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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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10 Tips to Life and Peace

10 Tips to Life and Peace

How do we find life and peace? I have been reading a devotional every morning from UCB Canada written by Bob and Debby Gass. Today’s thoughts were great and have been setting the tone for my sabbatical this summer and I felt a need to share them.

Life and peace

  1. Have a true faith: On Sunday the sermon was all about faith, taking words from Hebrews 11. Faith is more than belief. Faith is built on a firm foundation and in things we can’t see.
  2. Be with others of our faith: Stir each other on.
  3. Watch your thoughts: Remember the “whatevers” as they mean a lot. See Philippians 4:8.
  4. Be thankful: As you go to sleep and when you wake up – don’t forget to thank God. My favourite book about this is Ann Voskamps’ One Thousand Gifts.
  5. Watch out for the world: What is keeping you away from God?  What books do you read? TV? Media? What fills your thoughts and mind? Maybe you need to take a sabbatical from all things that turn your mind away from God.
  6. Be merciful: Remember God is merciful to us. Don’t harden your hearts against anyone.
  7. Don’t judge: That means everyone who doesn’t believe but we are called to judge our brothers, those of our faith who are straying away from the truth – Read 1 Corinthians 5. But the rest of the folks – only God is to judge them. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?  God will judge those outside.”
  8. Forgive: To me this is the top one for peace. God forgives us and calls on us to forgive others. You don’t have to like the person but you do have to forgive them. If you have problems, ask God for help.
  9. Love your enemies: Do you have people you disagree with? Pray for them. Love them. You don’t have to agree with them to love them. And don’t forget to pray for those in authority.
  10. Tell others the truth about the Gospel: This is something we all need to do more. Speak your faith story. Be specific. What is God doing in your life? Tell others about the saving grace of Jesus.

I am grateful to have read this today. I am keeping a copy of it for myself. Feel free to save the photo and post it on your bulletin board or share anywhere.

life and peace

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July Tweets Week5Blog Holiday

July Tweets Week5Blog Holiday

Here are a few July Tweets.


You can follow me at @AuthorJanisCox. Here is a little food for thought. I love reading and studying Oswald Chambers every morning. Feel free to retweet any of the following.

The Kingdom of Thrim by Janis Cox

Get your copy for your children ages 5 and up of my new children’s book, The Kingdom of Thrim. You can find out more at my bookstore.

Here are a few reviews:

Jeff Goins

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

Tanya

The “Kingdom of Thrim” is fantastic! It is a wonderful children’s book, that I am sure adults will enjoy. It has a powerful message of following God’s purpose for your life. The language is simple, engaging and captivating. The pictures are wonderfully done and help to bring the book to life. I can’t wait for more books like this!

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Put in everything – Are You? linkup

Put in Everything – Are You? Word of God Speak Linkup

While reading the 4th lesson in Lent my eye caught, “put in everything”. I am trying to remember that. I want to watch that I am ready to put in everything every day.

Put in Everything

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S – Say the passage out loud: Check other versions.

“I will tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on  (Mark 12:43-44, NIV).” 

I – Interpretation – Check footnotes, references and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

Jesus is speaking. This passage follows Jesus’ speaking to the people and telling them to beware of the teachers of the law that they devour widows’ houses and make a show of lengthy prayers.

The temple treasury – was in a court of women. Men and women were allowed in this court but women could go no farther. There were 13 trumpet-shaped receptacles for contributions.

Here is my Bible Journalling for this week.

Put in Everything

The coins the old woman donated were very small, the smallest of currency in circulations.

Here are a couple of good references about the coinage:

https://www.ngccoin.com/news/viewarticle.aspx?

NewsletterNewsArticleID=2857http://www.forumancientcoins.com/numiswiki/view.asp?key=widows%20mite

Two mites? Prutah? I found the articles fascinating.

Reference: 2 Corinthians 8:12

“I tell you the truth” is spoken by Jesus in many places. He used it to strengthen His assertions.

M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas. 

When I  saw the part about the widows I thought of all those people who are exploited by others – human trafficking as well as the aged, including widows.

Then the words “put everything in” really grabbed me. That doesn’t have to mean only money. I believe it means to put in your whole self – to give over everything to follow Jesus. It reminded me of my blog post about  Kyle Idleman’s book, Not a Fan.

All of my life is yours, Lord. Thinking beyond the dollars.

I ask: What do I put into His treasury?

  • my time
  • my thoughts
  • my ideas
  • prayer
  • study
  • writing to expand my knowledge

God wants us to be prudent with our time, talents and givings. But He also wants us to trust HIm. He watches how we spend His money. He watches if we are wise or foolish.

This is where the exploitation of widows comes in.

There are those who prey on the elderly, particularly those who are alone. This is wrong. This is abuse. (click to tweet)

God does tell us to be cheerful givers. I think when the Holy Spirit prompts us we need to be ready to give of our time, talents or finances. He will tell you even when to give beyond.

He asks for total submission. Jesus said that, “she gave everything”. (click to tweet)

What are your thoughts?

 

P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak. When you have finished writing all your thoughts, questions and ideas then take time for prayer.

L- Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).

I heard, “give without expecting to get anything back”. I thought of the pay it forward movement – a way to give anonymously.

So in all things that I do this week, I will look for ways to give – without expecting anything in return.

E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Oh Father, once again Your Word has opened up some thinking for me. In what ways would You have me give? Give me a clear sense of what You want me to do. I promise to be watching and waiting for Your call. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Word of God Speak – Linky – Have you found One Word for 2016?

Word of God Speak – Linky – Have you found One Word for 2016?

Finally God did it – He led me to my One Word for 2016. The word is ABOUND.

Abound

Using watercolour pencils on 70 pound paper.

And I couldn’t have come up with that one. As I was meditating one morning – that’s what I heard – abound.

So I looked it up:

  • to be present in large numbers or in great quantity
  • to be copiously supplied
  • be in a state of movement or action
  • to be filled

Abound Acronym Janis Cox

Act boldly, openly under new direction. – Abound is my Word for 2016
2 Corinthians 9:8. (tweet this)

My scripture for the year is: (This will be our memory verse for this week.) 2 Corinthians 9:8

And one additional scripture for me to keep in mind is  Philippians 1:9,

I am so excited to see where He will lead me this year.

Here are my thoughts on studying this scripture using the SIMPLE Bible Study Method.

S – Say the passage out loud:

 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, NIV).

I – Interpretation – Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

Here is the Greek word “abound” from this passage for all those Greek scholars: περισσεῦσαι, to make a thing to abound unto one, to confer a thing abundantly upon one (Strongs 4052)

This verse is found under the heading “Sowing generously” in my Bible. Paul is encouraging the Corinthians to be generous.

Two Scriptures that tie in with this are Ephesians 3:20 and Philippians 4:19.

I noticed in both scriptures “all” is repeated. And that God is more than able to do everything. And that His power is at work in us.

M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

Through ALL things I need to remember that God supplies ALL my needs. In order to ABOUND in all I do, I need to surrender it all to God.

Surrender = give to God in prayer

Prayer and connection need to be my focus this year.

Even if I don’t think I can do something, God can and will if I stick with Him. (tweet this)

What does it mean “all grace abound to me”? Does that mean I don’t have to be perfect? Does it mean I can relax? Let it go. Find God’s power – not mine and go where He tells me.

P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak.

I had a lovely meditation when I finally stopped talking to God and LISTENED.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have heard from God to my life?

In order for God to be known I must break free through my wall of insecurity – the introvert in me. I must allow Him to let me BURST FORTH – to show His light to the world.

I have felt “birthing pains” in the latter part of 2015. I have seen visions of butterflies working to come out of their protective coverings. Sometimes I feel like I am knocking, hammering and waiting to crack through, while at the same time I’m held back by my insecurities.

Lord, when You gave me the word ABOUND, I felt elated, set free, unentangled, ready to do Your will.

But I also must plan:

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I’m feeling energized, invigorated and excited to see what God will do. (tweet this)

E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Lord, I am so grateful for Your presence in my life. I feel such an abiding peace and joy. Now I feel Your abundance and your consistency in all I do. Thank You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Hope Stream Radio Podcast – How Can you PACE yourself this Christmas?

Hope Stream Radio Podcast – How Can you PACE yourself this Christmas?

Hope Stream Radio

Today on Hope Stream Radio I talk about How Can I Find Peace This Christmas?

I also talk about everything hinging on your PACE.

I have never been so confused with the order of the advent candles. When I researched it tonight it was all over the place. So I am going with PEACE for the fourth Sunday even though my pastor said it was JOY. So confusing.

As we walk toward Christmas let’s let the Holy Spirit speak into our lives and find the peace we need at all times.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Luke 11:28-29, ESV).

Merry Christmas everyone!

I will see you on the weekend with the next Word of God Speak.

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