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Cabin: Scribble Picnic

Cabin: Scribble Picnic

This week the word for Scribble Picnic is CABIN. I thought of the cottages we have in Haliburton and I think in the US they would be called cabins. In our small Haliburton county of about 17,000 we grow in the summer into 40 000 or more. That’s because of cottages, or cabins.

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But I didn’t want to draw a cottage. I wanted to draw a rustic cabin. Then I thought about Uncle Tom’s Cabin and that fascinated me. Since my heart has been to get the word out about the abuse from human trafficking, this cabin stands as a reminder of the abuse of slavery in the 1800s. Now we suffer the same thing in human trafficking, which is a form of slavery.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site is an open-air museum and African American history centre near Dresden, Ontario, Canada, that includes the home of Josiah Henson, a former slave, author, abolitionist, and minister, who, through his 1849 autobiography The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, as Narrated by Himself, was the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe‘s title character in her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.[1] (Wikipedia)

So here is my rendition of Uncle Tom’s cabin done using only one watercolour pencil. The book Uncle Tom’s Cabin, written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, published in 1852, was credited in helping the abolitionist cause.

I did this sketch at 2 am when I couldn’t sleep.

I couldn’t find my blender to soften edges. Don’t know where it walked to. I tried another brush but it worked like a real brush and isn’t what I had in mind. And then I couldn’t even find the same pencil crayon I had used. So here it is. CABIN.

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Word of God Speak – What does it mean that God came down?

Word of God Speak – What does it mean that God came down?

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My husband made the figures of exotic wood. Simple but meaningful.

I bought a Bible journal this week. It is a double column English Standard Version. I have always wanted that version and this one seems perfect. Now I will have space to paint, practice some lettering and learn my verses even more.

Using the SIMPLE Method of Study I will be looking at our Scripture for this week.

S – Say the verse out loud.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14, NIV).

I – Using study notes, references, footnotes, delve into the passage.

The Greek for “made His dwelling” is tent/tabernacle. In Exodus 40:34-35 we see that God’s glory filled the tabernacle.

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

Jesus revealed Himself to us as God through his miracles, His death and His resurrection.

We have seen His glory.

Grace/truth reminds us of the unfailing love and faithfulness of God.

Psalm 26:3 – For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
    and I walk in your faithfulness

A beautiful post by Beth Willis Miller also looks at John 1:14. 

There are so many references in my Bible for this verse. But I like the one in Hebrews the best.

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery .(Hebrews 2: 14-15, ESV).

Once again God has brought me back to the topic of slavery – human trafficking being the latest of this world’s evil – through Satan. See more on my Monday Musings how I am trying to bring attention to this travesty. Can A Dress Change the World?

M – Make a list of thoughts and questions to ask God

It is so amazing to me that we have now the ability to talk to the Father through Jesus. Back before the birth of Christ, the Lord rested in the Tabernacle and could not be seen. And even though we cannot SEE Him we know Him. I love that passage we studied. We can connect to Him.

What new ideas will I learn from studying His word in 2016? What new connections will He bring to me? Our community has become one of encouragement and joy. I hope to meet and talk to more of you in the coming year.

P – Pray. Talk to God and most importantly listen to Him. What is He telling you today?

L- Life Application – What did I hear today?

This entire month of December I have been hurting – hurting inside about those who are hurting – all those who are abused by others. I keep praying for God to show me how to help. I started with wearing a dress through December to show support for Ratanak International. I showed videos, I put my plea out on social media. I connected. Even my local paper in Haliburton is running a story about this. I am excited to see what happens.

I know God is leading me somewhere. I will continue and watch where He leads.

We are called to look after those who cannot look after themselves. That is many people.

Can a Dress Change the World?

I played with my grandkids in a dress.

Janis Playing in a dress

I played pickle-ball

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and tap danced in a dress.

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It is a simple thing, wearing a dress, but it made me think – feel, and understand. Wearing a dress every day in December – it’s been mind-changing.

A great article written by Sue Carr Tiffin in The Highander. Check out page 18. Talking about Violence Against Women.

E – Exit with a Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for leading me to wear a dress this month of December. You have opened my eyes to see, my heart to melt, and my mind to process more than I ever had before. I have been broken. I have been surprised. I have been blessed. As I head into 2016 please continue to open doors where You want me to go. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tweetable:

God came down. He dwelt among us. The Word became flesh. (click to Tweet)

Except for Tuesday when I join Creative Tuesdays (stained glass)  I am taking next week to study His Word, pray for direction, and pray for a word for 2016. Happy New Year everyone. See you on December 30 for Creative Tuesdays and January 2 for Word of God Speak. Of course, Monday Musings too.

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Monday Musings – Can a Dress Change the World?

Monday Musings – Can a Dress Change the World?

tap dance dress

It’s been quite the two weeks – I love to talk to people as I walk around the lake. Our dog, Snowball, makes it easy to start to chat. Lately I have been asking them, “Do you want to know why I am wearing a dress?” It is most interesting that very few have ever thought about human trafficking.

I am advocating for Ratanak International by wearing a dress every day in December.

Let’s Make Double Double!

Can you help? I will match every dollar up to $500. And for the month of December Ratanak also has a sponsor that will double all gifts up to $45 000. Check out their Facebook Page. This is double double.

I do believe we can change the world if we may more people aware of this travesty. Will you help me? Will you spread the word? On Twitter, on Facebook – through word of mouth?

Let’s get the word out – this is happening! How can we help? It seems like an insurmountable task. But it is possible. Let’s make this a world-wide movement.

Let’s spread LOVE not hate.

Let’s spread DIGNITY and not abuse.

Let’s spread FREEDOM and not slavery.

My dress for tap dance came from a friend. What a welcome present!.

I also am offering to give to Ratanak $5.00 for every Tadeo Turtle that I sell in December.

Tweetable:

Join me in the fight against human trafficking. Support @RatanakIntl. Wear a dress in December.  (click to tweet)

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Word of God Speak – How can we find Freedom?

Word of God Speak – How can we find Freedom?

Can you believe this is the 6th week since I started Word of God Speak? We have looked at 6 different verses – prayed, studied, memorized and hopefully put them into our hearts.

Week One – Luke 11:28Blessed rather are those.
Week Two – Hebrews 4:12
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Week Three – Isaiah 40:8Isaiah-40-8
Week Four – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

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Last week we looked at 1 Peter 1:8-9. Can I Catch the Spirit and Run for the Goal?Can-I-catch-the-Holy-Spirit-and-Run-for-the-Goal-

Here is my attempt at memory work without prompts for 1 Peter 1:8-9.

Though we you have not seen Him, we you love Him; and even though we you do not see Him NOW, we you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for we you are receiving the goal of our your faith, the salvation of our your souls.

As you can see I need to remember “you” and the word NOW. But otherwise I am getting the grasp of it.

On to today’s verse:

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This picture painted in December 2013.

S – Say the Scripture out loud:

Today we are looking at 2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

And a quick look at The Message:

And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face.

I – Interpretations, footnotes, history:

Paul has been discussing the old covenant versus the new covenant in Christ. The old covenant relied on rules; the new covenant relies on the heart.

Look at 2 Corinthians 3:3-6 HCSB

 It is clear that you are Christ’s letter, produced by us, not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God—not on stone tablets but on tablets that are hearts of flesh.

 We have this kind of confidence toward God through Christ.  It is not that we are competent in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our competence is from God.  He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant,not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit produces life.

In my study Bible NIV, it says that the old covenant was temporary and inadequate and the new covenant was permanent and effective.

John 8:32 says:

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

M – Make a list of thoughts, ideas, questions:

Freedom! I love the praise songs about the freedom in Christ. It reminded me of one of my favourite songs from Canada.

Robin Mark singing Take us to the River – The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon us.

It is such a privilege to be in Christ and be FREE. There is nothing holding us back from doing His Will except us. We are our own problem. Each of us has something that could hold us back. But we are in a community where we can help each other.

I remember the shampoo commercial that says you tell one friend and she tells one friend and you can see the multiplication factor.

Let’s be a community that helps one another. Let’s back each other as much as we can through every method we can use.

All tides rise when we see a believer making this world a better place with their gifts. – Lysa Terkeurst.

P – Prayer: Take time to listen to what God says after pouring out your thoughts and questions

When you do this part – please take time to listen to God. Stop thinking, planning. Let your mind rest on Jesus. Focus on Him.

L – Life Application – What did I learn from this quiet time with God?

This past week and during this quiet time of reflection God spoke to me about something I had read about in Facebook about wearing a dress in December. It is a unique initiative to bring awareness of the huge problem of human trafficking in this world. As I prayed I thought of the freedom of Christ and those others who have gone before us to banish slavery.

I wrote about how I wanted to get involved and wear a dress.in December. I now have a fundraising page at Ratanak International Janis Cox.

And I have started a promotion for giving $5.00 of every Tadeo Turtle book sold, to Ratanak International who works with victims of sex trafficking in Cambodia.

There is a small town near our small town of Haliburton called Wilberforce. It is named after William Wilberforce, who had an integral part in helping to pull down the chains of slavery.

I saw revival. I felt revival. I sensed revival.

Yes let’s look to the UNSEEN.

Let’s find INEXPRESSIBLE and GLORIOUS joy.

Let’s shine so others will question us to learn why we feel such joy.

E – Exit with a prayer

Heavenly Father, thanks for Your Presence with us and in us. Thanks for Your Word that says we can have the Spirit of God in us and be in freedom. Help us to “shine with the brightness of [your] face.” In Jesus’ name. Amen

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Freedom reigns in Christ. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. (click to Tweet)

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Monday Musings – Can a Dress Change the World?

Monday Musings – Can a Dress Change the World?

It’s amazing to me how God leads me in a different direction sometimes. On Facebook I saw a post about DRESSember. Curious I followed the post. This is what I found out:

Can a dress change the world?

Dress Ratanak Janis Cox

That is the question.

The challenge is to wear a dress every day in December to bring awareness about sex trafficking around the world.

After hearing all the talk about wearing dresses to raise awareness about human trafficking I decided to do it too.

Tomorrow is day 1.

I think I am ready. I am a pants girl. So this will be a challenge. But coupled with skirts and pants over dresses I think I can do this.

I remember when I attended school and university that we had to wear dresses, even in snowstorms in Toronto. I had high boots, but cold knees. We didn’t have fashionable tights or leggings.

I am going to donate to Ratanak International,. I learned about this organization when Kelita Haverland came to be a speaker at our Women’s Day Together a few years ago. And I am Canadian and this is a Canadian charity. But it has a US affiliate so you can donate there if you are American.

However and whatever happens it is opening my eyes to prayer for those who are caught in this human trafficking evil. Please pray with me for the month of December (and beyond).

If you want to join me, email me at Janis and I will give you the scoop (as far as I know it).

I will be posting updates and pictures on my Facebook Page – AuthorJanisCox. And will update my progress next Monday.

I am joining with Ratanak International to support their work. See more on my Facebook Page as I figure this out.

Here is my Ratanak Page.

Also I have decided to give $5.00 for each Tadeo Turtle (my children’s book) sold during the month of December. Please see How Tadeo Wants to help Fight Against Human Trafficking.

Blessings,

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Tweetable:

Join me in wearing a dress to fight against human trafficking. (click to tweet)

Prayer:

Lord, please help all of us to be faithful in prayer for everything that you bring to our attention. Today I am praying for all those affected by the evils of human trafficking and I am asking for wisdom and abundance for those who work to fight against this evil and help those who are hurt by it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.