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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Heart Message 3 – Heart for Church

My Heart for Church and a Linkup

I started to think about church this morning and all the different questions of why we attend church and how God speaks to me through church involvement. I want to show you my heart for Church.

My church experiences haven’t been without heartache and frustration. But during it all I never stopped going to church and God has been faithful to show me that indeed church is essential to my growth in Him.

My Home Church – Haliburton Unitedheart for church

In Haliburton, Ontario where we live, we attend a small church  (maybe 150 people total) in the village. It is a three pastoral charge which means that most Sundays our minister does three services starting at 8:30 am until about 1pm. We are the last stop on his Morgathon – yes that’s what we call it. Our minister’s name is Rev. Harry Morgan. Only if you have supplied for him would you know the energy it takes to do those services. As I followed Ali Matthews one Sunday when she supplied for Harry, although I didn’t do any preaching – I just greeted and set up and drove, I felt exhausted by 1pm.

Heart for church

Celebrating Communion and Canadian Thanksgiving

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Stained Glass Windows

Heart for church

Rev. Harry singing with the kids

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Contemporary Service

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Decorated Christmas tree

As you can see in the pictures above our church loves to decorate when we celebrate a season.

Once a month we have a contemporary service. Harry plays the guitar so it falls well into his gifts to do this. My hubby and I like the contemporary service. I am an upbeat person and the guitar (and sometimes drums) makes me feel alive. I sing the words and remember them. Our songs have many words taken from Scriptures and this is a good way to memorize God’s Word.

We have attended Haliburton United since 2004 after we moved to the village. As a Bible-based church we focus on God’s Word and our motto is “To Know Christ and Make Him Known”.  My knowledge of the Bible has increased exponentially since we have been going there. Harry encourages us to read and study God’s Word daily – and I do.

What else do I like about our church?

We are community based – we house an Adult Day Care; an Outreach program for moms; we have community dinners, and choirs practice under our roof. We run 2 Bible studies as well.

Our minister holds “Bible Beer and Burgers – BBB” once a month in a restaurant in town bringing people in who won’t necessarily attend church, to ask questions and talk on a certain topic. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Harry also tapes his sermons. You can listen to them here.

Our New Church In Arizona – Via Church

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Then we leave town in October and head to Arizona. We have attended a number of churches down here over the past 6 years. We haven’t found the “right” one yet. But we are attending a lovely church that might be the “right” one. It is called Via Church. This Sunday we will join a group called Merge to find out more about this church. We enjoy the music and the teachings have been very thorough and pointed about reading God’s Word every day. This church’s goal focuses on reaching out to the community and getting Christ into the community. They are a much bigger church than we are used to in Canada, so it’s hard, as Snowbirds, to get connected. I will be working on it this winter – to actually get connected.

The Pastor also tapes his services. You can see and hear them here.

I attend church regularly because I have a heart for church (tweet this)

In both churches I love the praise and worship time. As we sing to God I feel that I can see Him smiling and saying, “Well done”.

It was Jesus’ habit to attend the synagogue regularly so I know that it must be important.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13, NIV).

What are your feelings about church? Does church warm your heart? Do you have a heart for church? (tweet this)

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Heart Message Two

Heart Message Two

Last week I told you what had been on my heart since publishing The Kingdom of Thrim. This week I have written about another heart message.

Heart message

What’s on your heart? Does God give you heart messages? He certainly does talk to us. Last week I told you one heart message. This week is number 2.

Today I want to tell what has been on our hearts (my hubby and myself) for about 4 years. While in Arizona 4 years ago, my hubby read an article in the Arizona Republic newspaper about a charity that helped single moms get an education and become a contributor to society, as well as becoming healthy (mentally, physically and nutritionally), learning about money and studying basic parenting skills. It is called Helping Hands for Single Moms.

After much research we decided to approach CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) to get a charity license. With effort and patience we registered Haliburton Assistance for Single Parents, known as HASP. We established a Board and we began to seek clients. Unlike the program in Arizona, our charity’s focus helps single parents (not just moms).

But, progress was very slow. Much prayer and patience ensued. Then 2 years ago we had our first application. A young mom of 2 desperately needed assistance. She was attending a college in North Bay on line but was having trouble meeting payments  for her rent, her utilities and her food. She had also maxed out her credit card as well she owed money to others. Winter had arrived and she needed wood to fill the stove.

Since she joining HASP, she has finished her schooling with a diploma in Recreation Therapy, obtained a job and become very good at watching how she spends her dollars. She has paid off all debt except for her student loan and car which she is paying off now. She is saving for a house as well. We are extremely proud of her accomplishments.

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I love how God gave us this heart message.

This fall we had our second client – a middle-aged man with kids who needed help to obtain a skilled trade license. He starts his program soon.

We are thrilled the way God has worked through our Board, helping each of us learn new skills, watching great accomplishments of our clients and praying for our next client.

Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4, NIV).

If you are interested in helping HASP, you can find our website here.  We are a registered Canadian charity. Donations can be made by mail or through Canada Helps. See the HASP website for more details.

What is HASP? How can you help? #myHaliburtonHighlands #charity. (tweet this)

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What’s on my heart

What’s on my heart

We recently made the move from Ontario to Arizona – our yearly migration, following the birds and that’s why they call us Snowbirds. Everything is still in a jumble and I have cleaning to do. But I needed to get a post up with a link for all my wonderful sisters and brothers in Christ. Today I want to tell you what was on my heart.

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God Filled My Heart

When I wrote The Kingdom of Thrim God filled my heart with the idea that all of us need to know that God speaks to us in prayer but we must stop to ask Him. Yoj, the dollmaker, in the Kingdom of Thrim, does not do that and lands himself in hot water. But all is not lost – God knows when we have strayed and will find a way to bring us back again.

Thanks to Jeff Goins for a great endorsement. He said:

I needed this book. If you feel like you’ve lost your gift or wandered too far from hom and aren’t sure if you can find your way back, you need it too (Jeff Goins, bestselling author of The Art of Work).

and Rev. Peter Black said:

“… imaginative, winsome and creative, this book will help foster wholesome, godly values in a natural unforced way (Rev. Peter A. Black, author of Parables from the Pond).”

As I started on my promotion of this newest book, I knew I wanted to make another stuffie – I made stuffed turtles for my first book, Tadeo Turtle.

Stuffed Tadeo Turtle - Janis Cox

Stuffed Tadeo Turtle

As I researched dolls I found out how to make a stuffed doll using a pair of children’s socks. For this reason I decided to make a sock doll. I added the instructions to the back of the book.

While making my second doll – all of a sudden I could hear quite clearly, “You should think about giving the money you make on the dolls to a charity.”

And since I had just finished reading The Game Changers by Jean Chamberlain Froese and Patricia Paddey, I knew this was the charity that I would support.

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Save the Mothers was created when Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese, a Canadian obstetrician/gynecologist from McMaster University, was confronted with mothers in need in Uganda. The Save the Mothers Program, offering a Master’s Degree in Public Health Leadership, began at Uganda Christian University in 2005. Students study on a part-time basis over two years, completing the program with an intensive community outreach project.

Check out Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese’s Facebook update.

For this reason, I asked if I could partner with them to sell my dolls with all the money going to Save the Mothers.

God speaks to my heart

And this is what came as a result.

What's on my heart

So far I have sold 12 dolls – they come in a set with the book and the doll for $20. I sell them at fairs and at The Rails End Gallery in my hometown of Haliburton.

If you find this has touched your heart, and you wish to donate to this charity please click here. 

Or contact me if you are either in Mesa, Arizona or Haliburton, Ontario and I can make sure you get a set of The Kingdom of Thrim and a Yoj Sock Doll.

Find out more about Save the Mothers. (click to Tweet)

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Manage your money – 3 Tips

Manage your money – 3 Tips

Although the Bible doesn’t tell us that money is evil – it is actually amoral as it has no emotions, no thoughts or ideas. But the Bible does tell us that the love of money is the root of ALL kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). That must make us take pause and see why God is so adamant against the “love of money”. You need to manage your money.

That’s why it is important to manage your money.

manage your money

When we took Financial Peace with Dave Ramsey we learned some very important tips in getting control of your money. This is an act of will. And as Dave says: “It is as you will it.” This is just the beginning of getting a handle on money but I thought I would share the first 3 tips with you today. If you are near a church that is running a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University –  GO.

Three Tips to manage your money

1.The Emergency Fund:

This is the most important thing for every family to start to build – forgetting everything else until you have this in hand. Start putting money aside to build up your first one thousand dollars. Put it where you cannot reach it easily but that you can access it if you have an emergency. Dave gives many ways to build up this fund. You can sell “stuff”. Yes all that stuff you have stored in your homes, your closets or your storage units. Get the money. You can get a short-term second job – whatever you can do. You must change your mental thinking. It is a paradigm shift. Pray for God to reveal the way to do this.

2.Tackle your debt:

We were told that back in the 1900s credit was not issued and people had to pay with the money they had. (Novel idea, eh?) Both Sears and Ford did not offer credit at first. By the 1950s credit cards started to enter the marketplace. Banks became smarter and smarter (we became not so smart). Today they offer credit to younger and younger people – to get them into their branding and to start a trend of buying before you have the money.

Debit is not a privilege – but a product. We are begging to buy from them. @authorjaniscox

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(Dave’s talk – paraphrased)

Banks are much better at selling than we (as consumers) are at buying. (Dave’s talk – paraphrased)

The borrower is a SLAVE to the lender (Proverbs 22:7).

The first step, after building an emergency fund, is to tackle the debt. Dave Ramsey suggests a method he calls the Snowball Method. After writing down your debts in a list, you tackle the smallest one first. Work on that hard (an extra job, helping out, selling, or just watching what you spend until you get this done). Once you have paid that off – then you take the payment you have been making on it and add it to the second debt. Work. Work Work. Get this finished.

Dave says we need to have a “plasectomy” – get rid of the plastic. Cut it up. Quit borrowing more money. Stop. Don’t buy anything  but essentials until you get out of debt.

When he mentioned selling stuff to get out of debt – Dave said, “sell so much that your kids think they might be next!”  @authorjaniscox

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3.Get a 3-6 month emergency fund:

This is important – in case you lose your job, or get sick. Once again work on it – work on it – work on it. It becomes your entire focus.

Some great quotes:

If your broke friends are making fun of you, you are on the right track!

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It is an attitude change. There is hope. We must think differently. Life is too short to be normal.

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5 Tips to Live with Him – WOGSlinkup

5 Tips to Live with Him – Word of God Speak Linkup

Today I want to bring you up-to-date with what I have learned in the past while. Here are 5 tips to live with Him.

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1. Go to a Conference

I am back from my trip out to Alberta. The first reason for going was the Inscribe Fellowship Fall Conference in Edmonton. What a delightful time! We had fabulous speakers with so many wonderful ideas. Linda Hall gave our plenary talks and following her journey in her writing career was fascinating. Listening to how she listens to God and knows when it is time to change and not be afraid of that change. Embracing the change. We all need to be ready to do that when God calls. I was grateful to win the art award for a painting in my book The Kingdom of Thrim. We had a surprise visit from Janette Oke to present the new Janette Oke award.

This conference is a wonderful way to live with Him.

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2. Embrace what God leads you to do

The other reason I went out west was to meet with my publisher, Colleen McCubbin of Siretona Creative. We had a splendid time as well! At first we thought I would do book signings but God had a different plan. At the last minute we were open to author visits in Christian schools in Calgary. I haven’t had so much fun except when my grandchildren visit. I met and talked to 12 classes in three different schools. I read my new story, The Kingdom of Thrim, and answered questions from the students. Then I taught them a scripture using a unique action method. They had a great time and learned the scripture.

I am learning to live with Him.

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3. Go on a retreat

Following my 9 days of travel, I came home and turned around to go to a women’s retreat in our county run by the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church. The facilitator was Sandy Stevens from Embrace The Bride. Not only is she a dynamic speaker, she is so in tune with the Lord she had everyone reaching to listen to Him. I can say I believe everyone was touched by the Holy Spirit and came away changed and revived.

What an eye opener – a fantastic way to learn to live with Him.

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4. Don’t be afraid to try new things

And one other marvellous thing that has happened in the last month is – I can hear. Yes finally the doctors along with the audiologist have prescribed hearing aids. What a difference it has made in my life. I can hear people speaking in church, in small groups, at the conference, movies and my husband. The last one was very important. Our communication was becoming a source of frustration for both of us as I couldn’t hear him and he had no patience with me.

Recent research has suggested that the brains of people with hearing loss shrink faster than those of their peers whose hearing has not diminished (Page 9, Listen to Your Ears, Cheryl Morehouse).

I want to stay functional mentally as long as possible. If you think you might have a hearing problem get checked out. Usually consultation is free. And in Canada we get a $1000 grant every 5 years.

5. Read wonderful writings of saints – my favourite is Oswald Chambers

His words have touched my soul and my heart in the past few days. Everything he has said has confirmed what I learned at our women’s retreat.

If you are in a valley right now – take heart.

Live with Him

It is in the sphere of humiliation that we find our true worth to God, that is where our faithfulness is revealed. Most of us can do things if we are always at the heroic pitch because of the natural selfishness of our hearts, but God want us at the drab commonplace pitch, where we live in the valley according to our personal relationship to Him (Oswald Chambers October 2 My Utmost for His Highest).

And if you want to totally be with Him and be in His will remember these words.

We need to know Him to live with Him. (tweet this)

We can ever remain powerless, as were the disciples, by trying to do God’s work not in concentration on His power, but by ideas drawn from our own temperament. We slander God by our very eagerness to work for Him without knowing Him (Oswald Chambers, October 3, My Utmost for His Highest).

For those who have had a vision but it doesn’t seem to be coming together.

It is when we are in the valley, where we prove whether we will be the choice ones, that most of us turn back. … are we willing to have the vision “batter’d to shape and use” by God? The batterings always come in commonplace ways and through commonplace people (Oswald Chambers October 4, My Utmost for His Highest).


Crucified With Christ

Crucified With Christ – Word of God Speak

Today I read a devotional from UBC devotional about the need to be crucified with Christ daily.

Here are my thoughts about the devotional and using some of his words.

We can’t be like Christ on our own. We need to acknowledge that fact. Our desires are naturally counter Christ. Each day we ask Jesus to help us put down our natural desire and take us to the cross instead. Check out Galatians 2.

Here are some thoughts to consider on being Crucified With Christ:

  1. Satan doesn’t sleep. He never takes a vacation. Therefore we need protection with prayers and study each day.
  2. We need to identify the sin that is in us. Our greatest weaknesses are where Satan will attack. Know your weakness. Pray about it.
  3. Fill up with the Spirit. I find morning, midday and evening are the best times to do this. And always top up when we are prompted.
  4. Remember than when we are weak He is strong. Be humble. Call on God for strength. Repeat Micah 6:8. What does God require of me? To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.

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I wrote about this before: Therefore it must be important. See my other post.

Here is a great song to remember these things. I’ve Been Crucified with Christ by Robin Mark.

I am still working on my focus for this year’s Word of God Speak. I am thinking that I would like this to be more interactive. What about a Bible study? I would love your input with your ideas of what you would like.

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Is God for You? WordofGodspeakLinkup

Is God for You?

I read a short devotional from UCB devotional the other day. The author was able to unpack Romans 8:31 to make sense for me. Is God for you? I love the way that the author took each word from Scripture and looked at it. In order to make it clearer in my mind, I have taken that idea and put it below.

God for you

First of all look at this passage:

If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31, NIV)? (click to tweet)

Now let’s look at each word.

God –

The Creator of the Heavens and the earth (Ps 146:6), the One who formed me in my mother’s womb (Ps 139:13, the One who is Eternal (Ps 102:12).

Is –

At the present time, now; no matter what is happening to me on earth, God “is” in it. God said: “I am (Exodus 3:14).” We know that right now He knows what is happening and is involved in it.

For –

God works when we allow Him to. Stop struggling. Let God be for you. In our weakness He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).

You –

That means me and God is for me. He is working in my life. He listens to my prayers. He is interested in my trials, my struggles and my accomplishments. God want a relationship with me – little ‘ole me.

Enjoy worshipping our God with this song by Chris Tomlin – Our God. You can click on this link as well. Click here. 

Therefore, we believe God is for you.

 

Say this: God is for me.

As a result, we can thank Him and prepare to represent Him for today.

A quote to remember:

It is not so true that “prayer changes things” as that prayer changes me and I change things (Oswald Chambers). (click to tweet)

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What’s happening this fall?

What’s happening this fall?

Where should I start in my new posts for this year? I think I will start with an update of what will be happening this fall.

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What’s happening in my writer’s life?

I fly out to Calgary, Alberta, the week of September 19 to partake in my first book tour. Colleen McCubbin my publisher of Siretona Creative is setting up places for us to visit with my books.. Then we will both travel to Edmonton for the Inscribe Conference. At the end of that we will return to Calgary and do two more days of touring. I am very excited to see where God will lead us in this venture. (click to tweet)

What’s happening in my guest post blogging?

Over the summer I have jotted down a few ideas of what to post on two blogs that I belong.

Moms on a Mission

A Beautiful Life

What’s happening with The Kingdom of Thrim?

I have a back-to-school special offer for The Kingdom of Thrim. You can receive the 5-pak extension activities for free ($2.99 value) when you purchase a copy of my book. (click to tweet)

happening this fall

 If you buy through Amazon please send me a receipt and I will send you the activities. If you buy here I will know and send you the package.




What’s happening during my prayer life?

During the summer I had much time to think and pray. I have found out that I need to be focused on one thing at a time. For some reason my brain likes to flit from one thing to another. I am learning to focus and do one task – until it is finished. Then on to the next. It has helped me to make a list of tasks and try to tick them off as they are done.

I read an amazing blog about 50 ways to improve my life. (click to tweet)

I have started 3 of them:

  1. Don’t use social media, blogging, or texting until 60 minutes or more has gone past since you woke up. This has been a big one for me. Now I can relax and focus on what God is teaching me.
  2. Do something that terrifies you – it says to do this each day. Well I have been trying to do it at least once a week. I spoke in front of the church on Sunday without notes. I am planning my first ever book tour.
  3. Replace warm showers with cold ones. Again I am slowly working into this. I have a short cool down shower after my hot one. And I mean cool not cold. I can’t go cold yet.

Those are just 3 new ones I am trying. Check out the list. I do the no sugar, and go to bed early and rise early. I am working on another three and will share another time.

Would love to hear what’s happening in your life. How can I pray for you?

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