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A Broken Life Mainspring. How Could I Fix It?

The story of how Jesus altered my mainspring

I have had the privilege of being a short-term missionary five times. This is my look back on how my life changed with Jesus and how He altered my mainspring of life.


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As I look back 16 years to the day after I said, “Okay, Jesus, I will be Yours”, I can see great progress in my attitudes – particularly in my trust and patience.

I know that Jesus altered my mainspring that morning.

If I think of a computer when the CPU is not working effectively, the technician can tinker with it but until he does a complete overhaul to the main board, a restart, – it won’t work at top efficiency.

Jesus does not alter human nature: He alters its mainspring (Oswald Chambers, July 24).

Jesus had to restart my life – he left my personality, and my physical being the same.

But I became NEW with Jesus added to my life.

And when I think back, He even changed my physical being as I am no longer stiff and sore. I no longer have serious back issues or knee issues. My personality may be the same but He has added more self-control to my being.

I needed to be made NEW by the supernatural grace of God.

Jesus says – if you are My disciple you must be right not only in your living, but in your motives, in your dreams, the the recesses of your mind ( Oswald Chambers, July 24)

The great marvel of Jesus Christ’s salvation is that He alters heredity. (Oswald Chambers, July 24)

Ponderings from my mission trips to Poland:

What did I learn personally?

  • I don’t need so much social media.
  • I need to interact with real people.
  • God will give me everything I need in all situations.
  • I can absorb criticism and not be personally hurt.
  • I can rely totally on Jesus for my life.
  • Listening to God is the very best!

What did I see?

  • a team praying and working together
  • peace in all situations
  • laughter – grumpy faces turning into joyful faces
  • hearts melted towards others and God
  • lives open to the possibility of learning about God by reading the Bible themselves
  • rainy weather forecasts turned aside – sun shone (after prayer)


Thanks for showing me how much people mean to me. Thanks for using me to reach out to others. Thanks for the strength to do more than I could normally do. Thanks for being my God. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.


Jesus does not alter human nature; He alters the mainspring. (tweet this)

I know Jesus altered my mainspring that morning. (tweet this)

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A Bale of Turtles

Since spring is around the corner what a great time to check out the habits of turtles and learn how to make a bale of turtles.

bale of turtles

Here are some turtle facts:

  • Turtles are reptiles which means they are vertebrate animals of a class that includes snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and tortoises. They are distinguished by having a dry scaly skin and typically laying soft-shelled eggs on land.
  • Their upper shell are called carapaces.
  • Their lower shells are called plastrons.
  • Many (but not all) can hide their heads when they need protection.
  • Turtles are cold blooded which means they cannot control their body temperature and therefore become sluggish in cold weather. Have you seen turtles sunning themselves? 
  • The largest turtle is the leatherback and can weight over 2000 lbs (900 kg).

More information and craft and research ideas are found in Tadeo Turtle.

A simple project but fun to do. You can make a school of turtles, which I found out is called a “bale of turtles”. This week we look at how to make a simple egg carton Tadeo turtle.

bale of turtles


  • Egg Carton (either styrofoam or cardboard)
  • Googly Eyes (not necessary but fun)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper (construction, coloured paper, card stock)

Instructions for a Bale of Turtles:

1. Cut out each egg pocket from the case of eggs.

bale of turtles

Use styrofoam egg cartons or cardboard

2. From the paper, cut out 2 round circles (use a bottle for tracing) to match the pocket; cut out 1 head, 1 tail and 4 legs.

bale of turtles

3.  Glue the inner edges of the appendages (head, tail and 4 legs) inside the two rounded circles. They are stuck inside the circle.

4. Colour the shell using paint or markers.

5. Glue the shell to the circled paper

6. Put the googly eyes on the header and using a marker, mark the toes on each foot.

bale of turtles

Bottle Cap Tadeo Turtles:

Smaller Turtles can be made from water bottle caps. Or any cap will do. Using the same method as above. I found that to get the watercolour paint to adhere to the plastic cap I needed to paint the cap with glue first (or Podge).

bale of turtles

All you need is a bottle cap and paper, scissors, glue, markers or paint.


bale of turtles


 Connect With Janis

bale of turtles

In 2001, Janis gave her life to Christ. She started journaling as a way to organize her thoughts, feelings, and prayers. She is a member of two cross-Canadian Christian writers’ groups, The Word Guild and Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship.

In 2012 she published an award-winning children’s book, Tadeo TurtleHer new book, The Kingdom of Thrim, was published in June 2016.

She podcasts on Hope Stream Radio, an Internet radio station. Her talk Growing Through God’s Word can be heard each Tuesday.

Janis loves to tell others about what God has done and is doing in her life.

Janis can be reached on her website, Growing Through God’s Word and on FacebookPinterest and Twitter.

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The Kingdom of Thrim is here!

The Kingdom of Thrim is here!

This has been an exciting week. On Monday my proof arrived for The Kingdom of Thrim.

The Kingdom of ThrimIt was great so we went to print. Books should arrive soon.

 I am taking preorders and you receive special bonuses for ordering early.

I remember the birth of my first child – how excited we were, how unsuspecting of what we were getting into. Then the second child arrived – we were a little more prepared but still unsure of the next steps.

So it has been with becoming an author/illustrator. For my first book, in 2012, Tadeo Turtle, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I felt I was in way over my head. And I was. Even though The Kingdom of Thrim was written in early 2013, I didn’t proceed. I couldn’t. There was so much that I didn’t know about advertising, and marketing.

Here it is 2016, and I am not sure how much more I know about those subjects. I have taken courses, and gone to more conferences. I have met people and talked with them. I know more in my little head than before but now I have to act on it.

This time I had a launch team who are working at getting the word out for me. That is a good thing because honestly my mind is scattered. I am having trouble focusing on one task at a time. And I was getting better at doing that. It must be the excitement.

Here is my picture with the proof copy.

The Kingdom of Thrim

Here is the book trailer: Please share

Would you be able to help me?

Could you pin the pictures to Pinterest?
Could you share on Facebook?
Could you tweet?

It takes a village to launch a book (tweet this).

If you wish a signed copy please go to my bookstore.

I am working on Yoj’s sock dolls to sell with my book at fairs. Here is one of the first ones.


The Kingdom of Thrim

Torn Tadeo Turtle – Arts for Kids

Torn Tadeo Turtle – Arts for Kids

I had such fun this afternoon. This is a craft that I had my children do at school in art lessons. It is great for dexterity, colour, and placement of objects. This week I am showing you how to make a picture called Torn Tadeo Turtle. Of course this can be extended for any picture.

Torn Tadeo Turtle


      • Construction paper (lots of colours); card making paper, wall paper
      • Glue – I used a glue stick
      • That’s it.


Teach your child how to tear the paper. With little ones just getting a shape at all is excellent. As your child gets older he will be able to manipulate his/her fingers and get even the tiniest shape made.

Torn Tadeo - learning to tear the paper

Start with a background colour – anything you want – I started with a neutral beige.

Torn Tadeo Turtle - start tearing the shapes

Begin making the shapes; make lots of shapes for the foreground and background

Place the shapes where you think you might like them. Have you got enough shapes? Don’t worry as you can make more after you start gluing them down.

Torn Tadeo Turtle - lay the pieces down

I would suggest starting with the background and do not place your main object until the very end. I didn’t do this and sometimes it was hard to lift the edges to place the shapes underneath.

Then put your main shape down and finish it. Don’t forget to put the cap on the glue.

Done – your masterpiece. Torn Tadeo Turtle.

Torn Tadeo Turtle

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page extension activities is available if you ask.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

For more craft ideas from He Cares for Us go to Crafts for Kids.


Creative Saturdays – Paper Plate (Styrofoam) Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Paper Plate (Styrofoam) Tadeo Turtle

This week I will be teaching Sunday School at a neighbouring church. I will read Tadeo Turtle, do some singing and a little storytelling. We will be making the paper plate Tadeo.

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

There are many ways to make a paper plate turtle.

Today I am using the following materials:

        • two small styrofoam plates (paper plates are great too)
        • tissue paper of a variety of colours (get reds, yellows, purples, greens,)
        • construction paper or card stock paper (any colour)
        • scissors
        • white glue
        • stapler
        • googly eyes
        • crayons or markers or paint


Cut the tissue paper. I didn’t have many colours on hand but these seemed to work fine. I cut it in squares but it doesn’t matter. Cut any shapes you want.

Tissue Paper for paper plate Tadeo Turtle

Place the tissue paper one piece at a time on the shell. Overlap. Cover the whole shell.

Cover the plate with tissue

Cut out the head, 4 legs, and a tail.

Draw and cut out the shapes

Colour the head, legs and tail.

Cut out the parts and colour them.

Staple the appendages to the bottom shell. Add googly eyes.

Staple the parts to the body

Place the top shell over the bottom shell and staple the turtle together.  Mark the toes on each foot.

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

Here is another turtle that I made while attending “Turtle Day” at an art gallery. Let the children’s imagination take over for shapes, colour and detail.

PP Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle 2

Have fun.

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

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Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

My newest book will be released soon. The Kingdom of Thrim for ages 5 and up.

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Review is Important – Take the Time

Review is Important – Take the Time

This week on Hope Stream Radio my podcast is called Make Sure to Review. Review is important.

Review is Important


Review - Hope Stream Radio

Since October 31, I have studied one scripture each week using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study.  I have tried to memorize that scripture. I think we have done 11 scriptures. I needed to stop and take stock.

Which ones did I study? Where did I study them from? Can I remember?

Honestly the scriptures kept coming. God kept bringing them to me. They came from Hebrews, Luke, John, Romans, 2 Corinthians, Isaiah, 1 Peter.

To remember. It’s important. God talks about that in scripture. (tweet this)

Of course the best example is what we now call communion – to remember to obey Christ at all times. “This do in remembrance of me (Luke 22:19)

Chuck Swindoll wrote,

I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61).

Here are the show notes from my broadcast on Hope Stream Radio.

Review is Important - Hope Stream Radio

Make Sure to Review  (this is my 45th podcast)

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This has been quite a week. I’m sure you’ve had them too. I am grateful that God showed me how to slow down my pace this week as other things have filled up my time.

Listening to God has become my top priority. Before taking on any additional projects I sit with Him and hear what He says. If I sense a strong YES I will say yes too. If I sense a hesitancy in my spirit – then I say, maybe. If I sense a big NO, then I will say no.

On my blog this week I knew I had to stop studying and memorizing a new verse for this week. I knew it was time for a review.

Review is important in our lives.

Whether we sit down and review what we are to do today; or look at our year and see what were the challenges and what were the successes; or before we go to bed review what went on during the day – review is important.

God talks about remembering many times in Scriptures. This year I have begun a two-year study of reading through the Bible. I am thoroughly enjoying reading through Genesis. Those stories are starting to become more real to me every time I read them. I also noted that Abraham in his travels always erected a remembrance to God, and named each one.

This week there are three scriptures I am reviewing from my study:

John 1:14 I believe this scripture is crucial to our understanding of the incarnation.

And 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.

I wanted to commit this to memory so that I could say – He made His dwelling among us. And because of His sacrifice He made His dwelling in us when we have said Yes to following Him.

John 3:5

Jesus answered, “No one can enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

I know personally how I felt when I accepted Jesus. Certainly His Spirit worked in me. And when I was baptized I felt a different elation, a joy of submission and acceptance.

The third one I am reviewing this week is:

2 Corinthians 9:8 This is also my verse for this year.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that you may in all things and at all times and having everything you need, you will abound in every good work.

My Word for this year is abound. This verse reminds me that God is behind everything. He will give me everything I need for His purposes.

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.

Podcasting for Hope Stream Radio has allowed me to do some breaking forth. I thank you for listening to my podcast.

Have you taken time to review your year, your week, your day? If not, stop now and see where you are headed. Is there something you need to change? Are you heading in the direction that God is calling you?

May I pray for you and me?

Father, we need time to review and remember. Help us to stop, and take stock of our lives. Help us to review our days, our weeks and our years. As we review help us to hear Your words to us. Are we to move forward, stay still or change direction? Help us too learn Your Word – help us to dig into scripture, ask You questions, and hear You speak. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Until next time take a look at your life, your day, your week, your year – review, talk to God and be in the Word.