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Embrace: Five Minute Friday

The word for Friday at 5 Minute Fridays was embrace. I couldn’t put together 5 minutes to write since Friday. Now I have those 5 minutes and I will try.

Here goes:

When I saw the word embrace my first thought was a hug. I love hugging – my family and close friends. I’m not as keen on hugging strangers but it’s getting easier. There is something better about a hug than a hand shake. And probably less germs too.


But then I thought of the word embrace to reach out, grasp and make it my own. That has happened this past year. Before I did things but never really put my whole heart and soul into it. This year I doing that.

When I start my day, I ask God to show me people, events or even news items that He wants me to deal with. Sometimes it is in prayer. Sometimes a word. Sometimes an email.

As I go about doing my “stuff” I try to focus on what I am doing – not let my mind wander in all those other directions that it tends to do.

Focus – embrace. I think they go together.

This year I hired a coach. I needed to learn to focus on certain things. We talk about that. We pray about that. Then I get down to business.

Two books have made an impact on my focus. The Art of Work by Jeff Goins and The Story of With by Allen Arnold. Both say to me that God can inspire me and can lead me where He wants me to go.


Iridescent flowers by Janis Cox

I have been embracing my art, both watercolour and writing, – the gifts God has given me. I have been practising to make them better. I joined #ScribblePicnic to help with my art inspiration. I said yes to Brenda Poulos to do the illustrations for her new book coming out soon. I published a Bible study that has only been available in PDF.

So I embrace all of life – all that God is offering me.

I want to embrace my Saviour with my heart, mind, spirit and soul and in that way embrace the life He has given me. (tweet this)

Time’s up. Your turn. What do you think of when you hear the word “embrace”.


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Manifesto – One Way God Might Change You

Manifesto – One Way God Might Change You

If you know me you will know I love a challenge. Jeff Goins set up this week as a Blogging Challenge Week. He will give prompts every day and we are to write and post them. The challenge today was to write a manifesto. See more about that below.


The first challenge was to do this on Monday. It is still Monday here in Arizona – about 8:27 pm.

Challenge One – to write a manifesto.

A manifesto is a short, shareable document that makes an argument, that tells the world what you’re about. It’s something that picks a fight, makes a stand, gets people to stand up and say “yes I agree with this” or “no way!”.

I have been working on my Manifesto to give as an ebook for subscribers who join my newsletter  (and to all those who are already subscribed). So I have taken just a part of that manifesto to share with you today. My whole manifesto is called 5 Ways God Might Change You.

One Way God Might Change You

 God Can Change Your Health

Fifteen years ago I lived a different life. I was a different person than I am today. [edited: My hubby reminded me that really that was over 20 years ago. God started to work in me a number of years before I acknowledged Who Jesus is.]

Fifteen years ago my back ached, my shoulders were sore; I couldn’t raise my hand to write on the blackboard; I couldn’t lift a teapot to pour a cup of tea. My knees could not support me well enough to let me climb stairs. I tightened my jaw and had to wear a dental brace to prevent me from biting down during my sleep. This caused a condition called TMJ [1] My joints in my fingers developed bumps and they swelled often.

Physically I was a mess.

Today as I write in my journal, type on the computer, and watercolour, I thank God for the healing He has provided. As I take the stairs, walk, tap dance and play pickleball, I feel blessed to have the ability to do these things. And I am 15 years older.

When I decided to start a relationship with Jesus, He healed me. (click to tweet)

BLESS the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:1-3, NIV).

 I can’t tell you how but I know these things:

  1. God gave me peace.

This is the first scripture I memorized.

 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).”

  1. God took away my fear.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV).

  1. God led me to people who helped in all areas of healing my body.

I know God leads me to people who can help me. From massage therapists to physiotherapists, I had people help me, and friends who taught me Who Jesus is. We have read many books on healthy eating. Now we plan our meals around vegetables, meats, fruits, nuts, and good fats – no processed foods. We are much healthier. We also are disciplined in walking every day.

But most of all God is the One who healed me. (click to tweet)

[1] – The temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

Are you in need of a physical makeover? I know that Jesus can help you. Just ask Him to.

I would love to hear your thoughts.




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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Sunday Stillness – How to Feel Invigorated

Sunday Stillness – How to Feel Invigorated

There are times we need to have connection with others to feel invigorated. This past week I had the opportunity and pleasure to attend the Inscribe Writers Conference. What a blessing it was! Not only was I invigorated but I felt a strong sense of God’s leading in my life.


Jeff Goins: Author of many books but his latest is The Art of Work.

Jeff is as real as he seems on line. What a genuine gentleman. A faithful follower of Christ.

Some quotes from his book that I thought very important (there are so many more).

Success isn’t the goal; legacy is.

We are called to call others; we are given gifts to be given away.

The right choice isn’t to retire …. it’s to work hard and passionately, but acknowledging the limitations of what one life is capable of.

The executive for Inscribe:

What an amazing group of warm and caring individuals. They never seemed frustrated, harried or stressed. They trusted in God to figure things out. What a way to show us all how to walk with Him.


I learned something important from each workshop I attended. All leaders were gracious, answered questions and filled our heads with tons of information. I learned a new form of poetry called, “Found Poetry”. The picture for today is one that I wrote based on Psalm 50. Thank you, Colleen Taylor McCubbin.

The people:

This was my first time attending the conference. I knew names and some faces from being online. But what a warm welcome I had. I felt like I had come home. Everyone seemed to be from my “tribe”.  I found my niche of people who truly understand how God is leading us. Powerful prayer times. Wonderful worship led by Colleen McCubbin. A warmth and caring that I miss all ready.


Thank You, Lord, for pushing me to attend this conference. The urge was so strong I knew it had to be You. Thank You for all the people who put together this conference – behind the scenes people too. Thank You for always leading us when we listen. I learned that “he who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honours” God (Psalm 50:23, NIV). I am so thankful. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


How to learn, worship and be with your tribe. @inscribecwf Great conference. Thanks again. (click to tweet)

Today is Sunday Stillness.


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.


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






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Thoughtful Thursday – Seven Reasons Why I am Going to the Inscribe Conference in Alberta

Thoughtful Thursday – Seven Reasons Why I am Going to the Inscribe Conference in Alberta

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Why do I want to fly to Edmonton to attend a writers’ conference?

  1. Over the past, I think about eight years, I have belong to Inscribe Writers Online. This year I felt determined to attend this conference because I want to see all my friends that I know only through the Internet. Yes I have seen their faces on Facebook and have chatted on email and through a list serv. But I want to meet and talk with them. Pray with them. Worship with them.

2. So I am booked to fly on Wednesday September 23 and stay until Sunday September 27. I have signed up for the early bird workshop with Jeff Goins – his latest book is The Art of Work and is filled with life giving, important information. I want to listen to him and discuss these ideas.

3. One of the courses I have chosen is to learn more about public speaking. Since I am now on Hope Stream Radio I want to improve how I speak.

4. I have signed up for a children’s writers’ workshop – almost ready to publish my next children’s book and I want more input.

5.  I love being in the company of believers who are writers. It’s amazing to find a family that is so like me. Wow! Just love it.

6. I have attended Write!Canada which is sponsored by The Word Guild – another writers’ group I belong to. I know the feeling and knowledge that I get when I attend that conference. So I want to do that again this year – I went in June to Write!Canada. Now’s my chance.

7. I want to meet with the Inscribe Executive – they have become very important people to me over the past couple of year. Ruth Snyder, especially, is such an amazing woman – that I want to have a chance to really sit down with her and have a chat.

There are my seven reasons. Are you interesting in attending such a wonderful place? Drop over to Inscribe and see what it’s all about.

And find out more about 7 Essential Habits for Christian Writers.


I have heard it is a fabulous resource. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet as I am getting ready to go away.


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