Sunday Stillness – Deuteronomy 33:25

Sunday Stillness – Deuteronomy 33:25

Watercolour Painting by Janis Cox, 2013 based on an ad I found at

Last Sunday the Sunday School in Arizona asked me to do the Storyteller’s part for the children’s service. I had done this a couple of times last spring. I received the story and realized it was a Proverb – not a real story.

Of course, Satan tried to have a field day with me. He told me, “You can’t do this.” I felt confused. Then I said to myself, “No way, Satan, you are NOT getting to me. I have Jesus to give me strength, words and confidence.”

In my weakness – I kept saying – He is strong. And He was. Even though I didn’t feel adequate at all, I kept trusting Jesus to pull me through. And He did in a marvellous way. I had a great time. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

So this pair of sandals is my vision for this strength. There are two very different versions for this passage. In the New Kings James Version it is sandals.

Your sandals shall be iron and bronze;
As your days, so shall your strength be (Deuteronomy 33:25, NKJV).

But check out what the NIV says:

The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze,
and your strength will equal your days.

And The Message:

Safe behind iron-clad doors and gates,
your strength like iron as long as you live.

I decided it didn’t matter what the vision – the strength is the same. I like the idea that:

God puts iron and bronze shoes on my feet
to give me strength against the Enemy. (Tweetable)

The whole point is – God gave me strength. I allowed Him to be the strength in my weakness. And I enjoyed the journey.

Today is Sunday Stillness – be still before Him.

Stop and feel His touch.



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  1. Janis: Great site and very inspirational. Thanks so muc for posting it online!!
    GOD bless you and your family.


  2. Thank you for inviting me to link up with you, Janis, and for that heartwarming message you left me. Your art is beautiful – glory to God! I haven’t really noticed that verse before, but thank you, for now, I will remember it.

  3. Sounds like your Trust-Sandals were “shoes of peace,” Janis, giving you strength to stand your ground,

    “…having shod your feet in preparation to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news of the Gospel of peace” (Eph. 6:14-15, AMP).

    Love your art and also your insights from the different translations… Thanks for sharing them today!

    God bless you,

  4. Janis…I just love your artwork of the sandal and the sweet precious reminder it relays in the strength of God imparted to us. through His Word and steadfast love. Thank you for the encouragement and for the link up. Blessings to you.

    1. Nina,
      Thank you.. I had to look up aquarelle – to find out it meant translucent watercolour. 🙂 And yes I found the difference in translations quite amazing but powerful that He is in everything. Shoes and gates, and bronze and iron.

  5. Blessings, Janis, and thank you so much for inviting me to link-in with you on Sunday Stillness. I shall be a regular contributor – we are kindred in many ways and I’m thrilled to connect with you!

    I’ve recently turned a corner and am changing emphasis in my blog – not the least of which was switching to WordPress – and will be publishing more devotional selections.after a summer sabbatical of “being still” – that verse is a life verse and the concept of “stillness” is foundational to my creativity. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your beautiful watercolors more as we grow in shining for Him through our art.

    Be ye bless, milady – and be a blessing!

    1. Kathryn,
      A pleasure to meet you too. Stillness is foundational to me as well. I used to be a Martha – but have learned to add Mary to my character.

  6. Dear Janis
    I agree with you; it is about our Pappa’s strength, provision and protection. I must mention that this sandal looks quite in fashion!!
    Blessings XX

    1. Amen Mia,
      I found the shoe on line – well sort of that shoe … it looked so much like old sandals that I thought it would be a good replica of those times.

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