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12 Days of Christmas

Tomorrow we start Twelve Days of Christmas

We have 12 days to read 12 Days of Christmas and find out what authors are writing. I hope you enjoy the articles.

12 days

In the meantime you can download for 99 cents on Amazon Kindle, Living Life One Word at a Time. Tell me your thoughts and whether I should continue to make this a full book.

Living Life One Word at a Time

I would love to know how you are doing. Drop me a line at Janis or comment below.

If you need prayer drop me a line too.

I have been busy writing and you can find me on Medium.com.


I Desperately Love to Read Books

Scribble Picnic: Books

Oh that is such a good word for this week’s Scribble PIcnic. I love love books. For that reason, I have had to pare down all the books I had on my shelves or I would be overrun with them. I keep the ones I have written in and give the rest to our church or Thrift store.

I’m once again joining Scribble PIcnic. Michael was dealing with a death in the family and needed to take two weeks off. To find out more about the co-operative, go visit Scribble Picnic. I am sure all of us are hoping Michael is back to his humorous, fine form this week.

Here is my booktable – changed from the picture as I move every book all around.


Check what’s on  my to-read or in-the-middle of reading list: (tweet this)

  • Smith Wigglesworth
  • Healing by Francis MacNutt
  • Why Pray? for your pastor by Richard Ciamitaro
  • The Joy of Missing Out (Finding Balance in a Wired World) by Christina Crook

Ones that I have recently read and would recommend:

  • Paula Parker – Sisters of Lazarus, Glory Revealed
  • Heather Gray – Mail Order Man (two more in the series, reading the second one)
  • Michael S. Heisier, Supernatural

I love historical fiction. I also read the Bible daily and books that will increase my faith. I have been reviewing books for over a year. You can find me on Goodreads.

Today’s picture is of my book table right beside my reading chair. I actually have two tables – one on each side. Most of the time I have books spread all over my area. As a result, you will always find bibles, devotionals, my writing journal, my sketching journal, and interesting books I use for reference. Yet if I store them away I will forget to refer to them.

My sketch:

I used pencil first, then micro pens.


My pencil crayon:

Using the watercolour pencil crayon I filled in the colours.


And lastly my final watercolour pencil crayon:

Using a thin paintbrush I went over the colours being careful to rinse my brush after each colour.


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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


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.

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
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


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

A Tumbled Stone – http://amzn.to/XXnIA9

Spur of the Moment – http://amzn.to/VgcjcM
Abundant Rain – http://amzn.to/1r5zsgZ
Abundant Rain Journal – amazon.com – http://amzn.to/1Jakd91
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

How to Have a Chance to Win a $100 Amazon card and books

How to Have a Chance to Win a $100 Amazon card and books


In the next two weeks I will be featuring three writers of Christian fiction from the John 3:16 Network – Cheryl Colwell, Barbara Ann Derksen and Molly Noble Bull. Each one writes Christian mystery/suspense. Even though this is not my genre of choice I know lots of people who enjoy these types of books. I will be featuring each writer with a post about how their writing and faith are meshed together. Tune in to read their stories and find out about their books.

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Creative Saturdays – Lots of Neat Links for Crafts for Christmas

Creative Saturdays – Lots of Neat Links for Crafts for Christmas

I took a look on the web this week and found wonderful creative crafts for children for this Christmas season.

Here is my selection for this week:

Christmas Crafts from Activity Village – Here are just a few.

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Homeschooled Kids Christmas Crafts – Keeping it All about Jesus




Life in Skunk Hollow – Jesse Tree Ornaments



Jesse tree Life in Skunk Hollow



When doing activities with children I would let the kids use their imaginations and don’t get stuff on product.

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

For this weekend until Monday December 3rd – Black Friday Special Deal for Tadeo Turtle


You can use a credit card when you click on the PayPal Icon – you don’t have to use PayPal.

Please visit the special page to get the correct price. Do not use the LINK on this page.

Black Friday Deals for Tadeo Turtle


Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

To find more craft ideas from He Cares for Us go to Crafts for Kids.

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After you link below, please visit others and encourage them. Please link only ART ACTIVITIES. Thank you. I am going to continue this linky for a month. So keep adding your art activities.

Christian Authors offer Black Friday Deals

Christian Authors offer Black Friday Deals

Black Friday Deals are finished. You can still buy Tadeo Kindle for $2.99 and Tadeo is $13.00 plus shipping.

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Black Friday Deals:

A new price for Tadeo Turtle on Kindle – now $2.99. Check it out.

You can find out other sale opportunities for other Christian books at Black Friday Specials.

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PLUS Two Free Gifts

A Watercolour Batik Card (for my personal website orders only) and an e-book called Living Life – One Word at a Time – Sample Chapter.

Get a special book for a special child. – TADEO TURTLE

Tadeo Turtle - Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo, pronounced TAHD-ay-OH, comes from the name Thaddeus, which means “heart” or “praise.”

Tadeo befriends an energetic squirrel and longs to be able to run and climb like his friend.

In a dream, Tadeo loses his shell and enjoys his new freedom–until a large hungry cat appears and mistakes Tadeo for a rat. Will Tadeo escape unharmed? When Tadeo awakes from his dream, his response proves he is aptly named.

Tadeo Turtle won the Best Children’s Book for 2013 by The Word Awards in Canada.

From November 28 at 7pm CST until December 3rd at midnight MST  – Tadeo Turtle is available for $10.00 with a special gift of a Watercolour Batik Print Card for those who order directly from my website and also a free e-book.

Your choice of card – each comes with an envelope and is wrapped in a plastic sleeve.

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Tadeo Turtle  – Price for the book is $10.00 plus $2.50 for shipping for those in Canada and the United States.

I will sign each book with the information you provide. Please also tell me which card you wish, the butterfly, the forest or the hummingbird.

And don’t forget you can obtain a free curriculum for Tadeo Turtle if you ask.

You can purchase from me online by clicking on the Paypal button. (or use a credit card once you click the Paypal button).

Also you may ask for a download of a chapter from my new book of devotionals called Living Life – One Word at a Time. It is available as an e-book.


If you want to order from other retailers please send me the proof of purchase and you can still receive the e-book offering.

Here are other retailers

To listen to the story go to Tadeo Turtle Live.

To read reviews go to Reviews of Tadeo Turtle

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When Do People Search for God?

by Janis Cox

Philippians 4:6-7

After the bomb exploded at the Boston Marathon on Monday April 15- we had many people searching for God. My search sites indicate words like this:

  • power
  • power of prayer stories
  • prayer life
  • prayer for calm in the storm
  • God of the impossible

The most popular post on Tuesday: Praying for the World.

And How Do I Have a Conversation with God?

What does this tell us? Well it tells me that people want to know – they want answers. They want to speak to their Creator.

How can we show them?

Here are 5 Ways that I think will help to lead people to pray:

1. Offer to pray with them.

I have found that most people when they are in crisis will willing let you pray for them. Don’t be bashful. Just DO IT.

2. Offer them a short devotional booklet.

I know The Upper Room Devotional was a great resource for me in my walk with God. Now I read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young and  My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

3. Give them a short Scripture.

And I don’t mean a lengthy passage but a short one. Here are a few that I have memorized to help me help someone else in a time of crisis (and help me, too):

4. Suggest great books.

You can suggest a book or give them a book where they can learn the power of God’s Word; the presence of God and how to get closer to Him.

My favourites are:

5. Tell them you will be praying for them.

And DO IT.

Don’t just give lip service – give knee service. (Tweet this.)

I would love to continue this list. Please feel free to add your ideas in the comments below. Or put a link to a post where you have answered this question.


We are praying for all those who are fearful, hurt and discouraged. We pray especially for those who have lost loved ones in the Boston massacre or those who are injured. We ask for Your Hand upon all of us as we seek to teach others to pray. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.



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Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.


What To Do with All Those Photos?

I need a solution

I am writing over at Family and Faith Matters about all those photos you have stuffed in drawers, chests, and on CDs. Drop over and read the rest of What To Do With All Those Photos?

Please come back and tell me what you do with your picture taking.