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.

my heart

 

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.

my heart

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)

Today is Word of God Speak Linkup

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


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16 thoughts on “What’s on my heart

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  3. elizabethfstewart

    I had no idea you were a snowbird! I love Arizona! I think it’s wonderful that you are donating to this ministry in Uganda. My brother has been a missionary there, as well as in Ethiopia and Rwanda. I’ve only been to Ghana, West Africa. The need is great, yet in some ways, the church there has something we have left behind here in the U.S. God bless you, and enjoy that sun!

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    1. JanisCox Post author

      Elizabeth,
      Yes we have been doing this jaunt for about 6 years. It has been good learning the thoughts and heart of others but also knowing that the believers all over the world believe in Jesus – crucified and risen. And yes I have heard stories of the heart for God in places where they don’t have much. If we could just let go of stuff and look to God wouldn’t it be wonderful to let Him lead?
      Blessings,
      Janis

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    1. JanisCox Post author

      Liz,
      I am praying that others like the idea of the craft too – and a way to give at the same time.
      Blessings and thanks for dropping in,
      Janis

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  5. Michele Morin

    Welcome to the USA!
    And Romans 10:17 was a great verse to end your post. I love your heart — so sensitive to the leading of the Spirit and compassionate for those in great need.
    Hope that you are all settled in and enjoying the beautiful Southwest.
    We went to Arizona six years ago on a family trip cross country, and one of our favorite stops was Slide Rocks State Park — near Sedona, I think. We still talk about it!

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    1. JanisCox Post author

      Michele,
      I am finally getting to replying to last week’s emails. The move always takes the energy out of me so I decided to take it easy. It has been very hot since we got here – in 100s but we are certainly enjoying it.
      Blessings,
      Janis

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