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My First True Christmas

The Story of My First True Christmas

I recall the time that I met Jesus, the day of His birth on my first true Christmas.

my first true Christmas
Christmas Card 2020 by Janis Cox

When did the Christmas Story take hold of me?

One Christmas Eve, we visited a different church in our small town. It was dark when we arrived at the little church.

Haliburton United Church — personal photo

Stained glass windows adorned the walls. We walked in through the narthex at the back of the church.

my first true Christmas

At the front of Haliburton United church. Personal photo.

A buzz of voices greeted us as we entered. A lovely small woman met us at the door and welcomed us to the Christmas Eve service. We found a seat.

A few people said hello but I will never forget the smile on that lovely woman’s face when she said, “Hello, my name is Eleanor.”

We sang Christmas carols and then it was time for the message. The minister rose and walked to the podium.

Then something happened.

My ears were opened that night. I don’t know what he said exactly but he explained the Incarnation in a way that I had never heard. I was a believer at the time. I had been baptized.

But I didn’t understand that:

God came down to earth. He lived here. He walked among us. He was God incarnate.

That hit me deeply. God loved me so much that He left heaven and the heavenly connection He was used to, to come to His people. To rescue them and me.

From that night on, Christmas Eve has never been the same.

I have taken the place of each character that night.

Mary as she birthed her baby (I felt that one).
Joseph as he admired his new child. (I’ve seen that in my husband’s eyes.)
The Shepherds who were astounded, filled with fear but told not to be afraid (how many times have I felt that?)
The Angel — proclaiming the Good News. (When I sing Christmas songs about the Angels, I am carried to the heavens.)
I have even put myself in the spot of Jesus (I was a baby once).

So much happened that night.

From the star in the sky to the shepherds’ arrival, the Incarnation is the most wonderful story of all. And my true first Christmas began.

May I pray for you and me?

Father, thank You for sending Jesus to live on earth, to teach us, to comfort and heal us, to take our sins upon Himself and reconnect us to the Father. We are grateful and happy for knowing Jesus. In His name, we pray. Amen.

If you have read this far, I have a special gift for you this Christmas.

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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

Let’s start the new year by counting our blessings. Join me on Facebook and we will have a thread once a week to list the blessings you see.

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Holiday Gifts 2020

Hi there, I have a special surprise for you. Are you looking for holiday gifts 2020? Here is your chance to check out and support Christian authors.

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Yes, my little devotional is in there too. Growing through God’s Word.

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

Catapult into 2018 – An online writer’s retreat

What are you waiting for? Do you want to kick-start your writing?

Are you ready to Catapult into 2018?

Catapult into 2018

It’s going away… Tuesday, November 28, 2017 is the last day to register.

It’s easy to say, tomorrow, or next week, or next year…

Sign up Now.

Before we know it, weeks and months have passed and our goals are gathering dust. I don’t want this to be you, which is why we have developed CATAPULT. Deanne Welsh the Founder of Unstoppable Writers gathered 5 other people to put on this retreat.

I now I have a habit of putting  off things – but I am learning, to ask God, then make the decision. God will tell you if it’s the right time.

Many writers suffer from not having a plan, not being inspired. We don’t want you to be alone – we want you to join us.

We can help you make the catapult into 2018!

Here is the line up:

Janis Cox (yes, that’s me) is a creativity catalyst and will give you resources, time and space to get clear on your gifts, passions and writing.

Lee Nicholson knows how to get things done. He’s going in depth with how to plan and follow through so that you will no longer feel stuck and unsure of where to begin.

Blake Powell started from scratch and built a following of over 8,000 on medium. He has personal tools to help you discover your voice and inner genius.

Frank McKinley has sold over 26,000 books and can’t wait to tell you how to do it too.

Deanne Welsh loves the tension between being a writer & entrepreneur, and she will share the details on how to start earning an income NOW rather than waiting for 1,000 subscribers or a book contract. She will help you find the way.

After each session, a scheduled WORKING session takes place for you to follow simple action steps given by each speaker. At the end of the day you will be TIRED, not from listening, but from WORKING ON your writing and your specific steps to CATAPULT your writing in 2018.

We are beyond excited to be a part of your journey.

We are cheering you on, whether you can join us at the retreat or not.

I hope to tell you what I learn from my experience..

Here is the LINK: Remember it’s time sensitive. Join us at the Retreat.

Day 30 Dress for Dunamis

Day 30 Dress for Dunamis

This is my 30th day wearing a dress, Dress for Dunamis, to advocate against human trafficking. It’s also the 30th day of painting in my Bible the verses about how we can pray against this evil.

 

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Last year I wore a dress too. Forgot to take my camera this year so no pictures.

Here is information for donations. You can get a tax receipt for 2016 if you post your cheque by December 31.

For the complete story go to All about Dunamis.

Canadians:

For our grass roots organization. Please make cheque payable to The Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Haliburton. Send your cheques to:

The Lighthouse Pentecostal Church
12 Dysart Street
PO Box 287
Haliburton, ON, Canada K0M 1S0

Please mark your cheque in the memo line as The Dunamis Foundation. Tax Receipts will be given for over $10.00.

Americans:

You can find a donation page here at The Dunamis Foundation. We welcome your support.

Please find us at Facebook.

Help spread the word about facing #humantrafficking through prayer and donations. (tweet this).

Even if you can’t wear a dress – please join us in support and prayer. Enjoy the pictures on our pages that others give and be our cheerleaders.

Surrender – Five mInute Friday

Surrender – Five mInute Friday

I have five minutes to write about the word “surrender”. You can join too. Follow the link below.

surrender

I have always been very forthright and always wanted to fix things or get my way. Coming to Christ changed all that. Over the past 16 years He has taught me to let go – of myself, of my feelings and of my desire to do things my way.

It has been a very slow process. Two steps forward one step back. But I am moving forward.

The peace I have found during these years has been amazing. I don’t fear anymore. That was a big hangup of mine. Fear would paralyze me. As I surrendered things to God, He showed me that He has control – not me. He would look after everything. I still hesitate to do some things but I am getting better at stepping out into new arenas.

In September I went on a book tour and visited 12 classrooms in the Calgary area. After the first one I knew I felt God’s presence and I could do this and have fun.

When I surrendered to God I became free. Free to do more than I ever believed possible. (tweet this)

Surrender Surrender surrender surrender

Time’s up.

Your turn to write for 5 minutes without editing.Surrender

Today I joined Kate Motaung at Five Minute Fridays. 

She has a contest too. Check that out before Monday, November 28, 2016.

 

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HAHFA – Heart Number 5

HAHFA  – Hands and Hearts for Africa

A few years ago my friend Fran Gray surprised me when she told me she planned to go to Africa on a mission trip. At that time the organization, Hands and Hearts for Africa, HAHFA, had a goal to fundraise for mosquito nets. This intrigued me and I wanted to know more. Since then I have kept in touch with this group and what they have been doing in Malawi, Africa.

HAHFA

Although this group is not a charity they have partnered with others. Here is there introduction.

Our desire is to partner and work in cooperation with two Christian organizations on the ground in Malawi -Emmanuel International and Prison Fellowship Malawi. We are like-minded Christ followers, connected by faith to serve Africans. We come from a variety of backgrounds and churches, but do not represent any one church or denomination. We are all volunteers and receive no remuneration.

I love that they come from different churches. I love that they work together to help communities in Malawi.

They have a Facebook Page and a website.

I know that as we open our hearts and become a generous people God blesses our actions. (tweet this)

Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities! (Luke 12:48, The Message)

Here are some pictures from their recent mission trip to Malawi.

HAHFA

fran-presenting-canadian-pins fran-with-village-chief saving-sawdust word-of-grace-church team-2016-hahfa smiling-kids sewing-machine-tailoring

Have you felt a pull on your heart? Do you want to learn more? Check out Hands and Hearts for Africa’s website. You can donate here.


Dress for Dunamis – Heart 4

Wear a Dress – Dress for Dunamis – Dress for Dignity

 

NOTE: Although the wearing a dress for a month to advocate against “human trafficking” has ended for this year, we continue to fundraise for the shelter in Ecuador. A mission team is leaving in February 2017.


It’s been an interesting week to say the least. My heart this week heads to compassion – compassion for the hurting, the lost, and the lonely. It hurts for those abused – and particularly those abused by human trafficking. My goal is to get the word out – to tell the world to stop this travesty. We want to dress for Dunamis (or men can wear a bow tie). A symbol of the dignity of women.

By the way I can be a woman in a pair of pants or a house coat. But a dress starts a conversation and that’s what we need – conversations about human trafficking. It’s an evil that is hidden.

Dunamis

Watercolour by Janis Cox

In the New Testament dumanis is used 120 times. It is mostly used for God’s power.

And it will be God’s power (dunamis) that can bring about change. (tweet this)

So prayer is the most important thing that I ask of you. Pray and pray some more. (Tweet this)

The Dunamis Foundation in Quito, Ecuador, founded by Boris Salinas and his wife Fernanda has become the object of my heart this year. Check out their website here. My friend, Sandy Stevens, has met these two national missionaries and they came to the Lighthouse Church in our little town of Haliburton this fall. Knowing what I do about the sex trade and trafficking from my research last year, I knew God had called me this year to reach out and help this group.

In Ecuador 25 000 women are involved in prostitution, of which 5200 are girls and teenagers. (tweet this)

That statement hurts. It really hurts. My soul cries out to God – Stop this!!!

I am happy that God put it on the hearts of these Ecuadorian missionaries to start this foundation.

Mission Statement for the Dunamis Foundation

Dress For Dunamis

Vision for the Dunamis Foundation

Dress for Dunamis

Will you join me? Start a group in your town or city. Wear a dress. Talk about human trafficking. Make people aware. Email me for further information. Janis Cox (tweet this)

The missionaries work with the girls to build their self-esteem. One way is to create bracelets and sell them. The girls get to keep the money.

Dunamis

The Toronto Star last year wrote an excellent article about local Canadian girls in Toronto snared into the sex trade. You can find it here – Beaten, Bought and Sold.

Canadians:

For our grass roots organization. Please make cheque payable to The Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Haliburton. Send your cheques to:

The Lighthouse Pentecostal Church
12 Dysart Street
PO Box 287
Haliburton, ON, Canada K0M 1S0

Please mark your cheque in the memo line as The Dunamis Foundation. Tax Receipts will be given for over $10.00.

Americans:

You can find a donation page here.  We welcome your support.

Please find us at Dress for Dunamis Page on Facebook and the Dress for Dunamis Facebook Event page.

Even if you can’t wear a dress – please join us in support and prayer. Enjoy the pictures on our pages that others give and be our cheerleaders.

Other Articles to Read

Man posed as talent agent to lure girls into prostitution.
Escorts met by police.
Fighting Human Trafficking in Ecuador

Join Sandy at her Facebook page Freedom Call to let her go.

A few pictures from last year – my wearing a dress. Any activity – no problem in a dress. Last year I fundraised for Ratanak International. Thanks to those who helped me.

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Yes – a dress for pickle ball. Of course shorts underneath.

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It does get cold in Arizona – the layered look.

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Back in Canada for Christmas – yes playing with the grandkids.

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Let us remember to keep our hearts warm and listen to God’s Word so we can act when He calls.

Psalm 82:2-4 in The Message

“Enough! You’ve corrupted justice long enough,
    you’ve let the wicked get away with murder.
You’re here to defend the defenseless,
    to make sure that underdogs get a fair break;
Your job is to stand up for the powerless,
    and prosecute all those who exploit them.”

Let’s join to together and read God’s Word –

Today is Word of God Speak Linkup


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