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I have added ten paintings for digital download. Come and visit.
More on the way. Here are three of them.
Special price this week. – Only 50 cents each.
I think forgiveness is the hardest thing to do. I have been in that situation a few times. I found that when I didn’t forgive, my muscles were tight, sickness invaded my system easier and my bones ached. So much for hurting anyone but myself. When I forgave (this doesn’t mean you have to agree with the person or even like them) the person or situation, I became free.
I am reading the Bible in three years.
Today’s scriptures, to me, focused on forgiveness. Another day I may see something else.
We are told that we are set apart, called to be saints. To be a saint really means we are holy — because of Christ. Nothing we have done. Paul states this to all of Rome. Everyone can belong to God.
And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: (Romans 1:6–7, NIV)
After we are restored to God, we are expected to tell others. But who are able to come to God? — those with broken spirits and contrite hearts. They have sought forgiveness either from others or from God.
I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice. (Psalm 51:17, MSG)
“Heart-shattered lives ready for love” — open, and free.
Jonah listened to God (finally) and proclaimed the truth to Nineveh, warning of their destruction.
All the people and the king fasted. They wore sackcloth — a sign of repentance. They prayed to God to forgive them. And they gave up their evil way.
God had compassion and there was no destruction.
God saw what they had done, that they had turned away from their evil lives. He did change his mind about them. What he said he would do to them he didn’t do. (Jonah 3:10, MSG)
After I had read the passages, I wrote my thoughts.
Who are you angry at?
What is there in your heart that might not be pleasing to God?
Once per transaction. Then Jesus covers you.
Thank You Jesus, that You are right here. I don’t need my transgressions to build until I can tell a priest. You are the High Priest that will hear and answer immediately.
But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously — take God seriously. (MSG)
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (NIV)
I love The Message: “Take God seriously.”
When I went to God in prayer, this is the poem I heard.
Anger eats away at our souls
Crusty, hard, judgmental
Warm your hearts
Embrace the compassion of God.
Anger builds walls
Confession breaks down walls
Hearts are restored
God is connected
©Janis Cox 2020
Lord, You see inside us. Help us to see what You see so we can confess. Break open our hearts to the truth so we can be healed. We ask forgiveness for …. [fill it in]. Thank You that You hear us. Thanks for reconnecting with us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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.
Please check this out at my Bookstore or message me for more information.
By author/illustrator Janis Cox
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“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”
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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.
Two tips: don’t use pesticides containing neonicotinoids or don’t use any pesticides, and be careful where and which plants you buy.
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).”
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.
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.
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).
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.
Carefully research which plants you can buy that are free from Neonicotinoids.
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.
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.
I thought this very interesting. Leaving a few leaves, twigs and not mowing some areas helps tremendously.
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.
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.
Bees, beetles, and butterflies all like to snack on dandelions. Let’s not consider them a weed but a spring flower.
“The righteous care for the needs of their animals,”(Proverbs 12:10, NIV).
Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Marianne Jones, author, blogger, scriptwriter.
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” ~ Malala Yousafzai
I knew from the time I was ten I wanted to be a writer. I was an insatiable reader and loved to memorize poetry and write my own. When I was 14, I saw an ad for a national writing competition from a now-defunct magazine called Miss Chatelaine. I decided to enter, as a test, to see if I had what it took. I was shocked when I actually won. It seemed like confirmation, but it also scared me, and because of my perfectionism and fear of failure, I didn’t do a lot of writing for a long time.
In my twenties, married, with two children, I decided to try seriously to write, and took a Christian correspondence course in writing. I thought that I’d give writing one year, and if I hadn’t sold anything in that year, I’d give myself permission to quit. That year I sold an article to Woman’s Touch magazine (also defunct now, but I don’t think it had anything to do with my article) for $15.
Still, it was not smooth sailing after that. I had years of tears, discouragement, rejection letters. But God wouldn’t let me go. Every time I was on the verge of quitting, I’d sell another piece. And I began writing for local newspapers, which taught me how to do interviews and brought in a small salary.
I first heard about IJM (International Justice Mission) at church.
So often we look at things like human trafficking and think, “That’s awful, but what can I do about it?” Here was a Christian organization that was doing a great deal about it!
I had written a play about the work of the Salvation Army in Thunder Bay, and it had done well. I ordered Gary Haugen’s book, “Terrify No More,” to get a sense of how they carry out their rescue operations, and used it as a model for a play that I wrote and directed at church. We had a fabulous cast and team, and raised $22,000 from that evening!
I have been involved to a smaller extent with other things my husband Reg has spearheaded. He formed a committee at church to sponsor two Syrian refugee families and help settle them in Thunder Bay. Both families are doing very well, and have become good friends. They are eternally grateful to the committee and to our church. Reg has also formed a “Walking Together” group at church to explore ways in which we can partner with First Nations people and promote healing, and reconciliation. This has been an exciting venture in our city, with the Walking Together group growing and gaining traction and influence in the city and some northern communities.
When I was a young Christian, churches seemed to be mainly concerned about evangelism among people that were similar to themselves.
That never felt right to me or Reg. Throughout the Bible, God talks about injustice and oppression. Jesus spoke of breaking chains and preaching good news to the poor. This is an exciting time, when we are seeing God lead in showing His love to refugees, slaves, and people trapped in poverty and addiction. His love is not just toward those of us who live in a comfortable middle-class bubble.
Several years ago I heard Linda Stewardson share her story at church. We were riveted as she told of being stabbed as a child by her stepfather, put into a garbage bag, and left to die.
I approached her later about it, and she was willing to work with me on a manuscript. Later, I entered it in a publishing contest run by Word Alive Press with Women’s Journey of Faith, and it won! Linda has spoken to women in prison, girls in crisis, College classes for child and youth workers, and everywhere she is invited. People are always enthralled by her story of how God enabled her to overcome her past and thrive. She has appeared on 100 Huntley Street three times, and the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction awarded her the Courage to Come Back award.
While Linda and I were signing copies at the launch of The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die at Women’s Journey of Faith in Saskatoon, a young woman stood near. She hung back. When there was a free moment, she came closer, hesitated, and then said, “Thank you for writing this.” Her eyes filled with tears, and she appeared to be struggling.
“Does this story resonate with you?” I asked. She nodded, and managed to share that she, like Linda, had experienced severe abuse in her life. Linda and I both embraced her and tried to convey our sympathy. I asked her if she was getting support, and she said yes. She also said that often people didn’t want to hear about it.
Watch it by clicking the link above.
Someone else came with a book for signing, and I turned to them, as Linda continued to speak with the young woman. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any contact information from her to continue the conversation, but she has stayed in our hearts and prayers since.
Linda said to me, “That’s the whole reason for this book. That’s why we did this.”
I couldn’t agree more.
They would rather change the subject and move on to something more pleasant. But I don’t see that as an option. How can we turn our backs on our sisters (and brothers) who, through no fault of their own, are treated as objects for abuse? I can handle the unpleasantness of the topic. I’ve heard women share their stories with me.
Like everyone else, I have limited time, money and energy. But like the boy who gave his bread and fish to Jesus to be shared, I can give my small offerings of time and talent, trusting that God will multiply them.
INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION is a global organization that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems. International Justice Mission Canada shares in this mission.
I am not lost but found. At least anymore than a child of God is lost in this world. But I am found by Him – and that’s a hallelujah. And it’s time for revival.
I believe strongly we need to all be praying for revival of the Holy Spirit. Join me at Artists and Writers Grow Through God’s Word Facebook Group.
I am not posting as much here as I have begun to write seriously on another platform called Medium. I belong to a publication called Faith Hacking and one called Publishous. I also write in the member’s posts section.
Some of my topics:
Revival There are many posts on this topic of revival.
These are my most recent. If you follow me you will see more of my posts.
Today is 5-Minute Friday and the prompt is SURRENDER. Five minutes to write… Set the timer. GO.
As I surrender to God I ask Him to give me the words to write. I think back – to the year 2000. That’s when I did life mostly all by myself. I felt as if my stress level was huge.
But the Lord turned me around and gave me this scripture that I have memorized from 1 Peter 5:7.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
That’s exactly what I needed to do. And I did. The pain went away. I slept well. I didn’t worry about much any more, because I knew – I really knew that God had it under control.
And the next memorized Scripture was:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
My life has changed. Yours can too. Surrender to God.
I’m working to help you. At the moment I have two ways to help you find the way to surrender to Him.
If any one needs prayer, please feel free to contact me. (Email Janis).
“And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care in the hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.”
Today I drew my 33 dots again. This time I saw the stockings immediately.
Although some people think that Santa shouldn’t be part of Christmas, I disagree. I think that the giving part of Santa should stay alive. As long as we don’t put “getting” before “giving” we will be okay.
On the top of the mantel is the true meaning of Christmas, the Babe, Jesus, arrived in the flesh. The Incarnation. God with us.
I love the story called “Santa’s Favorite Story”. Santa is worn out, but discovers that he can find happiness again in giving as he remembers the true meaning of Christmas. Simple but powerful.
A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great (Proverbs 18:16, NIV).
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God (2 Corinthians 9:11, NIV).
Do you want to keep growing in your faith? Do you need a boost to study God’s Word?
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Janis is a creativity catalyst with a heart to connect people to God. She specializes in creating art based on Scripture so that the Truth penetrates hearts and not just minds.The world needs more pictures, art and colour.
She also has a gift for you called One Word at a Time, if you like to work through scripture.
Tomorrow is Remembrance day. We need to spend at least 2 minutes in silence listening to the Lord’s voice about this day. What are His thoughts? What does He want you to remember?
Today is 5-minute Friday. The clock is set and I am ready to write for 5 minutes. 5-Minute Friday is the only time that I write directly into my computer. I always write in a notebook and then transfer my thoughts to my blog. So no editing..
Timer set: GO
I remember as a child having Remembrance Day services in our school. Very hushed. We filed in as quietly as we could and sat down. There were readings and some music (sometimes bagpipes). We were told about what war was and how and why our country fought for the freedom of all mankind.
My Dad was a captain in the World War II. He landed on Juno Beach in the first wave across the sea. I can’t imagine the feeling – sea sickness, terror. My dad never felt sick. I believe he rested all his thoughts on Jesus. He went from one minute to the next.
But he returned home. Found my Mom. Got married and had 2 daughters. He didn’t talk much about that day.
God was there. Crying with them. Struggling with them.
I always get teary eyed at this time of year. I remember all that those men did. I think of the wives, and mothers at home – waiting.
That must have been awful. But I do believe that God brought peace to those women. If He could bring peace to my Dad – then peace can be found in any situation.
Timer went. Lots more to have said.
Remember tomorrow to take a moment and be quiet before God for all those who served before and serve now for our freedom.
As a child we recited In Flanders Fields by Major John McCrae. I can still say this from memory.
Here it is for you now:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
My pictures today are done in watercolour pencil crayons. I am taking a course in pencil crayons and need to buy some. But I tried it with watercolour pencils. My background was an old piece of watercolour – background, on 140 pound watercolour paper. It is not smooth. It’s supposed to be smooth for pencil crayons. But I learned a lot. Pencil crayons is all about LAYERS. More on that in another post.
Here are the first 2 versions before I used the water on the last one.
Have you tried pencil crayons? Which version of this poppy do you like?
May you remember on November 11 to stop for 2 minutes of silence.
Here are a few other posts about the Poppy.
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I haven’t been posting here much as I have been posting on Medium.com. I am building a following there too.
Also I have started a Facebook study group of Psalms Alive by David Kitz. I hope to keep you up-to-date here about what I am discovering.
Reading from the Prologue in his book, I found some wonderful nuggets of wisdom.
We find life in the Psalms, real people, and a relationship with God and His people.
We will be reacting to what God is telling each of us -not what I say, because what God says to me could be entirely different to what He is telling you.
Our expression will be through words, prayers, poems, songs, art, pottery, and relationships.
Here is a short welcome video to the study to help you decide. This is a new way of communicating. I am taking the plunge and learning to video. Yikes. I have a lot to learn. But I am breaking away from fear – and branching into new territory.
I feel like Moses when He saw the burning bush. I know God is calling me to do this. But I always say, “Who me, God?” Just as God gave Aaron to Moses, God has given me a new cheerleader, Deanne Welsh. She writes at Deanne Welsh at Unstoppable Writers. I am excited to see where this leads, willing to do the work. But I just need a push and support.
I pray that this email finds you well. If you ever are in need of a specific prayer, please email me.
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