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Creative Tuesdays – What did I dream?

Creative Tuesdays – What did I dream?

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The first one is the one I painted last night. I tried to make this lion look like Satan. I tried to make him scary, and roaring like the Scriptures. And also on the prowl.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8, NIV).

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The second one I painted a few years ago and have used it as the banner on my blog for quite a while. This is from Revelations – That this is the Lion of Judah. He is the powerful strong calm judge of God.

And the Lion of Judah has won the battle.

Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals (Revelation 5:5, NIV).”

Our topic at Creative Tuesdays this week is “dreams”. I have been thinking about this since Michael put up the prompt, but I didn’t have time to paint until tonight (Monday before the Tuesday deadline) and I am travelling. So I brought my paints and did the best I could.

MY DREAM

I don’t recall my dreams very often. About a year ago I had this vivid dream and had to write it down, study it and pray about it.

I was in a gymnasium with my kids. I knew that something was wrong because of the loud noises in the halls. We climbed up to the top bleachers and waited. We didn’t know where my husband was. Then I saw him come through the door, glance up at us, wave and head for the nearest set of bleachers to him.

At that moment through the door came the most ferocious lion. He snarled, and glanced around the room but did not look up to the bleachers. I started to pray – I called all the protection I could around my family, my husband and myself.

From another door entered another lion – a very powerful strong calm lion. He glanced up at us in the bleachers for a second and then turned toward the other lion. Then began the fight – a vicious battle with snarling and snapping, claws flying.

And I woke up.

So there you have it – my dream. I did much study on the symbolism of the two lions. Now I believe Satan was the first lion – on the prowl, looking for us. But I believe we were protected and hidden from view. The second lion was the Lion of Judah – Jesus, our Saviour.

We are told in Samuel – that the battle is the Lord’s. We are told that He has over come Satan and won the battle.

All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:47, NIV)

But we are also told to put on protection.

From 1 Thessalonians 5:8  and Ephesians 6:14-16 we learn the armour we must wear.

A breastplate of faith and love
A helmet of salvation
A belt of truth around our waists
Our feet in readiness
Carrying a shield of faith.

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Creative Tuesdays – Chillin’ With Art

Creative Tuesdays – Chillin’ With Art

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Watercolour by Janis

Because we are “chillin'” this week at a cottage – just resting and enjoying family, I chose a piece I did a while ago that reminds me of laid back summer days in Canada. I understand some people are too hot in summer but where we are we are delighted with warmer weather, especially if we can cool off in the water.

Good news that made me have a happy dance this week, I found out that 2 of my watercolour batik paintings sold at the Rails End Gallery last month along with my children’s story, Tadeo Turtle.

These are the two that sold.

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Original Watercolour Batik – Turtle – sold

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Original Watercolour Batik – Fish – Sold

So enjoy wherever you are – hot or cold. We are always content with Jesus – right?

Please visit Creative Tuesdays to see other delightful artwork from our group.

Creative Tuesdays – PICNIC

Creative Tuesdays – PICNIC

Watercolour - Janis Cox 2015

Watercolour – Janis Cox 2015

My prompt from Creative Tuesdays this time is “picnic”. We had such a wonderful time at our Sizzlin’ Summer Service 8 in our park in Haliburton on Sunday that I had to paint it. We didn’t actually have a big picnic basket but we did have a small cooler for our two grandchildren. And grandma and grandpa didn’t sit in this position. Grandpa and daddy sat up on the hill in their blue chairs. My daughter and our two little ones sat on a blanket with the snacks. But they did munch their way through the music, the prayers, and the message.

There were over 300 people attending a joint church service put on by our ministerial. Great message about unity and how to be disciples of love to everyone.

The service is always a reminder of what all Christians should be thinking about and acting – unity and love. Read from The Message below:

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way (Colossians 3:16-17, The Message, my bolding emphasis).

We sang tremendous songs – They know We are Christians by Our Love, The Twenty-Third Psalm, It is Well with My soul, Shine Jesus Shine.

And a wonderful song by Rend Collective:

My Lighthouse

And of course Robin Mark – Fly CCLI Song #6098290:

Fly – new song by Robin Mark

And a new one for us by Graham Kendrick CCLI Song #738261:

Heaven is in My Heart

I hope you enjoy a listen to these wonderful worship songs. I am still singing them from Sunday!! Oh Oh ..Do you like these?

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Having a picnic together as we worship the Lord together. (click to tweet)

Don’t forget to drop over to see other artistic versions of the word “picnic”.

Creative Tuesdays – Twitters

Creative Tuesdays – Twitters

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Watercolour – June 2015, Janis Cox

So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:21, NIV).

The prompt from Creative Tuesdays for this week was “Twitters” – and I know Michael expects little tiny birds. But my thoughts and heart went to the colourful toucan. I couldn’t resist trying to paint him. Then I became interested in where he lives, what he eats, why he has such a large beak. So here is what I found out.

Certainly God created each part of the toucan for a purpose.

The large beak has been found to be a type of thermal radiator (it cools the toucan).

The researchers assessed that heat loss from the adult toucan’s bill could account for as little as 25%7 to as much as 400% of resting heat production—the largest range so far observed in nature (from Creation.com).

Toucans are native to South America. And at the moment is not endangered. There are over 40 different species of toucans. They eat both plants and animals. Because of their colouring they use camouflage for protection.

I am the illustrator for Kimberley Payne’s, Adam’s Animals. It is filled with interesting information on over 30 different animals. I did not draw a toucan for the book but there are other very interesting animals discussed.

 

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I did not draw the cover but did all the illustrations inside the book. Janis Cox

Join us at Creative Tuesdays to find out what other artists saw when the prompt said: Twitters.

More interesting sites about toucans.

Not Just a Pretty Face – What an excellent article to explain why the toucan has such an enormous bill.

The toucan is better viewed as evidence of a purposeful Creator who created things for a purpose, on purpose (from Creation.com).

Strange but Special – This article reminded me of my children’s book, Tadeo Turtle –  a story that shows that we are all special in God’s eyes. We don’t need to change or prove ourselves to please others. We do need to change to please God.

But while the toucan is sleeping, what do you suppose it does with its long bill? – Find out the answer in the article Strange but Special.

The Toucan’s Bodacious Bill – A great article explaining more about the toucan – like what’s with the colourful beak?

Imagine having a protuberance on your face that reached down to your belly. That’d be a bit awkward. But when God designs a bird with a bodacious beak, you can be sure it’s something to strut about (Answers in Genesis).

And I guess he isn’t a real “Twitter” because the sound he makes is a croak. Could we pretend he is a “twitter” with laryngitis?

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Certainly God created each part of the toucan for a purpose. But what’s with the big bill? (click to tweet)

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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Creative Tuesdays – Orange

Creative Tuesdays – Orange

Yes challenged again for Creative Tuesdays. The prompt is “orange”. And you know that I will always think of what God’s Word says or shows about orange.

I started reading through the Psalms a few weeks back, but my friend started a Facebook Bible Study on Proverbs, so I switched. Then she started Acts, so I joined that and I began to be a beta reader for another friend’s Bible Study on Daniel. Can you see my mind?

But finally this week I got back to my Psalms. I found my place in my Bible and began again at Psalm 19. This is what I saw.

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From the New Century Version. Psalm 19:6

That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies
    from sunrise to sunset,
Melting ice, scorching deserts,
    warming hearts to faith (Psalm 19:6, The Message).

In NIV,

It [the sun] rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth (Psalm 19:6, NIV).

So here is this week’s painting, done in watercolour pencil. Our house faces south – so I see the sun rise in the east and set in the west, from my left to my right. I pictured it in the morning and the evening.

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The sun is a supreme metaphor for God.

We can read more in Psalm 84:11

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
    the Lord bestows favour and honour (Psalm 84:11, NIVUK)

And we read more in Isaiah.

for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your God will be your glory (Isaiah 60:19, NIV).

You’ll have no more need of the sun by day
    nor the brightness of the moon at night.
God will be your eternal light,
    your God will bathe you in splendor (Isaiah 60:19, The Message).

I enjoyed looked for orange. May the Son shine in your life.

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For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
    the Lord bestows favour and honour. (click to tweet).

Creative Tuesdays – Wet Tears for Jesus

Creative Tuesdays – Wet Tears for Jesus

Once again I am joining the prompt from Creative Tuesdays. The theme this week is WET.

I pondered on this for a long time. I thought of all my plants – I am trying to grow some vegetables from seeds. I need to water them, keep the light on them. And I bought an hibiscus – which of course needs watering and watching. I thought about ducks getting all wet. I love water – splashing and exhilarating.

But this Scripture kept coming back to me –

 One of the Pharisees asked him over for a meal. He went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down at the dinner table. Just then a woman of the village, the town harlot, having learned that Jesus was a guest in the home of the Pharisee, came with a bottle of very expensive perfume and stood at his feet, weeping, raining tears on his feet. Letting down her hair, she dried his feet, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfume. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man was the prophet I thought he was, he would have known what kind of woman this is who is falling all over him (Luke 7:38, MSG).”

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This woman was so overcome that she rained tears, enough to wash Jesus’ feet. The Pharisees had no idea what this was all about. They didn’t understand that Jesus has the power to release us from our sins. That woman did and was so sorrowful that she rained tears. But there is good news.

Then turning to the woman, but speaking to Simon, he said, “Do you see this woman? I came to your home; you provided no water for my feet, but she rained tears on my feet and dried them with her hair. You gave me no greeting, but from the time I arrived she hasn’t quit kissing my feet. You provided nothing for freshening up, but she has soothed my feet with perfume. Impressive, isn’t it? She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.”

Then he spoke to her: “I forgive your sins.”

That set the dinner guests talking behind his back: “Who does he think he is, forgiving sins!”

He ignored them and said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace (Luke 7:43-50, MSG).”

Her faith gave her the freedom she needed to live.

This is a beautiful reminder to us that Jesus forgives all. Every time I think of this story I remember that Jesus washes away our sins. We are new again.

Explanation of the Watercolour

This watercolour is totally different than what I usually paint. I haven’t painted too many portraits – and none without a photo as reference. So this woman is totally from my head. It is darker than I usually paint but really she is full of sorrow. And I painted her quickly. In about an hour.

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The woman rained wet tears on Jesus’ feet. “Your faith has saved you.” (click to tweet)

Creative Tuesday – Happiness – How a human cared for a baby duck and that duck became a great mother

Creative Tuesday – Happiness – How a human cared for a baby duck and that duck became a great mother

Our prompt today was, “What makes me happy?” from Creative Tuesdays.

Check out the other artist’s pictures.

Happiness

I haven’t made a title that long before. Whew. But this story is amazing.

Last year, my friend found that a baby duck had been kicked out of the nest by mother duck. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to reunite the duckling with the mother my friend decided to look after it until it became strong enough to survive on its own. One of the reuniting attempts landed my friend into the waters of our lake (recycled water). Her heart and soul were with this little duckling.

She named her Libby. And when Libby grew strong enough she flew over the patio wall and joined the throng of other ducks. She found a friend and flew north for the summer. This winter my friend was thrilled to find Libby at her gate introducing her mate. Then she disappeared for 2 weeks.

A few days ago Libby appeared again but this time with her family of 15 little ducklings. Isn’t that amazing! My friend cared for this duckling who in turn became a mama. And a good one at that. She occasionally comes to my friend’s gate.

I took some pictures while walking around our lake and decided that “little lives” make me happy. Just watching these precious ones jump up the wall of the lake, follow mother duck around and grow each day.

To me happiness is life – watching it, living it and enjoying it.

My grandchildren give me the same happiness – seeing them grow, listening to their stories, enjoying their love. We have been blessed with seven grandchildren. My happiness is overflowing.

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To me happiness is life – watching it, living it and enjoying it. @dotty_hill Creative Tuesdays

 

 

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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Creative Tuesdays – A bouquet

Creative Tuesdays – A bouquet

This week the challenge was to take the flower we created from last week and add it to a bouquet.

Here is last week’s flower – a carnation.

Isaiah 40:8

Isaiah 40:8

And this week here is my bouquet.

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Of course I had to look up verses about flowers. I thought about the short life of cut flowers. Even though I kept this bouquet for 2 weeks using ice cubes they still died. Our enjoyment of them is fleeting.

I thought then about life and how fleeting it is too.

O Lord, make me know my end
    and what is the measure of my days;
    let me know how fleeting I am (Ps 39:4, ESV)!

Being Easter week this tied all together. Death/Life

Here is a poem I wrote about Easter

Choose Life

We have a choice, not like the flower
We were doomed to die – the end
But by God’s grace,
Jesus made a way for us to live – the beginning
In Jesus we have the way
– an open door to life
– salvation through grace
Jesus died – but rose again
To open that door for us
To be with God forever.
That’s the Gospel – The Good News of Easter

Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:10, NIV).

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my words and believes in him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned. He has crossed over from death to life (John 5:24, NIV).

Flowers cannot choose. We can. It will involve decisions and life changes and making right choices.

It reminds me of a song we sang last year in VBS – Choose Jesus. Here it is for you to enjoy.

I am joining Creative Tuesdays – please drop over and see other art pieces with this theme.

I also joined Paint Party Friday for the first time today.

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Flowers cannot choose. We can. Choose Life. (click to tweet)

Janis 

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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Creative Tuesday – Flowers May Fade

Creative Tuesday – Flowers May Fade

I really am not a fan of painting flowers. However, in the last while I have painted 2. But I thought I should do a fresh one for this challenge.

The challenge this week is FLOWER.

For this exercise I painted one taken from a bouquet that was given to me. In two weeks  Michael has given a challenge to paint a bouquet, so I thought it easier to paint the single flower (actually 2 flowers and 2 buds), then attempt the bouquet the next week.

Here are the two paintings I had all ready done.

This is called – IRIS (I know that’s very original)

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And this is called FLOWER – (really original)

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But today is the first time I painted from an actual flower that I held in my hand.

Here is the final outcome.

Isaiah 40:8

Isaiah 40:8

I couldn’t paint a flower without thinking about the world that God has created. As I held the flower and looked closely at its tiny petals, its intricate variegated edges, and how delicate it felt – I was in awe.

The bouquet I was given lasted over 2 weeks in a vase. I learned a secret from the “Flower Lady” – put ice in the vase every day. It works!

The grass withers, and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever (Isaiah 40:8, NIVUK)

As I watch this flower fade – these words strike a strong note in my heart. Once again, His Word is what remains for all of us.

Thanks to Michael at Creative Tuesdays. He has now moved to a new blog. You can look at other artwork from Creative Tuesdays.

Creative Tuesdays – Bible Pillows for Rest

Creative Tuesdays – Bible Pillows for Rest

7 Scriptures to help you find rest

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The prompt this week for Creative Tuesdays is PILLOWS.

This watercolour was done as a quick watercolour on only 90 pound paper. We had been learning the colour wheel in my art class – so I used what I had learned about mixing colours. Three colours were used: opera, quinacridone gold, and cobalt blue.

Again, I thought about this prompt all week. I prayed about it.

Pillows to me mean rest.

When I head to bed I love to tuck that pillow under my head and snuggle down to sleep. So my thoughts went to resting.

The best way I know how to rest is with God.

Here are the 7 Scriptures that I like for rest. Starting from the top:

God rested:

on the seventh day God rested from all His work (Genesis 2:2, NIVUK).

 Rest on the Sabbath:

The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27, NIVUK).

Go away and find rest:

So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place (Mark 6:32, NIVUK).

Be still and rest:

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him (Psalm 37:7, NIVUK).

Peace is rest:

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and  your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7, NIVUK).

Salvation is rest:

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him (Psalm 62:1, NIVUK).

Jesus is rest:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28, NIVUK).

If you are not getting enough rest – try a quiet time with God. You will feel rejuvenated, energized and at peace.

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What does the word pillow bring to your mind? I think of peace. Find 7 Scriptures for rest. (click to tweet)

Thanks to Michael for providing Creative Tuesdays link for “pillows” where we link together our art projects.

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