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Special Offer – The Kingdom of Thrim

Special Offer – today until September 18, 2019




A special offer.

I am offering The Kingdom of Thrim, signed copies, to everyone who orders from now until September 18th — $13.00 Canadian and no shipping cost. To Canadian residents and US mainline residents only.

It’s also available on amazon.com and amazon.ca.

Please check this out at my Bookstore or message me for more information.

The “Kingdom of Thrim” delights children of all ages – don’t miss this special offer

By author/illustrator Janis Cox

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Glynis Belec says,

“Janis’s delightful watercolor illustrations add to the charm of this story and the activities and research ideas at the back of the book serve to enhance the enjoyment of THE KINGDOM OF THRIM”

Maria I. Morgan says,

“Author Janis Cox does a marvelous job teaching the timeless truth of seeking God in all of our decisions. Beautifully illustrated by Janis, The Kingdom of Thrim will be popular with children and grandchildren alike!”

Don’t wait – buy now




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 

 

What Success is To You   

 The Daytime Lives of the Ladies of the Night

Our last author on the tour is once again Toni Crowe. She wants to tell us what success is to you. The Daytime Lives of the Ladies of the Night is the follow-up to the debut memoir by Toni Crowe. The Daytime Lives makes you think about your life and your definition of success. 

Daytimes Lives

Have  you ever wondered: “What do the women who sell their bodies and souls at night do in the daytime?  What do these women want out of life? 

This follow-up to Never a $7 Wh**e continues to detail the lives of three escorts: Baby, Essence, Irish and their new  trainee, Tee.  

As the four ladies struggle with the isolation associated with how they are living, The Daytime Lives of the Ladies of the Night reminds us that peace is within anyone’s reach, if they have the desire and determination to change their destinies.  

Excerpt from Daytime Lives of the Ladies of the Night ***

       Prince turned to me and said, “Hey, I need you to do me a favor.” 

I looked at him suspiciously and responded with, “Oh, a favor?”  

He said, “Yeah. I left my wallet at home, so I don’t have any money on me. I owe Ed here five hundred dollars. Ed said if I don’t give him his five hundred dollars right now, he’s going to have his two guys take me out in the bush and beat the living shit out of me until they get five hundred dollars’ worth.” 

I was stunned. Even though Essence had told me something was coming, I was still stunned by what Prince was trying to do to me. My grandfather had called this one the “You a Sucker” scam. It worked well as long as the sucker thought they were saving a loved one from a horrible fate. The scam took many forms, and Prince was playing his version out pretty well. I guessed he had run this scam a hundred times. 

I innocently asked, “What does this have to do with me, Prince?” I knew my mark. 

“Well, Ed thinks you are one sexy woman. He said that if you would give him a blowjob, he’ll write off the entire five hundred dollars. There’s a bedroom upstairs. You and he can go up there discreetly. Once you give him a blowjob, he will forgive the entire five hundred dollars.” 

I said, “Prince, I want to make sure I understand. You owe him five hundred dollars?” 

“Yes, I owe him five hundred dollars,” Prince said. 

“You don’t have the five hundred dollars with you?” I asked. 

“No,” Prince said. 

“But I’m certain we have five hundred dollars back at Tara, back at the house,” I responded sweetly. 

Prince didn’t miss a beat and said, “Yes, but Ed is not willing to wait for it. He wants his money right now. So you have to give him a blowjob right now.” 

Prince looked deep into my eyes, and he said, “How much do you love me? How deep is your love? Are you willing to see me beat to crap over a single, lousy blowjob?” 

I winced, thinking about how ashamed I was to be in this situation. My grandfather would spin in his grave. Prince took my wince to mean he had gotten to me—that he was winning this game.  

He pressed on. “How much do you care about me? If you cared for me, you would do this for me.” 

I stared at the floor. I could feel any love I had left for him sliding out of my feet and out onto the floor like a living thing. I was a mark, nothing more. I was a sucker for this man. Prince thought he had me.  

His voice was soft and sweet. “Tee, you would make sure I don’t get hurt. You would be my girl. You would be my savior. It’s one lousy blowjob.” 

I said, “Yes, you’re right. How much money do we owe him again? I want to make sure I understand.”  

He confirmed the debt was five hundred dollars, and then he smiled that beautiful hundred-watt smile at me, knowing I was going to acquiesce. I stood up at the same time that Ed did, and he reached for my hand. I did not take his hand. Instead, I reached into my purse. I pulled out the money I had stuffed in with my lipstick earlier. I had six hundred dollars. I counted out five hundred dollars for Ed, and I handed it to him.  

I looked at Prince and said, “There is nothing I wouldn’t do for you, baby. I think we have a much better solution.” 

At that moment, I knew that I was one blessed woman. I had struggled with telling Essence where her little boy was. I was so worried about the consequences if Prince or Baby had found out. But I was all in. My heart told me that I needed to tell Essence and so I did. Her heads-up regarding this situation had prepared me for something unusual. Her money had helped me escape this time. 

End Excerpt  

Author Bio 

 

Toni Crowe, BSEE, MSM, CLA, PE is the bestselling author of the $7 Journey series.  

She is an award winning and accomplished executive with 30 years of experience as a CEO/President, Vice-President, Director, Engineer, and Manager across multiple sectors including high tech, consumer and nuclear sensors, Aerospace,  film production and glass.  

Toni has extensive experience in P&L, Manufacturing, Operations Management, and Lean.  She has participated in a number of mergers and acquisitions.   

Toni is currently the CEO of  Just One,  her company which is dedicated to changing lives, one life at a time, by insuring that no one has to make the same mistakes she made.  

 

Buy Daytime Life of the Ladies of the Night to remind someone what success is really about.  

 

https://smile.amazon.com/Daytime-Lives-Ladies-Night-Boardroom-ebook/dp/B07GT9KYZK 

 

What are Smart Topics to Tweet About?

 Smart Topics for Writers to Tweet About 

Today is Day 10 in our 12 Days of Christmas suggested by Ruth L. Snyder. Today her book Twitter Decoded is featured. I have read this book and found it very helpful. Unfortunately it’s at home in Canada right now. Today she gives us some smart topics to tweet about.

smart topics

Use Twitter to easily and effectively reach your readers

smart

Successful writers take responsibility for marketing their own work.

Social media, including Twitter, can be amazing tools. But how do you get started and use Twitter productively without wasting valuable writing time?

Ruth L. Snyder explains the benefits of Twitter for writers and leads you step by step through the process of setting up an effective account. Using this manual, you’ll learn the lingo, find your way around the Twitter dashboard, and start building relationships with your worldwide audience. You’ll also discover many tips and tricks to engage your audience and build a solid marketing platform in minutes a day. Finally, you’ll learn how to write great tweets, use hashtags, link shorteners, Twitter tools, schedule your tweets, use tweet templates, and continue building relationships with your worldwide audience. 

Here’s a sample chapter from the book: 

Are you stumped when it comes to deciding what to tweet about? We’ve already discussed that you need to tweet about things your individual audience is interested in, but there are some general topics any writer can tweet about.

Sandi Krakowski (@sandikrakowskisuggests: 

  • Pictures of flowers
  • A link to a favorite recipe
  • Fun questions (What’s your favorite flavor of ice-cream? What’s the best book you’ve ever read? If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be? Who’s your hero?)
  • Inspiring quotes
  • Things that make people laugh

Pam Moore (@PamMktgNutshares 100 ideas to tweet about http://www.pammarketingnut.com/2013/03/100-things-to-tweet-about-on-twitter-besides-yourself/ including: 

  • Tips to help people save money
  • Photos of you that show your human side
  • How-to tips
  • Jokes
  • Pictures of nature
  • Thank a favorite writer or blogger
  • Link to a favorite song
  • Ask a thought-provoking question
  • Tweet a whole story
  • Share when you reach a goal
  • Share a daily thought
  • Tweet a positive review you received

Jenn Hanson-dePaula (@Jenndepaulashares 40 ideas https://twitter.com/Jenndepaula: 

  • Mention (@[Twitter Handle]) one of your fans, thanking them for supporting you
  • Share an old picture for #TBT (Throw Back Thursday)
  • Write a Haiku
  • Share something that has helped you in your writing
  • Share the title of a book you’re reading and mention the author

Your turn! 

Use one new idea each day this week in your Tweets. At the end of the week, use your “Notifications” and your bit.ly links to track which tweets get the most response and continue to use those ideas.  

You can purchase your copy of Twitter Decoded at mybook.to/TwitterDecoded 

 smart topics 

Ruth L. Snyder resides near Glendon, Alberta, along with her husband and five children. Ruth enjoys writing articles, devotionals, short stories, and Christian fiction. Ruth is Past President of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. 

 

Why Was She Missing Christmas?

Missing Christmas

On our journey to meet new authors, we once again encounter Marcia Laycock with a new book, Christmas.

Missing Christmas

Christmas by Marcia Lee Laycock is a collection of short stories that will take you from the far reaches of the galaxy to the edge of the Arctic Circle and the streets of the inner city. The miracle of Christmas is transported from one unusual setting to another, and into your heart as you read.

Here’s a sample called “Missing Christmas”:

Missing Christmas

Sulking and soaking. For me, the two always go together. I know when I’m not fit to be around people, especially the people I’m mad at, so the bathtub is the best place to be. I run the water as hot as I can stand it and stay there until I feel like I can be civil again. That night, the night before Christmas, I thought I might be there till dawn.

Tim had dropped the bomb when he came home from work two days before we were to go home for the holidays. Somehow he’d managed to mess up making the flight reservations. How could he mess up something so important, so essential to my sanity? Bad enough he’d talked me into coming here, to the end of reason and any sign of civilization, just so he could have a “real northern experience.” Bad enough he didn’t once compliment me on how I’d bravely been enduring the minus fifty degree temperatures. Bad enough we still had five more months to live in this town on the edge of the universe. Now we were stuck here for Christmas. And what was his excuse? He thought he’d told the travel agent to book it, but he had only asked her to give him the details. When she didn’t hear back from him, she assumed we’d changed our minds but didn’t bother to check. There are too many people in this town who definitely aren’t the brightest bulbs on the tree.

And speaking of trees. To try and pacify me, Tim dragged a tree home the day before Christmas. I caught him going out the door, downed from neck to ankle, a touque on his head and wool scarf wrapped about six times around his face. When I asked him where on earth he was going, he said something unintelligible and walked out the door. Three hours later I heard him stomping around on the porch. I poked my head out, the cold hitting me like a slap, and all I could see were his eyes. They were laughing. He tugged the scarf down long enough to tell me to wrap up and come out for a minute. Curious, I pulled on my parka and went outside.

He stood there like a little boy who’d just bagged his first bird. Only it was a Christmas tree he held onto. Or rather, it had been a Christmas tree. My mouth fell open and I sputtered through a mouth full of scarf.

Tim pulled his away from his mouth and grinned. “Just call me Charlie Brown,” he said. The tree was almost bare. Tim described how the needles rained down with every blow of the axe. What else did he expect at fifty below?

Then we tried getting it inside. The few needles left on the branches showered the linoleum in the kitchen until it looked like a forest path. We stood it in a corner and stepped back. Tim glanced at me sideways just as I did the same and we both burst out laughing.
“I’ll go buy an artificial one,” I said. Tim didn’t argue.

I trudged off to the only store in town, but of course they were sold out of Christmas trees, artificial or otherwise. Then I went to the grocery store to buy a turkey. No turkeys left either. No cranberry sauce, no fresh vegetables. They had some Caribou steaks on special. Whoopdeedoo.

About Marcia Laycock

missing Christmas

 

Marcia’s work has been published in magazines, newspapers and anthologies in both Canada and the U.S. and appears frequently on the world wide web. She currently writes a regular devotional column, The Spur, which appears in publications across Canada and goes out by e-mail to avid readers. Marcia’s writing has won many prizes, garnering praise from notable Christian writers like Janette Oke, Mark Buchanan, Phil Callaway and Sigmund Brouwer. She has published four devotional books, six novels and many short stories. Marcia won the Best New Canadian Christian Author Award for her novel, One Smooth Stone. The sequel, A Tumbled Stone was short-listed for a Word award along with her fantasy novel, Journey to a Strong Tower. Marcia is also a sought-after speaker for women’s events. To learn more about Marcia’s writing and speaking ministry visit her online at www.marcialeelaycock.com

To purchase Christmas by Marcia Lee Laycock go to Amazon.com or Amazon.ca
Or, if you live in Canada, order directly from the author by emailing Marcia.

Disclaimer:

I have not read this book but once again I have read other books by Marcia and they have been fabulous.

How You Can Find Home When You Have Lost Your Way

A look at The Kingdom of Thrim

Have you every lost your way?

Have you had a time where you made a hasty decision?
Have you ever made financial decisions that were not good ones?
Do you listen to God on a daily basis?

A Purposeful Faith

We want our children to have a strong purposeful faith. We want them to trust and believe in God. We want to instil in them good values and faith disciplines.

Valuable Lessons

The Kingdom of Thrim is packed full of valuable lessons – from money, to listening to God, to being creative and using your God-given gifts – to being content with what you have. Help your child find his way.

Created for ages 6 and up, The Kingdom of Thrim brings colour and excitement to a child’s life through vivid watercolour illustrations.

A page from The Kingdom of Thrim

The lessons learned are life lessons as one adult reader said:

“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

Other happy readers have said,

“This is a delightful children’s book with a strong Biblical message. I loved the soft tone of the illustrations. It would make a wonderful story-book for those bedtime moments that are so important for bonding and teaching.” – Marcia Laycock

“Janis Cox is a beautiful storyteller and lovely illustrator and does an excellent job of presenting a story for both kids and adults that speaks to the very heart, no matter what age you may be. Highly recommended.” – Sally Meadows

To get a copy:

Canadian Amazon

US Amazon

Available in paperback or Kindle

Alternately you can contact me and I will send you one.

Email Janis Cox.

Activities and Research

Both of Janis’ books have children’s activities and research ideas in the back.