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Hope Stream Radio – How to Find Joy and Freedom in Christ

Hope Stream Radio – How to Find Joy and Freedom in Christ

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In this week’s podcast for Hope Stream Radio I am still looking at John 3:5. This time my thoughts turned to butterflies – and freedom. We must be born of the Spirit to be free.

Have you learned to SMILE – See More in Life Every day?

Join me as you listen to my podcast: Find the Joy and Freedom in Christ

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Can you see more in life everyday? SMILE Find joy in Christ podcast @hopestreamradio (tweet this)

Sunday Stillness – Is the Root the best part?

Sunday Stillness – Is the Root the best part?

Watercolour painting by Janis Cox

Watercolour painting by Janis Cox

A few weeks ago I took the prompt for Creative Tuesdays for a FAIRY TALE TREE and  I painted my fairy tale trees.

But I kept thinking about the word “tree”.

I looked at the tree as an analogy of my life.

By planting a firm foundation, getting a big strong root – then I will stand strong in the storms because the roots will hold me. Roots also search out water. And that’s what I do – I search for the life giving water of Jesus, in everything I do.

The leaves and branches represent my life – and storms come, sun shines; sometimes it’s cold, sometimes it’s hot. My leaves are how I get nutrients into my system, which means – Bible study, attending worship, reading and studying His Word. I even thought about the branches that hold the leaves. I think they are my interests and life experiences – holding many leaves where I learn. They could even be the gifts that God gives me.

But I kept coming back to the roots.

Here are my thoughts.

Where are more adventures? – in the roots.
Travelling – roots travel far to find water. This leads to more experiences.
Roots meet other roots – and sometimes forge alliances; other times they have to skirt around the obstruction or find a new path.
My imagination is like the root of a tree – I can go in any direction and for as far as I need to go.
But the roots can’t be seen except for the fruit I produce.

This is the root of my life – my decision to follow Christ.

It is the thing that holds everything together.

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17, ESV).

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What is holding your life together? (click to tweet)

Today is Sunday Stillness!

Please join us by linking your posts about what God is doing in your life. Remember to visit your neighbour and leave an encouraging comment. Continue to get to know wonderful writers for God online.

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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Thoughtful Tuesdays – How Jesus is My Hope

Thoughtful Tuesdays – How Jesus is My Hope

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It is not what I can do but what Christ can do in me and through me. (based on 1 Corinthians 2:4)

This past Sunday was the first Sunday in Advent – HOPE.

Advent for me is an adventure. Where is God leading me? What is He teaching me?

The word for this week is HOPE.

As I listened to the sermon I remember these words I have memorized from Titus.

faith and knowledge, resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised from the beginning of time (Titus 1:2, NIV).

I love, “resting on the hope”. Even the word “resting” brings a peace.

As God’s plan unfolds I can only see the past and today. But:

 I can believe in hope for the future.

Two songs came to me this morning both dealing with HOPE.

Good to Me sung by Craig Musseau.

“Your are my hope
Your promise never fails me.”

And In Christ Alone sung by Kirstian Stanfill.

“Jesus commands my destiny.”

I found my HOPE in Christ alone. Have you?

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How Jesus is my hope. #video You are My Hope, Craig Musseau. (tweet this)

Jesus commands my destiny, In Christ Alone #video Kirstian Stanfill. (tweet this)

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

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Sunday Stillness – Romans 10:4

Sunday Stillness – Romans 10:4

 

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This is the start of Week Two of my blogging holiday. May the peace of God surround each one of you. Thanks for being part of Sunday Stillness.

As I read through the Lenten Challenge of the New Testament in 40 days I really started to understand this passage. Inclusiveness – God loves everyone and wants them to believe. Christ is the link – the bridge to all our salvations. Continue to pray, to write, to connect.

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Please connect with me through email at Janis.

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Today is Sunday Stillness.

Do you have a Scripture that spoke to you this week? Please link below. If you post to Twitter use #sundaystillness and @authorjaniscox.

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I would appreciate if you would link only about God’s Word. If you have a linky party that’s okay if it is about the same thing. Please no sales or prizes. I want this to be friendly but I must ask you to abide by the rules. Others want to read God’s Word – and that is what I would like the links to be about. I must take down the links that don’t follow the rules. Thanks so much.

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READ OTHER POSTS AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER.

Please check out all the places I link to during the week. Thanks to everyone who has joined Sunday Stillness. I do try to get to your posts every week but I admit sometimes I don’t have the time.

Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness:

The Sunday Community

Still Saturday

 Sharing His Beauty

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Sunday Stillness – John 8:12

Sunday Stillness – John 8:12

I always see God in the sun – as it reminds me that He is the Light of the world. There is never darkness when we have Jesus. He is the Light of life.

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Sketched with watercolour pencils by Janis Cox

 

Today is Sunday Stillness.

Do you have a Scripture that spoke to you this week? Please link below. If you post to Twitter use #sundaystillness and @authorjaniscox.

Feel free to pin the picture. Follow me at AuthorJanisCox on Pinterest.

I would love it if you would subscribe to my blog. See the sidebar to enter your email address.

Read the Sunday Stillness rules if you are new here.

I would appreciate if you would link only about God’s Word. If you have a linky party that’s okay if it is about the same thing. Please no sales or prizes. I want this to be friendly but I must ask you to abide by the rules. Others want to read God’s Word – and that is what I would like the links to be about. I must take down the links that don’t follow the rules. Thanks so much.

JOIN THE SUNDAY STILLNESS COMMUNITY – 
READ OTHER POSTS AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER.

Please check out all the places I link to during the week. Thanks to everyone who has joined Sunday Stillness. I do try to get to your posts every week but I admit sometimes I don’t have the time.

Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness:

The Sunday Community

Still Saturday

 Sharing His Beauty

Missional Women – Faith Filled Fridays

Scripture and Snapshot

http://christianmommyblogger.com

The Weekend Brew

 


Sunday Stillness – Isaiah 40:8

Sunday Stillness – Isaiah 40:8

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Janis Cox photography – taken with Nikon Coolpix L820

As we head into the end of summer I look at the beautiful wildflowers. Striking in colours, variety and shape they show the imagination of our Creator God. But as we know they must end their lives to begin again next spring.

So too we will come to an end of this life. But we have a choice during this life to live anew with Christ. We can blossom and flourish under our Lord’s care and provision – a new life on earth – and then when we die from this earth we too will begin a new life with our Lord in Heaven.

God’s Word continues on through generations and generations – enduring forever. Let’s pray that we can spread this wonderful news of rebirth.

I will be going on a blogging holiday next week. We are cottaging with our whole family. I will post another Sunday Stillness but continuing from this week. Thanks to the wonderful posters. I really appreciate you.

Blessings,
Janis

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Today is Sunday Stillness.

Do you have a Scripture that spoke to you this week? Please link below. If you post to Twitter use #sundaystillness and @authorjaniscox.

Feel free to pin the picture. Follow me at AuthorJanisCox on Pinterest.

I would love it if you would subscribe to my blog. See the sidebar to enter your email address.

Read the Sunday Stillness rules if you are new here.

I would appreciate if you would link only about God’s Word. If you have a linky party that’s okay if it is about the same thing. Please no sales or prizes. I want this to be friendly but I must ask you to abide by the rules. Others want to read God’s Word – and that is what I would like the links to be about. I must take down the links that don’t follow the rules. Thanks so much.

JOIN THE SUNDAY STILLNESS COMMUNITY – 
READ OTHER POSTS AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER.

Please check out all the places I link to during the week. Thanks to everyone who has joined Sunday Stillness. I do try to get to your posts every week but I admit sometimes I don’t have the time.

Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness:

The Sunday Community

Still Saturday

 

Missional Women – Faith Filled Fridays

Scripture and Snapshot

http://christianmommyblogger.com

The Weekend Brew



FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Afraid

Five Minute Friday – Afraid

Linking in with Lisa Jo to write for  5 minutes only. See the bottom of the post if you want to join.

Five Minute Friday – Afraid

Afraid

In the past, before I came to really experience God through Jesus, FEAR was a major factor in my life. I feared for my family, for my health, and safety while driving. Fear held me and made me a controlling person. I felt if I could hold everything together then all would be okay.

But I found out that Christ holds everything together.

“He [Christ] is before all things,and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17, NIV).

And I found out Satan likes to make me fearful to rob me of the joy of my day. With Jesus I know that He will always be with me. Continue reading

COUNTING TO 2000

Counting to 2000

One Thousand Gifts

I  reached 2000 this week. So next week I will be saying – Counting to 3000.

Someone handed me a paper the other day that said:

Things to Do Today

        • Ask God to help you prioritize your life.
        • Ask Him for guidance and courage.
        • Make God’s priorities your priorities.
        • If you do, you will receive God’s abundance and His peace.

As we head toward Christmas – this second week of Advent – may you be filled with God’s presence and peace.

My gifts from this week:

        •  watching my grandbaby play peek-a-boo on Skype
        • learning to play Mexican Train Dominoes with Wayne – we are still confused
        • Twitter followers  – follow me on @AuthorJanisCox on Twitter
        • 1982 – memory of our third baby’s birth
        • warmth of the sunshine while we walk
        • warmth of the hot tub and the steam bath
        • things that are red: my apple every morning, my cozy red housecoat and red traffic lights to control the flow of cars and keep people safe
        •  pictures on the wall of my family
        • 1987 – memory of my hubby and I starting our company Pearlchem
        • sunsets in Arizona – amazing reds (someday I will remember my camera)
        • meeting new friends on Twitter @AuthorJanisCox and @UTCOP (Under the Cover of Prayer)
        • actually slept in until 7am
        • indulged in a nap
        • great Scrabble game
        • praise song words, “None but Jesus, crucified to set me free.” Hillsong

        • connecting with a friend in Poland
        • toes didn’t hurt at tap dance
        • 1996  – remembering son’s wedding
        • “Art in the Courtyard” – painting and selling books

Ethel teaching me watercolour batik.

        • Advent – an adventure with God
        • 2000 – new Christmas song “My Soul Magnifies the Lord” played with a full orchestra and sung by a youth choir

 

VOICE – Five-Minute Fridays

Voice – Five-Minute Fridays

I find it curious that Lisa-Jo picked the word VOICE. I had written this week a post called What Comes Out of Your Mouth? for Under the Cover of Prayer.

My voice? – I am hoping and praying my voice now is softer, kinder and filled with positive words. It didn’t use to be that way.

I would let my feelings come out in my voice – especially around family members. I didn’t tone it down. I just let it fly. It wasn’t pretty!

My change started to happen 12 years ago. I met some fabulous faith-filled women who led me to trusting in Christ. I did – and Christ changed me.

How I speak is uppermost in my mind most of the day. The only time I might fall down would be when I am tired. When I am tired I can get really grumpy. Little things bug me and I can’t seem to cope well.

Watching my voice – an important part of my day. God ministered to my voice. He showed me to watch it at all times. ALL TIMES. That is a tall order. I am trying.

How is your voice? Do you speak from a Christ-centred voice?

“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).

TIME IS UP – My Five-Minute Friday is done. Join us and write your own thoughts on the word “voice”. Or please leave me a message below. Click on Five-Minute Fridays to go to Lisa-Jo’s blog.

WIDE – Five-Minute Fridays

How Wide is Christ’s Love?

How Wide is Christ’s Love?

Between turkey dinners, family and walks there hasn’t been much time to myself. I am stealing 5 minutes to write on the word WIDE from Lisa Jo’s Five Minute Fridays.

My husband, after many tries, has finally been able to get it through my thick head which measurement is width; which is depth and which is height. Not sure why it took me so long.

Wide is the left to right stretch. So think horizontal. Arms outstretched. Then that makes me think of a big hug.

WIDE=LOVE

I love to hug – and get hugs. I think of wide as being love encompassed. A big stretch and a big hug.

As I learn more about people through the Internet, and on my trips to Poland I learn we are all alike – we need love, encouragement and hugs. We need each other. That is what Christ said to us to love our neighbours. His love is WIDE and so should ours be. Paul states:

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,” (Ephesians 3:17,18 NIV).

Let’s try to think of His wide love as we meet others.