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Sunday Stillness – Convicted of a Bad Habit

Sunday Stillness – Convicted of a Bad Habit

REAL Magnet

Lately I have been convicted again of getting sidetracked from the real purpose of my life. You can check back to my other conviction story. This time the conviction came slowly. I had realized for a long time that social media had become a stealer of my time, energy and ability to write and paint. But I didn’t want to let it go. I felt I needed it to expand and get known.

I don’t feel that way anymore. God is showing me that life is more about REAL connections – through my blog – and writing personal notes to my commenters. And through my life – REAL life where I meet and get to know the people in my town on a more personal level.

I must get back to being R.E.A.L.

I wrote the acronym a long time ago.

R- Release
E- Everything to God
A- AndL- Live

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Habits – I have found social media has become a habit instead of a tool. The final thing that has driven me to cut off this habit happened the other day. I had an appointment at my Naturopath’s. He told me that WiFi could be a potential harm to my system. As soon as I heard that I resolved to stay off my IPad as much as possible. Instead I work at my computer which has a CAT5 plug directly into the wall.

I also try to spend more time outdoors, in my vegetable garden. I love playing in the soil.

As I read Oswald Chambers (Oswald Chambers – May 12), these were my thoughts about habits:

Habits – Make sure your spiritual habits are about getting closer to God and not just checking it off the list. Be ready to break or change a habit if God shows you it is just that – a habit – and not a way of getting closer to Him.

I think that can be taken about any habit, spiritual or not. If it is not life-edifying then I need to drop it.

Now I will have time for more writing, time with friends, time with my husband, and time for painting. I am excited to see where God will lead me with this extra time.


I must get back to being R.E.A.L. (click to tweet)


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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Where Did the 12 Days of Christmas Go?

by Janis Cox

2012 - The Year of Trust

2012 – The Year of Trust

I am not sure if anyone noticed – but I didn’t until a moment ago. For some reason I did not post last Friday. We were on the road for 12 days and time just slipped away. We visited family; played games; went for walks in the snow; did plays – both puppet and acting with the grandkids; we ate; we talked and we lived. But I forgot to post my own post on this blog.

Oh well – I am sure that you had things to do over the holidays too. On the JOY DARE by Ann Voskamp, today’s dare is to find 3 graces. I will be asking for grace from my readers. That’s one grace – two to go.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed our visiting – it is good to be back into a regular routine. I loved my early morning times with God – they were not as regular while we travelled. I missed that purposeful connection. I didn’t lose connection with God – just the habit of morning conversation.

Last year, I found a word that carried me through 2012 – the year was TRUST. I learned a lot this past year with that word.

The year had its trials with my husband recovering from his car accident; my mom’s ill health and eventual death early in 2012; the exciting time with my daughter’s first born; lots of flying; putting my children’s book in Shutterfly to take to a writers’ conference and the books not arriving in time; deciding to publish with Word Alive; a mission trip to Poland; teaching Bible studies and organizing a vacation Bible school; travelling back here to Arizona.

I trusted God through everything.

He was faithful. I remained calm, content and at peace.

Now I need to find a new word for 2013 – tomorrow I will tell you that word in my regularly scheduled posting for Friday. But I thought to bring you up-to-date with my year end musings.

I wrote about 7 Habits for 2013 – Come and visit me at my website www.janiscox.com. I would love to add you as a subscriber. Just slip your email in the box on the right of my website.

Blessings and see you tomorrow.


Thanks for my readers, Father. May you continue to teach us this year to connect with you. May we develop spiritual habits that help us get to know and serve you better. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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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.