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A Cast Iron Skillet – and my Faith?

A Cast Iron Skillet – and my Faith? Podcast for Hope Stream Radio

I podcast for Hope Stream Radio once a week. I am podcasting about A Cast Iron Skillet – yes, that’s right. I cook with one all the time. This week I thought about it and how it compares to my faith. Please click on the link to hear the podcast.

a cast iron skillet and my faith

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A Cast iron skillet and my faith

Short summary:

Study of Galatians 2:20
Wrote a poem –

Surrounded by His Spirit
Enveloped in His love
He dwells deep inside me
Guides me
Inspired me
Heals me.

My life has become a well-seasoned skillet, hardened by a faith, seasoned with the Spirit (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).


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

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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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Friday’s topic from Gypsy Mama is entitled Loss. And for the moment I am at a loss of what to talk about.

For Simply Saturday I only give myself 5 minutes to write.

So here goes.

When I think of loss my mind immediately returns to the loss of my Father in 1993. As a first-born child my Father meant the world to me. I feared losing him all my life up to that point. When it happened, even though I felt empty at his passing, the fear of losing him all those years had been worse. My faith did not become strong until 2000 but his death started me on the pathway to my faith.

In the church service as we were singing the hymns and I stood with my family, I felt a wonderful joy and a big hug. Strange though it was – that was the beginning of firming up my faith and my decision to put my whole trust and life in Jesus.

The loss of my Father brought a gain to my life. Through his death I was led to find a solid footing with my Heavenly Father. I know when we meet in heaven we will have lots to talk about.

Time’s up.

Your turn: What can you write about for the topic “loss”? Write in the comment section or post something on a blog. You can link back here or link to Gypsy Mama.