Category Archives: Poetry

Can You Look at the Right Place to Live your Life?

The Right Place

Proverbs 3

From Bible Art – Janis Cox

A poem of reflection, “Look at the Right Place”, after these morning’s scriptures – Psalm 121; Exodus 12:29-42; Romans 13:1-7

Look at the Right Place

Should it be
“To thine own self be true”
Or
“Let him deny himself”?

As we look to God
And His Word
We see how we need to act.

Seek justice
Love mercy
Walk humbly with God. (Micah 6:8)

Obey authorities when
They work for the benefit of society.

Look to God for answers.
Obey Him. (Acts 5:29)

Would the Kingdom of God
Allow inequality?

Would the Kingdom of God
Tolerate hatred and violence?

Seek the truth.

To God be true.

Lean not on your own understanding.

Acknowledge God. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Pray for your enemies. (Matthew 5:44)

God spoke to Saul,
Why do you persecute Me? (Acts 9:4)

Lord, speak into hearts
And minds of those in authority.

Reveal Yourself
Now. Amen.

God speaks:

“Fight injustice
Fight inequality.”

To Thine be the glory
Should be our cry.

Act on earth as it
Shall be in Heaven.

Bring a stampede of
holy thoughts and actions.

We are Christians first.
Keep that in proper perspective.

Our home is with God.
Our allegiance is to God.

All else falls under that.

Look at the right place.

©Janis Cox 2020

Are you looking at the right place? How straight is your path?

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Change

Change Is Coming

 

Change

Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay

A new poem about change.

The Winds of Change

Already to change
because God has
chosen this as the time to
do radical revision to 
everything I do

Find my true purpose
God will show me
how to go forth

I will keep close – not
jumping ahead of Him

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How Can an Abecedarian Poem Free Us?

An Abecedarian poem

Abecedarian Poetry Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

I didn’t feel free to write poetry. But God did. A new type of poetry, abecedarian, kickstarted my love of poetry.

These past months I have written many poems as I read and studied scripture.

I started a 3-year Bible plan in the spring. Each day I read 3 scriptures. I use the SIMPLE Method of Study. Find out how you can join a Facebook group studying God’s Word.

I thought I would start to share those abecedarian poems with you.

Today’s poem is called, “Today’s Thoughts”

An abecedarian poem is a type of acrostic poetry but runs through the entire alphabet. I endeavoured to do that with my thoughts for today. As I just let go and let God, these words are what happened.

Today’s Thoughts

Anxious thoughts roll through my mind
but I keep focused on Jesus

Creator God, I know You
desire that every creature on earth see
everything beautiful and peaceful — You will
fulfil Your purpose

God, You
have established Your rule and are
interested in each individual who seeks
justice for all and I know that the
knowledge of You
lives inside each of us

Many have been touched by Your mercy
None will be lost forever

Open hearts is Your desire
Peace is Your plan

Quietly sitting with You helps
restore my faith and my hope

Seeking You each morning
teaches me the power of Your Word
until I start to know it by myself

Variety in teaching helps me
with establishing Your Word and the
xyst that you have for my life

You have given me such
zeal for all that You are and all that I can be

© Janis Cox 2020

*xyst means a garden walk planted with trees or a portico used as a promenade. I considered it a path that God wants me to take.

May I pray for you and me?

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, on this Trinity Sunday, I ask that You seek our hearts and we seek Yours. Touch us and let us feel Your Presence. Reach us in our deep inner parts and teach us all that we need to know. In the powerful name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

 

 

Finding Fun in Painting and Haiku

Photo from Unsplash by Tim Artebury

This photo is exactly how I see myself — Maybe with a notebook on the side too. Photo by Tim Arterbury  on Unsplash

I am finding it encouraging to paint pictures and write Haiku

I love writing Haiku because my thoughts are short but go right to the heart of the matter.

My paintings are becoming looser as I let God help me relax and let the paint flow.

I have heard many people say they can’t paint but I love this quote:

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
― Vincent Willem van Gogh

Thrive

To write and to paint
Both help my life to flourish
No striving — living

Here are 5 paintings with Haiku

Hunger

Its flight path straight
The hummingbird heads with speed
Sweet nectar awaits

Hummingbird

Hummingbird Watercolour by Janis Cox

Freedom

Light and fanciful
Bobbing along and carefree
Delightful seahorse

Seahorse

Seahorse Watercolour by Janis Cox

Alone

Orchid, strong perfect
Simplicity of design
Noble creation

Orchid

Orchid Watercolour by Janis Cox

Bloom

Arose from a hub
A cactus flower springs forth
Spring in the desert

Desert Cactus

Desert Cactus Watercolour by Janis Cox

Smile

Golden beauty glows
Nods its head to the daylight
A smiling sunflower

Sunflowers

Sunflowers Watercolour by Janis Cox

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Hot and Cold – A Quadrille Poem

Hot and Cold

Today I am trying a poetry form called quadrille (44 words). The prompt is “gather”. My poem is called “Hot and Cold”. I am joining Dverse – Poets Pub.

Springtime in the country. After a big snowstorm last weekend we had beautiful sunshine. Glorious time.  We are still waiting for the snow to melt but hopefully not too quickly so we don’t have floods.

My post is short and sweet today.

hot and cold

Hot and Cold

To gather – the intent
All the family together

But grandma got sick
There were no hugs for her

Kids made meals
Grandkids made grandma laugh

She watched as they played in sun and snow
A mixture of hot and cold
Exactly how grandma felt

hot and cold

“See! The winter is past;
    the rains are over and gone.
 Flowers appear on the earth;
    the season of singing has come (Song of Solomon 2:11-12, NIV).”

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hot and cold