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Friday Features – What’s been happening?

Friday Features – What’s been happening?


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Here are a few updates:

I am no longer posting Under the Cover of Prayer posts. At least for the time being God has told me to put this endeavour down. It is like a Sabbath Rest. Thank you to all my contributors for the past 4 years.

You can see all my Contributors from their bios on the Contributors to Under the Cover of Prayer and their individual posts at Under the Cover of Prayer Posts  on the menu.

I am writing once a month for Kimberley Payne’s blog on prayer. Here are my first two posts.

What is Prayer Walking?
Can You Wait in Expectation?

I also write at Family and Faith Matters. Recently I have been on a journey learning more about natural foods. Check out my posts on the changing of my eating habits.

Does What you eat Make a Difference?
A New Way of Looking at Food
Another 7 Super Foods
7 New Super Foods

Thanks for keeping in touch with me on my blog, through Facebook and Twitter.






Does what you eat make a difference?

Does what you eat make a difference?


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I am writing over at Family and Faith Matters today. I believe that what you eat makes a difference.

I am reading Ed Hird’s new book called, Restoring Health, Body, Mind and Spirit. I also watched Fed Up, the new movie with Katie Couric. 

From Ed’s book:

Health for Paul [Apostle Paul] was holistic, embracing our whole life in body, mind and spirit.

Read my thoughts on why and how my hubby and I have changed what we eat. Join me at Family and Faith Matters.


What is Joy?

Today I am writing over at Family and Faith Matters. I joined Lisa Jo Baker for Five Minute Fridays – the word is JOY.

by Janis Cox


Last week we had the pleasure of a visit from our son and his family. For three fun filled days we explored some sights in Arizona. Those days were filled with joy. As I watched my grown first born interact with his children, his wife and us, I astonished myself with the emotion I felt.

To read this rest go to What is Joy at Family and Faith Matters.


Can you write about Joy for five minutes? Join #FMFparty @LisajoBaker

Do You Like Contests?

Do You Like Contests?

It seems I have entered a few contests in the past few weeks and won. Read to the bottom to see how you can win too.

Here is my collection of winnings.

1. Red and White  – a Christmas CD by Sally Meadows


Some of the songs include:

O Holy Night; Silent Night; O Little Town of Bethlehem/The Boy Who Will be King

I can’t wait to hear it.

2. Not Alone by Lynn Donovan and Dineen Miller


About God’s promises and how to raise faith-filled children. I believe this will be an excellent addition to our church library back home. Even though I am not in a home that is “spiritually mismatched” I am sure there will be excellent tips to learn.

3. Marketing Your Book on a Budget by Kathryn Elisabeth Jones

marketing your book

A short book packed with amazing information and links to sites. Just in the few days that I have read it I am making contacts to review my book.


So now comes the good part.

Brenda Wood, Kimberley Payne and myself are hosting a contest at Family and Faith Matters.

You have a chance to win a $25.00 Amazon card.


Also you can win 3 ebooks, by Kimberley Payne, Brenda Wood and myself.

AND you can win a watercolour print.


So to enter click on the Rafflecopter Link below. Here are some Tweetables you can use to gather points.


http://bit.ly/1cISFvg  #Win watercolour print of a squirrel http://ow.ly/i/41EgB plus $25 Amazon card plus more #Christianbooks

http://bit.ly/1cISFvg  #Win Living Life – One Word at a Time by @authorjaniscox plus $25 #Amazon card plus more

Chance to #win $25 Amazon card and read good books too. http://bit.ly/1cISFvg #deals #Christianbooks @famfaithmatters 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What’s It like in Poland?

What’s It Like in Poland?

new-Warsaw.Marriott Hotel

Marriott Hotel – in Warsaw Poland 2013


Bombed completely during WWII – Old Warsaw restored to show what it was like before 1945

Every other Tuesday I write at Family and Faith Matters. This Tuesday I talked about my trip to Poland with my husband. I have been on 4 mission trips to Poland but never had a chance to see the country. We visited Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Gorzow, Malbork and Gdansk. We also went for a few hours by the sea in Stegna.

You can see my post at Am I Listening to God?



How Can I Save Money?

Piggy Bank

You will find me over at Family and Faith Matters writing about money again. This time I called it, How Can I Save Money?

Statistics –

Canadians are saving just 4% of their disposable incomes compared to 13% in 1990.

Drop over to Family and Faith Matters to read more.


What is One Green Way to Save Money?

Clean - the ingredients

Hi there. I am over at Family and Faith Matters today blogging about saving money using natural products when you clean. I have allergies and it has been great to find ways to clean without the smells and chemicals.

Come on over to Family and Faith Matters and find out how you can save money too.



Family and Faith Matters

Family and Faith Matters

Equipping Moms for Faithful Living

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In the fall of 2012 two of my friends, Kimberley Payne and I decided to start a group blog called Family and Faith Matters. Every Tuesday (so far), I have written a post on that blog. I invite you today to visit our group blog.

We feature articles on:

  • money
  • creativity and crafts
  • fitness and health
  • prayer
  • time management
  • education

Would you kindly leave a comment. We are trying to build readership. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

We have a special promotion if you subscribe to our Family and Faith Newsletter.



Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com



How Do I Focus?

I write at Family and Faith Matters every Tuesday. Here is my post from last Tuesday. Come and join Kimberley Payne and me as we try to equip moms for faithful living. Visit us on Facebook and LIKE our page. Or visit us on @famfaithmatters on Twitter.

Do you see the heron’s focus?

Scattered – Last winter I was scattered. My thoughts were all over the place. Have you been there? After 3 trips back home in little over a month I had tried to settle back into some type of routine. My sleeping pattern finally stabilized. That took over a week.

Something was still missing. What was it?

My thoughts – they were not focused.

I decided to write down the 3 best ways to focus one’s thoughts. When I feel distressed – in a muddle – unfocused – these are the steps I take:


Stop what you are doing. Come to a complete stop. Leave the task or the person you are with. Go away. Turn your back on what you were doing.


Come to God. Start to praise Him for being here with you all the time. Remind yourself of Who He is. Remember that you are not alone. Immanuel means “God is with us”.


Imagine yourself with Jesus. Remember the times of His presence in your life. Use your mind to BE with Him. Let go of yourself. Listen to Him.

Is your imagination stayed on God or is it starved? The starvation of the imagination is one of the most fruitful sources of exhaustion and sapping in a worker’s life.

If you have never used your imagination to put yourself before God, begin to do it now.

It is no use waiting for God to come; you must put your imagination away from the face of idols and look unto Him and be saved.

Imagination is the greatest gift God has given us and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him. Oswald Chambers – February 11.

“You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3 NIV – minds = imagination).

There you have it – my 3 ways to Focus.

So I thought about the outcome when I do this and what do I get?


(God’s wisdom)


So that you can



Father, thank You for being our focus. By stopping, and coming to You, putting ourselves in your hands, we find the peace and the focus we need for the day ahead. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.