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Advent Week Four – Love

This is Advent Week Five. The focus is on LOVE. Love came down in the form of a BABE. God gave His only Son to us. The Incarnation. Love at its highest.

Advent Week Four

Love at its highest.

By reading through God’s Word we can know more and more about this love. And we also learn how we need to show the same love to others.

After reading today’s scriptures, I wrote this poem. Love is this week’s Advent Week Four. 

This is an abecedarian poem. I use the first letter of the alphabet to help me work through my thoughts.

Today’s scriptures: 

Luke 1:46b-55;
1 Samuel 1:1-18;
Hebrews 9:1-14

Journey of Faith

Anyone can
Believe. It only takes a 
Choice to say ‘yes’.

Don’t wait though.
Eternity is your goal.

Faith isn’t easy.
God is patient but
He wants true conviction.

Instead of rules and regulations,
Jesus came to give us the
Knowledge of God, about true
Love and to bring
Meaning to our lives.

No one will be left out if they say ‘yes’.
Open hearts and
People will see the truth.

Questions are allowed and welcomed.
Remember your past.
Study God’s Word.

Testimonies are needed
Until the choice is made.

Victory is assured
Whenever someone
eXercises the choice to believe.

You’re saved at the end.
Zed.

©Janis Cox 2020

May I pray for you and me?

Father, you said we only need belief the size of a mustard seed. Help us to make that choice and stick with it. Help us say ‘yes’ and then spread our love to others. Help us not fall away. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Read the rest of my Advent poems.

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

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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.

 

Advent Week One

Advent Week One HOPE

I haven’t written in a while. I have been on a painting spree. For each day of November, I painted every day. This week is Advent Week One – hope.

Today was different. I painted and wrote two poems. I will share one with you today. This is an Abecedarian poem. I use the alphabet to help me think through my thoughts.

We are reading through the Bible in Three Years in my Facebook group, Growing through God’s Word. And I also joined a group this December to read through Luke – 24 days, 24 chapters called New Christmas Tradition.

From Micah 5:1-5a and Luke 2 came this poem:

Jesus Came

Angel appeared to Mary
Baby would be born, he said
Christ would be His name
Death would be overcome
Eternity given for those who believe

Future assured
God’s plan fulfilled
Heaven is our home
Instead of earth

Jesus is our Saviour
Keeps me focused

Live each day
Make wise choices

Newness 

Open to the Holy Spirit
Put God first

Quiet my soul
Reflect on God’s power
Soak in Gods’ peace
Touch His heart
Understand His Word
Voice my thoughts to others
eXpand His Kingdom

Yesterday, today and tomorrow
Zealously praise the Lord

Janis Cox 2020

A new painting for you.

Advent Week One

Hummingbird seeks nectar – we seek God

Freedom to Live – Sunday Stillness Link

By reading scripture every day I am starting to see God’s plan – clearer. Join us at Growing through God’s Word Facebook Group. Let’s find the freedom to live.

Freedom to live

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Today these are the passages I studied: Psalm 63:1-8; Numbers 13:1-2, 17-14:9; Matthew 17:22-27

In the Psalm, I loved the first verse,

You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1, NIV)

Don’t the words make you want to cry out to God? David is in the desert and experiencing real thirst. In today’s world, we too are thirsty for His Presence.

In the Numbers passage,

We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them. (Numbers 13:33, NIV)

We see problems as huge but to God, they are not. We must give God the problems and He will take care of them.

From Matthew. What a confusing passage that is.

I think what I heard is the Jesus is the New Testament church. We are of His body. We want to live with the mind of Christ. We don’t need buildings, idols or listening to man. We need to listen to God. We have freedom because we are Sons of God (children of God).

From those readings came this poem.

Freedom to Live

Jesus is a newness
A freshness
A thirst-quenching
Drink

The old of 
Man’s rules
Has past

Following Jesus
Gives us the
Freedom to 
Listen to God
Ourselves

Jesus helps us to
Understand scripture
To read between
The Lines

No longer shackled
No longer bound
We can live full
To follow Jesus

Let’s step out
And do the work
He has called us
To do

©Janis Cox 2020

Other posts on Freedom

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The Mighty Planner – a poem

A Poem

The poem, “The Mighty Planner”, below was inspired after reading scripture.

Mighty Planner

From Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabernacle

Lord God
Mighty Planner
Ruler of all

From Creation
through to 
New Creation

You knew
everything
before it happened

The Tabernacle
built to
Your specifications

Every part of it
every detail
made for a reason

Even John the Baptist’s
death with his followers
lost and confused

But John’s legacy 
and teachings
prevailed

Foreshadowing 
what would happen
after Jesus’ death

His resurrection
The Holy Spirit helped
his followers prevail

Through persecutions
through the millennia
Right up to the time of His New Creation.

©Janis Cox 2020

I visited a live reenactment of the Tabernacle while visiting Arizona. You can read about the experience in The Tabernacle.

Written after studying:

Psalm 99; Exodus 39:32-43; Matthew 14:1-12

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How Can I Hear From God Today?

To hear from God we need to be still.
Hear from God

Stillness – How to Hear from God

Being still
So hard to do

Stop
Pause
Release

Drop shoulders
Slow heart rate
Focus on Jesus

Come, Lord Jesus

Deep breath
Then another

Feel the tension ease
Let go of all thoughts
Except for Jesus
He is My Strength
And My Shield

The cares of this world
Bounce off His shield

I am protected
His power flows
Through my body
He and I are so close

Sh h h

God says,
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.” (Isaiah 54:17, KJV)

You, Jesus, completely cover me

Peace
Put
Everything
Aside
Christ
Enters

©JanisCox 2020

Written after reading morning scriptures.

To hear from God comes from waiting. It comes from reading God’s Word. It comes from prayer.

Psalm 28

You are my strength and my shield from every danger.
When I fully trust in you, help is on the way. (Psalm 28:7a, TPT)

Matthew 8

Even the wind and waves obey his Word. (Matthew 8:27, TPT)

Blessings,
Janis

May I pray for you and me?

Father, thank You for teaching us through Your Word. Thank You for bringing us to understand Who You are. Help us to slow down and find peace in listening to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Janis is a writer, podcaster and author/illustrator.
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Finding Fun in Painting and Haiku

Photo from Unsplash by Tim Artebury

This photo is exactly how I see myself — Maybe with a notebook on the side too. Photo by Tim Arterbury  on Unsplash

I am finding it encouraging to paint pictures and write Haiku

I love writing Haiku because my thoughts are short but go right to the heart of the matter.

My paintings are becoming looser as I let God help me relax and let the paint flow.

I have heard many people say they can’t paint but I love this quote:

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
― Vincent Willem van Gogh

Thrive

To write and to paint
Both help my life to flourish
No striving — living

Here are 5 paintings with Haiku

Hunger

Its flight path straight
The hummingbird heads with speed
Sweet nectar awaits

Hummingbird

Hummingbird Watercolour by Janis Cox

Freedom

Light and fanciful
Bobbing along and carefree
Delightful seahorse

Seahorse

Seahorse Watercolour by Janis Cox

Alone

Orchid, strong perfect
Simplicity of design
Noble creation

Orchid

Orchid Watercolour by Janis Cox

Bloom

Arose from a hub
A cactus flower springs forth
Spring in the desert

Desert Cactus

Desert Cactus Watercolour by Janis Cox

Smile

Golden beauty glows
Nods its head to the daylight
A smiling sunflower

Sunflowers

Sunflowers Watercolour by Janis Cox

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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).”

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#UTCOP – Do you speak Christianese?

Do you speak Christianese?

by  Brenda J Wood

Do-you-speak-Christianese---B-Wood

I started out so sure of the Christ path I would take.
But then it looked too difficult. My strength I had to fake.
The people strange, the rules unclear, I stumbled on some more.
I couldn’t seem to fit in so, why the open door?

The language was all funny, the words so hard to say.
I couldn’t get my tongue around the topic of the day.
The Greek was all a blur of words, the Hebrew, just as bad.
I tried another version and it was just as sad

I struggled on, until I saw I’d found the perfect place.
I was on the common pathway. I’d joined the Christian Race.
So even though I hadn’t yet learned all the Christian-ese,
I determined to remember how hard it was to please

New ones follow Christ each day. They too are lost, in dazes.
I speak the language clearly now but still remember when
The phrases were all weird to me
So I help others, when I can.

As a new Christian, I was bewildered by phrases like washed in the blood. Imagine how stunned a non-Christian must be. Let’s take care to use phrases others can understand or at least explain them.

I have told you these things in parables (veiled language, allegories, dark sayings); the hour is now coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but I shall tell you about the Father in plain words and openly (without reserve) (John 16:25, AMP).

Prayer

Lord, help us to translate the truth of Christ’s death and resurrection for others who are new to it. For Christ’s sake. Amen.

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Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
The Pregnant Pause of Grief: the first trimester of widowhood

Read more at:
http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com
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Can You be a Pinch Hit Prayer Warrior?

Pinch Hit Prayer Warrior

by Stephanie Nickel

Can you be a pinch hit prayer warrior?

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We all know them
The pray-ers
Those we can go to
When we are burdened
For ourselves
Or someone else

They’re the 1:00 AM Prayer Warriors
We don’t have to worry about disturbing them
It’s no surprise when we find
They’re already awake
In prayer
Maybe even for us

But what happens
When the pray-ers
Are tired
Or knocked out of the game
By a ball they didn’t see coming

Who can they call on
When they have to sit out
For an inning or two

When we’re called in to be
A pinch hitter
Will we be ready?

Not to do things like the Warriors always have
But to face the challenge

Step up to the plate
And hit a home run
For the player on the bench
And the entire team

Who is now counting on us

Dear Lord . . . May I be willing to step up when those precious Prayer Warriors need to step back. I pray that You will surround them with Your love and peace. And may they rest assured that You will raise up those who will faithfully pinch hit on their behalf. Refresh them. Renew them. And restore them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Steph Beth Nickel

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Steph Beth is a wife of over 30 years and the mother of three grown children. Steph’s eclectic interests include writing, editing, fitness, and childbirth (she is also a labour doula).
Steph’s was honoured to co-author former Paralympian Deb Willows’ memoir. Living Beyond My Circumstances is scheduled for release at the end of November 2013.
Steph edits for Christian Editing Services under the leadership of Karen Burkett. She is a long-time member of The Word Guild and a recent member of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.

Steph blogs at Steph’s Electic Interests. Her new author website, Steph Beth Nickel , is a work-in-progress.