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Transformed – Sunday Stillness Poetry Linkup

As I read through the prescribed Bible passages today I heard the word transformed.

Transformed Romans 12:2

Artwork by Janis Cox


From the Psalm: 107:1-7, 33-37;

We are the Redeemed and the Gathered. God gathered us from the east and west, north and south. God’s plan is to speak to us, to get our attention. His plan spreads all over the world – to those who hurt, souls that are empty, the angry, the sad and the lonely.

From Joshua: Joshua 2:15-24;

This is the story of Rahab and the spies. She swears an oath to save them and they will protect her. She must keep the secret and be faithful. She ties a scarlet cord on her window. This represents the Blood of the Lamb that was spread over doorposts to protect the Israelites. Jesus is the Lamb of God. He spilled His blood to save us.

From Matthew: Matthew 23:13-28

What is reality for God? Not the outward appearance like the priests. Jesus called them hypocrites. God looks at the hearts and minds of people. (Romans 12:1-2) He abhors pride and selfishness.

This is the abecedarian poem that I wrote today after studying these scriptures. I believe God will divide the shaft from the wheat. He will choose His Redeemed. He will transform us.


Any day

Death was certain
Eternity unknown
Faith built on rules

God’s plan

Instead of death
Jesus split the veil
Kept the commandments, but gave
Life through the Spirit
Made a way
Negating the 613 picky points

Opening our lives

Placing our trust in HIm, God

Quietens our spirits
Renews our minds
Sets a path before us
Teaches us through His Word

Understands our frailty
Voices the truth to our hearts
Watches over us

Xrays our insides to restore
Youthful vigour of life
Zillionaires of spiritual wealth.

©Janis Cox 2020

Other thoughts:


Pivot- How God Can Change Our Lives

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Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Happy Thanksgiving 2020 and a Poetry Linkup

Wishing you all God’s blessings today and always. May you cherish God’s creation, friends and family. Thanksgiving 2020.

Thanksgiving 2020

We will be celebrating Thanksgiving online this year. Photo is from Haliburton United Church, Canada.

If you need prayer, please email me at Janis.



Another Thanksgiving in 2015  – 

Here is my poem for today. Another abecedarian.



Giving God
What happened

Jumbles had
Kept my 

Not God, as He

Restored my

Touched my soul
Unfurled the
Exposed my
Yearning for a 
Zealous God

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Hot and Cold – A Quadrille Poem

Hot and Cold

Today I am trying a poetry form called quadrille (44 words). The prompt is “gather”. My poem is called “Hot and Cold”. I am joining Dverse – Poets Pub.

Springtime in the country. After a big snowstorm last weekend we had beautiful sunshine. Glorious time.  We are still waiting for the snow to melt but hopefully not too quickly so we don’t have floods.

My post is short and sweet today.

hot and cold

Hot and Cold

To gather – the intent
All the family together

But grandma got sick
There were no hugs for her

Kids made meals
Grandkids made grandma laugh

She watched as they played in sun and snow
A mixture of hot and cold
Exactly how grandma felt

hot and cold

“See! The winter is past;
    the rains are over and gone.
 Flowers appear on the earth;
    the season of singing has come (Song of Solomon 2:11-12, NIV).”

Are you looking for a way to study God’s Word? – one verse at a time. Our Facebook group is working on Matthew 5:44 this week. Join us as we work our way through this verse.

Grow Through God’s Word Facebook Group

hot and cold

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)

How to Enjoy the Journey with God

How to Enjoy the Journey with God

by Rose Harmer


Enjoy the Journey

Your life is devoted to Me,
Yet so often you struggle to know My will.
Following Me isn’t complicated.

Simply bask in My love.

Others will recognize you have been with Me.
Keep to My path and My way.
Remember not to get caught up with only the concerns
and affairs of this life.

Your journey is much greater.

Follow Me!

Set your sights on My heavenly home
and away from your worries.

Enjoy the road I have set before you.

One of the Bible verses I memorized as a child is:

King James Version:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (Psalms 119:105, KJV).

And these verses speak to me as well:

Guide me down the road of your commandments; I love traveling this freeway! Give me a bent for your words of wisdom, and not for piling up loot. Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets, invigorate me on this pilgrim way (Psalm 119:33-40, The Message)

Now listen, you who say, “ Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes (James 4:13-14, NIV).

Although God’s way is not the rose garden some people imagine, it truly is best. Many of us have known a life for a few years without God being Lord and Master, we know we never want to be without Him again. He truly is love and peace.

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.

Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.



How Do I Have a Conversation with God?

by Janis Cox

How do I have a conversation with God?

How do I have a conversation with God?

How do your conversations with God go? Mine have been weird lately. I had that “cluttered mind” that could not seem to focus on anything in particular. I said my routine prayers for my different groups (family, friends, writers’ groups). But something was missing.

I found I needed to go back to the basics. I needed to find some way to keep my mind focused on Him.

Here are three ways I tried in the past week:

1. Three Word Prayers

Margaret Feinberg, in her book Wonderstruck, has a great chapter on prayer. I recalled that she found that 3 word prayers made her focus more on exactly what she was trying to say. For instance, as I had concerns this week over a friend I found myself saying:


  • help, give, peace
  • surround with love
  • bring family near


2.  An Acronym for Prayer – ACTS

This is one of the first planned prayers that I learned. A – Adoration; C -Confession; T- Thanksgiving; S – Supplication (asking).

Here is what I wrote in my journal:

Adoration: Oh Father, I know You are there. I believe in Jesus. I see Your hand everywhere. I feel Your touch. You are so BIG, POWERFUL, CARING AND COMPASSIONATE. I am starting to breathe. Thank you.

Confession: Oh I need to get the bottom of my problem. Obsession – yes I have an obsession with the computer at the moment. I need to find a way to time myself for what I need to do. Keep me organized so I don’t over do the computer time.

Thankfulness: Yes yes I am so thankful. I am thankful for my fingers, my toes, my eyes, my ear, and the rest of my body. I am thankful for my friends and family; for our finances (Your money God); for our home, our food, our every day blessings; for my writing friends (and I named those who mean so much to me).

Supplication: Although I really miss my family and friends in Canada help me to make new ones here. Show me how to do the blogging effectively and how to enjoy life outside of the computer.

Thank you for lifting me up Lord – and I know You will continue to do that.


3. Make a poem to express how you feel.

So I did.

Rise up
Spread your wings
Be filled with the Spirit

All that you do is life
So choose wisely

I seek You
Reveal Yourself to me
Help me see Your wonder
Help me aware of it.

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Jan Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Jan, 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. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.



How to Journal Your Prayers

by Dolly at Soul Stops (reprinted with permission)

We have a guest post this morning from Dolly at Soul Stops. I love the way she uses journalling to recall her prayers and see God’s answers. Thanks for letting us repost this, Dolly.

When the way seems foggy, I remember God’s past gifts.

Photo from our hike at Point Lobos.

A few weeks ago, I meditated on this prayer by Joyce Rupp almost daily:

Gifting God,
Tie a ribbon of remembrance
around my heart,
so that I often recall
those sacred places
where you have made
yourself known in the
hidden recesses of my life.

Stir up my memory cup,
let me look deeply within it,
seeing all the people and events
that have led me to you.

 Refresh the photographs
of my mind
where the vivid traces
of your love
are etched
in our relationship,
and marked
upon my memory.

As I gaze into my
personal history
unlock the storage spaces
of my soul,
reveal the truth of your
bountiful love,
fill my heart
with awe and gratitude.

God of Beauty,
the blessings of your
astounds my being,
the power of your
enriches my every moment.
Blessed are you.

Blessed are you.

   –Joyce Rupp

After reading the prayer a few times, I pause, and listen to see if a particular phrase touches my heart. Then I journal about whatever resonated with me when I stopped to be quiet and listen.

It has taken repeated practice to learn to be still enough to hear God’s gentle voice. Sometimes I fail. But I keep showing up.

After I wrote, “When God gives you a hug,” I looked back on my journal for that morning, and realized I had prayed/written this in my journal:

reveal the truth of your
bountiful love,
fill my heart
with awe and gratitude.

Right above this stanza, I told God how much I missed Jubi that day. Joyce’s words expressed my heart’s cry. I had no expectation, or idea of how God would respond.

Prayer is not going to God like He is a vending machine. It is about our hearts connecting with a loving and holy God.

It wasn’t until I went back, and reread what I wrote that I realized God had answered my prayer. He had revealed the truth of His bountiful love by sending my friend “Pam” to give me a hug.

And my heart was filled with “awe and gratitude” that He would do that for an ordinary woman like me: imperfect, and with trust issues.

So I invite you this week to sit with Joyce’s prayer and your journal. If you don’t journal, may I highly recommend it as a way to process life?

I would have forgotten about my prayer if I hadn’t written it down. Then I would have missed the blessing of recognizing and remembering His love gift to me.

To be clear, God doesn’t always immediately answer “yes” to my prayers.

I have decades worth of journal entries where I poured out my heart to God, and His answer was either “no,” or “wait.” And sometimes I can’t distinguish between the two.

Upon reflection, I can honestly say although He didn’t give me what I asked, He always gave me something better: a deeper intimacy with Him.

He is the greatest gift, and there is no greater gift than relationship with Him. Jesus died to give me access to Himself, Father God, and the Holy Spirit.

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. – (James 1:17 NASB)


What has God gifted you with today?

What helps you to see God when the way is foggy?


What Would Make God Smile? – A Message of Hope

Look At Each Seed

A short poem came to me this morning as I contemplated Scripture; thought of American thanksgiving and how blessed we are.

A Message of Hope

Look at each seed
Don’t stare at the forest
Search for small things
And watch them grow

Be thankful for little steps
For each step moves you ahead
Progress is made

Encourage each other
Use uplifting words

And our God will smile

Janis Cox November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to my American Friends!!!!

A favourite song of mine – Heaven Come Down by Robbie Seay Band