God, How Long Will You Let the Wicked Get Away With Murder?

Psalm 94:3

On studying Psalm 94:3 I wrote this poem.

Psalm 94:3

How long?
How long, Lord?

The plea of those without hope
I am sure they are crying out to You, Lord
I can hear their cries of anguish

Rescue them, Lord

Keep the police informed
Help the officials and those working to stop trafficking and slavery
Find and charge the perpetrators

Change the hearts of those who do this evil
Just like Paul was blinded by the light of Jesus.
Do the same to these men, women, whoever

Blind them and make them see the Light
Make them hear Your Words

Make them STOP

Open all eyes to know when something is not right
Help us to help stop this
Open hearts to give, every little bit helps
Open hearts to join all groups that work
To bring justice to the downtrodden

Free the captives
Open doors to new lives of freedom
Help restore lives

My anguish is real
My heart is sore
My head hurts

Why oh Lord?
How long must this go on?
Why do people hurt others?

Why must they have this power?

Help the officials find them
Help them rescue the abused
Use your Power oh Lord

Burst their balloons!
Make them deflate

Restore lives

©Janis Cox 2019

Join me in fighting against human trafficking.

Dressember

Dressember is one way to advocate against human trafficking. Your pennies can help. In the US donate here. In Canada donate here.

I am wearing a dress and a button every day in December to talk to people and raise funds for advocacy about human trafficking.

Here are a few pictures of my first few days.

I know – nothing matches.

But it sure causes conversation and that’s what I am trying to do. And it’s cool here.

Psalm 94

This was the wildest!!

Can you help?

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For a number of years, the thought of one person controlling, abusing and hurting another has bothered me. When I first heard of human trafficking, I thought only of those in third world countries. Wrong, it’s happening here in Canada too and in the US.

We need to spread the word and get more people noticing what is happening so we can stop this abuse.

Last year I drew yellow pictures with scriptures for the month of November to help IJMCanada.

When Will This Abuse Stop Lord?

I am joining with Dressember – IJM – International Justice Mission Canada this year.

“IJM partners with local authorities in 19 program offices in 11 countries to combat slavery, violence against women and children, and other forms of abuse against people who are poor.”

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What Truths Are You Willing to Die For?

A Look at the Tiny Book of Jude

What is truth? What are truths in your faith that you stand on?

Photo by author — personal Bible

Jude

Jude is the shortest book in the Bible — only 25 verses. I read it this morning in three versions. Then we studied it in church.

What a powerful little book it is.

Background

Jude was one of Jesus’ brothers along with three others. Stepbrothers actually, as Jesus was not born from Joseph. James, Joseph, Simon and Judas (Jude). [Mark 6:3 and Matthew 13:55–56] They were not following Jesus before His death.

But all the brothers became leaders in the first Jewish Christian communities.

Jude was a travelling missionary evangelist. And this book is written to a church in crisis. In his writing, he assumes that this church has a massive knowledge of Jewish scriptures as well as the Apocrypha. The Book of Enoch is found in that body of work.

Churches in crisis

Every church faces some sort of crisis. We have been in 4 churches and each one has had some type of crisis. Usually, the crises are based on financial matters, leadership or people vying for power.

Jude knew he had to speak to this church or group of churches with the power of Christ.

The first 4 verses and last verse are appeals to the church. The middle is filled with warnings.

Called

So we know we have been called. You didn’t find Jesus. He found you. You might have been searching as I had been. But in the end, Jesus came to me and revealed Who He is.

Kept for Jesus

I love this. We are kept as a gift for Jesus. God gave us to Him. He is the Bridegroom and the Church is His bride.

Jesus keeps me from stumbling, He keeps me on my feet.

What was God doing through Jude for His church?

Fighting for the faith

What truths are there worth dying for? There are many doctrines and ideas in the Church. But which ones are important to you? I think I agree with our pastor that these are the things most important to my faith.

  1. Jesus led a sinless life.
  2. Jesus died on the cross.
  3. Jesus rose — The resurrection
  4. Jesus is coming back.

Find out what is essential to your belief.

Modern-day “truths”

First, there were books, and now the Internet are full of “truths’’. What people believe to be true.

But when our faith is at stake, then our salvation is also at stake.

Watch out for books, even ones that have scripture in them. Be aware of whether they are biblical or not. Or are they pulling scripture to match their own thoughts? Are they adding worldly thoughts and ideas, such as astronomy?

The real truth

What is the real truth?

It’s all about Jesus. We need to fly the banner of Jesus.

When we gather under Jesus, all our differences disperse. Jesus pulls diverse people together.

How can we know the truth?

First of all, we know that the Holy Spirit will guide us in all truth.

Our faith has always been threatened from within the Church.

“I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.” (Acts 10:29, NIV)

How can we contend for the faith?

Learn how to feed yourselves on a daily basis.

Don’t count on a weekly sermon to feed you fully and satisfy you. You need to work out your faith in fear and trembling.

Work it out means to do something about it

We need to build spiritual muscle. If we don’t know the scriptures we can easily be led astray.

Let’s trust the Holy Spirit

Listening to God through the Holy Spirit will not lead you astray. We don’t want to rest on human wisdom but on God’s power.

Bible Art by Janis Cox.

Stuck on Jesus

Saturday I wrote about being stuck on Jesus. I talked about God’s Word being like a kaleidoscope. So many colours. So many ideas. Such power.

How Stuck Do You Want to Be to Jesus?
Day 30 in “Draw the Circle” by Mark Batterson — Abide in Me
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May I pray for you and me?

Help us, Lord Jesus, to contend for the faith. To learn more by being in Your Word and praying. Help us to help others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

From You Tube.


What Can Be Learned From a Feast With Fish?

A lesson in abundant living with Jesus

‘Come and have breakfast,’ Jesus said. None of the disciples dared ask Him, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the Lord. – Free Bible Images

I haven’t had much time to write in the past week. We travelled to our winter residence in Arizona this past week. Getting ready, flying, opening up the house and shopping all take time.

I think I am finally able to sit at the computer and write.

This morning I painted the first Bible art I had done in a while. I read Oswald Chambers and got to thinking about the verse he quoted.

Luke 10:17–20

“All the same, the great triumph is not in your authority over evil, but in God’s authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you — that’s the agenda for rejoicing.” (The Message)

The disciples had just returned from a successful mission. They had been able to cast out demons and heal the sick. They were excited.

But Jesus cautioned them.

Remember you didn’t do these miracles. God did.

How often do we think we did something in our own strength?
How often do we think how smart we are, what a great idea I thought up?

Oswald Chambers is very clear about this too.

The one great challenge to us is — do I know my risen Lord? Do I know the power of His indwelling Spirit?

What does God want us to do?

I am sure some of these things might please Him. But they are not what He needs from us.

Do we know that Jesus has authority over everything? And do we know we need to yield to Him and no one else?

“Am I wise enough in God’s sight but foolish enough according to the wisdom of the world to trust in what Jesus has said?” ~ (Oswald Chambers)

A lesson

John 21:1–25

According to our pastor, this last chapter of John is full of questions, humour, and powerful teaching.

Here we have the disciples who have loved and followed Jesus for the past years, all of a sudden bereft — their rabbi, the one they believed was the Saviour, the Messiah, had been brutally murdered. They were alone. They were probably laughed at and scorned.

So what did they do?

They went fishing.

Sometimes we do that too — right? When we have had a failure or feel like we have been let down — we return to what felt good before. I am sure anyone who has an addiction knows that feeling. I can’t do it the new way so I need to return to what I did before.

There were the disciples — out fishing at night. All night. And nothing. Not one fish did they catch all night.

Then they hear a voice say, “Cast your nets on the other side of the boat.” I am sure they had tried both sides all through the night. But this time when they released the net into the water — their net is filled to the brim, 153 fish, and the net didn’t break!

What does that mean?

God provides.

During the time Jesus was on earth He was showing everyone what it looked like when God’s rule was on earth.

These signs were normality with Jesus.

Abundance

Another was the loaves and fish. Not only did they end up with enough to feed the 5000 but they had lots left over. (John 6:1–14)

There is no scarcity when Jesus is in charge.

Everything that you do — all you have, is a gift from God. This is so anti-the world. The world is all about self-help, self-love, fixing it up in your own strength. Work hard and all will be well. That doesn’t mean we don’t work hard but it’s God who gives us the energy, the passion and the ability to do the work.

Everything is His. We are the stewards.

Nowadays many politicians prey on the fear of scarcity to get their points across. They talk of running out of everything.

We need to remember

We are finite. God is infinite.

A God of abundance is NOT the prosperity gospel. This is the fact that with God there is abundance from Him.

“You can’t fish well without Me,” says Jesus.

North American culture

We also need to balance our faith with conservative management. God gave us brains to be wise stewards of our talents and our finances. There is a tension between faith and management. We need to pray about it — to find the right balance.

Scarcity vs abundancy

When we take communion we need to see our need for Jesus.

Everything comes from the hand of Jesus.

Jesus is present and powerful and spiritual during communion. He is our Provider and our Sustainer. We need to allow ourselves to come to the table ready to recognize His presence (like Peter when he recognized Jesus on the shore).

“Jesus said, ‘Breakfast is ready.’ Not one of the disciples dared ask, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the Master.” (John 21:12, The Message)

It’s hard to see the comparison to bread — as North Americans with full freezers of food. We don’t live on our daily bread.

But if you listen to Jesus you will see the truth. With Him, we can have abundance.

What are you allowing God to do through you?
Can you give Him your all?
Can you make Him your One and Only?

Jesus is life! Life abundantly.

“I [Jesus] came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, ESV)

Blessings,
Janis

May I pray for you and me?

Thanks to Pastor Rick Thiemke at Via Church for a spirit-filled message today.

3 Ps

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What Do You Know About Saving the Bees?

Watercolour by Janis Cox (in Tadeo Turtle)

I love butterflies and hummingbirds. I realize the importance of bees. There is a serious danger of these fragile creatures dying. I love to paint all three.

You and I can help save the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Want to make your yard a haven for bees and butterflies?

Two tips: don’t use pesticides containing neonicotinoids or don’t use any pesticides, and be careful where and which plants you buy.

Neonicotinoids are poison to bees (and harmful to butterflies and hummingbirds, too)

I found it extremely difficult to find plants last year that were neonic free.

There is good new s— Big chains are taking action. April 2019.

“That could be another reason the number of companies taking action is on the rise. Today, big chains with garden centers like Home Depot, Walmart, Ace Hardware and True Value are making good on pledges to stop selling neonicotinoid-treated products, from seeds to live plants (Earth Day Challenge for Gardeners).”

What happens to the bees when they ingest this poison?

Bees behaviour changes

Lack of hygiene

In a proper colony, bees are very clean and tidy. They like to keep any dead or sick bees out of the nest. When worker bees have been in touch with a neonic their behaviour changes. Then the other bees get sick and in time the colony declines. Sometimes their brains are affected and they lose their way home.

The Queen dies

If the queen dies and a replacement can’t be found, there are no longer any eggs laid. Without eggs, there are no future bees.

What other components work with the neonicotinoid?

Studies have shown that fungicides on their own do not affect the bee population. But mixed with the neonics, this combination significantly enhances mortality of bees.

“Other labs had shown that fungicides make neonicotinoids more toxic, so Zayad’s team tested them, too. Neither the most common herbicide (linuron) nor the most common fungicide (boscalid) affected worker bee mortality on their own. But when the bees were exposed to the fungicide in combination with the neonicotinoid clothianidin, it took half as much of the chemicals to kill as many bees. The same applied if clothianidin was swapped with another neonicotinoid, thiamethoxam” (Neonicotinoid Pesticides).

Why save the wild bees?

It is not just about honey. Honey bees usually are kept in controlled conditions even when on small farms. But they still travel for their nectar — and could find one of the poisonous plants.

It is about pollination. Bees pollinate fruits, squash, cucumbers, melons and beans, to name a few. We need this pollination to grow our food.

Solutions to Save the Bees

Research

Carefully research which plants you can buy that are free from Neonicotinoids.

Create a yard that is bee and butterfly friendly

Plant flowers — but be sure they do not contain neonics. If the seller can not assure you that they are neonic free — don’t buy them.

Buy organic plants that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Buy plants that are native to your area.

Photo by W R on Unsplash

Create a place for them to drink water. A shallow saucer is great. Make sure you replenish with fresh water so it isn’t a haven for mosquitos. Put the saucer near plants that might get aphids. The bees will keep the aphids away.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRKI-qxpsUo

Keep parts of your lawn MESSY.

I thought this very interesting. Leaving a few leaves, twigs and not mowing some areas helps tremendously.

Let’s be sure that we are NOT the cause of these creatures’ decline.
Let’s be proactive this spring and summer.

Image by fancycrave1 from Pixabay

Help bring awareness of pesticide use

Many countries are trying to ban pesticide use. Not only does it stay on the plants but because of rain, it also goes into the water table. Into our lakes.

The problem, of course, is that when one pesticide is banned another one takes its place.

But we have to keep at it.

What’s wrong with natural?

We leave our dandelions — or pick them out. I actually like a spring crop of dandelions. They are natural, a lovely colour and brighten up a dull spring day.

Photo by Marija M. on Unsplash

Bees, beetles, and butterflies all like to snack on dandelions. Let’s not consider them a weed but a spring flower.

I love to paint these creatures

Batik Watercolour by Janis Cox
Batik Hummingbird by Janis Cox

The righteous care for the needs of their animals,”(Proverbs 12:10, NIV).


Thanks to these sites for information and more reading for you

Let dandelions grow. Bees, beetles and birds need them
Dandelions are demonised as one of the most pernicious weeds, but hold back on the mowing and you’ll find a whole range…www.theguardian.com

Why We Started a Publication on Medium

Photo by Raphael Rychetsky on Unsplash

How Medium can help us grow personally and in our faith

And how you can be a part of spreading God’s Word around the world by using Medium.

What is Medium?

When I started writing on Medium in 2015, I had no idea how to do it. I would post something and that would be it. No interaction. No claps (we had likes back then). Not until I took a course by Tom Kuegler did I see the possibilities.

Now I see how God can use this platform

I see how we can reach others and learn from one another.

When I ran my personal blog I had interaction. But my blog didn’t seem to want to grow. It was stuck at 300 followers. That’s when I decided to make Medium my main writing platform.

Then I joined other publications as a writer. That was exciting.

But I kept hearing God say: “There is more to this Janis.”

I waited. I heard about setting up my own publication. That task seemed bigger than I wanted.

Enter Kimberley Payne

We have been friends for years since God brought us together at a writers’ conference. Both of us have dabbled in writing. Sometimes more industriously than others. But Kimberley is administratively gifted. I am not. I like connecting, and praying, writing and art.

We talked.

All of a sudden we were setting up a Publication. We were finding our first writers. Now we have 53 writers.

And we found followers. Now we have 178 of them.

It’s all God

Today I read two passages that helped me see about growth.

“Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest.

The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others — ignoring God! — harvests a crop of weeds.

All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds!

“But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life (Galatians 6:7–8, The Message.”

I pictured a harvest. But then I saw that to have a harvest we have to plant seeds.

Photo by Joshua Lanzarini on Unsplash

Medium is a SEED PLANTER PLATFORM!

Yes, from this platform we can reach the world. We can learn about new things. We can teach what God teaches us.

Another scripture came this morning.

“For the seed shall be prosperous” (Zechariah 8:12, KJV);

“For there the seed will produce peace and prosperity” (Zechariah 8:12, Amplified).

We need to plant the seeds.

Why we decided to run Koinonia, a publication on Medium

I think there are three very basic important reasons.

  1. We want to have a gathering place for Believers to read and to write. We want a safe haven to flush out ideas, to read God’s Word and study what we are hearing and learning.
  2. We want a place to pray for one another. That is accomplished for our writers in our FB group. For others who read our posts, we are most willing to pray for you too. Just contact us. We want to be there for you.
  3. We want to spread the love of Jesus around the globe.

Where is God leading us?

I ask Him this every day.

Lord, is there something else we can do to entice more writers to join us.

He has shown me a few ways

  1. Ask your friends and social media to follow us here on our Koinonia page. And also to follow us on our Koinonia Publication page.
  2. Share your work and others’ work on social media. Spread it around across all media.
  3. Connect with other members in the group — by clapping and commenting on their posts.
  4. Networking is so important. Let’s build a strong network by growing together in our faith and our writing and by praying together.

Contact me with any questions. You don’t have to become a member to write on Medium or even to become a partner and make money.

I also offer a basic course on Medium for $20  – that’s it $20 lifetime. It’s on Facebook. PM me on Facebook or email Janis.

What Will Heaven Look Like?

Image by Pixabay

One thing I am sure of — we will not be floating on clouds with the angels. We will have an earth. But it will be different. Come with me as I travel through some scripture to figure out how this will look.

First, look at water

Water — we have lots of water on this planet. Actually, over 2/3 of the planet is covered in water. And only 25% of that is fresh water.

Let’s think about water:

Destructive power — floods

Locally:

Water can bring devastation.

Here in our county of Haliburton, the town of Minden had severe flooding — again.

Our minister said that although he grew up in Minden they never had any flooding problems. There used to a 100-year flood in the town. Now it’s the second time in 6 years that flooding has occurred. And record flooding too.

Minden, Ont., residents prepare for record-level flooding again
Resident in Minden, Ont., are bracing for another ” one-in 100-year flood ” – the second of such in six years. READ…globalnews.ca

The United States:

Today, Tuesday, May 21, in Oklahoma, USA there were severe tornadoes and flooding.

“Storms on Monday and Tuesday were causing serious flooding in parts of Oklahoma — and more flooding is expected to develop in states to the east.”

After 14 tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas, millions in Central Plains are under flash flood threats
Severe thunderstorms will drench and flood parts of Oklahoma Tuesday, on the heels of a series of tornadoes that…www.cnn.com

In biblical times water also destroyed

The Genesis Flood

“Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth” (Genesis, 7:17, NASB).

What about the Israelites?

They were not seafarers. They crossed seas but only by the hand of God. They were wary of the sea. Storms on the Sea of Galilee came up unexpectedly. Their boats were not really seaworthy.

http://www.freebibleimages.org/illustrations/gnpi-043-jesus-storm/

So water can be very very destructive. We can see how over the years it can push back waterfalls by miles and miles. Take a look at the rate of erosion of Niagara Falls.

Rate of Erosion of Niagara Falls | Marriott on the Falls
Undoubtedly, Niagara Falls is one of the greatest wonders of nature. In some circles there is a concern among…www.marriottonthefalls.com

The word “sea” can be equated to the word “chaos”

In our new Heaven and new Earth, there will no sea.

“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea” (Revelation 21:1, NIV).

God will rid this world of chaos — no sea.

That line really struck me — no sea.

Let’s look at Jesus. He walked ON THE WATER. He was above the sea. Water =chaos. Jesus is in control over chaos.

“Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake” (Matthew 14:25, NIV).

http://www.freebibleimages.org/photos/lumo-walk-water/

In the new Heaven and Earth, there will be NO CHAOS.

Jesus will restore our physical lives when we are resurrected — just like He was restored. New life.

We cry water in this world by tears.

It’s a way to release the pain from sorrow.

In Heaven, we will live in a place with no mourning

The water from our tears will be wiped away.

Praising God that with the tears He also gave us a release valve for our mourning. Now, we have that release that allows us to let out the mourning and bring in newness from God.

Bible Art by Janis Cox

“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away (Revelation 21:4, NIV).”

The danger in this world

Go a little further and we see that “Danger” will also be gone.

That beast that rises out of the sea — the chaotic force — the anti-Christ will be vanquished by Jesus.

Picture this:

Jesus coming from Heaven. The Beast coming from the sea.

Goodness and Light — Versus — Chaos and Darkness.

Revelation 1:7

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”(NIV).

Revelation 19:11

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war” (NIV).

Photo by Robert Nyman on Unsplash

“And I saw a beast coming out of the sea” (Revelation 1:13, NIV).

By Albrecht Dürer — Web Gallery of Art: Image Info about artwork, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12255351

One more thought about WATER

There is also goodness that comes from water. It is a symbol of joy and new life.

But the water from Jesus is more powerful

“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,

but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13–14, NIV).

Let’s rejoice that our new Heaven and new Earth will be beautiful, wonderful, joyful and peaceful.

Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas 2018

Watercolour Batik by Janis Cox

 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:1-5, NIV).”

May I pray for you and me?

Lord Jesus, please watch over my readers and friends in the coming year. Help them to seek You on a daily basis. Help me to do the same. May we continue to grow in our faith and knowledge of Who You are. In Jesus’ name. Amen

12 Days of Christmas

 12 Days of Christmas in Review

By Ruth L. Snyder who invited me to join this 12 days of blog hopping – 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

Thanks for joining us for our version of the 12 Days of Christmas! We hope that you have met some new authors and enjoyed or shared some new books that will become treasured additions to your bookshelf. 

 We have one more book to introduce to you—an anthology from Canadian Christian writers: 

Want to warm your soul for the holidays?

12 Days of christmas Unwrap the true meaning of gift giving with a treasure trove of festive tales. 

Sometimes, the best gift is a great story. With 62 heartfelt accounts of the true meaning of Christmas, this anthology is sure to fill even the grouchiest Scrooge with holiday spirit. 

Christmas with Hot Apple Cider: Stories from the Season of Giving and Receiving is an eclectic collection of true stories, short fiction, and poetry. With 55 featured authors and poets, the anthology provides a diverse and multidimensional look at the traditions, teachings, and values surrounding the birth of Jesus. Be inspired to share your own stories with the world as you discover a fresh appreciation of the holiday season. 

In Christmas with Hot Apple Cider, you’ll delight in stories about: 

  • An immigrant family puzzling over unfamiliar North American customs 
  • Grandparents passing down a family tradition to a young grandchild 
  • An octogenarian remembering the day receiving a Christmas gift was nothing short of a miracle 
  • A Jewish child longing to celebrate Christmas 
  • A teacher witnessing the joy of a simple gift at a Nigerian orphanage 
  • A writer struggling to create a meaningful presentation about the innkeeper 
  • An Old Order Mennonite teen experiencing Handel’s Messiah live at Massey Hall 
  • Two women answering a call for help from a remote First Nations community 

This anthology boasts inspirational stories you and your family will want to read again and again. If you like the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, strong Christian themes, and stories that make you laugh and cry, then you’ll love this must-have stocking stuffer.  

Janis Cox – (me) I have a story in this anthology.

If you missed any of the days, here is a summary of the authors and books: 

December 13—Jennifer Waddle—Worst Christmas Break Ever https://www.amazon.com/Worst-Christmas-Break-Ever-Finkley-ebook/dp/B01NBG1QBE 

December 14—Ruth L. Snyder—Equipped: Ephesians 6 Devotionals to Empower and Make You Victorious in Everyday Struggles mybook.to/Equipped 

December 15—Toni Crowe—Bullets and Bosses Don’t Have Friends https://smile.amazon.com/Bullets-Bosses-Dont-Have-Friends-ebook/dp/B07JH6W8XH/  

December 16—Janis Cox—Tadeo Turtle https://www.amazon.ca/TADEO-TURTLE-Janis-Cox/dp/1770696954/ 

December 17—Marcia Laycock—Love in the Room https://www.amazon.ca/Love-Room-Pondering-Christ-Christmas/dp/1548005185 

December 18—Kevin Cunningham—Time With God https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017ETI8SK 

December 19—Paula Reinbold—Summer of the Phoenix https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KP927P4 

December 20—Janis Cox – Kingdom of Thrim https://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Thrim-Growing-God/dp/0995229023/ 

December 21—Marcia Laycock—Christmas https://www.amazon.ca/Christmas-Short-Stories-Stir-Spirit/dp/153982313X/ 

December 22—Ruth L. Snyder—Twitter Decoded mybook.to/TwitterDecoded  

December 23—Toni Crowe—The Daytime Lives of the Ladies of the Night https://smile.amazon.com/Daytime-Lives-Ladies-Night-Boardroom-ebook/dp/B07GT9KYZK/ 

 December 24—Summary Post/Wrap Up—Christmas with Hot Apple Cider https://www.amazon.ca/Christmas-Hot-Apple-Cider-Paperback/dp/1927692415/ 

 Merry Christmas! 

Janis Cox