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My Word for 2016?

Word of God Speak – Linky – What is my Word for 2016?

Word of God Speak – Linky – What is my word for 2016?

My Word for 2016?

I have been praying this week to find my word for 2016. I have mulled over many things. As we celebrated Christmas I focused on all that meant to me. This week I found myself thinking about “after Christmas”. What does that mean?

What does “after Christmas” mean? (tweet this)

I thought about the magi and wrote a post for Community Moms for this coming week. I really thought about those wisemen. They knew something important happened. They had seen a sign.

Am I watching carefully enough to see a sign from God? (tweet this)

I decided to look over the past 4 years – ever since I started choosing one word for the year. You can see my walk by clicking the links below. I went from trust, to live, to follow and then this year be intentional.

I don’t know what my word for 2016 is – yet. I know that I need to take this week to spend in prayer and study. I won’t be posting any regular posts until next weekend.

While I am searching for my word, I ask you, do you have a word for this year? (tweet this)

Here is my history of words.

2012 The Year of Trust

2013 The year to Live


2014 – The Year to Follow


2015 – Be IntentionalMy-Word-2015---Intentional

At the time of posting this I think I might have my word – stay tuned.

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What have I been doing lately?

What have I been doing lately?



I have been working through the Intentional Bloggers’ Course given by Jeff Goins. When I attended the Inscribe Writers’ Conference this year I had the pleasure to meet Jeff. He really encouraged me to be intentional in my writing and painting. His book The Art of Work is inspirational. He gave the people who attended his special session a free pass to his course called Intentional Blogging. It has been excellent so far.


This week I worked on my About Page. I tried to make it clearer and more specific about me. I hope you will check it out and leave me some suggestions and comments. Please find my about page below.

My About Page.

We have done the yearly move to Arizona for the winter. Except for leaking tub fixtures, leaky toilet, and dead car battery, we are adjusting to living here. The weather has been different with rain and thunder. But this week looks great weather-wise. I miss my friends back home but will soon get involved with our community here.

Thanks for being such dedicated readers of my blog. I plan to be more intentional in the months ahead.

I think it funny that my word for this year was INTENTIONAL.




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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A short addendum post to Thoughtful Tuesdays

A short addendum post to Thoughtful Tuesdays

Lately I seem to hear God saying – paint more. So I have started to finish – I like that. I have started to finish my book called Yoj and the Land of Thrim. So my favourite picture so far is The Girl.


And my favourite picture of this year for this blog is Are you unleashing the power of the Holy Spirit?


Joining Creative Tuesdays today. – Intentionally working at being intentional.


Being intentional – started to paint again. Are you being #intentional. (click to Tweet)

Thoughtful Tuesdays – What are my Goals for 2015?

Thoughtful Tuesdays –  What are my Goals for 2015?

I watched 3 videos produced by Michael Hyatt. I think they are worth watching for writers and non-writers.


Photo from Free digitalphoto.net

What did I learn?

First of all I know that I procrastinate  – a lot.
I know that I am led astray very easily.
I have lots of interesting ideas and thoughts – too many for one person to accomplish.

So I decided to write down exactly how and what I am feeling at this point. (That way I can review this next year.)

  1. I will look back over 2014 and see what I accomplished.
  2. I will allow myself to dream – and dream big.
  3. I will write down my goals.
  4. I will be specific in my goal setting.
  5. I will look at where I am most motivated and go in that direction.
  6. I will start – even if it is small bites – because starting is important.

I didn’t join the 5 day course Michael was advertising but I learned a lot in the first two videos to know where to start.

Here is my full sentence using the red words.

After I look back over the last year, I will dream; then write down specific goals in the areas where I am most motivated and I will start.


I know that I always start with God. Here is a Scripture He brought to my mind.

So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place (1 Samuel 3:9, NIV)

As you can see my goals differ from my personality. I remember attending a workshop called – How to be Intentional. I think that is exactly what I need to do – be Intentional for 2015. Not only intentional on listening to God – but intentional on writing down what I feel and hear in my heart.

I guess that will be my working word for 2015 – Intentional.


What are my goals for 2015? Why do I want to be Intentional? (tweet this)

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Janis Cox is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, and paperback in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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






How Intentional Are You?

How Intentional Are You?

by Janis Cox


An advantage of being a snowbird is to meet other Christians in the United States (and not just online). A few weeks ago I attended the American Christian Writers Conference in Phoenix. How did I do that? Well – God led me to a Facebook friend who invited me to the conference. Wasn’t that wonderful?

One of the speakers talked about intentionality. She urged us to focus on time. She gave us 7 reasons we procrastinate. Joan C. Webb spoke about partnering with God in excellence.

Her take-away:

People, organizations, circumstances and actions do not have the
ability to be constantly flawless here on earth.

Only God is perfect. – Joan Webb (tweetable)

Joan urged us to find where God wants us to focus our time. There are only so many hours in one day.

Do you know what is taking up your time? (tweetable)

We did a quick survey by jotting down the times of the day and filling in the activities that have to be done. Then we added up the hours used and subtracted from 24. Those are the discretionary hours we have in our day. And surprise – we have some!

Instead of complaining how busy we are, let’s get a grip on time. Let’s use it to our advantage.

As always – put God first. When we give Him the first fruits He will bless us immensely.

Then be intentional about the rest of the day. Decide where our best two hours are and do what is most important in those hours.

As I have worked on this theory and asked God for help, I see that I do put some things off. Why? – Laziness, fear, unwillingness to try harder to learn, and distractions.

So here is my plan:

Set a goal. Pray about it. Then set about being
intentional to work on it. 

And a caveat:

Be ready to change if prompted by the Holy Spirit. I don’t want to be so task-oriented that I overlook what God is doing. (tweetable)


Lord, we thank You for time. We ask You to help us use it well, for Your glory. Show us how to use this time You’ve given us – wisely. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

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Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild and Inscribe Writers Fellowship.


Are You Struggling in Your Prayer Life?

by Janis Cox


Are My Prayers Prayeful?

This past Wednesday on my own blog, He Cares for Us, I wrote about true worship. I realized that sometimes I am not worshipping with my whole spirit. I am sometimes not truly present when I sing or even when I listen to sermons. (That doesn’t happen as much any more as I like to take notes and that keeps me focused.)

As I became more intentional in worship I felt closer to God and my worship became worshipful.

I have struggled in the same way in my prayer life. Sometimes I feel as though I am going through the motions. I have an agenda – something that needs to be done – to tick off my list. But am I connecting with God?

Are my prayers – prayerful? (tweet this)

I tried a new discipline in March after reading the book Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg. I tried praying only 3 word prayers.

Yes 3 word prayers.

Because I was intentional in this I found my prayers became more specific; they took me longer to think and compose and they brought me closer to God.

I am now leading a Bible study with the Wonderstruck Bible Study. We are studying session 4 this week, a chapter on prayer. Once again Margaret reminded me of being intentional, not blathering on and on, or having as she calls is a “noversation”. I am going to try this once again for this week and see if my passion and connection will resurface.

How do you struggle in your prayer life?

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Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters. Janis has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Janis’s Website.