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Sunday Stillness – Is the Root the best part?

Sunday Stillness – Is the Root the best part?

Watercolour painting by Janis Cox

Watercolour painting by Janis Cox

A few weeks ago I took the prompt for Creative Tuesdays for a FAIRY TALE TREE and  I painted my fairy tale trees.

But I kept thinking about the word “tree”.

I looked at the tree as an analogy of my life.

By planting a firm foundation, getting a big strong root – then I will stand strong in the storms because the roots will hold me. Roots also search out water. And that’s what I do – I search for the life giving water of Jesus, in everything I do.

The leaves and branches represent my life – and storms come, sun shines; sometimes it’s cold, sometimes it’s hot. My leaves are how I get nutrients into my system, which means – Bible study, attending worship, reading and studying His Word. I even thought about the branches that hold the leaves. I think they are my interests and life experiences – holding many leaves where I learn. They could even be the gifts that God gives me.

But I kept coming back to the roots.

Here are my thoughts.

Where are more adventures? – in the roots.
Travelling – roots travel far to find water. This leads to more experiences.
Roots meet other roots – and sometimes forge alliances; other times they have to skirt around the obstruction or find a new path.
My imagination is like the root of a tree – I can go in any direction and for as far as I need to go.
But the roots can’t be seen except for the fruit I produce.

This is the root of my life – my decision to follow Christ.

It is the thing that holds everything together.

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17, ESV).

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Sunday Stillness – Can you be as bold as the Gecko?

Sunday Stillness – Can you be as bold as the Gecko?

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Watercolour is a batik by Janis Cox

Today is the last on my Bible Study of tiny animals that show power in incredible ways from Proverbs 30.

a lizard can be caught with the hand,
    yet it is found in kings’ palaces (Proverbs 30:28, NIV).

Most commentaries say that the lizard is a gecko. Since we spend some time in Arizona during the winter, I am familiar with these little guys. They can run up the walls and even though they can be caught they can get through the tiniest of crevices. And they don’t care whether they inhabit the homes of the rich or the poor. They also catch flies and other bugs and that’s one of the reasons that Arizona is almost bug free.

Turning to the meaning for our lives as Christians: The lizard can be found anywhere – in every place. Can we be that way?

What did I learn from these 4 passages about the tiny ones?

I read the passage this time from The Message. I love the words of what each animal can do even though they are small.

There are four small creatures,
    wisest of the wise they are—

ants—frail as they are,
    get plenty of food in for the winter;
marmots—vulnerable as they are,
    manage to arrange for rock-solid homes;
locusts—leaderless insects,
    yet they strip the field like an army regiment;
lizards—easy enough to catch,
    but they sneak past vigilant palace guards (Proverbs 30:24-18, The Message).

Here is what I learned:

Be hard-working like the ant,
Like the coney (hydrax, rock badger), seek God, my Rock and Protector,
Work together like locusts to be God’s armies and spread the Gospel to the world.
Be bold like the lizard and enter all homes to speak the name of Jesus.

 

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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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Sunday Stillness – What is very small with no king but great power?

Sunday Stillness – What is very small with no king but has great power?

In order to answer that question we need to read Proverbs 30:24-27

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Sketch from Adam’s Animals by Kimberley Payne. Sketch by Janis Cox.

Four things on earth are small,
    yet they are extremely wise:
 Ants are creatures of little strength,
    yet they store up their food in the summer;
hyraxes are creatures of little power,
    yet they make their home in the crags;
locusts have no king,
    yet they advance together in ranks;

They may be small without a king but locusts have great power.  Joel 2 is called an Army of locusts.

With a noise like that of chariots, they leap over the mountaintops. Like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army draw up for battle (Joel 2:5, NIV).

That is a mighty army – and we, as God’s army, could work like that; small feeble people working together for the glory of God. The only difference I can see is that we serve a mighty God – our Lord and King – Jesus.

Check out Kimberley Payne’s book called Adam’s Animals. adam's animals web cover

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PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS
THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART
TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS
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Sunday Stillness – What can we learn from the Rock Badger?

Sunday Stillness – What can we learn from the Rock Badger?

Four things on earth are small
yet they are extremely wise (Proverbs 30:24, NIV).

Last week I looked at the industrious ant. We seem to be winning the battle of the ants this week. Whew. I hope so.

Today is the rock badger.

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hyraxes are creatures of little power,
    yet they make their home in the crags (Proverbs 30:26, NIV);

The rock badgers are a feeble folk,
Yet they make their homes in the crags (Proverbs 30:26, NKJ);

The conies are but a feeble folk, Yet make they their houses in the rocks (Proverbs 30:26, ASV);

The next animal in the list In Proverbs 30 is the coney, hydrax or rock badger. This was a new one to me. I needed to go back to Google. They were also called mountain mice and bear mice.

I found out that conies live along the foot of the mountains west of the Dead Sea. They are small like mice. They live in the clifts of rocks which gives great security. They also are swift so they are hard to catch.They also set up sentries to warn the others of intruders. This wise conduct brings them safety and security.

As I thought and prayed over this passage I see that we are like the conies but we hide under the protection of Jesus – our Rock – we hide under His wings. We are a feeble people but we have a strong God. His angels protect us too. We need to be wise and put up personal sentries to guard our boundaries (our heart, our health, our minds, and our spirit).

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PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS
THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART
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Sunday Stillness – Are you working or dreaming? – An Ant Lesson

Sunday Stillness – Are you working or dreaming? – An Ant Lesson

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Watercolour painting by Janis cox

Or maybe it should be are you dreaming of working? This past month as I worked through Proverbs I read one little passage – Proverbs 30-24-38, that took my attention.

Today I will look at Proverbs 30:24-25

Four things on earth are small,
    yet they are extremely wise:
 Ants are creatures of little strength,
    yet they store up their food in the summer;

When reading about Proverbs I learned that most are attributed to Solomon. However this one it says: The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh – an oracle. We don’t know the background of Agur but it can be assumed he was a wise man or prophet.

So small things can be very wise. I think it interesting that today I am writing about the ant – as my kitchen has been invaded by the little beasts. AGAIN. Same as last year. It took us 6 weeks to finally get rid of them. I do hope it is faster this time. YUCK.

But they are industrious little things. Set on task. Going somewhere. Nothing stops them (except Fantastic). And obviously they stored up enough food to last the winter and come back to bother me this spring.

Check out another reference to ants.

Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
 It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.

I noticed it said: Hard worker. I think that is extremely important in this life. To work as hard as we can. Certainly to work at learning as much about God and our relationship as we can.

And Proverbs 28:19 talks about the importance of hard work. Those who just dream about things and don’t put them into practice are wasting  precious time.

Those who work their land will have abundant food,
    but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

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The picture today comes from one of the sketches I did for Adam’s Animals by Kimberley Payne – a great resource for homeschoolers and Sunday School teachers. I decided to sketch it again and try my watercolours.

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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.

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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
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Sunday Stillness – By wisdom a house is built

Sunday Stillness – By wisdom a house is built

For the past month I have been reading a Proverbs a day with an online Facebook group. This exercise proved to be a great discipline. Reading through each Proverb I would see where God led me. On day 24 I read this verse.

Watercolour painting by Janis Cox

Watercolour painting by Janis Cox

By wisdom a house is built,
    and through understanding it is established (Proverbs 24:3, NIV)

Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation] (Proverbs 24:3, Amplified Bible)

In my journal I had sketched a picture to remind me of this Proverb.

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As we can see from the Amplified Bible, house can mean your life, your family, your home. So taking a look at my life I know that I need to continue to grow by reading the Bible, following discussions and listening to God. I believe I am filling my mind with knowledge that will become beautiful treasures. I find even now I am using Bible verses to encourage others.

We started a Bible study back in Haliburton, using my SIMPLE Method of Bible study. For the past two weeks we studied a verse a week.

I shouldn’t be amazed but I am – how God can use the same verse to say different things to each of us.

We discuss the questions that come into our mind, and then we each take a time of quiet prayer to talk to God and most importantly to listen to Him. Then we come back and whoever wants to share what they heard, may.

If you are interested these are the two Scriptures we used:

Romans 8:6

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

Proverbs 28:19

Those who work their land will have abundant food,
    but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

Prayer:

Lord, thank You so much for the power of Your Word. Every time I read a verse and study it – really study it, You bring so much into my mind. You can convict, inspire, lead and guide us through Your Word. Thanks for this marvelous discipline of studying the Bible. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

I sometimes link to:

STILL SATURDAYS @SANDRAHESKAKING
PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS
THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART
TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS
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Sunday Stillness – What are you wearing?

Sunday Stillness – What are you wearing?

This week, the phrase “clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ” keeps going through my mind.

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Romans 13:14 says:

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

How can we clothe ourselves in Jesus? I have 4 thoughts.

  1. Read your Bible every day.
  2. Pray often.
  3. Join with others to learn more about following Jesus.
  4. Be grateful all the time.

Also watch out for those deceivers.

One of my favourite songs is Put on a Garment of Praise, sung by Robin Mark.

Put on the garments of praise, for the spirit of heaviness;
Let the oil of gladness flow down from your throne!
Put on the garments of praise, for the spirit of heaviness;
Your joy is my strength alone, my strength alone!

Make these broken weary bones rise to dance again,
Wet this dry and thirsty land with a river!
Lord our eyes are fixed on you and we are waiting,
For your garland of grace as we praise your name!

(chorus)

Hallelujah, sing hallelujah!
We give all honor and praise to your name!
Hallelujah, sing hallelujah!
We trade our sorrows for garments of praise!
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You can listen to Robin singing Garments of Praise.

Psalm 46:10

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

I sometimes link to:

STILL SATURDAYS @SANDRAHESKAKING

PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS

THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART

TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS

THE SUNDAY COMMUNITY – #GIVE ME GRACE @SEE SPEAK HEAR MAMA

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Sunday Stillness – Looking Ahead with a Survey

Sunday Stillness – Looking Ahead with a Survey

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I hope to continue my study of Titus soon using my SIMPLE Method of Bible Study.

We have made the transition quite well back from Arizona to Haliburton. [I do have to clarify because I seem to be confusing my readers – we are Canadians who live in Haliburton and winter in Arizona.]

My focus in the past week has been to source natural food products. Since we are basically eating a Paleo diet, that means finding good sources for free range chicken (and their eggs), grass fed beef and pork. Of course we are always looking for organic everything.

My garden plans are coming along thanks to a wise friend. We live in deer, skunk, gopher, and rabbit country. I hope to post pictures of my progress. We had a garden many years ago but that was in my fenced backyard in the city. This is entirely different in the country.

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In the meantime I want to write blog posts to inform, enrich and excite your lives. For this reason I have made used Survey Monkey to make a questionnaire with a very easy click answer form.

Would you please take a moment to help me best serve you with posts that you will enjoy?

Please wait for a few seconds for the survey to upload. Thanks.

Create your own user feedback survey

If the survey doesn’t pop up please click on this link – Survey Monkey

Please rank 1 – as Favourite – to 10 least favourite.

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

I sometimes link to:

STILL SATURDAYS @SANDRAHESKAKING

PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS

THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART

TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS

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Sunday Stillness – Who was Irena Sendler?

Sunday Stillness – Who was Irena Sendler?

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From Wikipedia

 

While talking Beth Moore’s study called Children of the Day, Beth mentioned Irena Sendler. Curious, I looked her up and decided we would watch the movie about her.

Excellent movie and quite a story.

Irena was a Polish nurse during WWII who worked with the Polish Underground.

Assisted by some two dozen other Żegota members, Sendler smuggled approximately 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and then provided them with false identity documents and shelter outside the Ghetto, saving those children from the Holocaust.[4]

Born in 1910, she died in 2008 at the age of 98.

Here is the link to the movie.

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Thanks,

Janis 

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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.

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

 

I sometimes link to:

STILL SATURDAYS @SANDRAHESKAKING

PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS

THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART

TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS

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Sunday Stillness – Happy Easter – Let the Light of Jesus Shine

Sunday Stillness – Happy Easter – Let the Light of Jesus Shine

This is the best of times – the resurrection of our Lord. What a glorious day!

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I read Psalm 18:28 the other day and had to paint a picture.

O, LORD, keep my lamp burning

my God turns my darkness into light (Psalm 18:28, NIV).

Because of Jesus I am no longer in the dark. He has brought me into the light. Thank You, Jesus.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6, NIV)

Here is a wonderful song from Hillsong. Light Will Shine in the Darkness

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Please link your post about what God has been teaching you. And please remember to visit your neighbour, leave comments and get to know more people in this group. We are a growing community of believers.

Thanks,

Janis 

JanisCox-photo2web

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.

Tadeo-Turtle-Cover-large-web

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

 

I sometimes link to:

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 

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