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Scripture and a Picture – How to remember Remembrance Day

Scripture and a Picture – How to remember Remembrance Day


What a busy week! Lots of new interesting things on the go.

This week I started a new group called Word of God Speak Facebook Group to go with my postings on the weekend. We will be learning God’s Word through many different methods. We go deeply into a verse, its context, meaning and listen to God speak. Then we learn the verse. One way to commit a verse to memory is to paint it.

This week our verse of the week is Hebrews 4:12

Trying it from memory:

For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than a any double-edged sword it penetrates into even to dividing the soul and spirit, the joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

As you can see I made a few errors. I will work on those this week.

I looked up pictures of double-edged swords. They can cut in either direction. That’s sharp. When I think of soul, spirit, joints and marrow – that’s all of me. We see that God judges us – right to the core of our being. God is all-knowing and all-seeing so He can do that – go right into the depth of our being.

This time I did a very simple picture of a double-edged sword.

But because it is Remembrance Day on November 11, I wanted to find God’s Word about Remembrance Day. I found John 15:13:

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

I have a tutorial based on Remembrance Day (Veterans’ Day for those in the US). Please click on the link to see the video.  This is not part of our memory work for this week – but is always worth remembering.

The Poppy

Between the crosses it stands
A symbol of life
Laid down for friends and family.
by Janis Cox 2015

My first picture looked like this:

poppy John 15-13

Then someone suggested that I might try a little lighter so the words don’t get covered.

Here is my next try:


I love Romans 5:7-8

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


Lord thank You for inspiring us to learn your word through art. As we read your word this week let it penetrate to our soul, spirit, joints and marrow. Keep our eyes fixed on you Who has saved us. You are truly amazing!. In Jesus’ name Amen.

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Scripture with a Picture

Scripture with a Picture


From Creative Tuesdays – Prompt – orange!

I haven’t really decided what to call this yet. I have Art and Scripture? Scripture with a PIcture? I really can’t decide – so if you get creative please tell me in the comments below.

Every other Tuesday I like to join Creative Tuesdays so that title will be in my heading on those days. But I will always ask God what the word prompt should mean to me.

Since Michael is away for a funeral for the next while I will still be painting and adding my thoughts about the word/words I choose.

Today comes from my new interest in paint journalling right into my Bible. I found this lovely website and Facebook page, Bible Art Journalling Challenge that encouraged me to try this. Rebekah tells what supplies she used, and gives a video tutorial. I want to learn from this.

But in the meantime, I am keeping it simple.

I bought a Bible from a thrift store and have been painting in it.

My first one was from a challenge for: Ecclesiastes 3:1. I didn’t have my watercolour pencils – only watercolour pastel crayons. But I thought I would try it and see what happened.

Here is the result:

Bible journalling in watercolour Ecc 3-1

Now the other good thing about Rebekah’s video is that she tells her thoughts about the passage. How cool is that? Here is the link to her Autumn leaves challenge.

Reading the passage:

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. (That’s from my new thrift store NASV Bible).

Usually we read:

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens: (NIV)

I started to think about TIME.

And yes God has a season for us for everything.

Right now I am so excited to be in the season of creativity. I get up wanting to get time to paint. And my Bible inspires me. Next week I will look at a passage about foxes and show you other pictures that happened from that little scripture.

But today I’m thinking about seasons. We are so fortunate to spend our winters in Arizona. We go for walks, and see new flora and fauna. We see amazingly clear skies and so much sunshine. We miss the cold, snowy days of Ontario – I loved the crisp fall air, the first snowfall, the walks with the sun glistening on the snow. But I do not miss driving in the snow, or the bitter cold winds blowing toward us as we try to walk our little dog around the block.

I would call this season for us – change, and adjustment. I miss my friends back in Canada – Hello everyone!! I miss my family.

But – again there is a time and a place under heaven.

This is where we are at the moment and I will embrace the feelings, the challenges and the blessings. I will count my gifts.

Five Gifts from this week:

  1. of course – sunshine and walks
  2. meeting new neighbours
  3. inspiring posts by my Community of Word of God Speak
  4. being part of two cross-country groups – TWG and Inscribe Writers
  5. my tap dancers – what a lovely group of people. I enjoy getting up early to tap and talk.


Lord, help us all in the time where we are at. In the season you have put us. Help us to have courage and strength, vision and excitement. Help us to enjoy each minute as our days are numbered and you are in charge of those numbers. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

I have also started a new Facebook page called Word of God Speak.

I hope to encourage all of us to learn a short passage, through memorizing, painting, discussion. Join us.

Until next week – Please be in the Word – there are so many ways to do this.


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Creative Tuesdays – Black Cat – A good omen or bad, or nothing?

Creative Tuesdays – Black Cat – A good omen or bad, or nothing

Today is Creative Tuesdays with Michael. Our prompt was BLACK CAT.

The was my first try. It was supposed to look scary or sad – not sure which.


Here is the next one:

watercolour black cat Janis Cox

This  time I took longer, did more layers to make the dark. Reds, blues, yellows and indigo.

When the prompt from Creative Tuesdays came in, Black Cat. I thought oh no – Halloween. Black Cats, spooky ghosts, witches and goblins.

But I am not going to talk about Halloween. Instead I am going to look at superstitions. Black cats, broken mirrors and even dropped gloves can lead some people to say, Oh no – that’s a bad omen. Or sometimes oh yes that’s a good omen. Go figure that one.

How can something that doesn’t pertain to anything else
affect something else? That makes no sense.

We are taught in God’s Word not to believe in omens or witchcraft. Well at least we are not to follow such notions.

And this became known to all the residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver (Acts 19:17-19, ESV).

And luck, what about that? We say “good luck” or “bad luck”. But from whose point of view? Sometimes things can be good for someone and bad for someone else. Even rain falling on a farmer’s field can be good sometimes and bad other times.

But we don’t need to say it was luck,
if we believe in the sovereign will of God who controls all things. (tweet this)

I don’t believe in luck. I believe we are here for a purpose and each day I learn more and more about what that is. I also grow closer to God as I struggle with understanding Him and His ways.

Today as I think of black cats, I know there is evil in this world – sometimes black cats are defined as bad omens because of the blackness – dark being evil. Evil is real. But a black cat isn’t.

We are NOT to fear anyway because we are protected by God.

The next time a black cat crosses your path, or you break a mirror, or you walk under a ladder – ask yourself does a superstition make sense or not? Then trust Jesus for everything.


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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.


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Creative Tuesdays – What Does a Stamp tell us?

Creative Tuesdays – What Does a Stamp tell us?


Our prompt from Creative Tuesdays this week is “Stamps”. I thought a lot about stamps this past week.

I realize they can say much about our civilization. What goes on a stamp? Almost anything. But here are some notable ones: kings, queens, heads of state, important events, important figures, historical figures, causes, art. Each country has different stamps. I used to collect stamps as a kid. But you know I never really knew what they stood for or why I collected them. No one explained the meaning behind them or the countries they represented.

We collect stamps at our church. They go to the Canadian Bible Society.


  • The revenue generated from the stamps allow CBS to purchase Bibles for Canadian prison ministry.
  • 10 lbs of stamps = approx 5 Bibles for distribution


Today I thought I would look at the world over the past 2000 years. One thing has remained the same: the poor are still with us just as Jesus said they would be.

Jesus said: “The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me (Matthew 26:11, NIV).”

We know that to live we need at least these four basics:

Food, Shelter, Clothing and Transportation

In our small town our food bank looks after those who are in need for nourishment,  clothing, health, and fuel for winter months.  Transportation in our town necessitates a vehicle or a friend with a vehicle. The county has tried different methods to alleviate the problem, but our wide area hampers this. Our town is definitely short of affordable housing. We are working on that too.

What is HASP?

In 2014 God put a burden on my husband’s heart for single parents in our town. He wanted to do more than send them to the foodbank. He wanted to help them get out of their cycle of poverty. In 2014 HASP, Haliburton Assistance for Single Parents, became a charity. HASP aims to help single parents continue past high school in order to increase their chances of getting a good job.

Our aim is to break the cycle of poverty whereby single parents, at a very young age, simply accept a life of living on social assistance programs or low paying jobs. We want to improve their economic status by enhancing their marketable skills through educational opportunities. We want to remove the obstacles that keep someone out of the classroom.

If you are interested in helping us with this charity or if you want information of how to start your own charity for single parents, please email HASP. Check out our website – HASP – Haliburton Assistance for Single Parents.

My artwork for the stamps comes from my thinking of the past 2000 years. If a stamp had been printed in Jerusalem would it look like this one?


And if we were to look at our world today and made a stamp for The World would it look like this one?


That’s my thoughts for this week.

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.


You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.