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What is The Secret Ingredient?

The Secret Ingredient 

On our march towards Christmas we are delighted to welcome PJ Paulson, author of Summer of the Phoenix. What is the secret ingredient?

In 2002, “it hit the fan,” as they say. I lost my job while a quirky medical condition progressed. My romance was on its last legs. I lived in town while pioneering my middle-of-nowhere ranchland – there was lots of driving back and forth. Outbuildings were burglarized. There was a severe drought. People in my life were behaving badly. 

I couldn’t afford a move to Tuscany. A Spiritual Journey to Tibet was out of the question.

Where could I go to awaken my True Soul…

find a relief from pain (mental and physical)…make sense of the chaos…find the good in people…and just get by from day-to-day? 

I needed to figure out why my life was falling apart, how to heal, and how to eventually get back in the game. I needed a sanctuary in which to look closely at life – both physically and mentally – and to heal. 

I made the unconventional choice to forego my city apartment and embrace a simple, stripped-down, country life absent amenities such as plumbing, electricity, and central heat. I drew serenity and strength from Mother Nature to savor life off the grid. During my retreat, I contemplated my life philosophies and direction, eventually transforming a bleak outlook in the face of what appeared to have been a world gone mad. 

Living in eastern Colorado is like having your soul lightly sandblasted. In a high wind it may be literal, but life here is just harsh enough to keep your spirit a little raw. While the subtle discomfort may be disregarded, you feel your environment more intensely. It’s inspirational, like nowhere else I’ve lived.

The ever-present irritant of sand in the oyster creates the pearl. 

My pearl was the inspiration to write. And one day, to understand what I loved so much about that summer here. Then to realize, too, that by practicing the little things that I appreciated so much, other people might learn how to heal in place, too.  

Summer of the Phoenix is my story about that summer, how I coped, and how I turned my life around. Come along with me, and we’ll taste a sample…. 

The Secret Ingredient 

The light changes as sunset approaches; the breeze stills. Shades of green in the field are touched with gold, then with salmon, before becoming dusky. The horizon far to the east turns from blue to blended watercolored bands of violet, salmon, and rose, fading upward to white, and reaching further upward to pale sky blue. 

The waving fields of knee-high blue grama going to seed become still. 

A Says Phoebe, quiet at this season of year, perches on a young Gravenstein apple tree, or on a leaning Autumn Blaze sapling now dead. Moths flit here and there. The phoebe darts out for a meal, and returns to its perch to dine before moving out of sight to another perch. He (or she) has been roosting, I think, in the little thicket of Rugosa roses outside the family room window. 

It’s a soothing view, and I breathe deeply a few times and consciously relax. 

As an exercise, I make a mental composite of the best bits of places I’ve lived, to imagine a place I might consider ideal. 

The remoteness, the peace and quiet, the acreage of this place. 

The love I felt for the home in which I was sheltered for the first thirteen years of my life. Surrounded by fields, woods, and a creek through which to roam and play, and by good friends and family, I had felt secure. 

The creek, pond, and woods of the small farm where we lived when I was first married. Its little bird sanctuary along the pond outlet. There, trees overhung the little cliff east of the mound of shale and clay that had been dug and heaped up, many years before, to make the spring-fed pond. 

The beauty, lushness, and fecundity of the farm on which we had lived in the hills of Pennsylvania. The dogwoods in spring bloom. The sandy beach at the swimming hole. Fresh trout. Raspberries. Wildlife and singing birds in abundance. Forest through which to wander and explore, and fields in which to grow gardens, crops, and fruit trees. 

Put it all together, and set it on the shore of a small lake where I could have a little boat. A little wooden boat with a sail and a set of oars. The little boat would be moored at a wooden dock, patiently awaiting a still dawn, when I would take it out, beyond the majestic sheltering trees of the yard, to fish for breakfast trout. 

I looked for a long time at my fields and trees, watching the light and colors change. I thought of times I’d spent among those trees and fields. I thought of that summer of 2002 when I had spent hour after hour, day after day in July watering those young trees. And it came to me that what I was doing now, in this moment, was what I had done all that summer: Savouring. 

I was savouring my land and the trees I had planted and nurtured. I savoured the fields and the sky. The birds, the singing insects. I savoured Nature. I savoured Life. And I savoured Myself. 

Then it struck me that that – the Savouring of Self, of Soul, of Nature, of Life, and of Spirit – was what made that year of 2002 so special. I had slowed down, taken a deep breath, and Savoured it all. 

The sun has gone to bed, and a meadowlark sings to me his song, “Goodnight! 

Summer of the Phoenix is available on Amazon in Kindle eBook (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KP927P4), black and white paperback (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0976323532 ), and color paperback (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0976323524 ). 

About the Author 

secret ingredient 

 

PJ Paulson lives on a small ranch in rural Colorado with cats, dogs, and cattle. She has been described as a benign non-conformist who lives life on her own terms, and is not overly concerned with how humankind at large may judge that life path. This assessment is certainly borne out as she turns around her life in Summer of the Phoenix! 

Disclaimer:

I have not read this book but it does  sound fascinating.

The Christian Olympics

The Christian Olympics

I would like to introduce to you a fellow author from the John 316 Marketing Group. Her name is S.E. Gregg. You can read more about her below in her interview and in her bio. Today she is offering a free audible book, The Christian Olympics, and is also requesting reviews.

Recently her book was produced into an audio book and she is offering review copies. Please email me at Janis if you are interested in reviewing her book.

The audio book is $14.95. but you can go to this link and find out how to get it for free through Audible.com.

http://www.audible.com/pd/Religion-Spirituality/The-Christian-Olympics-Going-for-the-Gold-Crowns-Audiobook/B01INZ5S4Q

Are you interested in reviewing an audible book, The Christian Olympics, by S.E. Gregg? (click to tweet)

Christian Olympics

1.Tell me a little bit about your church background. How did you come to faith in Jesus?

As far as I can remember I went to church all of my life. Everyone went to church, that was what we did on Sunday. I sang on the choir, was an usher and participated in the church’s youth group. I even joined the Bible club at school. But while I was involved with church activity, the Holy Spirit (Who I did not know at the time) began to draw me to Him and show me in so many ways that I was a sinner. Even though I heard about Jesus Christ dying on the cross, I did not know that I had to accept His sacrifice for my sins personally to go to heaven. The Holy Spirit continued to work on my heart until one day it became crystal clear to me that I was a sinner and it was time to do something about it and I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour.  

 2. When did your interest in writing start? Can you look back and see God working through and with you in your desire to write. If so, explain your thoughts.

I began writing and speaking when I entered the “National United Church Ushers Association of America, Inc., Essay Contest”. I felt compelled to share with the world “What Jesus Means To Me” the required topic of the essay.

And during college, I was given an assignment from an English professor, at the Pennsylvania State University, to keep a journal about personal thoughts. I wrote about my relationship with Jesus Christ.And even though this was a secular university, the speeches that I wrote and delivered for my speech classes were from a Biblical viewpoint. I continued to develop  my writing and speaking skills.And before graduating from the Bethlehem School of the Bible and Missionary Training Institute, I wrote an essay from the topic “The Greatest Act” ”that He gave” (St. John 3:16), to address the Conference of Christian Education during their general sessions.

3. What is the best thing you have written? Describe it. Tell me why you think it is the best. (so far) 

I think that the best thing that I have written so far is a book called, The Christian Olympics-Going for the Gold Crowns, the unveiling of the Bible’s comparison of the Christian race/life to the Olympics Games. 

In this book I explain how Paul wrote to a Hellenistic culture—one steeped in Greek philosophy, culture, and athletics—and so for the Christians of his day, marathon foot races run by Greek Olympians provided the perfect metaphor for the endurance, longevity, and persistence needed to finish the race of faith. I believe this is my best work because the Holy Spirit inspired me  and revealed to me how to take the metaphors in scripture and unveil them so that Christians can actually  imagine and visualize themselves in a spiritual athletic competition. Because God knew that when we see ourselves as players in an Olympic game, it gives us a new understanding and exhilaration for the Christian life. Helping us to endure our trials and tribulations as spiritual athletes. And this has never been done before in a Christian living book.  

4. How and when do you spend time with God? Do you have a favourite devotional? What version of Bible do you use the most?

I spend time with God every morning through prayer and reading Bible verses. I try to find a Bible verse or verses in the morning before I go about my daily routine so that I can meditate on them throughout the day. All of my Christian life I have read and studied scripture using the King James Version of the Bible. 

I have used it for so many years that I have become accustomed to the language. Prayer is my only communication with God, to Whom I have a personal relationship with, through Jesus Christ. And when I talk to Him in prayer He talks back to me through His Word.

I enjoy our time together so much that it makes my day.

5. What new project/s are you working on? Why do they seem important to you? Are you compelled to write or do you need to find inspiration? How do you deal with interruptions?

I would like to work on having The Christian Olympics translated into different languages. I believe this is important because there are many Christians all over the world that speak various languages. And they need help in learning how  to endure their trials and tribulations as spiritual athletes. I feel that I am a spiritual writer that is compelled to write the messages that God gives me. Every book that I have written was birth to fill the need of the Christian community.

To avoid interruptions, I set a time during the day or night when I will not answer the phone,door bell or emails. And I turn the radio and television off, find a quiet space so that I can just concentrate on writing or typing.  

 S.E.Gregg

Christian Olympics

S. E. Gregg, a spiritual marathon runner in the Christian Olympics for several decades, is an award winning, best- selling author and founder of Sound Doctrine Christian Ministries. Gregg runs on her spiritual race tract using the spiritual gifts of: preaching, teaching, evangelism, exhortation and administration.

As a gifted Bible teacher and writer, Gregg has been a Bible curriculum writer for publications such as the Precepts For Living® Commentary. During her spiritual marathon, she has become the author of the bestselling books: Evangelism Counseling-How To Counsel People About Salvation and The Christian Olympics-Going For The Gold Crowns.

As a spiritual athlete,Gregg has been interviewed on many radio stations and blogtalk radio. Exercising her faith ,Gregg has written content for online magazines and has been featured in several newspapers including the Philadelphia Daily News. She is now a contributing writer for the Huffington Post. While on her way to the Finish Line, S.E.Gregg continues to write from a spiritual perspective and does her spiritual exercises from her home in the Philadelphia,PA area. 

You can reach her through the following:

Twitter-https://twitter.com/SEGregg

Linkedin-https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/S.E./Gregg

Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/people/Se-Gregg/100000187355812

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Worth Living by Mary DeMuth

Worth Living by Mary DeMuth – Thoughtful Thursdays

It is my pleasure to introduce Mary DeMuth. Mary is the author of many wonderful books. On May 3rd her new book will be offered for sale, Worth Living. Just look at her smile at the bottom of the page and you can see that Jesus shines through her.

Worth Living

Tell me a little bit about your church background. How did you come to faith in Jesus?

I met Jesus in high school. I had no church background up to that point. I learned about Jesus through the ministry of Young Life. After experiencing a traumatic childhood, I could so relate to Jesus, and I hesitated to believe that he could possibly love me. But oh how I wanted that love.

When did your interest in writing start? Can you look back and see God working through and with you in your desire to write. If so, explain your thoughts.

Yes, it started with a positive comment from my second grade teacher, then morphed into a whole lot of journaling. In college, I was an English major. I taught English for a few years, then stayed home with my children. That’s when I dusted off the dream. I spent ten years writing in obscurity and then met a literary agent in 2004, sold a couple books, and have published 2-3 a year since then.

How and when do you spend time with God? Do you have a favourite devotional? What version of Bible do you use the most?

I spend time talking with God all day long, a continual conversation. I also enjoy studying the Bible. I’ve memorized several verses (which is a huge blessing when I’m in the middle of a trial.) Lately I’ve been doing more art journaling and art response for my time in the Bible. I like several translations, but currently really love the New Living Translation.

As a writer, time is important; quiet is important. How do you find that quiet time to reflect and write?

Now that my children are nearly grown, I have a lot more time. When they were younger, they also had “quiet time” in the afternoon so we could all have time to get our heads on straight. I also grab solitude when I travel.

What is one deep desire that you would like God to fulfill for you? What Scripture could you find that could help you accomplish that goal?

I would like to do more speaking in churches and conferences. I believe God is opening up those doors.

‘But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.” 2 Timothy 4:5

Prayer:

Jesus, please open doors for the person reading this post. Fulfill dreams. Give hope. Encourage the faint hearted. We trust You for our journeys, no matter how they look. Amen.

Ask Mary DeMuth to speak at your church or conference. Read about her faith. #worthliving (tweet this)

Mary DeMuth

Worth Living

Mary DeMuth is an international speaker and podcaster, and she’s the author of over thirty books, the latest: Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love for You Makes You Worthy. She loves to help people re-story their lives. She lives in Texas with her husband of 25 years and is the mom to three adult children. Find out more at marydemuth.com.

Kimberley Payne – The Inside Scoop

Kimberley Payne – The Inside Scoop

Today I have the privilege to interview one of my best friends, Kimberley Payne. Kimberley and I met on the grounds of the Bible Conference Centre in Guelph in 2004. I was attending my first Write! Canada Conference. Kimberley wanted people to join her fit breaks. I loved that idea. I joined and enjoyed learning to do quick exercises to help the stress of a conference. See how much fun we have!

KImberley Payne leading class with -Janis-Cox

Welcome Kimberley:

Kimberley Payne author

Tell me a little bit about your church background. How did you come to faith in Jesus?

I grew up in the Catholic Church, baptized as an infant, participated in the sacraments of communion and confession, and attended a Separate grade school and high school. I believed Jesus to be my Saviour. However, it wasn’t until the darkest time in my life in 2001 that I gave my heart to Jesus and decided to make Him my Lord as well. He is my best Friend, my Rock, my Salvation.

When did your interest in writing start? Can you look back and see God working through and with you in your desire to write. If so, explain your thoughts.

I kept a journal when I was young; not a diary, but usually wrote about my travels and family vacations. As a teenager, I wrote poetry–very dark, exploring my lonely and suicidal thoughts. I also wrote fiction for my girlfriend—stories about our dating adventures.

However, I never thought that I was creative. I compared myself to my brother, who is an artist, and found myself wanting. Writing came naturally for me so it didn’t feel “special”.

As an introvert, I believe God gave me the gift of writing to help me process my thoughts and express myself on paper better than I ever could verbally. Writing was my companion.

What is the best thing you have written? Describe it. Tell me why you think it is the best. (so far)

That’s a tough one. I like my devotionals as they share what I’ve learned from and about God. He works through everything (including dreams, snowmobiling, and raising children) to teach me about His nature and character. Devotionals come naturally for me; I’m just sharing what I’ve learned and so they are closest to my “voice”.

Kimberley Payne Think Snow

I also like my children’s books. Trees of the Book shares a biblical story through the eyes of a tree. Each of the 7 trees “talked” to me so quickly that the book practically wrote itself. The tough part was all the research involved.

Kimberley Payne Trees of the Book

I really like my fitness books too. I’ve taken a difficult subject with lots of confusing and conflicting information out there and written easy-to-follow, inspirational, educational programs. I’ve received lots of positive feedback telling me that they are encouraging.

How and when do you spend time with God? Do you have a favourite devotional? What version of Bible do you use the most?

I like to spend time with God on my prayer walks.

Walking combined with #prayer author Kimberley Payne’s favourite. @FitForFaith (tweet this)

I also pray on my bike rides. God surrounds me in the beauty of nature and it feels right to praise and worship Him.

Kimberley Payne prayer walks

I don’t have a favourite devotional although I’ve read many. I usually receive at least one new devotional for Christmas every year.

I use the New International Version (NIV) Bible most often. I like to read The Message for a more contemporary look at scripture. Although I know a lot of people who love the original King James Version, I’m not a big fan of reading it.

What is your favourite scripture or scriptures and why? What is your thinking about memorizing Scripture? Do you have any tips for our readers on ways to memorize that work the best for you?

Philippians 4:6-7New International Version (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I think it’s very important to memorize Scripture but must confess that I haven’t been diligent in doing so.

A tip I could offer would be to write the verse on a cue card, and then draw something beside each line as a trigger to remember the line.

As a writer, time is important; quiet is important. How do you find that quiet time to reflect and write?

I’m at a stage in my life where I can find quiet in the evenings when my husband is busy “playing” in the garage, and my children (now young adults) are working, doing homework, or watching television.

I also have decided to fast my computer and my television on Sundays. I “unplug” from electronics and “plug” into God.

What new project/s are you working on? Why do they seem important to you? Are you compelled to write or do you need to find inspiration? How do you deal with interruptions?

I’m happy to say that my to-do list of books I felt an urgency to write has been completed. I have other ideas percolating but nothing is a “must” at this point.

I’m now more focussed on marketing and sharing the materials I’ve created with the world. I write as I’m inspired but they are usually shorter pieces.

What is one important lesson that Jesus is teaching or has taught you that has changed your worldview, your outlook, and/or your relationships?

Stewardship comes to mind. I am a steward of my children, my body, my finances etc. God has given me these to take care of but ultimately they are His.

Kimberley Payne’s goal in life is to be a good steward. (tweet this)

I want to hear God tell me, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

What is one deep desire that you would like God to fulfill for you? What Scripture could you find that could help you accomplish that goal?

That my family love and serve the Lord. My daily prayer is for my husband, my children, my parents, my siblings, and my extended family to be saved.

“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

If you would like to end with a personal prayer that would be great too.

Dear Lord, I thank You for the giftings You have given each and every person. I pray that we would use these talents to glorify and honour You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Kimberley Payne

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Kimberley Payne is a motivational speaker and author who writes to encourage women in both fitness and faith. Her goal is to inspire women to glorify God with healthier lifestyles. Kimberley is happily married and lives with her husband in a village east of Toronto, Canada where she hikes and bikes. 

 

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What God says: Pearl Nisiah-Kumi

Today we welcome Pearl Nisaih-Kumi and learn how how she listens to God and can hear what God says. She is a member of the John316MarketingNetwork.

What God says: Pearl Nisiah-Kumi

Pearl Nsiah-Kumi

Tell me a little bit about your church background. How did you come to faith in Jesus?

Growing up, my family was what you’d call nominal Christians—we attended church because it was the right thing to do, I guess. However, when I got to high school, I went away to a boarding school, and that was where I heard the gospel for the first time. I accepted Christ for salvation, and have not looked back since.

I have attended a number of churches over the years, but for the past nine years, I’ve been a member at Grace Baptist Church in Bowie, Maryland, where a close walk with God is preached and encouraged. We have about six hundred members. In addition to Sunday morning services, members are encouraged to join Sunday School classes and smaller cell groups for support, encouragement, and accountability.

When did your interest in writing start? Can you look back and see God working through and with you in your desire to write. If so, explain your thoughts.

I’d say, maybe some forty years ago, I wrote two articles about things the Lord laid on my heart.

[Pearl was listening to what God says.]

I wrote them, but didn’t do anything with them, and didn’t think much about that being a calling to write. A bit over ten years ago, make a long story short, I started writing short articles for friends in a prayer group at work. Before I knew it, we were sharing these articles outside the group. One brother suggested I compile them into a book because they were helpful. I took his advice and my first book, Get On Board and Stay On Board, was published in 2012. I have since published three more:

The Last Train at Sunset,

Time Is Running Out,

Time is Running Out - What God says

 

 

 

 

 

Living For Jesus Until He Returns.

Living for Jesus Until He Returns - what God says

 

 

 

 

 

They all contain salvation messages and the Christian’s walk with the Lord. They are very simple to understand and helpful for both believers and unbelievers

What is the best thing you have written? Describe it. Tell me why you think it is the best. (so far)

The best thing I’ve written—I’ve used Scripture to challenge popular thinking, and concluded that only God’s way of doing things matters. For example, in chapter two of Time is Running Out, I argue that God says we are sinners, and that fact does not change even if we disagree with Him. According to the Bible, we are sinners because we are born with a sin nature.

The Bible is the final authority! (click to tweet)

It is counter-productive to argue with what it says. I raise similar arguments in all four books, and support them with Scripture.

What new project/s are you working on? Why do they seem important to you? Are you compelled to write or do you need to find inspiration? How do you deal with interruptions?

I am currently working on a little booklet/article on the subject of abortion. My target readers are single girls and women experiencing crisis in pregnancy; however, anybody who might be a part of this crisis (family, friends, and boyfriends) who doesn’t know the facts will benefit from reading it. This article/booklet is important because I believe our teenagers and college-age girls often don’t have enough information or education prior to engaging in pre-marital sex, or else they choose to ignore what they know. Also, one of the books–Time Is Running Out, is in the process of being translated into Spanish; it is my prayer and hope that it will work out well. The Spanish- speaking population needs to hear this message as much as the English-speaking population does.

I get the inspiration/burden first, and that compels me to write. I need both components to write. Interruptions can rob you of the thoughts you need to put down, and consequently lead to you forgetting them. I like to screen my interruptions and assess where they are coming from, and how urgent they are. I can then decide to respond or ignore them. I personally believe the enemy can use interruptions to distract us.

What is one deep desire that you would like God to fulfill for you? What Scripture could you find that could help you accomplish that goal?

One of my deep desires is to be able to market my books effectively.

The topic of salvation through Jesus (which is what I write about) is very important and urgent. People are dying every day: unfortunately, many without Christ.

I wish Christians would purchase these books for unbelieving family and friends. Time is short. Anything can happen in an individual’s life– early death, health changes–it’s better to be saved now than leave the future to chance.

Too many people are trusting in themselves and their good deeds to get into heaven, but that is not biblical. Paul reminded the church of Ephesus, “God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God” (Ephesians 2:8 NLT). The Scripture that keeps me hopeful in this situation is, “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13 NLT). Hence I’ve been asking and will continue to ask, because He who promised is faithful!

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You for revealing Yourself to me. I know You are preparing mansions for all Your children, and very soon You are coming back to receive us unto Yourself. But Lord, many are dying without You. Please open their eyes and understanding to enable them to choose life through Your Son Jesus. Please show us all the steps we can take, all the things we can do to make a difference in the lives of unbelievers. Help us to share Your word with passion, compassion, zeal, and with urgency. Thank You in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Pearl Nsiah-Kumi

 

Pearl is a retired registered nurse, and a Christian author. She came to the United States from Ghana, West Africa. She has lived in Maryland for over forty years. Pearl has three children, a son in-law, and four grandchildren. She loves to write poetry and short articles based on Scripture, and has authored four books:

Get On Board and Stay On Board;
The Last Train at Sunset;
Time Is Running Out;
Living for Jesus Until He Returns.

These books contain salvation messages to reach the unbeliever, and messages about the Christian walk to encourage all Christians. The books are suitable for use as devotionals and also helpful in witnessing.

They are all available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and also on her Website:

Pearl may be reached by email at Pearl.

Thoughtful Thursdays – How God reached Marcia Laycock and changed her life

I am excited today to introduce you to my friend, Marcia Laycock. I know that you will find it fascinating how God has moved in her life. She is a prolific author, devotional writer and teacher. She is also warm, and caring. God has blessed her with an amazing way of expressing life through Him.

Welcome Marcia.

Thoughtful Thursdays – How God reached Marcia Laycock and changed her life

Marcia Laycock

1.  Tell me a little bit about your church background. How did you come to faith in Jesus?

I was raised in a Catholic home but never understood what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus. I went through some nasty things as a child and decided God did not like me let alone love me, so I turned my back on Him by the time I left high school. I wandered in the wilderness for many years, ending up in a tiny town in the far north (Dawson City Yukon). You can read the full story on my website, but short version is, the Lord grabbed hold of my husband and me there, through the death of some close friends, and a “miracle baby,” in 1982.

Within a short time we found ourselves at Briercrest Bible College, then pastoring a small church in Ponoka Alberta. The Lord led us to the mission field in Papua New Guinea in 1996, then to plant a new church here in Blackfalds Alberta, in 2005.

Looking back over all those years it amazes me how He led and kept us and has blessed us in amazing ways as we’ve watched Him at work in our lives and the lives of many others. (tweet this)

2.  When did your interest in writing start? Can you look back and see God working through and with you in your desire to write. If so, explain your thoughts.

I began writing when I was very young, mostly I think as a way of escape in a rather stressful home. God gave me some wonderful teachers who encouraged me to continue writing but it wasn’t until I finally yielded my life to Him that a burning desire was kindled in me to see my words published. I’m sure it was by His orchestration that I ended up in a province that had a thriving Christian writers’ organization (now called InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship). I joined that group in the early 90s, and was privileged to be on the executive for many years. It is my joy now to be able to teach and help others in their journey as they write for Him.

3. What is the best thing you have written? Describe it. Tell me why you think it is the best. (so far).

That’s a hard question to answer. It brings to mind some devotionals that have had amazing responses from readers, my first novel, One Smooth Stone, which, through the Lord’s power, has changed lives, and even one or two of my poems. But If I had to choose I think I’d pick my current work in progress, a play called A Pattern in Blue, which is the story of my dad’s experience during World War 2. I was tremendously blessed to be able to work with the professional actors and a wonderful director at Rosebud School of the Arts and see that play read on stage last May, as part of the Budding Playwrights Festival. I am continuing to work with Lucia Frangione to expand and finish it and hope to see a full production of it some day. I think it is an important story that needs to be told.

4. What is your favourite scripture or scriptures and why? What is your thinking about memorizing Scripture? Do you have any tips for our readers on ways to memorize that work the best for you?

I used to be stressed about trying to memorize scripture because I find it very difficult, especially since going through chemotherapy a couple years ago.

But I have been amazed how God’s word simply floats into my mind – sometimes quite long passages – when I need it.

There are a few scriptures that I would say are favourites – Hebrews 10:24, Psalm 103, Isaiah 43:1-7, and the whole book of Job, which, if I had to choose, would be my favourite. I had to read it all in one sitting, write a ten page paper and then an exam, all in the space of a week, while at Bible college, and it had a profound impact on me.

I try to read it in one sitting once a year and it never fails to “knock my socks off!” 🙂

7. What new project/s are you working on? Why do they seem important to you? Are you compelled to write or do you need to find inspiration? How do you deal with interruptions?

As I mentioned in # 3, I’m finishing A Pattern in Blue and also working on another play, as yet unnamed, for the Advanced Playwriting Course I’m taking with Lucia. This play is about a group of people who have come together for support. I believe it’s important because it’s all about putting our theology to work.

The picture below should make you wonder what the play is about. I have lots of questions. Do you?

Reading of play by Marcia Laycock

I am also in the process of setting up my own publishing company, Small Pond Press and have released two titles so far – Abundant Rain Devotional for writers of faith and A Traveler’s Advisory, stories of God’s grace along the way. They are both available now on Amazon.

As I mentioned above, as a pastor’s wife interruptions are constant. I’ve learned not to get stressed over it, to go with the flow and trust that God is working out my schedule so that all things important get done.

Marcia Laycock

Marcia Lee Laycock writes from central Alberta Canada where she is a pastor’s wife and mother of three adult daughters. She was the winner of The Best New Canadian Christian Author Award for her novel, One Smooth Stone. The sequel, A Tumbled Stone was short listed in The Word Awards. Marcia also has three devotional books in print and has contributed to several anthologies, including the Hot Apple Cider books. Her work has been endorsed by Sigmund Brouwer, Janette Oke, Phil Callaway and Mark Buchanan.

How to Find Her

Website – www.marcialeelaycock.com
Blogs – http://marcialeelaycock.com/thespur
 http://www.writer-lee.blogspot.ca/
Facebook – www.facebook.com/marcialeelaycock
Twitter – @MarciaLaycock – profile – https://twitter.com/MarciaLaycock
Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/marcialaycock/
Amazon author page –  http://www.amazon.com/Marcia-Lee-Laycock/e/B007ATSV1E
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MarciaLeeLaycock
The Spur sign-up – http://eepurl.com/BOkO1

Books

One Smooth Stone – http://amzn.to/1vyyBHO

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The Ambassadors book one – Amazon.com – http://amzn.to/1rEz618
Clinging to the Rock – http://amzn.to/1yilevh
An Unexpected Glory – Christmas ebook – http://amzn.to/1l0Wzrz
Earthly Treasure – http://amzn.to/1GkIzhR
Missing Christmas – http://amzn.to/1sQaZOd
Uplifting Devotionals Book 3 – Amazon.com-  http://amzn.to/1DEo0hA
Celebrate This Day – amazon.com http://amzn.to/1vE5Ius
A Traveler’s Advisory – am.com – http://amzn.to/1X4VkDB

Thoughtful Thursdays – How to Live Victoriously for Christ

Today we welcome Sheldon Newton. I found it very interesting how Christ pursued Sheldon until He knew without a doubt that Jesus is Lord. Please read how God has used Sheldon to further His Kingdom.

Thoughtful Thursdays – How to Live Victoriously for Christ

Sheldon D. Newton

1.  Tell me a little bit about your church background. How did you come to faith in Jesus?

I grew up in a single parent home with my mother, two sisters and one big brother and my mom made sure that we attended church whenever the church doors opened. As my mom describes it, she had left my father (her husband) because of abuse. The last straw was when he came in the room drunk and I was a baby crying in my crib. She said that he took me up and threw me against the wall. He did not like me because I was darker than my brother. (By the way, he was dark too.) This was when she made the firm choice to leave him.

As a young child I always felt so alone and misunderstood. So I stayed to myself a lot. We attended an Anglican church until my grandmother passed away, and then my mom moved us to a Baptist church not far from where we lived. It was while at the Baptist church that I came to understand the Good News, that God so loved me that He gave His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ so that I would not perish and go to hell, but have everlasting life.

My oldest sister became friends with an out-standing Christian young lady who attended the church who truly loved Jesus. Her face literally glowed with His Presence and peace and I wanted that.

I came under great conviction but was afraid to walk to the altar when the call was given.

I remember that a week of revival services were held at the church and the conviction became greater. A dear old saint approached me and asked me if I was saved. I told her, “No,” and she encouraged me to go to the altar. I went at her coaching and was prayed for. At that time they did not lead us in a prayer to receive Christ. They simply prayed over us. But when I got home that evening I went on my knees and gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is a decision I have never regretted and that has been over thirty years ago.

I was thirteen years old at the time.

2.  When did your interest in writing start? Can you look back and see God working through and with you in your desire to write. If so, explain your thoughts.

Looking back I can clearly remember that I first began writing right after I gave my heart to Jesus. I found an old Bible which my brother used to use.

The Bible had no covers, but I treasured it for it contained God’s Word.

I had a very strong hunger to know God and to know His Word so I would read several chapters every day. As I read things would stand out to me and I would write notes in the corners of the Bible. As time went on I got a note pad and would literally write for hours as I studied the Scriptures.

The more I wrote the more would come to me and I really enjoy it.

I can see now that God was training and preparing me for being a Christian author. This is when it began. From writing on note pads and papers I went to writing on a computer and now a laptop. I wrote my first book on an old computer.

3.  What is the best thing you have written? Describe it. Tell me why you think it is the best. (so far)

I personally believe that my best book chronicles what I learned about living for Christ so far and how to do so practically on a daily basis in victory. Believe me when I say it was and still is a learning process. The book I am referring to would be my fourth book, “How To Live The Christian Life Successfully…..Victoriously.” (Formerly True Spirituality & Be Ye Transformed)

I had been preaching and teaching God’s Word for about twenty years and a friend of our family asked me about writing a book that would share with people how to grow in their walk with Christ, I mean, how to live this life. She knew that I had been living for the Lord from my teens.

Many who had started to live for God had turned back to their old life.

She wanted me to share what I had learned so that it would serve as an encouragement to others and to do so in an instructional format where they could apply principles of the faith. Many people through the years wanted me to share with them on vital issues such as how to renew their minds, how to bring their body under subjection (this was a BIG ISSUE, and it still is), how to forgive, how to walk in love, how to know God intimately, how to know His Voice, how to better understand the Bible and how to meditate in the Scriptures, among other things.

I wrote this particular book in response to help people comprehend in a simple manner how to live for Christ victoriously.

Because I have actually had to walk the road myself and live these truths this book carries a very special place in my heart. It takes a person by the hand and leads him or her step by step into a closer and deeper walk with Christ. And people’s lives are being blessed and helped through it. Thank God.

4.  How and when do you spend time with God? Do you have a favourite devotional? What version of Bible do you use the most?

I spend my time with God in His Word and in prayer in the mornings before I do anything else. I notice in the Bible that people who pursued God like King David sought God in the morning. I have noticed through these many years that if I put God first and begin my day with Him the rest of my day goes better. There have been times when I did other things and people first but my day did not go as planned and I found myself getting so busy and distracted that I neglected my time with Him and that was not a good feeling at all.

So I aim to be with Him in His Word and prayer in the mornings before I get to the other things I have to do.

To me it is still amazing to note that I get much more accomplished after my morning devotions. I mostly use the King James Version of the Bible. I just love the Old English. But I also use The Amplified Bible and some other translations when I desire to get more clarity of a particular passage of Scripture.

Feeding on His Word is a real delight to my soul.

I love reading His Word most of all. But I also read other books as well, most of them of the Christian genre, but some motivational and instructional books as well. I do not have a favorite devotional but I have books which I treasure such as: God’s Generals with Roberts Liardon and Ever-increasing Faith with Smith Wigglesworth.

5.  What is your favorite scripture or scriptures and why? What is your thinking about memorizing Scripture? Do you have any tips for our readers on ways to memorize that work the best for you?

I treasure God’s Word and have several which I may say I love feasting upon in particular.

One of them is Isaiah 41:10 which says, “Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.” I LOVE THAT. I mark it in every new Bible I get.

I also love Jeremiah 15:16 which says, “Thy words were found and I did eat them and thy word was unto me the joy and the rejoicing of my heart.”

I find meditation in His Word fun and sweet. The word, meditate means to mutter, ponder, muse and think upon. Early in my walk with God I learned to focus when I feed and study the Word. I aim not to get distracted and by meditating in the Scriptures daily the Word became a part of me.

I honestly have little to no problem remembering Scriptures.

Actually, from the time I gave my life to Jesus I could read a Scripture once and remember it. This is particularly true when I am teaching the Bible. Scriptures would come to me without any effort to remember them.

I believe in memorizing the Bible but without even doing so the Spirit of God brings them back to me continually.

It has been that way with me for over thirty years now. My encouragement to anyone who wants to remember Scripture more is to make time to read and ponder it on a daily basis. When the Word gets rooted deeply in your heart you will find His Word being a lamp to your feet and a light to your path showing you what to do, what to say and how to live. A major key is to feed upon the Word DAILY. That is vital.

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Sheldon Newton

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Bishop Sheldon D. Newton is a pastor, international speaker, lecturer and teacher who has been sharing God’s Word  for over thirty years.

He is on a mission to share the foundational and practical keys to successful and victorious living for Christ, through the application of Biblical Truths which transforms lives.

He is a noted author, and the senior pastor of Jesus Christ Centered Ministries, located in Nassau, Bahamas. His teachings on Kingdom living and the power of prayer will ignite you and enable you to live effectively and produce results in your personal, family and professional life.

Sheldon is the best-selling author of many books, including the 30 day life-changing devotional, My Name is Jealous; How To Pray & Get Results; How To Live The Christian Life Successfully….Victoriously; Diligence, The Master Key To Achieving Your Dreams; Refuse To Live The Common Life & Humility & the Honor Of God (which is hailed as a Christian Classic).

Sheldon lives in Nassau with his wife and two children.

His Links:

Facebook: Sheldon Newton

Twitter: Sheldon Newton

His books:

How To Live The Christian Life Successfully..Victoriously: 

Diligence The Master Key To Achieving Your Dreams:

How To Pray And Get Results: 

Winning the Battle For Your Mind: 

Thoughtful Thursdays – How much do you know about the story of Abraham?

Thoughtful Thursdays – How much do you know about the story of Abraham?

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Today we have the privilege of meeting Dave Ramos. Dave approached me to ask me to review his latest book. Since I don’t do reviews I thought I would ask him if he would be interested in an interview. He said yes.

Welcome Dave.

1.  Tell me a little bit about your church background. How did you come to faith in Jesus?

I actually come from a Puerto Rican heritage, so I grew up in Pentecostal Spanish churches. However, my parents never taught me Spanish because they wanted to make sure I spoke English without an accent. I spent most of my early years thinking church was a complete waste of time because I couldn’t understand anything they were saying. As I got older I drifted from the faith until God got my attention during my freshman year of college. It was a crazy series of events but basically I felt God asking me where He fit into my life. At that time, He didn’t. So I dropped out of school and completely reorganized my life to make Him a priority.

It’s been quite an adventure but I’m very thankful God found me when He did.

2.  When did your interest in writing start? Can you look back and see God working through and with you in your desire to write. If so, explain your thoughts.

I’ve been interested in writing as long as I can remember. I won a few local writing competitions as a kid – just with short stories and essays. But it was always just a hobby. It wasn’t until God got a hold me during my college years that I saw my writing as a gift I needed to steward.

For me, writing is the one unique thing I can do to further His kingdom in this world and build up fellow believers.

3.  How and when do you spend time with God? Do you have a favourite devotional? What version of Bible do you use the most?

My writing time is an overflow of my time with God. I begin each morning by reading the verses I will be writing on. Then I go into 1 or 2 commentaries and read what they have to say about the verses. Afterward, I pray – asking God for wisdom, clarity, and to impact me with His truth. From there I write out the study for the day and then use that as a starting point to meditate on throughout the day. In addition, my fiancé and I do a Bible study together once a week.

It’s so essential to make sure you’re spending time with God alone and in the company of other people.

I don’t have a favorite devotional, but when I am having trouble praying I turn to The Valley of Vision – it’s such a beautiful, encouraging work. Favorite Bible version: ESV.

4.  What new project/s are you working on? Why do they seem important to you? Are you compelled to write or do you need to find inspiration? How do you deal with interruptions?

I am currently working on a series called Testament Men. It’s will be a set of 10 devotionals following the lives of Old Testament characters. The first three, Abraham, Jacob and Job will be out this year, and the rest will be releasing over the next 18 months. I chose this current series because I have seen that most Christians have a hard time understanding the Old Testament. It’s big and intimidating and most of the writing out there isn’t very user friendly. Thankfully, God has given me a knack for reading dense, confusing books and communicating them in an easy-to-understand way.

Honestly, I think every writer needs daily inspiration to write! But I don’t look at it like I have a choice honestly. This is what I believe God has called me to do and I so I will serve him as faithfully as a Pastor or Missionary would.

5.  What is one important lesson that Jesus is teaching or has taught you that has changed your worldview, your outlook, and/or your relationships?

Ever since I heard a sermon preached in Hosea 4:6 many years ago, that Scripture has really shaped my life. It says, “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Now, this verse isn’t saying that Christians are dumb or don’t want to learn. In the context of Hosea its saying that the Israelites have forgotten who their God really is.

They’ve forgotten the stories and blessings that shaped their nation. I think the same is true for the modern church.

We are bombarded by so many things that want our attention but we forget to invest in what really matters: knowledge of God – of who He is and what He is doing in this world. That is one reason I write about the Old Testament, I think that is one spot where people’s knowledge is lacking most. So if I can help fill in the knowledge gaps just a little, God can step in and do incredible things.

David Ramos

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David  is a Christian author and teacher passionate about communicating the life-changing truths found in the Old Testament. He has a degree in Classical and Medieval Studies and is currently finishing a Master’s in Religion (Biblical Studies) at Ashland Theological Seminary. When he’s not writing you can usually find David chasing down the newest food truck or helping his fiancé, Breahna plan their wedding (2016).

David and his library currently reside in Cleveland, Ohio.

Links:

Latest book “Climbing with Abraham” 

Website (Where people can sign up to get future books in the series for free): Dave Ramos 

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Thank you so much Dave for being a guest on Growing Through God’s Word. We pray for the best for you and for your books.

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Thoughtful Thursdays – Who is Carol A Brown?

 

Thoughtful Thursdays – Who is Carol A Brown?

Today I am starting a new series to introduce you to some of my writer friends. Carol Brown has a new book coming out called Sassy Pants Learns about Strange Creatures.

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You can see with the picture below that Carol grew up with animals. She is pictured here with her brother Denny.

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I have given Carol some questions to answer about her life and her faith. Welcome Carol.

  1. Tell me a little bit about your church background. How did you come to faith in Jesus?

Church background—as a kid we attended church when we had gas for the car. That was not every Sunday! When we left the farm and dad went into carpentry we attended more regularly and generally a church of the Baptist persuasion. In college I attended a C&MA and a Weslyn Methodist for a bit. Then I made friend with some Chinese Christians and ended up joining their fellowship until I met my husband and he took me off to seminary with him. Then we had to choose a denomination. We chose to affiliate with American Baptists. We felt we could find spiritual peers as well as social peers with that denomination. Now that we have retired and I have limitations, we tend to do house church.

Coming to faith in Jesus—My mom tells me that I accepted Jesus as Savior in Sunday School but I don’t have a clear memory of it. The clear memory is when Father God rolled back the sky one night and introduced Himself. Somewhere around the age of 10. The summer night was so beautiful—frogs, crickets and cicada singing their hearts out. An occasional Whip-o-Will called and the stars, like sparks, had burned holes in the velvety midnight blue sky. The smell of clover rode on a soft warm breeze. Every cell in my body was vibrating with delight and appreciation. And then the sky rolled back like a scroll…and there He was—just as delighted with me as I was with Him. That’s when the adventure began.

  1. When did your interest in writing start? Can you look back and see God working through and with you in your desire to write. If so, explain your thoughts.

I came into writing sort of backwards—several things like that in my life. I was an academic—I taught English Language at the University to speakers of other languages. That arena requires lots of papers and research so that is where I learned to write. But I never took any creative writing courses. My interests were elsewhere.

So when I was struck with MS in 1995, I began writing up stories and concepts as a way to keep my sanity during recovery. Four prophetic people came to me separately and said they felt I was to write up my experiences. It was to be a parable for the church. I documented lessons along the way but really felt in my heart that the Church did not want to hear me say, “MS sucks!” But I kept writing out of obedience. Then one day the Lord said, “We have a book.” I looked at my pile of disconnected snippets and said, “We do?” It took a long time to dig out all the MS from the manuscript but we did it—we had two books for adult readers. The Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity and Highly Sensitive.

That process was so hard I told the Lord that I didn’t want to do any more hard books. He said, “Okay.” And promptly downloaded the Sassy Pants series! These are His stories. Yes, He used data from my own childhood, but He wrote the stories. So I hope your readers enjoy this sassy little pig as she grows up and learns the lessons we all need to learn! On the fly leaf is a disclaimer: Sassy Pants…an almost true story based very loosely on some facts!

Writing or being an author was never on my radar as a career choice. The Lord arranged events and opportunities in my life so I was prepared and had the skill set needed to intuitively turn to writing as something I could do when I was not well enough to do much of anything. I could still be myself–a teacher, but the Lord promoted me and now my classroom is global.

  1. What is the best thing you have written?

That’s hard to say. When people tell you that something you wrote saved their life—that’s pretty awesome! Maybe Through the Wilderness, the pathway to holiness which is in the publishing process. But then, the Sassy Pants Series is the best in the children’s genre! I really have a hard time picking!

Describe it.

The Wilderness is a memoir/devotional/spiritual adventure story! It chronicles the lessons and experiences the Lord orchestrated during my recovery from MS.

Tell me why you think it is the best.(so far)

Because the LORD commissioned it and I believe He is watching over it… because it is a word from His heart to the Church of today. He is the main character of each and every chapter.

  1. How and when do you spend time with God?

Every day in the morning. MS has created a visual disturbance called a “downbeat nystagmus.” My visual field slowly slides downward from left to right and then jerks back to center. Repeat, ad nauseum. Finally around 11:00 am it slows down enough that I can read and work on the computer. So from the time I get up in the morning until 11:00 am I spend with the Lord! It works well.

Do you have a favourite devotional?

Not really because of the trouble I have reading. I need it to be digital so I can enlarge the font to where I can see it. I generally limit myself to the Bible. Sometimes I will research different things and then meditate on them as well as on scripture. I type pretty fast and accurately so I will record the thoughts and meditations that come to me on the computer with my eyes closed!

What version of Bible do you use the most?

The NIV, but I also enjoy Phillips and Jerusalem Bible.

  1. What new project/s are you working on?

Right now my publisher, Lilly Maytree of Summer Island Press and I are working to get the whole series of Sassy Pants Learns out there to children. We will be going back and redoing the first two stories, colorize them and create new covers and who knows what all we will do. And then there are two, possibly three more books in the series. 1) Sassy Pants, 2) Sassy Pants Makes Amends, 3) Sassy Pants Learns About Strange Creatures, 4) Who’s The Boss, 5) Sassy Pants and the Boss Hog.

Why do they seem important to you?

God has let me know that “He is very concerned about the children.” Giving a child a strong character is one of the most loving things we can do. These stories are my bit in doing that.

Thank you so much Carol for being a guest on Growing Through God’s Word. We pray for the best for you and for your books.

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Carol Brown says, “I started telling stories when I had enough brothers for an audience!” She has four brothers and one sister.

Carol was raised in a farming community in Iowa. A retired teacher, she and her husband reside in Grand Rapids, MI caring for her elderly mother. Carol enjoys nature, music, playing the piano, children, reading, writing and storytelling. Now she specializes in knitting sweaters and spinning yarns!

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Website:  From God’s Heart for adult readers

To purchase Carol’s new book click on Sassy Pants Learns about Strange Creatures

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A Great Review for Tadeo Turtle

A Great Review for Tadeo Turtle

by Janis Van Keuren (@HeartFulMoments)

Here is a portion of her review. Please read the rest at Heart-filled Moments. Thank you very much Janis from your new friend Janis. 

Tadeo Turtle - Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Vibrant. Creative. Artistic. Hospitable. Friendly. A passionate lover of Jesus and prayer. All describe Author Janis Cox. We had met online through Janis’ popular blog, “Sunday Stillness,” but when the opportunity presented itself to meet at a writer’s conference in Phoenix, we both jumped at the chance. And how could I pass up meeting someone who spells her name the same unusual way that my Mom decided to spell my name?

In addition, Janis offered for me to stay the night at her home even though I was a perfect stranger. She was sparing me a grueling two-hour drive home and back again the next morning. I gratefully accepted. Canadian born, Janis and her husband Wayne winter in Arizona. “Snowbirds.” That’s what us folks who live here through the sweltering summers like to call our winter visitors. We really envy them.

Janis’ book, “Tadeo Turtle,” is about an animal who enjoys his life until he discovers that one of his friends has adventures impossible for Tadeo to experience because of the way he was made. Like most of us humans, Tadeo begins examining what the possibilities of life would be like if he could just change. And isn’t that what most of us are thinking about with the start of a New Year. We look within ourselves, finding flaws, and then determining how we can change to improve ourselves.

To get your copy of Tadeo Turtle follow the PayPal icon; you can purchase with PayPal or by credit card. A free gift of an ebook and a watercolour batik card with this offer.

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 A Little Bit about Janis

Janis Van Keuren

I am follower of Christ and a freelance writer with a heart to encourage and inspire other Christian women. I am married to Hubby–crazy, loving, and easy-going. We have two zany, sports-loving sons who are young men forging their futures in this world. They think their Mom’s latest adventure is quite amusing but they are always beside me to help me through the “techy” stuff..

 I have dappled in various careers from writing to teaching to banking. But the one that has attracted me the most is writing. With a degree in Journalism, I had worked several years as a writer and editor for major company publications. Then I heard the Lord’s call to come home and be a full-time Wife and Mother.

My blog is designed to encourage and inspire other Christian women with experiences from my personal life and Scripture verses that correlate. I enjoy writing from my heart about the ways I have experienced the lord’s presence in my life, hoping to help others find Him right by their side as well. Sprinkled throughout my blog are anecdotes, family stories, amusing moments with our dog, Chip, and relational issues to name just a few. Blogging helps me to network with other Christian women and share our experiences, our goals, our visions. As a writer, I hope to inspire other Christian women on this earthly journey with the Lord.