Finish – Word for 2017

Finish – Word for 2017

It is December 13 and I am writing this post. We head back to Canada tomorrow and will return before you have read this post. Find out below how I came to pick the word “finish” for My Word for 2017.

I have been working hard at listening to God’s Word and painting in my Bible journal the pictures He is showing me. I work at promoting my children’s books. I have new opportunities I want to check out.

Last year my Word for 2016 reads:

finish finish

It was from 2 Corinthians 9:8 –

God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it (The Message).

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work (NIV).

I found my Word – Finish – for 2017 this week. It is from Psalm 138:8 (tweet this).

This verse spoke to me:

The Lord will vindicate me;
    your love, Lord, endures forever—
    do not abandon the works of your hands (NIV).

Finish what you started in me, God.
    Your love is eternal—don’t quit on me now (The Message).

As I was finishing off this post I drew a Bible Journal picture on Day 25 – Christmas Day – Romans 8:14-15). I now have another word to go with Finish – GO. God will finish what He started in me and I will go where He calls.

My Word for 2017 is Finish.


God is leading me in many directions. I am not sure which ones He wants me to follow but I am listening. I know He has plans.


But I must stop and listen so He can continue to work in my life (tweet this).

For that reason I will no longer be doing Word of God speak Linkup. I need to be freer to follow His lead. Although I have loved setting this up and meeting wonderful bloggers, my readership has not grown in the past year. I believe that is because I am hemmed in and not able to do it “His Way”. I think I will meet more of you as I travel and comment around the blogosphere.

So I am crying out to the Lord and asking to do it “His way”. I may not blog some weeks – others I may blog 2 or 3 times – depending on what He tells me.

I need Him to finish what He has started in the past few months (tweet this).

Here is a poem I wrote while studying this verse.

Your Plans

Lay out Your plan
Nudge me in the way I should go
Clear a path before me
Steady me.

Cascade lights before me
To show me the way
Beam them brightly
So I can see.

Speak in a distinctive voice
So I can distinguish You among the cacophony of noise
Your words mean more than all the noise around me
Make it clear, Lord.

Unlock the doors that lead me onward
Unfetter any chains that bind
Cast me out amid the lions
As long as You are by my side.

@Janis Cox December 2016

For this reason I will work on reading His Word – I study it, paint it sometimes, write or podcast about it. Maybe I will speak it live.

I will continue to podcast for Hope Stream Radio. I want to reach 100 – I am at 72. And then we’ll see where God leads me from there.

This is what I feel He is telling me on December 13 as I work through the Dress for Dunamis fundraising. Praying for a shelter for these girls. Praying for their protection. Check out the post.


Therefore if you feel called to contribute, please check out the following:


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.


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.

Today is the Last Word of God Speak Linkup




  1. I will miss your link-up but completely understand that you need to step away in order to obey God’s leading. God bless you in all that He has you to do!

  2. Love your word for 2017! Praying God direction and guidance as you work toward finishing what He has called you to! Thanks for hosting the link up – I’m happy to have made some new connections here! Blessings!

  3. I’m sorry to see the link-up go! I’m excited, though, to see you’re wanting to follow God’s leading. What a great reason to pull back from this. You can’t go wrong with that as your driving force. Blessings to you Janis!!! I know I can always find God-honoring work here…

    1. Amy,
      Thanks for being such a faithful supporter. It was a hard decision but felt right when I made it. I will continue to write – and link other places. But on God’s terms – not mine.

  4. Janis, Thank you so much for hosting this link-up. I’m just sorry I didn’t find it sooner!

    Your words intrigue me – finish, because we are studying Phil. 1:6 in my SS class right now, and abound brings to mind one of my favorite scriptures, John 10:10. He has come to bring us abundant life.

    God bless and I’ll be watching to see where God leads you!

    1. Jerralea,
      You are welcome for the linkup. I am happy that my words intrigue you – I keep wondering what journey He is taking me this year. That’s why I have to take time to listen.

  5. I am intrigued by your word for 2017, and excited for you with all its possibilities. I’m really going to miss this breath of fresh Canadian air every Saturday morning, but I know that we will stay in touch as we meet in other places!
    Every blessing to you!

    1. Michele,
      I will not be leaving you. I will still be blogging – just not setting up the link. Thank you I am excited where God is taking me too.

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