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Find out How and Why God has Given me Release

Update: I needed to find a release. I think that’s more like freedom. Timing is good for this release too.

Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash

I know it’s been awhile since I posted here. I have been busy writing on Medium.com. I’ve been busy taking courses. Maybe too busy.

You can check out my posts by going to Janis Cox Medium. You don’t have to sign up to read the posts. But you can’t “clap” (which is a “like”) unless you sign up. (A few of my posts are in a program to get paid and you can’t get those unless you subscribe to Medium.) If you are already a member please tell me so I can drop over to visit you.

I did a 30-day challenge to write 5 days a week in March. Whew, that was interesting. I don’t think I’ll keep up that pace. I learned a lot though.

This week as I talked to God and read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 I realized I needed to take a break, a release.

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We travel back home to Canada on Tuesday – so lots to do here in terms of closing up.

I have two special things to tell you about.

  1. If you are looking for a place to learn about God’s Word, but don’t have time, or not sure how. Here is a safe haven – join us on our Facebook Closed Group – Growing Through God’s Word.

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2. I am offering a free Bible Art course. If you always wanted to try this – here is your chance. Materials are minimal. Sign up.

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Now for the Five-Minute Friday post:

Five minutes to write. Go: – The Word is RELEASE.

God always brings me back to centre.

I have been so involved in learning about blogging, writing, creating and doing I forgot to pause to live. So I am going to take a release from all of this. And I want to work on my Bible Study course.

It’s going to be hard because I love to write. But I think I need to regroup with God to discover how to enjoy this writing adventure and life too. I need to find a rhythm – a holy rhythm.

Writing about what God is telling me and teaching me is exciting. However, I need to find a schedule that fits my life.

And coming back to Canada there are other responsibilities and family to have time for.

Also, I am doing 7 Artist in the Schools workshops when I return. That will keep me involved.

So I feel God has given me a release from this job of writing for the moment.

You might see me here on Five-Minute Fridays though – because that’s what I like – to keep things SIMPLE.

Blessings,

Janis

 

Watchful Wednesdays – Opportunities

Watchful Wednesdays – Opportunities

Twice this week I was offered an opportunity to guest post. I realized for the first time that I really like to write. I will write about anything where the Holy Spirit gives me a prompt.

Haiku

The first one Angelview Inspirations was about perseverance. Sharon Kirby wrote a comment on that post.

You know, most of the time when I hear that word, I think of trudging along in spite of circumstances – mostly with an exhausted spirit, and a disgruntled attitude. However, I think you’re right.

Perseverance is a process.

And rather than a destructive windstorm that serves only to erode us, it’s more like a chisel in the hand of a master sculptor. (tweetable)

God uses our perseverance to work on our character. And so, the longer we persevere, the more we’ll look like Him. That IS a lifelong process, but worth it for the joy that awaits.

Then another opportunity at Grace Thorson’s blog –

Grace reminded me that I love poetry and I shared one of the first poems that I wrote while questioning God about everything – and how He showed me exactly Who He is.

Follow the link to read my post called How Writing Changed My Life.

I love opportunities – to meet new people, to try new things, to stretch the mind God has given me.

Prayer:

Thank You, Lord for opportunities. May I always move towards them when you give me a nudge. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

What opportunities has God been giving you? I would love to hear from you.

The days of Malware Attacks

The Days of Malware Attacks

I thought I had this figured out – but it is back…. Read below and anyone that can help – help.

Goodness. I woke up to an attack this morning. My GoogleChrome told me that there was a malware attack on this site.

Well it wasn’t on my site – it was on GoogleChrome on my site.

In order to get rid of it I had to delete all Google Chrome files.

If you get the Malware on your screen, delete your cookies and cache. If it is still there, delete Chrome. Anything further email me, under Janis Cox

Blessings,

Janis

This Week’s Posts

Since I am on a blogging Sabbath for the next week I have put the links below where you can click on my posts from the past week.

 

BlossomsCan I Joy Dare You? Week 19 with Linky (open for 1 month) for all those who would like to share their posts about counting the gifts of God.

 

 

Worship by Janis Cox  Wednesday’s Word – Worship with Linky for all those who want to share what God has spoken to them about this week. Visit other bloggers. This will be up for the two weeks.

 

 

 

Song

Five Minute Friday – Song Using only 5 minutes I wrote on the word “song”. Check back to Lisa Jo Baker and read lovely posts about “Song”.

 

 

Stuffed Tadeo Turtle

Craftings Saturdays – Stuffed Tadeo Turtle Find out how to make your own stuffed Tadeo Turtle

 

 

 

Sabbath

Sunday Stillness – Ephesians 5:15 – Sabbath with Linky Join with pictures and Scriptures. Visit other bloggers. This will be open for 2 weeks.

1 WAY GOD HEARS FROM US

 Leave Your Calling Card – A Guest Post

by Brenda Leyland  (reprinted with permission)

A SHORT TIME ago a fellow blogging friend emailed to tell me that I was the answer to a prayer she’d prayed that very morning!

Interesting thing about it all, I thought I was just ‘minding my own business’. I had no idea that I’d stumbled into the stream of someone’s earnest desire and request to God. All I was aware was that, in the culture and manner of Blogland, I’d come across her link in someone else’s comment box, and thought, Mmmm, I haven’t been to see Sulo in such a long time, a visit is long overdue.  

So I popped over there… to see what she’s been sharing and find out what she’s been up to. Knowing from my own experience just how important it is to find a ‘calling card’ in one’s comment box, I took the time to read more closely so I could share a comment or two on the ones that particularly spoke to me.

Lo and behold, within a short time, I found an e-mail reply back from my friend saying that I couldn’t have any idea what my comments meant to her that day. For that very morning, as she got up from bed, she asked the Lord to have someone leave a comment so that she could know for sure somebody out there was reading her postings.

And, when she clicked on her computer there in her inbox was an email indicating that someone had, indeed, been to visit and left comments. As Sulo put it:

 “What did I see… your e-mail with the comments — an answer to my prayer as a confirmation. What more proof do we need to believe God hears our prayers? Aren’t we so blessed to have such an awesome God who cares about even minute things like page-viewing!”

I’m humbled… and so honoured to have been a part of the Lord’s answer to Sulo’s heart cry. To have heeded the little nudge that I could so easily have postponed or ignored, in my view that is a glimpse of heaven in a most unexpected place…for me and for her…maybe for you too!

 

 

 

I AM A PERFECTIONIST

I admit it – I am a perfectionist

I will let you in on a secret I am a perfectionist. You wouldn’t know it by looking at my desk – papers all over – but in my banking, or my teaching or now in my blogging I get stressed if I don’t get it right.

When I write my posts I reread them a number of times. I want them to be perfect. Still I make mistakes. Then after I post – I see the dreaded mistake and all my subscribers see it too.

At least in a blog I can easily make corrections but in a book – it is permanent.

As I wrote my book A Better Way I had it looked at and edited many times by different eyes. Then I made a “dummy” copy. I actually ordered three copies from an online photobook company. And guess what? I found more errors. Not too many but I am glad I made the dummy copy first.

Being a perfectionist can be good but it can lead to stress and procrastination. Fear of making a mistake – fear of being judged.

It was a leap of faith when I began to blog. Now people would see not only my thoughts and my emotions but my writing skills as well.

But God did not give me a spirit of fear but of power, and of love and of a sound mind (based on 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJ)

So here I am out of my comfort zone, trying to be brave, pushing myself to write without fear.

I have been told for many years that the best way to write better is to JUST WRITE.

How do you feel about revealing yourself? Do you procrastinate because you want something to be perfect? Is something holding you back from following a dream and/or God’s plan?