundation in Ecuador. If you wish to contribute please read the post called Dunamis. 

Or for sake of ease here is the information on donating:

Canadians:

For our grass roots organization. Please make cheque payable to The Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Haliburton. Send your cheques to:

The Lighthouse Pentecostal Church
12 Dysart Street
PO Box 287
Haliburton, ON, Canada K0M 1S0

Please mark your cheque in the memo line as The Dunamis Foundation. Tax Receipts will be given for over $10.00.

Americans:

You can find a donation page here.  We welcome your support.

Please find us at Dress for Dunamis Page on Facebook and the Dress for Dunamis Facebook Event page.

This is my little Christmas dress I picked up from the Thrift store for $10. I have worn it many times this December. I wear a little card that says: Ask me why I am wearing a dress. In this picture I have my name tag on as I went to a Christmas brunch at our church.

all about that baby

For your viewing pleasure here is Mark Lowry singing Mary Did you Know.

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Put Everything Aside Christ Enters

Put Everything Aside Christ Enters – P.E.A.C.E. Word of God Speak Linkup

This is the last week in Advent – Advent 4 – Peace. I put everything aside. I am lighting the 4th advent candle.

Put everything aside

My acronym for peace is:

P – Put
E – Everything
A – Aside
C – Christ
E – Enters

put everything aside

Finding peace means to do an action – put all worries, stresses, extra thoughts that entangled us – put all those ASIDE. When you do that Christ will enter. He can focus you on what needs to be done – even if that means doing nothing.

One meaning of “Peace” is the dictionary is defined as:

freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.

I thought it interesting that part of the definition was freedom of the mind.

We know Jesus gives us freedom but did you ever think of that in terms of your mind. Your mind rules much of your body. It can tell it to flee or to stay; it can make it feel joyful or sad; it can think of different ways to do things; it can learn.

Allowing Jesus in brings a freedom from all that can encumber our minds. (tweet this)

Therefore I know I need to put everything aside and then I  can have that freedom of my mind.

The Berean Study Bible says for verse Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.

 I noticed the word “obsession”.

What obsessions do I hold that I need to throw off? Certainly, I know that I obsess when things don’t go the way I planned. That does bother me. I think everything should run the way I see it running. And don’t get in my way. I know – that’s wrong. But do you do that too? How can I throw that off?

put everything aside

Here are 3 ways that help me when I feel frustrated when things don’t go my way.

  1. My favourite is I say to myself, “It is not about you.” The world does not revolve around me and what I want. I have to say that over and over.  Here is Max Lucado’s article on  It’s Not About Me. It’s a very good read.
  2. Counting to 10. I learned this one while teaching primary school and with my own children. If I can count to 10 my anger has time to cool down and I can get to the bottom of a situation and still remain at peace within myself.
  3. Head for the washroom. Yes that is my oasis – my safe place. If I can get there before my emotions boil over I have a few minutes to regroup and keep my peace before tackling the problem.

In each example I am able to put everything aside – find Jesus – then regroup and go back and act in a peaceful manner.

Jesus brought us Peace – peace of mind. Let’s live with that peace. (tweet this)

Let’s work with that peace. Let’s love with peace in our hearts.

Therefore as we head this week toward Christmas think of ways you can keep the peace:

  • when things don’t go as planned
  • when you are so busy you don’t know what to do next
  • when someone gets upset with you
  • when you do something wrong and now need to ask forgiveness
  • when troubles seem to follow you wherever you go

And wishing each and every one of you the hope, love, joy and peace that Christmas brings.

In addition here are 4 others posts I have written over the years about peace. If you need peace today check them out.

What’s Another Word for Peace?

Sunday Stillness – Can You Find Peace?

What is Peace?

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Jesus JOY – Where are you? Advent 3

Jesus JOY – Where are you? Advent 3 and Linkup

This week has been full – full of good things. But sometimes a little hectic too. Where do I find Jesus joy? Today I light the third candle in Advent – Joy.

Jesus Joy

 

Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full (John 16:24)

Jesus Joy

Life is. Life happens. How I go about my life is how I see it – How I see it, view and live it.

I am not talking about the bubbly joy that comes sometimes, or the excited joy when I see family, or the exuberant joy I get when I dance. It is the joy that Christ gives me that keeps me going and going. That joy can only be found in Jesus. When I focus on Him and let Him lead there is a wonderful feeling of “rightness”. It doesn’t mean I’m happy, or giggling or smiling. I’m just okay. I’m just all right.

Joy is my Rock because Jesus is my Rock. (tweet this)

My acronym for JOY is Jesus Opens You. (tweet this)

Jesus JOY



Jesus JOYJesus Joy

And He does. I can’t tell you how He does this. But when I am not striving, or full of my agenda, He brings life to me; He shows me things to do and I do them. He gives me the time, the inspiration and the fulfillment.

No one need be poor, because, if he chooses, he can have Jesus for his own property and possession. No one need be downcast for Jesus is the joy of heaven and it is His joy to enter into sorrow hearts. ~ Tozer

I am grabbing hold of this joy – and as Tozer says, “it is not a doctrine to be held, it is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day.”

Today is rest today. I am going to end with a series of pictures of the past couple of weeks.

Have a Jesus-filled, joy-filled life.

Day 4 and Day 5 of #DressforDunamis – The Dunamis Foundation fighting against #humantrafficking

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Outside our home in Arizona

Jesus Joy

Wearing a dress every day in December. I need an apron to cover up. Susie Homemaker?

Jesus Joy

A wonderful Christmas Open House. Great chats.

Jesus JOY

And I am delighted that my painting from The Kingdom of Thrim won the Inscribe Art Contest and is featured on the cover of this month’s Fellowship Magazine.

Jesus Joy

I linked this post to FMF as the topics were the same this week. JOY. You can join in Kate’s challenge to write for 5 minutes on Fridays. Go here.

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