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Include: Building a Christian Community

Are You Longing For An Intimate and Thriving Community of Christian Artists and Writers?

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Do you wish to be encouraged in your faith and art?
What if you could be strengthened in your faith by fellow artist passionate about putting God first and having a sure foundation for their life’s work in God’s Word?

If you haven’t already, join us HERE in the Closed Facebook Group, Artists and Writers Grow Through God’s Word.

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We know that our strength and power come from God everyday.

“Each day that we live, he provides for our needs and gives us the strength of a young eagle. (Psalm 103:5, Contemporary English Version).”

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Bible Art by Janis Cox

Today is Five Minute Friday. Feel free to join us. We set the timer and write free for 5 minutes. The prompt today is “include”.

This post is my response to the prompt “include”, creating a community.

Just think of the power of Christian writers and artists coming together.

This has become my heartbeat.

My focus for writing  is to inspire and equip Christian writers and artists to receive strength and power from God – every day. (tweet this)

My first gift to you a free email Bible Art course to excite others in the wonderful world of studying a verse through art. Click HERE to sign up. When we study God’s Word and paint, God’s Word comes to life and sinks into our hearts.

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My second gift is a PDF for my SIMPLE Bible Study Method,  where studying a verse can be meaningful but easy.

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I will be building a community here on my website and including a Linky for you to share your posts and artwork. More on this later.

I’m linking to Five Minute Friday and reading other writers’ articles on the word “include”.

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Adapt – Five Minute Friday

Changes Are Coming

We have to learn to adapt. This is Five Minute Friday and today’s word is ADAPT.

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Photo by Melissa Chabot on Unsplash

Write for 5 minutes. GO.

This past while things have been changing. Many things.

  1. As Snowbirds we came back to Canada. That is difficult most times but particularly this year as I caught a wicked cough/cold. Over two weeks ago I succumbed. Just beginning to see the light. We had to adapt to cold. Yes, the weather in Arizona was in the 90s and in below 32 here. I couldn’t get warm.

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2. I changed the name of my Facebook Closed Group. It is now called Artists and Writers Grow Through God’s Word. I think this will be the title of this blog as well. What are your thoughts?

 

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3. After blogging on Medium for 30 days straight. I stopped. Now I am learning to find a new rhythm. You can find my posts here.

4. I stopped podcasting for a bit. With all the turmoil I thought I wouldn’t be doing a good job. So I have taken a hiatus. You can listen to my podcasts on Hope Stream Radio here.

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5. Our house is still for sale so I have to get in a routine of keeping it clean so I don’t have to go into overdrive when the agent has a client coming. While in the States is was easy – the clients saw the house “cold” but clean.

 

6. Our dog has developed a urinary problem so needs a new diet – no other food and an antibiotic. More watching and waiting.

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7. Learning to lean on God more and more. Now I make sure I go to Him first each morning. He certainly showed me I needed to relax and slow down and smell the roses.  

8. Lastly, this next week I start into the schools with the Artists in the Schools program to do 7 classroom workshops on Sponge Painting with Watercolour. Please pray. Thank you.

Blessings

Janis

 

 

What Do You Do When You are the Only One in the Room?

What Do You Do When You are the Only One in the Room?

Have you ever been the only one in the room to not know anyone? That’s not a normal position. But the other day I walked into a room filled with women that I didn’t know. I asked my way to my table and sat down.

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Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

Today is Five-Minute Friday and we are to write on a word prompt for 5 minutes with little editing. This week’s word is ONLY.

Start:

Back to the story. There I was sitting at a table of strangers – everyone knew everyone else except me.

This used to bother me – so much that I wouldn’t attend anything or go anywhere unless someone was with me. I would rather hide behind my wall of insecurity.

However, now as I get older I find that I am able to relax, listen and strike up a conversation. If I focus on the person with questions concerning them it makes them relax in talking to a stranger.

How was I able to overcome this fear?

It is something I had to learn. One main reason that I changed from the fear of being the only one in the room, is Jesus. Over the past years (I am a young Christian), He has taught me to rely on Him fully. He is the One whom I need to please, be accountable to and worship.

Am I reaching out for Him? Or am I hiding away – afraid to be His child?

My goal is to help you become unafraid. I don’t want you to be alone.

You aren’t the only one who feels this way.

We are all in the same boat – the boat of learning more about God. And if we want to get out of the boat we first have to get in it and learn.

Do you long to be consistent in studying the Bible?

Do you desire to know the scriptures better?

If so, help is at hand.

I like to teach how to study God’s Word in an safe, relaxed, interactive style. Join us at Growing Through God’s Word Private Facebook Group. Answer the 3 questions and join us in discovering the power of Christ.

Time’s up.

If you haven’t received your free devotional book – One Word at a Time please click here.

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Do you feel like your are Standing Alone?

How Do I Come into His Presence When I Am Lonely?

Be Silent – And Remember

Be Silent and Remember

Tomorrow is Remembrance day. We need to spend at least 2 minutes in silence listening to the Lord’s voice about this day. What are His thoughts? What does He want you to remember?

Today is 5-minute Friday. The clock is set and I am ready to write for 5 minutes. 5-Minute Friday is the only time that I write directly into my computer. I always write in a notebook and then transfer my thoughts to my blog. So no editing..

Timer set: GO

I remember as a child having Remembrance Day services in our school. Very hushed. We filed in as quietly as we could and sat down. There were readings and some music (sometimes bagpipes). We were told about what war was and how and why our country fought for the freedom of all mankind.

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My Dad was a captain in the World War II. He landed on Juno Beach in the first wave across the sea. I can’t imagine the feeling – sea sickness, terror. My dad never felt sick. I believe he rested all his thoughts on Jesus. He went from one minute to the next.

But he returned home. Found my Mom. Got married and had 2 daughters. He didn’t talk much about that day.

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But I am sure that silence was a welcome reprieve from all the gun fire.

I believe that he found peace in that silence and knew God was there with them.

God was there. Crying with them. Struggling with them.

I always get teary eyed at this time of year. I remember all that those men did. I think of the wives, and mothers at home – waiting.

The silence of waiting – not knowing.

That must have been awful. But I do believe that God brought peace to those women. If He could bring peace to my Dad – then peace can be found in any situation.

Do you take time to have silence before God? It is essential to finding peace. Try it.

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Timer went. Lots more to have said.

But sometimes silence is better.

Remember tomorrow to take a moment and be quiet before God for all those who served before and serve now for our freedom.

As a child we recited In Flanders Fields by Major John McCrae. I can still say this from memory.

Here it is for you now:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Let us remember. Let us never forget.

My pictures today are done in watercolour pencil crayons. I am taking a course in pencil crayons and need to buy some. But I tried it with watercolour pencils. My background was an old piece of watercolour – background, on 140 pound watercolour paper. It is not smooth. It’s supposed to be smooth for pencil crayons. But I learned a lot. Pencil crayons is all about LAYERS. More on that in another post.

Here are the first 2 versions before I used the water on the last one.

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Have you tried pencil crayons? Which version of this poppy do you like?

May you remember on November 11 to stop for 2 minutes of silence.

Here are a few other posts about the Poppy.

The Poppy

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A Bible Journaling about the Poppy

How to Remember Remembrance Day

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Early Bible Journaling

Blessings

Janis

 

If you are looking for a way to connect with God creatively. If you are tired of scrolling through Facebook pages and getting nothing of value.

Please join us at Growing Through God’s Word Private Facebook Group.

We share. We learn. We create. We connect. We grow.

 

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How Can Joining a Group help me reach God?- Psalms Come Alive

How Can Joining a Group help me reach God?

Let’s make the Psalms come alive.

I haven’t been posting here much as I have been posting on Medium.com. I am building a following there too.

Also I have started a Facebook study group of Psalms Alive by David Kitz. I hope to keep you up-to-date here about what I am discovering.

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Discover more yourself by joining us at Growing Through God’s Word on Facebook. Ask to join. Mention this post. David has books available  Please go here to find out more.

Reading from the Prologue in his book, I found some wonderful nuggets of wisdom.

Psalms come alive

 

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David inspires us to ask the Holy Spirit to bring His Word to life.

We find life in the Psalms, real people, and a relationship with God and His people.

We will be reacting to what God is telling each of us -not what I say, because what God says to me could be entirely different to what He is telling you.

Our expression will be through words, prayers, poems, songs, art, pottery, and relationships.

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An example of expression through art.

Here is a short welcome video to the study to help you decide. This is a new way of communicating. I am taking the plunge and learning to video. Yikes. I have a lot to learn. But I am breaking away from fear – and branching into new territory.

I feel like Moses when He saw the burning bush. I know God is calling me to do this. But I always say, “Who me, God?” Just as God gave Aaron to Moses, God has given me a new cheerleader, Deanne Welsh. She writes at Deanne Welsh at Unstoppable Writers. I am excited to see where this leads, willing to do the work. But I just need a push and support.

Have you let the Psalms come alive for you?

 

I pray that this email finds you well. If you ever are in need of a specific prayer, please email me.

Blessings

Janis

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