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Advent Week Four – Love

This is Advent Week Five. The focus is on LOVE. Love came down in the form of a BABE. God gave His only Son to us. The Incarnation. Love at its highest.

Advent Week Four

Love at its highest.

By reading through God’s Word we can know more and more about this love. And we also learn how we need to show the same love to others.

After reading today’s scriptures, I wrote this poem. Love is this week’s Advent Week Four. 

This is an abecedarian poem. I use the first letter of the alphabet to help me work through my thoughts.

Today’s scriptures: 

Luke 1:46b-55;
1 Samuel 1:1-18;
Hebrews 9:1-14

Journey of Faith

Anyone can
Believe. It only takes a 
Choice to say ‘yes’.

Don’t wait though.
Eternity is your goal.

Faith isn’t easy.
God is patient but
He wants true conviction.

Instead of rules and regulations,
Jesus came to give us the
Knowledge of God, about true
Love and to bring
Meaning to our lives.

No one will be left out if they say ‘yes’.
Open hearts and
People will see the truth.

Questions are allowed and welcomed.
Remember your past.
Study God’s Word.

Testimonies are needed
Until the choice is made.

Victory is assured
Whenever someone
eXercises the choice to believe.

You’re saved at the end.
Zed.

©Janis Cox 2020

May I pray for you and me?

Father, you said we only need belief the size of a mustard seed. Help us to make that choice and stick with it. Help us say ‘yes’ and then spread our love to others. Help us not fall away. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Read the rest of my Advent poems.

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

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Advent Week Three – Joy

So many scriptures have the word “joy” in them. I read that “joy” is found 155 times in KJV.

This is Advent Week Three – Joy

Advent Week three - joy

From the top of my Christmas tree. Personal photo.

Therefore, Joy must be important to God.

He created us to feel that emotion. He also blessed us with the Holy Spirit so we can feel joy even when we don’t feel happy. Weird eh?

As I study 3 passages a day, I am learning so much about God, about me and about my relationship with others. I also joined Kimberley Payne’s challenge to read through the book of Luke this Advent Season. Challenged for sure.

I wrote this abecedarian after reading Psalm126,

Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy. (Psalms 126:2, NIV)

I also read Habakkuk 3:2-6, Philippians 3:12-16

Afterwards

After
Bad
COVID
Don’t return to old ways.

Encounter new things
Find hope, peace, joy and love.

God is always here.
Head down His pathway,
Interested in what He shows us.

Jesus beckons.
Keep believing.
Look beyond ourselves.

Make every effort to
Notice God at work.

Open our eyes, Lord.
Protect us.
Quieten our hearts before You, Lord.

Return to Your ways and Your path.

Silence the devil’s tongue.

Take up the armour of God.

Ultimate goal – to be with You.

Vacate places that encumber us.
Watch for snares of the devil.

eXamine our hearts with
Your
ZEAL.

©Janis Cox 2020

Let’s look for joy each day.

Advent Week One

Advent Week Two

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Advent Week Two – Peace

Peace

This Advent Week Two. We focus on peace. We learn more about it.

Advent Week Two - peace

Painting by Janis Cox

At this moment we all need God’s peace, more than ever.

Jesus did say,

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27, NIV)

And Paul reminds us:

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. (Ephesians 2:14-17, NIV)

  1. He is our peace
  2. He reconciled the Jews and the Gentiles
  3. He set aside the law with its commands and regulations
  4. He created one humanity
  5. He came and preached peace to both groups- those near and those far.

What does peace mean to you?

Peace with God

Finding peace with God meant all the difference to me in 2001. That peace opened my heart. It strengthened my marriage. I changed my outlook on life. It changed my outlook on giving. I saw miracles. (read my Faith story)

Peace Within Myself

Learning to let go of my tendencies to judge, to be frustrated when things don’t go my way, to accept how God has made me (totally not OCD). I am scattered but the Holy Spirit seems to bring me to the right thing at the right time. To be happy I can paint and write. To be happy!!

Peace With Others

I haven’t had too much trouble with this over the years. I learned as a child to get along with others. But it isn’t always so. When tired I can be cranky and irritable. I can lash out when I shouldn’t. And my husband is usually the one who gets the brunt of my frustration. So when I can be at peace with myself, it leads me to be patient with others.

As I read through the Luke Challenge (New Christmas Tradition), today was Luke 7.

My thoughts on Chapter 7

There is so much in this chapter that it can be overwhelming.

I heard:

Faith. Healing. Love. Peace.

I wondered who hears the truth about Jesus. Why are poorer countries building their faith faster than North America? Answer: There is nothing in the poor countries standing in their way to hear the truth. Here in NA., we are bombarded by worldly things and ideas.

We have to learn to let go and submit to God. Accept and thank Him for what we have, but don’t hold on to it tightly.

I wrote an Abecedarian poem inspired by Chapter 7 and in keeping with Advent Week Two.

A Plea at Christmas

Accept the Word of God
Before it’s too late
‘Cause life is short

Don’t wait 
Everything depends on
Following Jesus

God waits
Hoping to gather all His children
Instead of 
Jumping to the end
Keeping His promise
Life to all those who believe

Make a decision
Nothing else is as important

Open your eyes and ears
Put faith first

Quickly stop the marathon
Running in the world’s race

Seek Jesus
Talk to Him
Understand His
Voice and His
Ways

eXpect His answer
You’re almost there
Zed – the end is near, peace

©Janis Cox 2020

May I pray for you and me?

Father God, we learn so much through Your Word. Today is no exception. As we await the remembrance of the birth of Your Son, Jesus, help us to learn more of Your ways, Your love and Your peace. We await the coming of Christ as a remembrance and as a hope of the future arrival of Jesus. He will come again. You have said that. In His name, we pray. Amen.

 

Advent Week One

Advent Week One HOPE

I haven’t written in a while. I have been on a painting spree. For each day of November, I painted every day. This week is Advent Week One – hope.

Today was different. I painted and wrote two poems. I will share one with you today. This is an Abecedarian poem. I use the alphabet to help me think through my thoughts.

We are reading through the Bible in Three Years in my Facebook group, Growing through God’s Word. And I also joined a group this December to read through Luke – 24 days, 24 chapters called New Christmas Tradition.

From Micah 5:1-5a and Luke 2 came this poem:

Jesus Came

Angel appeared to Mary
Baby would be born, he said
Christ would be His name
Death would be overcome
Eternity given for those who believe

Future assured
God’s plan fulfilled
Heaven is our home
Instead of earth

Jesus is our Saviour
Keeps me focused

Live each day
Make wise choices

Newness 

Open to the Holy Spirit
Put God first

Quiet my soul
Reflect on God’s power
Soak in Gods’ peace
Touch His heart
Understand His Word
Voice my thoughts to others
eXpand His Kingdom

Yesterday, today and tomorrow
Zealously praise the Lord

Janis Cox 2020

A new painting for you.

Advent Week One

Hummingbird seeks nectar – we seek God

Transformed – Sunday Stillness Poetry Linkup

As I read through the prescribed Bible passages today I heard the word transformed.

Transformed Romans 12:2

Artwork by Janis Cox

Psalm

From the Psalm: 107:1-7, 33-37;

We are the Redeemed and the Gathered. God gathered us from the east and west, north and south. God’s plan is to speak to us, to get our attention. His plan spreads all over the world – to those who hurt, souls that are empty, the angry, the sad and the lonely.

From Joshua: Joshua 2:15-24;

This is the story of Rahab and the spies. She swears an oath to save them and they will protect her. She must keep the secret and be faithful. She ties a scarlet cord on her window. This represents the Blood of the Lamb that was spread over doorposts to protect the Israelites. Jesus is the Lamb of God. He spilled His blood to save us.

From Matthew: Matthew 23:13-28

What is reality for God? Not the outward appearance like the priests. Jesus called them hypocrites. God looks at the hearts and minds of people. (Romans 12:1-2) He abhors pride and selfishness.

This is the abecedarian poem that I wrote today after studying these scriptures. I believe God will divide the shaft from the wheat. He will choose His Redeemed. He will transform us.

Transformed

Any day
Before
Christ

Death was certain
Eternity unknown
Faith built on rules

God’s plan
Happened

Instead of death
Jesus split the veil
Kept the commandments, but gave
Life through the Spirit
Made a way
Negating the 613 picky points

Opening our lives

Placing our trust in HIm, God

Quietens our spirits
Renews our minds
Sets a path before us
Teaches us through His Word

Understands our frailty
Voices the truth to our hearts
Watches over us

Xrays our insides to restore
Youthful vigour of life
Zillionaires of spiritual wealth.

©Janis Cox 2020

Other thoughts:

Transformed

Pivot- How God Can Change Our Lives

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Freedom to Live – Sunday Stillness Link

By reading scripture every day I am starting to see God’s plan – clearer. Join us at Growing through God’s Word Facebook Group. Let’s find the freedom to live.

Freedom to live

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Today these are the passages I studied: Psalm 63:1-8; Numbers 13:1-2, 17-14:9; Matthew 17:22-27

In the Psalm, I loved the first verse,

You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1, NIV)

Don’t the words make you want to cry out to God? David is in the desert and experiencing real thirst. In today’s world, we too are thirsty for His Presence.

In the Numbers passage,

We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them. (Numbers 13:33, NIV)

We see problems as huge but to God, they are not. We must give God the problems and He will take care of them.

From Matthew. What a confusing passage that is.

I think what I heard is the Jesus is the New Testament church. We are of His body. We want to live with the mind of Christ. We don’t need buildings, idols or listening to man. We need to listen to God. We have freedom because we are Sons of God (children of God).

From those readings came this poem.

Freedom to Live

Jesus is a newness
A freshness
A thirst-quenching
Drink

The old of 
Man’s rules
Has past

Following Jesus
Gives us the
Freedom to 
Listen to God
Ourselves

Jesus helps us to
Understand scripture
To read between
The Lines

No longer shackled
No longer bound
We can live full
To follow Jesus

Let’s step out
And do the work
He has called us
To do

©Janis Cox 2020

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The Mighty Planner – a poem

A Poem

The poem, “The Mighty Planner”, below was inspired after reading scripture.

Mighty Planner

From Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabernacle

Lord God
Mighty Planner
Ruler of all

From Creation
through to 
New Creation

You knew
everything
before it happened

The Tabernacle
built to
Your specifications

Every part of it
every detail
made for a reason

Even John the Baptist’s
death with his followers
lost and confused

But John’s legacy 
and teachings
prevailed

Foreshadowing 
what would happen
after Jesus’ death

His resurrection
The Holy Spirit helped
his followers prevail

Through persecutions
through the millennia
Right up to the time of His New Creation.

©Janis Cox 2020

I visited a live reenactment of the Tabernacle while visiting Arizona. You can read about the experience in The Tabernacle.

Written after studying:

Psalm 99; Exodus 39:32-43; Matthew 14:1-12

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Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Happy Thanksgiving 2020 and a Poetry Linkup

Wishing you all God’s blessings today and always. May you cherish God’s creation, friends and family. Thanksgiving 2020.

Thanksgiving 2020

We will be celebrating Thanksgiving online this year. Photo is from Haliburton United Church, Canada.

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Blessings

Janis

Another Thanksgiving in 2015  – 

Here is my poem for today. Another abecedarian.

Peace

Another
Beautiful
Calm
Day

Enlightenment
Followed
Giving God
What happened

Inside
Jumbles had
Kept my 
Life
Messy

Not God, as He
Opened
Peace
Quietness

Restored my
Spirit

Touched my soul
Unfurled the
Veil
Which
Exposed my
Yearning for a 
Zealous God

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Living in Time Today

Living in Time Today – a Poem

time

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Living in Time Today

Want, desire
The need for more and more.

Stop.

Trying to keep up and
Striving
Hurts the soul.

What is time?

This moment is
The time to live.

Look around you
Count the gifts
Record them.

God says to
Seek Him first.

Then look at the world and
Friends.

Seek caring
Companionship.
Be strengthened
In your faith.

Then you can
Go forth
And speak the
Good News to
All the world
In love,
Grace,
Mercy,
Forgiveness and
Humility.

Today is the
Day to reflect
Pray and
Be transformed.

©Janis Cox 2020

Reading Romans 12:1–8

  1. Offer yourself to God.
  2. Be a non-conformist.
  3. Let God transform your mind.
  4. Find God’s will for your life.
  5. Do not think more highly of yourself.
  6. We are many in Christ, each member belongs to all the others.
  7. Use your gifts wisely.
  8. Use your time wisely.

We can change the world if we join together.

Reading from the stories of Joseph and Moses

To be worthy we need to use the gifts given to us and be content where God puts us.

Remember Joseph — he did not fret while in jail. He used his time wisely. Eventually, he saved the Israelites from starvation.

Moses could have died shortly after birth, but he was saved by his mother and sister. He grew up in the palace. God was preparing him to lead His people.

God is gathering the world together, through the Internet. Let’s not rant and rave.

Let’s write to show others Who God is.

Reading Psalm 124

Praising God for His Help and getting us out of trouble.

Praise the Lord,
who did not let their teeth tear us apart!
We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap.
The trap is broken, and we are free!
Our help is from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:6–8, NLT)

Blessings,
Janis

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, help us to use the time You give us — wisely. Help us to look to You for direction as our help is truly from the Lord. Guide us, prepare us, transform us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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From the Beginning to End

From the Beginning to End – an Abecedarian Poem

From the beginning to end

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After reading my scriptures for the morning, God inspired me to write this abecedarian poem. Starting from the beginning with “a” and running to the end with “z”.

The scriptures were: Psalm 119:97-104, Numbers 11:1-9, Romans 16:17-20.

From the Beginning to End

After the
Beginning of
Creation
Death
Entered.

Fast forward.

God
Has a plan
In order to save us.

Jesus came to
Keep our relationship alive.

Love
Moves
Neighbours to
Open their hearts
Partnering with God.

eQuip others with life.
Rescue those who don’t know HIm.

Salvation is for anyone.

Teaching
Understanding by

Visions and by the
Word.

Excitement abounds for
Young and old

Zed – the End.

©Janis Cox 2020

Psalm 119:97-104 is about paying attention to the Word of God. It’s an acrostic poem with the alphabet in Hebrew. This one is MEM – meaning water.

I thought of how God’s Word waters our souls.

Numbers 11:1-9 talks about the grumbling of God’s people. God is very angry and sends fire that burns the surrounding area. Fire – the anger of God.

Let’s remember not to complain. We can set our requests before God but do not grumble.

Romans 16:17-20 is the theological application of the story of man’s fall.

From the Beginning to the End – Alpha and Omega.

The Deceiver smooth-talked Adam and Eve into disobeying God’s rule. But the last line says that:

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet”. (NIV)

Discontent can ruin our lives. God’s peace and grace saves our lives.

Blessings,
Janis

May I pray for you and me?

Father, we thank You for Your Word. We know it waters our souls. We know we shouldn’t grumble but trust in Your plan and wisdom. You can see everything from the beginning to the end. Creation to New Creation. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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