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Who am I? – Creative Tuesdays

Who Am I? – Creative Tuesdays

The prompt this week at Creative Tuesdays is Meet Me. I will try to show you the answer to “Who Am I?”

Who Am I?

Meet Me – Watercolour Pencil – 2016

The idea here is to list a few items you like and dislike or some variation thereof (by Creative Tuesdays).

I struggled with this one for the last two weeks and finally worked on it yesterday under the title, Who Am I? I don’t like portraits and doing a self-portrait was even harder. I used a micron pen 01 and watercolour pencil and a light weight paper. Next time I would use heavier paper.

That of course reminded me of Jesus asking the disciples, “who am I?”,

“Who do people say I am?” …

[And then], “Who do you say I am (Mark 8:27-29, NIV)?”

As I have been reading through the scriptures for this time of Lent, this question keeps coming up. Who is Jesus? The religious leaders are trying to discredit Jesus. They want to keep the status quo. They want to keep their power. So they ask Jesus all sorts of questions to trap Him. Here are two cases.

Case One:

On Saturday at Word of God Speak we looked at Mark 11:27-33

The religious leaders are trying to trap Jesus. They really are asking Who He is:

“By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”

Case Two:

On Sunday at church we looked at Mark 12:13-17.

Here they are trying to trap Jesus again by asking about whether the Jewish people should pay tax to Caesar.

Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”

In the first case Jesus will not give an answer because the leaders couldn’t answer His question.

Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

In the second case Jesus gave a divinely inspired answer.

Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

I find it interesting that the leaders of the Jewish people couldn’t see Jesus as God’s Son – the Christ. They were blinded by their arrogance and their wish for power and control.

Sometimes I forget that I have let Jesus be in control of my life and I try to wrestle control back from Him. Thank goodness I study His Word every day to remind me that He is in control.

Pastor Thiemke said on Sunday:

We must give to God what is rightfully His – our entire life. (tweet this)

If you haven’t met my Jesus I would love to tell you more about Him. Email me anytime and we can talk.

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Fuzzy Lion – Creative Tuesdays

Fuzzy Lion – Creative Tuesdays

Prompt for Creative Tuesdays Fuzzy – The definition of fuzzy: covered with short, soft hairs, fur etc.

My choice for Creative Tuesday’s prompt  is a lion. I have seen fuzzy lions as toys. My lion however is the real thing. However, if he were not as fierce, I think you could find him to be fuzzy on your face particularly around the whiskers.

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Watercolour – Janis Cox @2016

My picture is done in watercolour. I used some Chinese white for the whiskers.

The lion is a symbol of power, might and is ferocious. (click to tweet)

Lion is used as a synonym for God.

Amos 3:8

The lion has roared—
    who will not fear?
The Sovereign Lord has spoken—
    who can but prophesy?

A lion is also described as bold. I like that. Determined. I think we need to be bold as a lion.

Proverbs 28:1

The wicked flee though no one pursues,
    but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

The lion is also used to symbolize Satan.

1 Peter 5:8

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

That reminded me of a dream I had of two lions fighting a ferocious battle. I wrote a blog post for Creative Tuesdays with the prompt “dreams” and tell about my dream of the lions.

One of my favourite stories is The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe (actually all of the Narnia series). The lion in Narnia is an allegory for Jesus. That lion the kids were able to get close to and actually touch.

And of course, there is the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz and Dorothy cuddled this fuzzy lion for much of the story.

I painted a lion in my Bible to help me memorize  Proverbs 28:1.

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Mmm Chocolate – Creative Tuesdays

Mmm Chocolate – Creative Tuesdays

What can I say, “Mmm Chocolate. This week Michael’s prompt for Creative Tuesdays is “chocolate”. I veered a little away from the box of chocolates. I recently baked some chocolate cupcakes. I used 90% dark chocolate in my recipe for chocolate cupcakes. Yes for this “paleo” girl I do get some perks. These are delicious.

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Pencil Crayon of chocolate cupcake and blackberries.

ART for mmm Chocolate:

I drew and coloured this picture while remembering what we ate the night before for dessert. If you look below it is not quite the same as the original. My imagination made the cupcake grow.

I used pencil crayon – watercolour pencil crayon.I did not use a brown pencil crayon. Instead I used complementary colours to make brown. You can see at the top right how I decided if that would work. Red first, then green. Orange first, then blue. Yellow first, then purple. It was experimenting for me.

Then I went back and used water on it.

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Touched up the picture with water on watercolour pencils.

You can see that the red started to show through more. I like the yellow then purple to make the brown. Experimental. And I only used photocopy paper this time.

Here is a great website on using pencil crayons. Using Colored Pencils to create fine art.

BAKING for mmm chocolate:

Mmm chocolate paleo cupcake

I made the chocolate cupcakes from this recipe on Holistically Engineered. Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes. This recipe calls for honey and coconut flour.

The recipe for the icing is below or you could use their recipe with avocados (my hubby thinks he is allergic to them so I opted for my recipe for icing).

I actually cut this icing recipe in 1/2 for these cupcakes. That’s why there isn’t much icing on my little cupcake. Oh well it tasted delicious.

1/2 cup of coconut cream (I used the top of a can of coconut milk)
3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips (I used a 90% chocolate bar, chopped up).
1/4 tsp vanilla

Scald the cream.
Turn off heat and add the chips and vanilla.
Whip until fluffy.

Any questions just email me or comment below.

Since we have cut down (cut off) eating sugar in any form except fruits, maple syrup, honey and coconut sugar, my hubby has lost and kept off 40 pounds. We also don’t eat any grains. But I still love little treats. These cupcakes are so good (and good for us too).

SCRIPTURE for mmm chocolate:

But the sweetness of God’s Word is better than that.

How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103, NIV).

Honey is mentioned in God’s Word over 60 times.

Honey is even good for you.

Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
    honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
    If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
    and your hope will not be cut off (Proverbs 24:13-14, NIV).

I think Mmm the sweetness of God’s Word. (tweet this)

 

 

Lord I give you my heart

Creative Tuesdays – Lord, I give you my heart.

With the prompt of “heart” I immediately thought of the song, Lord I give you my heart. Find out more about my faith story.

 

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Today is Creative Tuesdays. Our prompt was:

Home is where the heart is” and “Love will guide you home.” So, for our next theme, I’d like you to add a drawing of a heart that is either depicted like it’s floating or in the air or perhaps on something that’s in the air. (Michael from Creative Tuesdays)

I have been taking a pencil crayon course. So I tried my watercolour pencils today for a little sketch. Not thrilled with the shading or colours but you get the idea. I’m going to try this one again. I used charcoal paper too when I should have used watercolour paper. Back to the drawing board for me.

Here is the picture with just the watercolour pencil crayons. At the bottom of the hand you can see how I started to apply the water with a brush.

Lord I give you my heart

Psalm 17:3 says:

Though you probe my heart,
    though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
    my mouth has not transgressed

I’m hoping that is so. Sometimes I do have to think back over my day if I am struggling to get to sleep.

Is there something I said, or did? Is there something I omitted doing?

When I “gave my heart” to Jesus, I meant it – very strongly. I meant that I would follow Him, that I would do what He said, where He led.

Since that time, I have really been challenged. I took 5 mission trips to Poland. I started a blog. I started painting. I published a children’s book. I am now podcasting once a week. I really meant it when I said I would do as He asked when I gave Him my heart.

Have you given your heart to Jesus? If you are interested in my faith story check it out. (tweet this)   My Faith Story.

Here are some other scriptures of how you can say, “Lord I give you my heart”:

We are to LOVE with all our hearts (Deuteronomy 6:5)
We are to SERVE with all our hearts  (Deuteronomy 11:13)
We are to OBSERVE with all our hearts (Deuteronomy 26:16)
We WORK with all our hearts (Nehemiah 4:6)
We SEEK with all our hearts (Psalm 119:2)

My favourite has always been:

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.

One of my favourite songs:

This is My Desire –  Lord I give you my Heart – sung here by Michael W. Smith.

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Creative Tuesdays – Stained Glass – Watercolour Batik

Creative Tuesdays – Stained Glass – Watercolour Batik

After last week’s painting I couldn’t wait to try another watercolour Batik. So I did another for Michael’s Creative Tuesdays.

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I have a few projects on the planning board for this year. One of them is a second in the Tadeo Turtle series. I have decided to do all the illustrations in watercolour batik. It may take me a little longer but I love the look of this method of painting.

I am actually on my week off from blogging (ha ha) so this will be short and sweet.

I have been spending much time in studying God’s Word and in prayer. I think I know His Word for me for this year. I will share on Word of God Speak on the weekend. I need to think about it a little more.

I am taking a new 4 week course on learning to show glass in my watercolour. It should be interesting. I hope to share what I have learned.

I have been thinking about creativity – and being created in God’s image.

God is the Master of Creativity. (tweet this)

Have you ever looked at some of those videos and photos that abound on the Internet showing us how creative He really is?

Here is a beautiful video about God’s Creation and sung by Brian Doerksen.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun (Psalm 19:1-4, NIV).

 

John 1:14

Creative Tuesdays – How to give the impressions of stained glass using watercolour batik?

Creative Tuesdays – How to give the impression of stained glass using watercolour batik?

Michael is back from Creative Tuesdays – with a challenge of stained glass. I decided to try a watercolour batik version.

I haven’t done a watercolour batik for a number of months (6?). So here is my Creative Tuesday’s submission for stained glass – Shatter the Glass Ceiling.

John 1:14

Watercolour Batik given to my hubby December 25, 2015.

John 1:14

The Word became flesh and He made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only Son, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

As I repeat this verse over and over and try to get it into my memory banks, I think of the amazing coming down of Jesus.

Here is a video, Song of Hope, God of Heaven come down.

It reminds me that our God of heaven came down – in the form of a baby. Jesus – human and divine. Awesome to know. The Incarnation. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.

Songwriters
Daniel Garth Hamilton;Tedd Tjornhom;Robert Earl Seay;Chase Jenkins;Ryan Owens;Taylor Scott Johnson

Read more: Robbie Seay Band – Song Of Hope (Heaven Come Down) Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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Christmas is over but the New Year begins. As one character in the movie War Room asked, “Are you going to be lukewarm, cold or hot for God?”

I want to be on fire for HIm.

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A stained glass look using watercolour batik for John 1:14 (tweet this).

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Tuesdays – Old World Christmas

Creative Tuesdays – Old World Christmas

Surprise! Michael is back with his Creative Tuesdays and I didn’t know. So I am joining with a short post.

I didn’t have time to make a fresh painting but awhile ago I painted my OLD WORLD FAMILY CAROLLERS for a Christmas card.

Christimas carollers Janis Cox

Since Michael was away I started a new Tuesdays’ post called Scripture and a picture. I have been posting that every week. I am glad he is back so I can get back into painting to a prompt. This week’s on Scripture and a Picture is called Where Can We Show Love this Christmas. If you have a favourite charity – go to my blog and enter the link for the charity. This linky will stay open until Christmas.

As I look at the old fashioned Christmas picture I see the dress that the woman is wearing. That is what I am doing this December season. I am wearing a dress a day to advocate against human trafficking. You can see more at Monday Musings One Can a Dress Save the World? and Two – It breaks my heart.

Here are the Carollers on our front lawn. Sorry they are blurry. I’m on a timeline.

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Blessings,

Janis

Creative Tuesdays – Black Cat – A good omen or bad, or nothing?

Creative Tuesdays – Black Cat – A good omen or bad, or nothing

Today is Creative Tuesdays with Michael. Our prompt was BLACK CAT.

The was my first try. It was supposed to look scary or sad – not sure which.

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Here is the next one:

watercolour black cat Janis Cox

This  time I took longer, did more layers to make the dark. Reds, blues, yellows and indigo.

When the prompt from Creative Tuesdays came in, Black Cat. I thought oh no – Halloween. Black Cats, spooky ghosts, witches and goblins.

But I am not going to talk about Halloween. Instead I am going to look at superstitions. Black cats, broken mirrors and even dropped gloves can lead some people to say, Oh no – that’s a bad omen. Or sometimes oh yes that’s a good omen. Go figure that one.

How can something that doesn’t pertain to anything else
affect something else? That makes no sense.

We are taught in God’s Word not to believe in omens or witchcraft. Well at least we are not to follow such notions.

And this became known to all the residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver (Acts 19:17-19, ESV).

And luck, what about that? We say “good luck” or “bad luck”. But from whose point of view? Sometimes things can be good for someone and bad for someone else. Even rain falling on a farmer’s field can be good sometimes and bad other times.

But we don’t need to say it was luck,
if we believe in the sovereign will of God who controls all things. (tweet this)

I don’t believe in luck. I believe we are here for a purpose and each day I learn more and more about what that is. I also grow closer to God as I struggle with understanding Him and His ways.

Today as I think of black cats, I know there is evil in this world – sometimes black cats are defined as bad omens because of the blackness – dark being evil. Evil is real. But a black cat isn’t.

We are NOT to fear anyway because we are protected by God.

The next time a black cat crosses your path, or you break a mirror, or you walk under a ladder – ask yourself does a superstition make sense or not? Then trust Jesus for everything.

Blessings,

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Creative Tuesdays – The Greatest Gift

Creative Tuesdays – The Greatest Gift

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The prompt this Tuesday was Gift. Check out all the other posts at Creative Tuesdays.

This watercolour was painted in analogous colours. Those are the colours on the colour wheel close to each other. I chose green as my main colour because to me green = life. And blue represents the sky and water, and our lives are tied to both.

About gifts:

I am not a “gift giver” or a “gift receiver”. Things don’t bless me. I guess it all started when Christmas got out of hand (we cut back on that), and when I had joined a sorority that expected secret sisters to buy gifts for each other. That got out of hand too. How much stuff can we get?

As a public school teacher we had a hard time at Christmas and the end of the year with gifting. It made it hard for poorer families to keep up with the other families. My collection of mugs could start a store (but I have since given them to our thrift store). The best gift I ever received over the years was a letter from a family explaining that they had helped a child in another country have a needed operation in my name. Now that gift brought tears to my eyes. Such a blessing to know that they thought of me as the recipient of that gift.

Now just because I am not one who doesn’t like gift giving doesn’t mean others don’t. In Gary Chapman’s book, The Five Love Languages, receiving gifts is one of the love languages. An excellent book of how to relate to others, particularly our spouses.

But for me – that is not one of my love languages.

However, there is one gift that I will cherish forever and it comes from Romans 6:23 (NIV).

The gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

That is the real gift that changed me and my life forever.

To know that I can live forever with God is the greatest gift of all.

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The best gift of all is eternal life in Jesus. (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. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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Creative Tuesdays – Amazing How Plants Grow

Creative Tuesdays – Amazing How Plants Growplants squash  copy

This is the challenge this week for Creative Tuesdays.

Do you have a porch, balcony or even just a kitchen windowsill? Chances are then at some point you’ve likely dabbled with growing plants from seed, potting flowers or even gathering herbs and so on — all the fun found in cultivating a CONTAINER GARDEN of your very own. Show us what you’ve done or what you’d like to see.

I looked back at my pictures of my garden at the very beginning. I planted these squash plants from seed directly into the garden. This year I planted my first vegetable garden in 20 years. It is called a square garden.  There is a fence because we live in wild life country. I have hungry deer and rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks and skunks.

Here are some pictures:

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First the seedlings.

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Then building the garden. Fencing came later.

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Now the harvest.

The fruits of my labour – or should I say – vegetables.

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Isn’t that crazy?

From a tiny squash seed comes incredibly large plants and big squash. I find I am in wonder of that. How does that happen. How can all that information for growth be inside that little seed?

I looked up the mustard seed parable in The Message and guess what? it changed to a pine seed. That makes more sense to use in North America.

How can we picture God’s kingdom? What kind of story can we use? It’s like a pine nut. When it lands on the ground it is quite small as seeds go, yet once it is planted it grows into a huge pine tree with thick branches. Eagles nest in it (Matthew 3:30-32, The Message).

So looking at the pine seed, squash seed or mustard seed, we see that from small beginnings can come marvelous, incredible results. Jesus is explaining that His Kingdom will grow like that. It may seem slow to us but little by little people are growing in love, and knowledge of Jesus. It is hard work.

And as I think I realize that  my faith has come from one of the 12 disciples. I think about that. How far back can I trace my faith roots? Who came into my life to help me? Where did they come from? I wonder about these things.

But I also wonder about the amazing power of creation – small seeds – big trees. (tweet this)

Thanks again to Michael at Creative Tues who encourages his group to be creative. Even though I don’t like painting plants I found this whole exercise interesting as I studied the tiny sprouts and thought about they became the big squash plants.

Janis Cox

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