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Blog Hop – My Current Work in Progress

Blog Hop – My Current Work in Progress

Oh did I laugh when I read the last title of this blog hop. What is my current work? As usual I have all these ideas and no time to focus.

Here are a couple of paintings from my new children’s book.

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But my current work is to focus on what God wants me to do. For that reason I will be taking a month’s sabbatical starting on April 10th. Except for Sunday Stillness which I will continue to put up.

I have come to the conclusion that if I want to get any other writing done besides blogging, I need to spend time with God – serious time. At the moment I write:

Under the Cover of Prayer – this is my first love and I am struggling with leaving it for a month but know I must do so.

Family and Faith Matters – I write twice a month and think I can have those finished before I go on sabbatical.

Inscribe Online – I write once a month and think I can write that before I leave.

and my own blog – He Cares for You – Other than Sunday Stillness – it will be quiet around here.

As for ideas I have two children’s books written. I am working on the illustrations.

I have two devotionals in the works – Living Life – One Word at a Time and a book about prayer.

And we are moving back to our residence in Canada. That is always an adjustment.

So time away will be good for me. I would ask for prayer for discernment of where to put my focus.

Stay tuned and I will tell you what God tells me.

And don’t forget to take a look at my published work – Tadeo Turtle – a story for children ages 2-7. Tadeo won the best children’s book for 2013 by The Word Awards.

Tadeo Turtle isn’t happy with his cumbersome shell. He wants to be free to run and play like Sammy Squirrel. In a dream his shell falls off near a stream. He runs, plays and has fun. All of a sudden CAT appears. Tadeo can’t outrun the CAT. He hides and longs for home. He finds his shell just in time and is safe. After he awakes from his dream, he realizes that God made all the creatures with special attributes and that he is special just the way he has been made.

You can order directly from me for a signed copy and a special batik watercolour card as a gift.

Or go to Tadeo Turtle to Buy for other options.

Tadeo Turtle - Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

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Sixth in a series of a Writers Blog Hop held by Ruth Snyder. 

Our first blog hop can be found at Ruth Snyder. . Writing Goals for 2014.

Our second blog hop can be found here. Writing Tools.

Click here for the third blog hop on the topic. Hero.

Our fourth blog hop was Advice for new writers

Our fifth blog hop was What genre do you write?

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Blog Hop for Writers – What Genre Do You Write?

Blog Hop for Writers – What Genre Do You Write?

What Genre Do You Write?

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I started writing by journalling. I wrote what God showed me through His Word, and through people I met. In the first couple of years of journalling I wrote over 150 poems along with questions, words from the Bible, quotes and what eventually turned into posts. I asked God, “What’s up”?

Here is one of the first poems I wrote (unedited) called Meditation.

In the quiet and stillness
You are there.

You arrive slowly
Envelope me with a warmth and peace.

I feel Your Presence intensifying
As You hold me in a spell-binding embrace.

I don’t want to let You go.
I hold on to the moment.
I remember it.

I thank You for all Your blessings.
I remember others to You.

We are together, we are connected.

Time passes.
I must return to my daily tasks.

But, I take with me Your peace,
Your joy,
And the memory,
Of You.

After writing all those poems, I started to write devotionals and had two published in The Upper Room – A Pottery Lesson    and   Quiet Moments.

At the same time, I started two blogs, Spirit-filled Canada and A Better Way. (These are both closed now). Spirit-Filled Canada started because I wrote a companion Bible study for Ed Hird’s book, Battle for the Soul of Canada. You can have a free copy as an e-book by writing to me. (Janis). A Better Way started after I wrote a midrash of the story of Mary and Martha.

From that story I started a children’s story about Mary and Martha and did some watercolour pictures. That story is still in the vault.

Then I heard God’s voice saying to start a different blog. This time focussing on prayer. So I started Under the Cover of Prayer. It has been running since 2010 with many contributors and guest bloggers.

Then one day while journalling, a little story about a turtle flew off the paper. That story morphed into Tadeo Turtle where I did the illustrations and published it in the fall of 2012.

Tadeo Turtle - Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Next came a website with a blog called He Cares for You because I needed to build a platform.

Now to go back to the question:

What genre do I write?

I have written poetry, fiction, non-fiction, devotionals, Bible study and a children’s book.

So my answer is –  I have no idea. I write what God calls me to write. He inspires me. I try to listen where He is leading me in my ministry to “feed His lambs”. God is in charge of what I write.

Joy comes from seeing the complete fulfillment of the specific purpose for which I was created and born again (Oswald Chambers).

What has God called you to do in your life?

We each have to find a niche in life, and spiritually we find it when we receive a ministry from the Lord (Oswald Chambers).

Ask Jesus to reveal to you what He has called you to do. And LISTEN for His answer. Be ready to move in the direction He is leading. We can do this as we work towards a closer fellowship with Him and strive for Jesus being more than our personal Saviour – He must be our everything.

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Fifth in a series of a Writers Blog Hop held by Ruth Snyder. 

Our first blog hop can be found at Ruth Snyder. . Writing Goals for 2014.

Our second blog hop can be found here. Writing Tools.

Click here for the third blog hop on the topic. Hero.

Our fourth blog hop was Advice for new writers.

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Watchful Wednesdays – Special Guest Barbara Ann Derksen

Watchful Wednesdays – Special Guest Barbara Ann Derksen

AND a Christian Book Launch and Giveaway.

Read to the end of the post and you have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Amazon. Don’t miss it.

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This is the second in a series of three posts from John 316 Authors who are on a Blog Hop Book Launch. On Monday we had the pleasure to highlight Cheryl Coldwell. If you missed it click on the link. Toady we welcome Barbara Ann Derksen.

I asked her to tell me how her writing and her faith work together.

The Woman Behind the Words

by Barbara Ann Derksen

The words flowed that night, when in 1993 I sat down at my husband’s TRS80, Radio Shack’s early version of a home computer. The story surprised me. It shouldn’t have but it did.

First of all, the fact that my once 13 words a minute speed on a keyboard (used to be called a typewriter when I was in the work force twenty years before) had increased to almost 15 words a minute, a speed that caused my two index fingers to simply fly over the keys. Secondly, the story was filled with Christian verbiage. I had simply intended to write a short little ditty that was pure fiction but something … or Someone … interjected some Christian truths that added depth to my piece.

I had become a Christian a little over twenty years before and, for me right from the beginning, being a Christian meant a 24/7 lifestyle. So I shouldn’t have been surprised when it flowed out of me in my prose, too. Over the years, writing quickly became a way to fulfill The Great Commission, something I believe we are all responsible for.

Crafting a believable story is not so hard if you are a people watcher, a reader, and you have been given the gift of creating characters who take you on a journey. I map their daily journey, as they trip over situations in their very plausible world yet do not adhere to the world’s view.  Abusive verbiage and in depth descriptives in tense scenes are, for the most part, left to the readers imagination.

I want my readers to be entertained and yet not feel as if they need to wash their minds with soap afterwards. I want them to picture people who love the Lord, living life that’s not always perfect, making mistakes, meeting bad people, getting into trouble, and yet knowing where they can find answers. I want my readers to say, “I can do that too.”

In Shadow Stalker, my male protagonist, Jeremy, is a believer who sets the example of how to live life amidst the turmoil surrounding him. He works hard to show Christine, my female protagonist and a non-believer that God is the person who has all the answers. Her independence keeps getting in the way, however.

Shadow Stalker, as with my last four mysteries, provides entertainment, although some may lose precious sleep trying to read what happens next. But they also inspire toward a closer walk with God, and show that it’s possible all the time and in all circumstances.

Writing is hard work and fun all rolled into one book. At the end of the day, however, the work could burn up in a house fire but if the person who read a book, begins to understand his need for a Saviour, then I will have accomplished what I set out to do.

There are many ways to communicate the Gospel to people all around the world. God has asked me to communicate this way and He supplies the story line. The rest is in His hands. All He asks is that I be obedient to His call on my life.

Shadow Stalker

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Here is a little bit about the story:

An ominous shadow hangs over her, as Christine Finder,  alias Melissa Rompart, visits the brutal slaying of her parents most nights in a dream.  The threat of discovery propels her to search for the whereabouts of the killer to see the man brought to justice. In the meantime, the killer stalks her mind while she operates Finder’s Keepers, an agency that searches for the people her clients hire her to find. Nathan Brent is only four years old and missing. Will she find him in time or will the killer find her first?

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Born in Canada, Barbara lived in the US for 12 years. There her writing surfaced as she worked under contract as a journalist for six years with over 2500 articles published in newspapers and magazines during that time. Meeting and interviewing people, digging for the hidden gems in their lives, made those years informative as well as instructive. She began attending Colorado Christian Writer’s Conferences and each year, under the tutelage of great Christian writer’s like James Scott Bell, Angela Hunt, and others, she honed her skills.

Barbara’s devotionals are sought after each year when she publishes a new one that reflects what God has placed on her heart. From Straight Pipes, her first, to More Than Bells, Preparation for Prayer, the latest, Barbara’s devotions take people to the place where God can touch their heart and leave a lasting impression. When people stop by her table for the latest, they talk to her about using the devotions in their chapter meetings, or their personal devotions. Some men return at their pastor’s request because the books are used as launch pads for men’s bible study. Many copies have been passed on to new believers as discipling tools.

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Shadow Stalker page on website (read excerpt and order) – http://www.barbaraannderksen.com/bookstore/shadow-stalker-book-1-finders-keepers-series/

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A Special Guest Post by Cheryl Colwell

A Special Guest Post by Cheryl Colwell

I would like to welcome Cheryl Colwell to my blog today. This is the first of a series of  three authors from a Book Launch Blog Hop from John 316 Authors. The list of the Blog Hop can be found in the footer of my website. Each day there will be an excerpt from Cheryl’s book, The Proof, as well as Barbara Ann Derksen’s book Shadow Stalker and Molly Noble Bull’s book Gatehaven.

Read through and at the bottom of this post you will find a chance to:

 win a $100 Amazon card.

I asked each of these writers how their faith and their writing work together.

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I consider writing no more important or significant than any other gift God bestows on His children. Each of us in particularly created for a special purpose, whether it is being a mom, preaching, keeping the church clean, or writing. They are all a lot of work. Looking back over my life, it is easy to see how God prepared me for this task. At such a late age, I am very grateful that I was finally ready to step into my career

The Proof

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Publication date: 1/25/14
Price Print: http://amzn.to/1fauQf2
Price Ebook:$4.99
Genre: Suspense
ISBN- Print: 978-0-9892371-3-0
ISBN-Ebook: ISBN: 978-0-9892371-2-3
Launch Date: Jan 25, 2014
No. of Pages: 333
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Here is a little bit about the story:

Shrouded in mystery, a precious relic known as Il Testamento, or The Proof, circulated among the early Christians for centuries. Before their deaths, its guardians hid it from their adversaries, leaving only a crude map of its location.

For centuries, it lay in darkness. Until now. Reports of its existence have resurfaced, inciting an ancient rivalry between a ruthless group that seeks to destroy it, and a secret association that lusts for its power.

Summoned to Siena by a grandfather he has never met, Gabriel Dolcini is thrust into a dark maze of danger. And into his divine destiny.

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Cheryl Colwell

Passionate about all things creative, Cheryl Colwell finds inspiration in the countryside of Ashland, Oregon – the perfect venue for her interests in writing, gardening, and art.

John, her husband, best friend, and chiropractor, keeps her in shape for gardening and writing long into the night. They are delighted to have four unique and talented children and three grandchildren. A smart and playful English Shepherd makes their empty nest a happy place.

Cheryl began writing fiction in 2007. True to her tagline, “Stunning Suspense,” her characters visit stunning locations while they pursue adventurous quests peppered with mystery, suspense, and romance. Cheryl likes to think of her stories as “cozy” suspense – less thriller and more relational.

To find out more about Cheryl click on the links below.

Website: www.cherylcolwell.com
Blog: www.travelandmysteryblog.com
FB: www.facebook.com/cherylcolwellauthor
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6 Thoughts for New Christian Writers – Blog Hop

6 Thoughts for New Christian Writers – Blog Hop

Fourth in a series of a Writers Blog Hop held by Ruth Snyder. 

Our first blog hop can be found at Ruth Snyder. for 2014. Writing Goals.

Our second blog hop can be found here. Writing Tools.

Click here for the third blog hop on the topic. Hero.

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6 Thoughts for New Christian Writers

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1. Always put God first.

I know as Christians we say this but … do we really do it? Whenever you are ready to put words on paper, centre yourself with Jesus. And expect Him to help you.

Jesus said:

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20, NIV).

2. Write for God.

No matter what type of writing you are doing write for God. Don’t write anything that would offend Him or upset Him. Don’t worry about what other people will think or say. They cannot harm you. Don’t look for praise from other people. Write for One alone. If you blog don’t count the hits or the comments – this can be destructive.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14, NIV).

3. Write from your heart and your experience.

Take situations and memories and make them come alive to explain a truth about God. Be real. This is especially true if you write Christian devotionals.

You are what you write ~ Helvy Tiana Rosa 

4. Learn as much as you can.

Writers’ conferences are great places to learn about writing and connect. The Word Guild puts on a conference in Guelph called Write! Canada and Inscribe Writers’ Fellowship puts on a conference in the fall.

Join a small writers’ group. Encouragement and critiques in your writing will help you to enjoy what you do and improve.

Join writers’ groups. I belong to The Word Guild, Inscribe Writers Fellowship and the American Christian Writers.

5. Write all the time. And read too.

Start a daily journal to express your thoughts, write your prayers, study God’s Word and study other good Christian non-fiction books. Some of my favourite devotionals are:

The Upper Room
My Daily Bread
Oswald Chambers – My Utmost for His Highest
Grace Notes – Philip Yancey
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

Three of my favourite blogs are:

A Holy Experience by Ann Voskamp
Margaret Feinberg

So reading and writing go hand in hand. Certainly if you want to write for a certain publication read and study that publication.

6. Network with other writers.

Be sure to seek out other writers – not just to learn as in number 5 but to become friends. Friends help each other out, through prayer, knowledge and comfort. You need that when you write.

Writing is a solitary experience so we need to reach out to others to broaden our horizons.

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5 Reasons Why Jesus is My Hero – Writers Blog Hop

5 Reasons Why Jesus is My Hero  – Writers Blog Hop

Third in a series of a Writers Blog Hop held by Ruth Snyder. 

Our first blog hop can be found at Ruth Snyder. for 2014. Writing Goals.

Our second blog hop can be found here. Writing Tools.

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Two Fridays ago the word of the week for Five Minute Friday was “hero”. I wrote for 5 minutes as I reflected on my hero. You can read it here.

Now I want to go into more detail of why Jesus is my hero.

 Jesus made me to be born again and so He changed me. (click to tweet)

Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. — John 3:3

Being born again from above is a perennial, perpetual and eternal beginning; a freshness all the time in thinking and in talking and in living, the continual surprise of the life of God (Oswald Chambers).

1. Jesus took away my WORRIES.

The first scripture I memorized was Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And he replaced my worries with prayer.

– Put
– Reason
– Aside
– Yield.

2. Jesus brought a PEACE into my daily life.

Now that I know He is in charge, I can go about my day following His leading.

P – Put
E – Everything
A – Aside
C – Christ
E – Enters

3. Jesus made me REAL.

Before my relationship with Jesus I play-acted my life. I went through the motions not knowing what I was doing here on earth. When I realized that this life is not the end, I could relax, enjoy and see each minute as a gift from God.

R – Release
E – Everything
A – And
L – Live

4. Jesus taught me not to FEAR.

Before I met Jesus I had many fears – fear of dying, fear of heights, fear of thunderstorms, fear for my children, fear of sitting by myself in a restaurant, fear of shopping by myself, fear of flying. (probably more).

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears (Psalm 34:4, NIV).

My fears are all gone. I no longer have any fear except of God Himself.

Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress,
and for their children it will be a refuge (Proverbs 14:26, NIV).

5. Jesus brought me into a COMMUNITY of His Saints.

– others who really cared for me. Before I had acquaintances and friends. Now I have Friends Forever in Christ.

So Jesus is my Hero. He changed my life. He is the One I look to for everything. (click to tweet)

Is Jesus your hero?

I love this song sung here by Jesus Culture – Holding Nothing Back, by Tim Hughes.

I am chosen, I am free
I am living for eternity
Free now forever
You pick me up, turn me around
You set my feet on solid ground
Yours now forever

And nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back

My chains fell off, my heart was free
I’m alive to live for You
I’m alive to live for You

Amazing love, how can it be?
You gave everything for me
You gave everything for me

You’ve washed my sin and shame away
The slate is clean, a brand new day

Free now forever
Now boldly I approach Your throne
To claim this crown through Christ my own
Yours now forever, yeah

And I’m free to live, free to give, free to be
I’m free to love You

Free to live, free to give, free to be
I’m free to love You
Free to live, free to give, free to be
I’m free to love You, Lord

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What Writing Tools Do You Use? – A Blog HOP

What Writing Tools Do You Use?

Second in the series of a Writers Blog Hop held by Ruth Snyder. 

 

Our first blog hop can be found at Ruth Snyder. Here we were asked our writing goals for 2014.

Our second blog hop can be found here.

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I am very old fashioned when it comes to my writing. I sit in an easy chair, under a good light. I have a snack, hot tea and a glass of water beside me.

Then I open my Bible, a devotional or a good Christian book. After reading each book something usually triggers a response and I write it down by hand in my paper journal. Many times these thought turn into posts on the spot. Sometimes I go back to my journal and write from the prompts I have jotted down.

I haven’t joined the Scrivener (a writers’ program for the computer) fan club, or other writing programs. I tried Evernote and just didn’t see the point. I just can’t connect as well to my thoughts without a pen in my hand. But that is not to say that they won’t work for you, so I have given the links.

Even as I write this blog post I am writing in my notebook first.

There have been exceptions. When I wrote for 5 minute Fridays, I would type directly into my blog post.

So my tools to write: PEN and PAPER

Once I have my thoughts down on paper, I either transfer to my blog, editing as I type, or write in Word, once again editing as I go.

Recently I have decided to switch from Word to Pages (on my MAC) because it allows me to save directly into an epub format. Therefore creating an ebook will be easier. That will save a tremendous amount of time.

I can’t wait to read what other writers will be saying in their blog post.

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What Are My Personal Writing Goals for 2014? – A Blog Hop

What Are My Personal Writing Goals for 2014? – A Blog Hop

I am joining a number of writers in a Blog Hop. This is the first week. Ruth Snyder is running the hop and you can find our first Links on Ruth’s Blog. Every other Monday we will continue the blog hop. I hope you join us in writing and/or reading the posts.

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Thanks for the template to Melanie at Only A Breath.

My writing and my artwork twirl together. As I am led in one area the other one seems to follow.

Goals and plans are made but must remain open to God’s leading. I have tried writing schedules and except for my morning times, something always seems to interrupt them.

Being retired (read realignment), means my time is my own (not) – or should I say it is God’s time. As He inspires me and as He leads me I follow.

But here are some of my writing dreams:

      • to pray, to read, study, and listen to God
      • to relax and enjoy this experience
      • to continue to let God lead me
      • to publish more books
      • to find a rhythm to posting my blogs: I write on these sites, Under the Cover of Prayer, Family and Faith Matters, and Inscribe Writers Online
      • to tackle social media and get control of it so it doesn’t control me
      • to actually paint the illustrations for 2 books

Each year I try to find One Word for the year that God has given me. In 2012 it was TRUST. In 2013 it was LIVE.

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After much prayer, study and listening I have decided that this year will be the Year of FOLLOW.

God has the plan
I will listen to Him. (click to tweet)

Relationship with Jesus is the key
It is not about me. (click to tweet)

TODAY. The Word tomorrow is not in the Holy Spirit’s vocabulary. When Jesus calls us to follow, He means right now. He means today. ~ Kyle Idleman from Not a Fan (click to tweet)

I want to be ready to say, “Yes, Lord.”

My goal for 2014 is to be a Christ Follower. (click to tweet)