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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.

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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.

 

NOTICE:

Last few hours for special deal from me. Please check out Black Friday Deal.

 

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.

Dunamis

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

Dunamis

It does get cold in Arizona – the layered look.

Dunamis

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

Dunamis

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


Special Giveaway – Tadeo Turtle

Special Giveaway – Tadeo Turtle

Sorry you have missed the contest. However, a signed Tadeo Turtle is available by contacting me at Janis.

Or by paypal.

Or on Amazon.

A special giveaway for the next 3 days.  This contest is now closed.

Special GiveawayFor the next 3 days you will have a chance to enter a giveaway for a signed Tadeo Turtle. This is open to continental US and Canada.

Read more about Tadeo.

Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below.

Offer ends in 3 days.

DOWNLOAD TWO FREE EBOOKS – LIVING LIFE ONE WORD AT A TIME AND MY MANIFESTO – 5 WAYS I CHANGED AND YOU CAN TOO.

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Manifesto – One Way God Might Change You

Manifesto – One Way God Might Change You

If you know me you will know I love a challenge. Jeff Goins set up this week as a Blogging Challenge Week. He will give prompts every day and we are to write and post them. The challenge today was to write a manifesto. See more about that below.

Manifesto

The first challenge was to do this on Monday. It is still Monday here in Arizona – about 8:27 pm.

Challenge One – to write a manifesto.

A manifesto is a short, shareable document that makes an argument, that tells the world what you’re about. It’s something that picks a fight, makes a stand, gets people to stand up and say “yes I agree with this” or “no way!”.

I have been working on my Manifesto to give as an ebook for subscribers who join my newsletter  (and to all those who are already subscribed). So I have taken just a part of that manifesto to share with you today. My whole manifesto is called 5 Ways God Might Change You.

One Way God Might Change You

 God Can Change Your Health

Fifteen years ago I lived a different life. I was a different person than I am today. [edited: My hubby reminded me that really that was over 20 years ago. God started to work in me a number of years before I acknowledged Who Jesus is.]

Fifteen years ago my back ached, my shoulders were sore; I couldn’t raise my hand to write on the blackboard; I couldn’t lift a teapot to pour a cup of tea. My knees could not support me well enough to let me climb stairs. I tightened my jaw and had to wear a dental brace to prevent me from biting down during my sleep. This caused a condition called TMJ [1] My joints in my fingers developed bumps and they swelled often.

Physically I was a mess.

Today as I write in my journal, type on the computer, and watercolour, I thank God for the healing He has provided. As I take the stairs, walk, tap dance and play pickleball, I feel blessed to have the ability to do these things. And I am 15 years older.

When I decided to start a relationship with Jesus, He healed me. (click to tweet)

BLESS the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:1-3, NIV).

 I can’t tell you how but I know these things:

  1. God gave me peace.

This is the first scripture I memorized.

 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).”

  1. God took away my fear.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV).

  1. God led me to people who helped in all areas of healing my body.

I know God leads me to people who can help me. From massage therapists to physiotherapists, I had people help me, and friends who taught me Who Jesus is. We have read many books on healthy eating. Now we plan our meals around vegetables, meats, fruits, nuts, and good fats – no processed foods. We are much healthier. We also are disciplined in walking every day.

But most of all God is the One who healed me. (click to tweet)

[1] – The temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

Are you in need of a physical makeover? I know that Jesus can help you. Just ask Him to.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

 

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Monday Musings – Can a dress change the world?

Monday Musings – Can a dress change the world?

Janis Playing in a dress

What a unique December! When we went home to visit our family for an early Christmas celebration I continued to wear a dress every day –

because I believe “A Dress Can Change the World”.

Yes even in winter with a dress, with pants underneath or tights, boots, hats and coat I was able to walk around the neighbourhood.

It can be done! Wear a dress even in winter.

Has anyone decided to join me in wearing a dress for the last week of December? Please add your name in the comments. Or if you know of others doing this, tell me.

I am pleased to say that I have started to see some donations come in. Thank you. Thank you. I am matching up to $500 all donations to Ratanak International. You can pay online or send a cheque – just click on Ratanak Janis Cox to access the information.

This has been an interesting exercise. I have met people, talked to them and discussed human trafficking.

I want to spread the word.

Let’s be aware. Let’s not judge. There is more here than we can know. The Star has an excellent article. Check it out.

Watch this interview with the founder, Brian McConaghy, of Ratanak International. Cambodia cries out.

Tweetable:

Donate to Ratanak International to stop sex trafficking in Cambodia. Help stamp out human trafficking. (click to tweet)

Continue to add your favourite charities below.

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Monday Musings – Can a Dress Change the World?

Monday Musings – Can a Dress Change the World?

tap dance dress

It’s been quite the two weeks – I love to talk to people as I walk around the lake. Our dog, Snowball, makes it easy to start to chat. Lately I have been asking them, “Do you want to know why I am wearing a dress?” It is most interesting that very few have ever thought about human trafficking.

I am advocating for Ratanak International by wearing a dress every day in December.

Let’s Make Double Double!

Can you help? I will match every dollar up to $500. And for the month of December Ratanak also has a sponsor that will double all gifts up to $45 000. Check out their Facebook Page. This is double double.

I do believe we can change the world if we may more people aware of this travesty. Will you help me? Will you spread the word? On Twitter, on Facebook – through word of mouth?

Let’s get the word out – this is happening! How can we help? It seems like an insurmountable task. But it is possible. Let’s make this a world-wide movement.

Let’s spread LOVE not hate.

Let’s spread DIGNITY and not abuse.

Let’s spread FREEDOM and not slavery.

My dress for tap dance came from a friend. What a welcome present!.

I also am offering to give to Ratanak $5.00 for every Tadeo Turtle that I sell in December.

Tweetable:

Join me in the fight against human trafficking. Support @RatanakIntl. Wear a dress in December.  (click to tweet)

Continue to link your favourite charities.

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