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Find out How and Why God has Given me Release

Update: I needed to find a release. I think that’s more like freedom. Timing is good for this release too.

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I know it’s been awhile since I posted here. I have been busy writing on Medium.com. I’ve been busy taking courses. Maybe too busy.

You can check out my posts by going to Janis Cox Medium. You don’t have to sign up to read the posts. But you can’t “clap” (which is a “like”) unless you sign up. (A few of my posts are in a program to get paid and you can’t get those unless you subscribe to Medium.) If you are already a member please tell me so I can drop over to visit you.

I did a 30-day challenge to write 5 days a week in March. Whew, that was interesting. I don’t think I’ll keep up that pace. I learned a lot though.

This week as I talked to God and read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 I realized I needed to take a break, a release.

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We travel back home to Canada on Tuesday – so lots to do here in terms of closing up.

I have two special things to tell you about.

  1. If you are looking for a place to learn about God’s Word, but don’t have time, or not sure how. Here is a safe haven – join us on our Facebook Closed Group – Growing Through God’s Word.

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2. I am offering a free Bible Art course. If you always wanted to try this – here is your chance. Materials are minimal. Sign up.

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Now for the Five-Minute Friday post:

Five minutes to write. Go: – The Word is RELEASE.

God always brings me back to centre.

I have been so involved in learning about blogging, writing, creating and doing I forgot to pause to live. So I am going to take a release from all of this. And I want to work on my Bible Study course.

It’s going to be hard because I love to write. But I think I need to regroup with God to discover how to enjoy this writing adventure and life too. I need to find a rhythm – a holy rhythm.

Writing about what God is telling me and teaching me is exciting. However, I need to find a schedule that fits my life.

And coming back to Canada there are other responsibilities and family to have time for.

Also, I am doing 7 Artist in the Schools workshops when I return. That will keep me involved.

So I feel God has given me a release from this job of writing for the moment.

You might see me here on Five-Minute Fridays though – because that’s what I like – to keep things SIMPLE.

Blessings,

Janis

 

How Can I Balance my Life in This Day and Age?

33 Dots: Balance

I am still challenging myself to draw 33 random dots on paper; then connect the dots without intersecting any lines; then paint. Today it turned out to be the theme of balance.

This challenge has me inspired. I never know what I will see.

This time was very different. I couldn’t see anything for a while. First I saw a foot but it looked like it was stepping on the head. Why would someone be stepping on a head? I didn’t like that. I saw the little dog but wondered what he was doing up there at the top of the page.

Step 1: Connect the dots to make contour lines.

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Outline when I connected the 33 dots.

Do you see anything? I turned it around and around but kept coming back a foot, a head and a dog. At one time I thought I saw a whale’s tale but there was no whale.

Step 2: See if I can make anything out of this.

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The outline of the picture as I saw it. 33 Dots.

As I looked at my rough sketch I changed the bows on the triangle on the dog to make it a real bow. I erased some lines and added some.

Step 3: Draw with micron pen and paint.

This is the final outcome.

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The final picture for 33 dots – Balance

Step 4: See where God leads my thoughts.

Balance:

This year is the first time I have found a balance of how to write, paint and enjoy retirement. I have focused on God for the past 17 years but have been balancing ten times more things that I had to.

My Focus:

To me I have learned balance by learning to focus on the one thing I heard God say to me. And that was: “Encourage believers to read their Bibles and pray.”

That also has led me to try Bible journaling and getting out of my shell and talking and listening to others. God is teaching me to become a spiritual mentor.

Here are a few of the latest Bible Journals from our study of Proverbs in Growing Through God’s Word Facebook Group. Join us.

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Listen to God:

In this study of 33 dots, Instead of just “painting” listen God before I paint. He helps me connect the dots. Then after I paint I see what He shows me – the meaning of my painting. By doing the 33 dots challenge it forces me to trust God and it makes me look, and create.

What this painting means to me:

The person at the bottom (me) is learning to carry a heavy load as well as balance a dog on a poll. I think the standing person represents my work in writing and painting. It is steady on its own. The little dog is the rest of my life. It moves around so I have to watch it carefully so it doesn’t topple. But it’s the fun part. Even though my “work” of painting and writing is delightful I can also take fun in the other people in my life and the experiences around me.

And the Holy Spirit helps keep all things in balance.

Notice how the person at the bottom is looking forward. And that’s where I am looking. Not down or up but following God on the path He is leading me. My word for this year is “Go Forth” and as I pray and listen to God I am willing to change my direction. The things I am balancing are light because Jesus is right beside me or should I say inside me.

Jesus is my strength. He leads and guides me. I do what He tells and shows me. I listen.

Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

“The heart of man plans his way,
    but the Lord establishes his steps.”

Are you struggling to find more time with God? Where is your path headed? Do you want to feel His strength in your life?

CALL TO ACTION

Are you feeling disconnected from God?

Is your art or writing suffering because you are struggling do work on your own?

Do you want to tap into God’s unlimited creativity?

If you want a safe place to connect with other believers, to grow stronger in God’s Word and learn to listen to Him, please visit us at Growing Through God’s Word Facebook Group. We would love to have you.

Boats: Scribble Picnic

Today is #Scribblepicnic day. The prompt is boats. My picture is painted with watercolour pencils. No micron pens today.

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I don’t come from a boating family. I remember the one and only time being in a boat before I turned 16. We had rented a cottage on an island and with it came a boat. Of course! How were we to get to the island? It turned out to be a small aluminum boat with a small 9 horsepower motor. My mother was unimpressed. In fact she spent that week on the island and never got off until it came time to leave. That morning we awoke to a thick blanket of fog. On the way to the marina, I leaned over the front of the boat with a flashlight to tell my dad where the rocks were in the channel. Adventure plus! Can you hear me? “Rock on your left. Rock on your right.”

Imagine my surprise when I met my hubby to be – his family grew up with motor boats. I have spent the last 46 years with a lover of boats.

Do I have boating genes? Absolutely not. But I have learned to enjoy most excursions. I say most because we have had a few exciting time on larger lakes with high waves. I don’t like that, at all.

What boats did I choose to paint today?

Sailboats – because they are colourful and I haven’t had much experiences on them except getting hit in the head by the boom when I didn’t duck when commanded. (earlier before I married my hubby)

I don’t have a desire to go on a sailboat, besides not wanting to be bumped in the head. They can go fast and without warning. I have no control and I have a problem with control. This would be way out of my comfort zone. Instead I will draw them.

In Arizona we can watch “sailboat races” every Wednesday and Sunday mornings on our little lake.

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10 Tips to Life and Peace

10 Tips to Life and Peace

How do we find life and peace? I have been reading a devotional every morning from UCB Canada written by Bob and Debby Gass. Today’s thoughts were great and have been setting the tone for my sabbatical this summer and I felt a need to share them.

Life and peace

  1. Have a true faith: On Sunday the sermon was all about faith, taking words from Hebrews 11. Faith is more than belief. Faith is built on a firm foundation and in things we can’t see.
  2. Be with others of our faith: Stir each other on.
  3. Watch your thoughts: Remember the “whatevers” as they mean a lot. See Philippians 4:8.
  4. Be thankful: As you go to sleep and when you wake up – don’t forget to thank God. My favourite book about this is Ann Voskamps’ One Thousand Gifts.
  5. Watch out for the world: What is keeping you away from God?  What books do you read? TV? Media? What fills your thoughts and mind? Maybe you need to take a sabbatical from all things that turn your mind away from God.
  6. Be merciful: Remember God is merciful to us. Don’t harden your hearts against anyone.
  7. Don’t judge: That means everyone who doesn’t believe but we are called to judge our brothers, those of our faith who are straying away from the truth – Read 1 Corinthians 5. But the rest of the folks – only God is to judge them. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?  God will judge those outside.”
  8. Forgive: To me this is the top one for peace. God forgives us and calls on us to forgive others. You don’t have to like the person but you do have to forgive them. If you have problems, ask God for help.
  9. Love your enemies: Do you have people you disagree with? Pray for them. Love them. You don’t have to agree with them to love them. And don’t forget to pray for those in authority.
  10. Tell others the truth about the Gospel: This is something we all need to do more. Speak your faith story. Be specific. What is God doing in your life? Tell others about the saving grace of Jesus.

I am grateful to have read this today. I am keeping a copy of it for myself. Feel free to save the photo and post it on your bulletin board or share anywhere.

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Crucified With Christ

Crucified With Christ – What does that mean? Word of God Speak Linkup

For the next weeks I will be joining Lisa Morris as she delves into studying 17 New Testament Books in 17 Weeks.  That is the link to her Facebook Group if you wish to join us. This week we are studying Galatians and particularly looking at Galatians 2:20 – I’ve Been Crucified with Christ. I love studying one verse in depth and Lisa has chosen one scripture to memorize. But I am also reading through Galatians with some of her questions in mind.

Crucified with Christ

S – Say the passage out loud: Check other versions.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20, NIV).

Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that (Galatians 2:20, The Message).

I – Interpretation – Check footnotes, references and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

There were a few scriptures mentioned in my study Bible to check out.

Galatians 5:24 – crucified sinful nature
Galatians 6:14 –  only boast in the cross of Jesus
Romans 6:8-10 –  we live with Christ
Romans 7:6 – By dying… we are released from the Law, so we serve in a new way of the spirit, not in the old way of written code.

We died to sin – freed from its powers.

Galatians 1:4 – Christ gave Himself for our sins to rescue us.
1 Timothy 2:6 –  Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for many.
Titus 2:14 –  Jesus gave Himself to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His own.

M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

This passage is so powerful. It says the whole purpose of our Christian faith.

Being crucified, being cleansed, renewed, changed – a new person, the Spirit of Christ lives in me.

We are not only cleansed but filled with His power, His strength.
Jesus lives in me. (Tweet this)

Grasp hold of that. In my bodily weakness Jesus is strong.

Many times Jesus has pulled me through. Every summer during Vacation Bible School that I run I have been sick, but Jesus has given me strength to continue and not miss a day.

When I first heard the words, “crucified with Christ” I hated that word. I heard I’ve been crucified with Christ and I cringed. Why?

Was I afraid of giving up some of me? Did I know that if I said those words it would mean total acceptance and giving over control to Jesus?

Releasing control – could I do that? Could I say that I have been crucified with Christ and He lives in me?

Yes – I wanted to be thoroughly dead to sin. That doesn’t mean I won’t sin but it means sin has no power over me.

Through the death and resurrection of Christ the power of sin over me is DEAD. I am cleansed in Him.

The old “me” is gone. The “I” no longer lives. Instead Christ lives in me. I live by faith in Jesus. (tweet this)

And that makes all the difference.

P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak. When you have finished writing all your thoughts, questions and ideas then take time for prayer.

L- Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).

I felt a complete surrender as I prayed this morning. It was like being accepted all over again. It was giving up anything hindering my relationship with Jesus. I wrote this poem to remember this time.

I’ve Been Crucified with Christ

Surrounded by His Spirit
Enveloped by His Love
He dwells deep inside me
Guides me
Inspires me
Heals me

I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave His life for me.

Here is Robin Mark singing, I Have Been Crucified With Christ.

 

E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Father I am so glad you rescued me and brought me into Your family. I thank You that through the death of Christ I too have been crucified and brought into the Kingdom. May You continue to guide me and give me inspiration to learn more and more about You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Just to keep you up-to-date, The Kingdom of Thrim, my second book in a series called Growing Available at my bookstore.

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My Emphasis – Where is yours?

My Emphasis – Where is yours? – Hope Stream Radio Podcast

The reading this week for Lent led me to look at where I put my emphasis. You can either listen to the podcast or read the show notes. Either way I would love to hear your thoughts.

My emphasis

On Tuesdays you can hear my podcast on Hope Stream Radio. Then anytime you want to listen you can visit my page on HopeStreamRadio. 

 

My emphasis

Here are the show notes for this week’s program for those who would rather read than listen.

What is Your Emphasis?

I was studying a familiar passage in the Bible the other day and God changed the emphasis of the words.

Mark 12:41-44 where Jesus is watching the people give to the treasury of the temple. I looked at verse 44.

They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.

My eyes had always looked at live and poverty. Totally poor, the widow was giving way more than the rich who gave such a small percentage of their wealth.

This time however I saw the words, Put In Everything. I know that at this point Jesus has been watching all the people give to the treasury – in 13 upside-down trumpet shaped vessels.

Put in Everything

This time God took me away from looking at the money aspect and made me look at the words “put in everything she had”. She had not much but she put it all in for God. Now she has only God left. She had emptied herself completely.

We have so much – and not just in money but in time, inspiration, creativity, family, love and education to name a few.

And the next week what passage came next in my Lenten study but Mark 14:1-9. In this story we read about the anointing of Jesus by a woman at the house of Simon the Leper in Bethany.

This time I focused on the verses 8-9. Jesus says:

She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.

Reading these two passages gave me a double look at whole-hearted worship.

Giving it all to Jesus. Where is my Emphasis?

My question is: Are we investing it ALL to His glory?

I see Michael Hyatt’s book, Living Forward  through God’s eyes.

When Michael says to take a long careful look at our lives – investigate, think, pray and ponder He is talking about our WHOLE lives.

Michael chooses what he calls LIFE ACCOUNTS and gives these examples:

You, faith, health, spouse, kids, finances, friends, work and hobbies. But you may choose any accounts you want.

To give everything to God we need to see our every thing. In order to give every thing I need to know where to put my emphasis.

I’m reminded of Micah 6:8

What does the LORD require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Listen to 1 Samuel 15:22:

Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as obeying the voice of the LORD?

And Hosea 6:6

For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.

And Isaiah 1:16-17

Stop doing wrong, learn to do right. Seek justice, encourage the oppressed, Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

All those verbs are needed to be added to my life profile.

Act, love, obey, acknowledge, seek, encourage, defend, plead.

And the nouns:

Justice, mercy, humility, God, the Voice, oppressed, fatherless, widows.

I made the word art to remind myself of the emphasis I need in my life.

I haven’t started my formal written life plan yet but God is giving me Scriptures and words to help me when I do. Those words will be my emphasis.

Do you have a life plan? Or are you on autopilot with no plan but drift? (click to tweet)

What are your thoughts?

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Life Plan – Do you have one?

Life Plan – Do you have one? Hope Stream Radio

This has been an interesting week. Lots happening. I have a new children’s book in the last stages before printing. The Kingdom of Thrim is coming. I have been focusing more on my life plan thanks to Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy’s book, Living Forward.

 

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Life Plan Hope Stream Radio

I podcast every Tuesday on Hope Stream Radio. This week I spoke about a Life Plan. Here are my show notes. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here

Hope Stream Radio Podcast.

The word that I chose to focus on for this year is ABOUND. From a Scripture found in 2 Corinthians 9:8.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things and at all times, you will abound in every good work.

I read the verse again in The Message:

God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything more than just ready to do what needs to be done.

That sounds like planning to me. A life plan. Ready for anything and everything. (click to tweet)

Think about that. We don’t know what the next moment will bring. We keep moving forward but need to be READY for anything and everything.

How?

I am on the launch team for a new book that came out yesterday called Living Forward. Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy are the authors.

This book fits in well with my word ABOUND. The book walks us through a plan to take a close look at our lives and plan forward. I believe by prayer and planning we can accomplish more than we ever believed possible.

God has a plan and purpose for each life. We need to take the time to look at our lives and listen to God how we can move forward in that plan.

Listen to Psalm 90:12

Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12 says TEACH us. That means listening and planning. A life plan. (click to tweet)

Jeanne Whittaker, is the founder of The Tabernacle Experience, This is a travelling exhibit to explain and show the Tabernacle from time of Moses right through to resurrection of Jesus. Jeanne heard God’s call. She didn’t only hear it – she acted on it. It was a big undertaking. But God is the God of the impossible.

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Our own story is similar. My husband read an article in an Arizonan paper about a charity that helped single parents further their education past high school. He felt God’s call. In our small town, a year later, we started HASP – Haliburton Assistance for Single Parents. Our first client is set to graduate this spring.

Our world expands when God is in control. (click to tweet)

Have you found the purpose for your life?

Thomas Carlyle said:

The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.

The book Living Forward has three aims:

  1. It will heighten your senses of what’s truly possible for you in life.
  2. It will equip you to make better decisions in your life.
  3. It will position you to make the most significant contribution in this world that you can add the most value to those around you.

God wants us to be ready for anything and everything. I believe a Life Plan is necessary to accomplish this.

Whether you look at this book or not, we all need to look at our lives.

What is your life plan? I plan to be in prayer about this very thing.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, you have a purpose for our lives. We seek you to help us see where we’ve been, where we are and how you want us to live forward. We want to be ready for life – whatever happens. Help us to be full of Your Spirit so we can abound in every good work.

Until next time, seek God and specifically ask Him to show you His purpose and plan for Your life.

Remember the verse from Colossians 1:17

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Creation Story – do you believe?

Creation Story – do you believe?

Today I look at the creation story. It amazes me how God puts circumstances into my path for me to follow and learn.

This is a reworking of a post I had from 2012.

Creation Story - Do you Believe?

When I first heard  the word “story” I thought of the story of my week at V.I.B.E. (Vacation Bible School). It was quite a story.

We had 23 children; lots of fun; great weather; wonderful leaders and volunteers. We talked about God and His story. We learned we are unique and loved by Him. We learned the Lord’s Prayer. We had fun with each other.

I survived!

Then on Sunday our minister, Harry Morgan, preached about the Creation Story.

Harry started with a great description of a giraffe and told us many interesting facts that I did not know:

        • a giraffe’s neck can be 500 pounds
        • a giraffe has a spring like thing connecting his head to his body, so he can lift his head quickly.
        • he does not get dizzy because of a system of veins and arteries with stop gates Here is the scientific wording:

  “But the giraffe was engineered with reinforced artery walls, anti-pooling valves, a web of small blood vessels and pressure-sensing nerves that assure an adequate blood flow to the brain at just the right pressure. Creation Ministry.

Later in the sermon he talked about honeycomb and bees.

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Bumblebee – taken by Janis Cox

Harry talked about the special dance that bees do to explain where to find the best nectar field.

“To identify the location of a food source too distant from the hive to be smelled or seen by the other bees, the scout does a dance on the honeycomb inside the hive” Creation Ministries .

Here are my take aways:

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20 NIV).

I know I can believe the creation story –  what the Bible says.

There is evidence of a wise Creator – a Designer and we need to answer to Him. May the Holy Spirit continue to show me more and more of God and Jesus.

Two Stories on the same day- both about life and God.

Thoughtful Thursdays – Who is Carol A Brown?

 

Thoughtful Thursdays – Who is Carol A Brown?

Today I am starting a new series to introduce you to some of my writer friends. Carol Brown has a new book coming out called Sassy Pants Learns about Strange Creatures.

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You can see with the picture below that Carol grew up with animals. She is pictured here with her brother Denny.

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I have given Carol some questions to answer about her life and her faith. Welcome Carol.

  1. Tell me a little bit about your church background. How did you come to faith in Jesus?

Church background—as a kid we attended church when we had gas for the car. That was not every Sunday! When we left the farm and dad went into carpentry we attended more regularly and generally a church of the Baptist persuasion. In college I attended a C&MA and a Weslyn Methodist for a bit. Then I made friend with some Chinese Christians and ended up joining their fellowship until I met my husband and he took me off to seminary with him. Then we had to choose a denomination. We chose to affiliate with American Baptists. We felt we could find spiritual peers as well as social peers with that denomination. Now that we have retired and I have limitations, we tend to do house church.

Coming to faith in Jesus—My mom tells me that I accepted Jesus as Savior in Sunday School but I don’t have a clear memory of it. The clear memory is when Father God rolled back the sky one night and introduced Himself. Somewhere around the age of 10. The summer night was so beautiful—frogs, crickets and cicada singing their hearts out. An occasional Whip-o-Will called and the stars, like sparks, had burned holes in the velvety midnight blue sky. The smell of clover rode on a soft warm breeze. Every cell in my body was vibrating with delight and appreciation. And then the sky rolled back like a scroll…and there He was—just as delighted with me as I was with Him. That’s when the adventure began.

  1. When did your interest in writing start? Can you look back and see God working through and with you in your desire to write. If so, explain your thoughts.

I came into writing sort of backwards—several things like that in my life. I was an academic—I taught English Language at the University to speakers of other languages. That arena requires lots of papers and research so that is where I learned to write. But I never took any creative writing courses. My interests were elsewhere.

So when I was struck with MS in 1995, I began writing up stories and concepts as a way to keep my sanity during recovery. Four prophetic people came to me separately and said they felt I was to write up my experiences. It was to be a parable for the church. I documented lessons along the way but really felt in my heart that the Church did not want to hear me say, “MS sucks!” But I kept writing out of obedience. Then one day the Lord said, “We have a book.” I looked at my pile of disconnected snippets and said, “We do?” It took a long time to dig out all the MS from the manuscript but we did it—we had two books for adult readers. The Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity and Highly Sensitive.

That process was so hard I told the Lord that I didn’t want to do any more hard books. He said, “Okay.” And promptly downloaded the Sassy Pants series! These are His stories. Yes, He used data from my own childhood, but He wrote the stories. So I hope your readers enjoy this sassy little pig as she grows up and learns the lessons we all need to learn! On the fly leaf is a disclaimer: Sassy Pants…an almost true story based very loosely on some facts!

Writing or being an author was never on my radar as a career choice. The Lord arranged events and opportunities in my life so I was prepared and had the skill set needed to intuitively turn to writing as something I could do when I was not well enough to do much of anything. I could still be myself–a teacher, but the Lord promoted me and now my classroom is global.

  1. What is the best thing you have written?

That’s hard to say. When people tell you that something you wrote saved their life—that’s pretty awesome! Maybe Through the Wilderness, the pathway to holiness which is in the publishing process. But then, the Sassy Pants Series is the best in the children’s genre! I really have a hard time picking!

Describe it.

The Wilderness is a memoir/devotional/spiritual adventure story! It chronicles the lessons and experiences the Lord orchestrated during my recovery from MS.

Tell me why you think it is the best.(so far)

Because the LORD commissioned it and I believe He is watching over it… because it is a word from His heart to the Church of today. He is the main character of each and every chapter.

  1. How and when do you spend time with God?

Every day in the morning. MS has created a visual disturbance called a “downbeat nystagmus.” My visual field slowly slides downward from left to right and then jerks back to center. Repeat, ad nauseum. Finally around 11:00 am it slows down enough that I can read and work on the computer. So from the time I get up in the morning until 11:00 am I spend with the Lord! It works well.

Do you have a favourite devotional?

Not really because of the trouble I have reading. I need it to be digital so I can enlarge the font to where I can see it. I generally limit myself to the Bible. Sometimes I will research different things and then meditate on them as well as on scripture. I type pretty fast and accurately so I will record the thoughts and meditations that come to me on the computer with my eyes closed!

What version of Bible do you use the most?

The NIV, but I also enjoy Phillips and Jerusalem Bible.

  1. What new project/s are you working on?

Right now my publisher, Lilly Maytree of Summer Island Press and I are working to get the whole series of Sassy Pants Learns out there to children. We will be going back and redoing the first two stories, colorize them and create new covers and who knows what all we will do. And then there are two, possibly three more books in the series. 1) Sassy Pants, 2) Sassy Pants Makes Amends, 3) Sassy Pants Learns About Strange Creatures, 4) Who’s The Boss, 5) Sassy Pants and the Boss Hog.

Why do they seem important to you?

God has let me know that “He is very concerned about the children.” Giving a child a strong character is one of the most loving things we can do. These stories are my bit in doing that.

Thank you so much Carol for being a guest on Growing Through God’s Word. We pray for the best for you and for your books.

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Find out about the life and faith of Carol Brown, author of Sassy Pants. (click to tweet)

 

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Carol Brown says, “I started telling stories when I had enough brothers for an audience!” She has four brothers and one sister.

Carol was raised in a farming community in Iowa. A retired teacher, she and her husband reside in Grand Rapids, MI caring for her elderly mother. Carol enjoys nature, music, playing the piano, children, reading, writing and storytelling. Now she specializes in knitting sweaters and spinning yarns!

Links:

Website:  From God’s Heart for adult readers

To purchase Carol’s new book click on Sassy Pants Learns about Strange Creatures

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Sunday Stillness – Is Distraction a good thing or bad?

Sunday Stillness – Is Distraction a good thing or bad?

I came away from the writers’ conference in Alberta (read about it here), all fired up to focus. Yes focus on what God is calling me to do. I have answered the three questions:

Why? Because I feel God is calling me to get as many people as I can into the Word, so He can talk to them about their lives. So my new title is Growing Through God’s Word.

Who? Anyone who desires to listen to God – men and women. And for children I will write children’s books that will focus on Growing With God. Tadeo Turtle was the beginning.

What? I want to follow God’s Word and speak about what He is saying to me and inspire others to listen to what He is saying to them. And as well as blogging I will venture out into speaking. You can listen to me at Hope Stream Radio. I am scheduled on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You can also listen to all my former podcasts on my Hope Stream Radio page. I have joined a Me Too Moments for Moms and am featured as a Mentor.

But then after making my list, thinking it through,  I got distracted with getting ready to go away (we are off to Arizona in three days of the time of posting this) and life in general and emails, social media, connections.

Now I realize that distractions are part of life. I had better embrace them. (tweet this)

I am not in a monastery or cloistered in a small cell – I am living, breathing and acting on everything.

This week started off by finally seeking help with my glasses. I had noticed that while driving I couldn’t see the signs without tilting my head downwards. My optician corrected it with a tilt. Great I could see. But it hurt. So I returned the next day. He adjusted it. Next day, I returned again  – it still hurt. Today, I think it is almost fixed. I am waiting until the end of the day to see if I have to return. That was time taken away – but I figure well spent as I can see clearly now.

I did a few phone calls to set up our return to Arizona. Still quite a few to do – the dreaded Bell call – I keep putting it off. (for my American readers – that is our Canadian Internet, phone provider).

But I also went outside and cut back our snowball tree and went for walks.

I read, I rested from jetlag. I connected with many people I met at the conference. I did my blogs.

And I know that all things work together for good – and I continue to do all things. They may feel distracting but they are truly living for God.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose  (Romans 8:28, NIV).

Just to prove the point – God showed me again – interrupted to go with my hubby and deliver something special to someone. Praising Him for all distractions that are part of His plan.

This weekend is our Canadian Thanksgiving. Let’s all give thanks in all circumstances. Praising God for always being with us.

Prayer:

Lord, we all live full lives on this earth – sometimes with focus and other times with distractions. Help us to live our lives fully for you in all we do, distractions and all. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Have a blessed Sunday Stillness.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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STILL SATURDAYS @SANDRAHESKAKING
PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS
THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART
TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS
THE SUNDAY COMMUNITY – #GIVE ME GRACE @SEE SPEAK HEAR MAMA
SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS – @SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS
MOTIVATION MONDAYS – @EMBRACINGHISWILL
SHARING HIS BEAUTY – @THEBEAUTYINHISGRIPFRIDAYS ARE FOR FAITH ‘N FRIENDS – @A SPIRIT KISSED SOUL

 

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