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Advent Week Two – Peace

Peace

This Advent Week Two. We focus on peace. We learn more about it.

Advent Week Two - peace

Painting by Janis Cox

At this moment we all need God’s peace, more than ever.

Jesus did say,

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27, NIV)

And Paul reminds us:

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. (Ephesians 2:14-17, NIV)

  1. He is our peace
  2. He reconciled the Jews and the Gentiles
  3. He set aside the law with its commands and regulations
  4. He created one humanity
  5. He came and preached peace to both groups- those near and those far.

What does peace mean to you?

Peace with God

Finding peace with God meant all the difference to me in 2001. That peace opened my heart. It strengthened my marriage. I changed my outlook on life. It changed my outlook on giving. I saw miracles. (read my Faith story)

Peace Within Myself

Learning to let go of my tendencies to judge, to be frustrated when things don’t go my way, to accept how God has made me (totally not OCD). I am scattered but the Holy Spirit seems to bring me to the right thing at the right time. To be happy I can paint and write. To be happy!!

Peace With Others

I haven’t had too much trouble with this over the years. I learned as a child to get along with others. But it isn’t always so. When tired I can be cranky and irritable. I can lash out when I shouldn’t. And my husband is usually the one who gets the brunt of my frustration. So when I can be at peace with myself, it leads me to be patient with others.

As I read through the Luke Challenge (New Christmas Tradition), today was Luke 7.

My thoughts on Chapter 7

There is so much in this chapter that it can be overwhelming.

I heard:

Faith. Healing. Love. Peace.

I wondered who hears the truth about Jesus. Why are poorer countries building their faith faster than North America? Answer: There is nothing in the poor countries standing in their way to hear the truth. Here in NA., we are bombarded by worldly things and ideas.

We have to learn to let go and submit to God. Accept and thank Him for what we have, but don’t hold on to it tightly.

I wrote an Abecedarian poem inspired by Chapter 7 and in keeping with Advent Week Two.

A Plea at Christmas

Accept the Word of God
Before it’s too late
‘Cause life is short

Don’t wait 
Everything depends on
Following Jesus

God waits
Hoping to gather all His children
Instead of 
Jumping to the end
Keeping His promise
Life to all those who believe

Make a decision
Nothing else is as important

Open your eyes and ears
Put faith first

Quickly stop the marathon
Running in the world’s race

Seek Jesus
Talk to Him
Understand His
Voice and His
Ways

eXpect His answer
You’re almost there
Zed – the end is near, peace

©Janis Cox 2020

May I pray for you and me?

Father God, we learn so much through Your Word. Today is no exception. As we await the remembrance of the birth of Your Son, Jesus, help us to learn more of Your ways, Your love and Your peace. We await the coming of Christ as a remembrance and as a hope of the future arrival of Jesus. He will come again. You have said that. In His name, we pray. Amen.

 

Skater: Drawing Shouldn’t Be Complicated

33 Dots: Skater

Another day for 33 Dots – from Meg Konovska’s idea. This is my second day of randomly placing 33 dots on a piece of paper – then trying to figure out what’s there. Today we get a colourful skater.

skater

Coloured pencil skater – 33 dots

Thoughts:

As I looked at this skater, I thought of myself on ice skates. I used to be able to skate pretty well. Not great but I could make it around the rink. Not now. Now I need help. Last year my daughters took me for a spin and they shot this picture. I stayed steady for the picture and then said – “grab me.”

skate

This year, everyone forgot their cameras. But I still went around the rink twice. It wasn’t as smooth this year – many holes from lots of use. But I felt a sense of accomplishment, just putting them on, getting to the rink, and going around with help on either side.

This girl remind me of how I need to be bold, whether in trying to skate, or attempting new things.

Her skates don’t look very steady and that’s how I feel sometimes, treading this Internet and connecting with others. I’m on shaky ground.

But God tells us again and again (over 400 times actually) to not fear.

Do NOT be afraid He says.

He will always be with us. It is God Who leads and guides us so we have NOTHING to fear.

Read John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

The colourful outfit that my girl is wearing is the creativity that’s in me. It’s in all of us. But we are fearful of not being able to do it. But if we let ourselves go and let God lead it is amazing what He can do.

Read Ephesians 2:10

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Here is the beginning of the picture. I had put the 33 dots. I forgot to take the picture with just the dots.

skater

Skater – 33 dots, Janis Cox

When I wrote Tadeo Turtle and wanted to illustrate my own children’s book, I didn’t think that was possible. But I did it. And it won an award in 2012 from The Word Awards.

What I believe, is that we can do anything when God is beside us.

We can learn to change our plans: our temperament; we can be kinder; we can learn to be inspirational; we can learn to draw, to write and even to skate. But we do need to ask Him and listen for His answers too.

Do you want to change? Are you tired of doing things on your own? There are two ways I hope I can help?

CALL TO ACTION:

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

Janis is a creativity catalyst with a heart to connect people to God. She specializes in creating art based on Scripture so that the Truth penetrates hearts and not just minds.The world needs more pictures, art and colour.

She also has a gift for you called One Word at a Time, if you like to work through scripture.

Inadequacy?

I read this wonderful post on the Inscribe Writers Online blog by Bryan Norford. Sometimes we feel inadequate in our writing. Bryan sets it straight – we can feel that way and still write well. How? Read his post.

Inadequacy?

by Bryan Norford

What's Up God?

I have previously commented here and elsewhere on the tension between commitment and inspiration: we are often committed to writing when we don’t feel inspired. Depending on our temperament, it can be the difference between light and darkness.

We need to be careful how we think of inspiration. Inspired work is not necessarily easy. Inspiration may simply be an idea requiring a further ninety per cent perspiration to develop. Conversely, apparently mechanical writing often initiates inspiration as it progresses.

While most people may use the idea of inspiration in its mundane sense—an easy flow as we write—the Christian considers its fundamental meaning: drawing upon the wisdom of the Spirit.

  All Christian writing—fiction as well as non-fiction—
depends on God’s wisdom to infuse it. (tweet this)

To read the rest of the article please follow Bryan at Inscribe Fellowship Online. Find out how Christian writers are driven to prayer each morning.