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.
I must return to my daily tasks.
But, I take with me Your peace,
And the memory,
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
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.
What has God called you to do in your life? I write for Him. (click to tweet)
What genre do I write? I write what God calls me to write. He inspires me. (click to tweet)
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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