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What’s on my heart

What’s on my heart

We recently made the move from Ontario to Arizona – our yearly migration, following the birds and that’s why they call us Snowbirds. Everything is still in a jumble and I have cleaning to do. But I needed to get a post up with a link for all my wonderful sisters and brothers in Christ. Today I want to tell you what was on my heart.

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God Filled My Heart

When I wrote The Kingdom of Thrim God filled my heart with the idea that all of us need to know that God speaks to us in prayer but we must stop to ask Him. Yoj, the dollmaker, in the Kingdom of Thrim, does not do that and lands himself in hot water. But all is not lost – God knows when we have strayed and will find a way to bring us back again.

Thanks to Jeff Goins for a great endorsement. He said:

I needed this book. If you feel like you’ve lost your gift or wandered too far from hom and aren’t sure if you can find your way back, you need it too (Jeff Goins, bestselling author of The Art of Work).

and Rev. Peter Black said:

“… imaginative, winsome and creative, this book will help foster wholesome, godly values in a natural unforced way (Rev. Peter A. Black, author of Parables from the Pond).”

As I started on my promotion of this newest book, I knew I wanted to make another stuffie – I made stuffed turtles for my first book, Tadeo Turtle.

Stuffed Tadeo Turtle - Janis Cox

Stuffed Tadeo Turtle

As I researched dolls I found out how to make a stuffed doll using a pair of children’s socks. For this reason I decided to make a sock doll. I added the instructions to the back of the book.

While making my second doll – all of a sudden I could hear quite clearly, “You should think about giving the money you make on the dolls to a charity.”

And since I had just finished reading The Game Changers by Jean Chamberlain Froese and Patricia Paddey, I knew this was the charity that I would support.

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Save the Mothers was created when Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese, a Canadian obstetrician/gynecologist from McMaster University, was confronted with mothers in need in Uganda. The Save the Mothers Program, offering a Master’s Degree in Public Health Leadership, began at Uganda Christian University in 2005. Students study on a part-time basis over two years, completing the program with an intensive community outreach project.

Check out Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese’s Facebook update.

For this reason, I asked if I could partner with them to sell my dolls with all the money going to Save the Mothers.

God speaks to my heart

And this is what came as a result.

What's on my heart

So far I have sold 12 dolls – they come in a set with the book and the doll for $20. I sell them at fairs and at The Rails End Gallery in my hometown of Haliburton.

If you find this has touched your heart, and you wish to donate to this charity please click here. 

Or contact me if you are either in Mesa, Arizona or Haliburton, Ontario and I can make sure you get a set of The Kingdom of Thrim and a Yoj Sock Doll.

Find out more about Save the Mothers. (click to Tweet)

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Do you believe in Romans 10:17? If we study God’s Word can we hear from Him? I believe so.


Manage your money – 3 Tips

Manage your money – 3 Tips

Although the Bible doesn’t tell us that money is evil – it is actually amoral as it has no emotions, no thoughts or ideas. But the Bible does tell us that the love of money is the root of ALL kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). That must make us take pause and see why God is so adamant against the “love of money”. You need to manage your money.

That’s why it is important to manage your money.

manage your money

When we took Financial Peace with Dave Ramsey we learned some very important tips in getting control of your money. This is an act of will. And as Dave says: “It is as you will it.” This is just the beginning of getting a handle on money but I thought I would share the first 3 tips with you today. If you are near a church that is running a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University –  GO.

Three Tips to manage your money

1.The Emergency Fund:

This is the most important thing for every family to start to build – forgetting everything else until you have this in hand. Start putting money aside to build up your first one thousand dollars. Put it where you cannot reach it easily but that you can access it if you have an emergency. Dave gives many ways to build up this fund. You can sell “stuff”. Yes all that stuff you have stored in your homes, your closets or your storage units. Get the money. You can get a short-term second job – whatever you can do. You must change your mental thinking. It is a paradigm shift. Pray for God to reveal the way to do this.

2.Tackle your debt:

We were told that back in the 1900s credit was not issued and people had to pay with the money they had. (Novel idea, eh?) Both Sears and Ford did not offer credit at first. By the 1950s credit cards started to enter the marketplace. Banks became smarter and smarter (we became not so smart). Today they offer credit to younger and younger people – to get them into their branding and to start a trend of buying before you have the money.

Debit is not a privilege – but a product. We are begging to buy from them. @authorjaniscox

(Dave’s talk – paraphrased)

Banks are much better at selling than we (as consumers) are at buying. (Dave’s talk – paraphrased)

The borrower is a SLAVE to the lender (Proverbs 22:7).

The first step, after building an emergency fund, is to tackle the debt. Dave Ramsey suggests a method he calls the Snowball Method. After writing down your debts in a list, you tackle the smallest one first. Work on that hard (an extra job, helping out, selling, or just watching what you spend until you get this done). Once you have paid that off – then you take the payment you have been making on it and add it to the second debt. Work. Work Work. Get this finished.

Dave says we need to have a “plasectomy” – get rid of the plastic. Cut it up. Quit borrowing more money. Stop. Don’t buy anything  but essentials until you get out of debt.

When he mentioned selling stuff to get out of debt – Dave said, “sell so much that your kids think they might be next!”  @authorjaniscox

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3.Get a 3-6 month emergency fund:

This is important – in case you lose your job, or get sick. Once again work on it – work on it – work on it. It becomes your entire focus.

Some great quotes:

If your broke friends are making fun of you, you are on the right track!

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It is an attitude change. There is hope. We must think differently. Life is too short to be normal.

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5 Tips to Live with Him – WOGSlinkup

5 Tips to Live with Him – Word of God Speak Linkup

Today I want to bring you up-to-date with what I have learned in the past while. Here are 5 tips to live with Him.

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1. Go to a Conference

I am back from my trip out to Alberta. The first reason for going was the Inscribe Fellowship Fall Conference in Edmonton. What a delightful time! We had fabulous speakers with so many wonderful ideas. Linda Hall gave our plenary talks and following her journey in her writing career was fascinating. Listening to how she listens to God and knows when it is time to change and not be afraid of that change. Embracing the change. We all need to be ready to do that when God calls. I was grateful to win the art award for a painting in my book The Kingdom of Thrim. We had a surprise visit from Janette Oke to present the new Janette Oke award.

This conference is a wonderful way to live with Him.

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2. Embrace what God leads you to do

The other reason I went out west was to meet with my publisher, Colleen McCubbin of Siretona Creative. We had a splendid time as well! At first we thought I would do book signings but God had a different plan. At the last minute we were open to author visits in Christian schools in Calgary. I haven’t had so much fun except when my grandchildren visit. I met and talked to 12 classes in three different schools. I read my new story, The Kingdom of Thrim, and answered questions from the students. Then I taught them a scripture using a unique action method. They had a great time and learned the scripture.

I am learning to live with Him.

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3. Go on a retreat

Following my 9 days of travel, I came home and turned around to go to a women’s retreat in our county run by the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church. The facilitator was Sandy Stevens from Embrace The Bride. Not only is she a dynamic speaker, she is so in tune with the Lord she had everyone reaching to listen to Him. I can say I believe everyone was touched by the Holy Spirit and came away changed and revived.

What an eye opener – a fantastic way to learn to live with Him.

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4. Don’t be afraid to try new things

And one other marvellous thing that has happened in the last month is – I can hear. Yes finally the doctors along with the audiologist have prescribed hearing aids. What a difference it has made in my life. I can hear people speaking in church, in small groups, at the conference, movies and my husband. The last one was very important. Our communication was becoming a source of frustration for both of us as I couldn’t hear him and he had no patience with me.

Recent research has suggested that the brains of people with hearing loss shrink faster than those of their peers whose hearing has not diminished (Page 9, Listen to Your Ears, Cheryl Morehouse).

I want to stay functional mentally as long as possible. If you think you might have a hearing problem get checked out. Usually consultation is free. And in Canada we get a $1000 grant every 5 years.

5. Read wonderful writings of saints – my favourite is Oswald Chambers

His words have touched my soul and my heart in the past few days. Everything he has said has confirmed what I learned at our women’s retreat.

If you are in a valley right now – take heart.

Live with Him

It is in the sphere of humiliation that we find our true worth to God, that is where our faithfulness is revealed. Most of us can do things if we are always at the heroic pitch because of the natural selfishness of our hearts, but God want us at the drab commonplace pitch, where we live in the valley according to our personal relationship to Him (Oswald Chambers October 2 My Utmost for His Highest).

And if you want to totally be with Him and be in His will remember these words.

We need to know Him to live with Him. (tweet this)

We can ever remain powerless, as were the disciples, by trying to do God’s work not in concentration on His power, but by ideas drawn from our own temperament. We slander God by our very eagerness to work for Him without knowing Him (Oswald Chambers, October 3, My Utmost for His Highest).

For those who have had a vision but it doesn’t seem to be coming together.

It is when we are in the valley, where we prove whether we will be the choice ones, that most of us turn back. … are we willing to have the vision “batter’d to shape and use” by God? The batterings always come in commonplace ways and through commonplace people (Oswald Chambers October 4, My Utmost for His Highest).


Crucified With Christ

Crucified With Christ – Word of God Speak

Today I read a devotional from UBC devotional about the need to be crucified with Christ daily.

Here are my thoughts about the devotional and using some of his words.

We can’t be like Christ on our own. We need to acknowledge that fact. Our desires are naturally counter Christ. Each day we ask Jesus to help us put down our natural desire and take us to the cross instead. Check out Galatians 2.

Here are some thoughts to consider on being Crucified With Christ:

  1. Satan doesn’t sleep. He never takes a vacation. Therefore we need protection with prayers and study each day.
  2. We need to identify the sin that is in us. Our greatest weaknesses are where Satan will attack. Know your weakness. Pray about it.
  3. Fill up with the Spirit. I find morning, midday and evening are the best times to do this. And always top up when we are prompted.
  4. Remember than when we are weak He is strong. Be humble. Call on God for strength. Repeat Micah 6:8. What does God require of me? To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.

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I wrote about this before: Therefore it must be important. See my other post.

Here is a great song to remember these things. I’ve Been Crucified with Christ by Robin Mark.

I am still working on my focus for this year’s Word of God Speak. I am thinking that I would like this to be more interactive. What about a Bible study? I would love your input with your ideas of what you would like.

Don’t forget to check out my Bookstore for back-to-school special. Free activity pak with The Kingdom of Thrim order.

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Is God for You? WordofGodspeakLinkup

Is God for You?

I read a short devotional from UCB devotional the other day. The author was able to unpack Romans 8:31 to make sense for me. Is God for you? I love the way that the author took each word from Scripture and looked at it. In order to make it clearer in my mind, I have taken that idea and put it below.

God for you

First of all look at this passage:

If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31, NIV)? (click to tweet)

Now let’s look at each word.

God –

The Creator of the Heavens and the earth (Ps 146:6), the One who formed me in my mother’s womb (Ps 139:13, the One who is Eternal (Ps 102:12).

Is –

At the present time, now; no matter what is happening to me on earth, God “is” in it. God said: “I am (Exodus 3:14).” We know that right now He knows what is happening and is involved in it.

For –

God works when we allow Him to. Stop struggling. Let God be for you. In our weakness He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).

You –

That means me and God is for me. He is working in my life. He listens to my prayers. He is interested in my trials, my struggles and my accomplishments. God want a relationship with me – little ‘ole me.

Enjoy worshipping our God with this song by Chris Tomlin – Our God. You can click on this link as well. Click here. 

Therefore, we believe God is for you.


Say this: God is for me.

As a result, we can thank Him and prepare to represent Him for today.

A quote to remember:

It is not so true that “prayer changes things” as that prayer changes me and I change things (Oswald Chambers). (click to tweet)

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What’s happening this fall?

What’s happening this fall?

Where should I start in my new posts for this year? I think I will start with an update of what will be happening this fall.


What’s happening in my writer’s life?

I fly out to Calgary, Alberta, the week of September 19 to partake in my first book tour. Colleen McCubbin my publisher of Siretona Creative is setting up places for us to visit with my books.. Then we will both travel to Edmonton for the Inscribe Conference. At the end of that we will return to Calgary and do two more days of touring. I am very excited to see where God will lead us in this venture. (click to tweet)

What’s happening in my guest post blogging?

Over the summer I have jotted down a few ideas of what to post on two blogs that I belong.

Moms on a Mission

A Beautiful Life

What’s happening with The Kingdom of Thrim?

I have a back-to-school special offer for The Kingdom of Thrim. You can receive the 5-pak extension activities for free ($2.99 value) when you purchase a copy of my book. (click to tweet)

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 If you buy through Amazon please send me a receipt and I will send you the activities. If you buy here I will know and send you the package.

What’s happening during my prayer life?

During the summer I had much time to think and pray. I have found out that I need to be focused on one thing at a time. For some reason my brain likes to flit from one thing to another. I am learning to focus and do one task – until it is finished. Then on to the next. It has helped me to make a list of tasks and try to tick them off as they are done.

I read an amazing blog about 50 ways to improve my life. (click to tweet)

I have started 3 of them:

  1. Don’t use social media, blogging, or texting until 60 minutes or more has gone past since you woke up. This has been a big one for me. Now I can relax and focus on what God is teaching me.
  2. Do something that terrifies you – it says to do this each day. Well I have been trying to do it at least once a week. I spoke in front of the church on Sunday without notes. I am planning my first ever book tour.
  3. Replace warm showers with cold ones. Again I am slowly working into this. I have a short cool down shower after my hot one. And I mean cool not cold. I can’t go cold yet.

Those are just 3 new ones I am trying. Check out the list. I do the no sugar, and go to bed early and rise early. I am working on another three and will share another time.

Would love to hear what’s happening in your life. How can I pray for you?

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