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Thoughtful Thursday – Seven Reasons Why I am Going to the Inscribe Conference in Alberta

Thoughtful Thursday – Seven Reasons Why I am Going to the Inscribe Conference in Alberta

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Why do I want to fly to Edmonton to attend a writers’ conference?

  1. Over the past, I think about eight years, I have belong to Inscribe Writers Online. This year I felt determined to attend this conference because I want to see all my friends that I know only through the Internet. Yes I have seen their faces on Facebook and have chatted on email and through a list serv. But I want to meet and talk with them. Pray with them. Worship with them.

2. So I am booked to fly on Wednesday September 23 and stay until Sunday September 27. I have signed up for the early bird workshop with Jeff Goins – his latest book is The Art of Work and is filled with life giving, important information. I want to listen to him and discuss these ideas.

3. One of the courses I have chosen is to learn more about public speaking. Since I am now on Hope Stream Radio I want to improve how I speak.

4. I have signed up for a children’s writers’ workshop – almost ready to publish my next children’s book and I want more input.

5.  I love being in the company of believers who are writers. It’s amazing to find a family that is so like me. Wow! Just love it.

6. I have attended Write!Canada which is sponsored by The Word Guild – another writers’ group I belong to. I know the feeling and knowledge that I get when I attend that conference. So I want to do that again this year – I went in June to Write!Canada. Now’s my chance.

7. I want to meet with the Inscribe Executive – they have become very important people to me over the past couple of year. Ruth Snyder, especially, is such an amazing woman – that I want to have a chance to really sit down with her and have a chat.

There are my seven reasons. Are you interesting in attending such a wonderful place? Drop over to Inscribe and see what it’s all about.

And find out more about 7 Essential Habits for Christian Writers.

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I have heard it is a fabulous resource. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet as I am getting ready to go away.

Blessings,

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Creative Tuesdays – Wet Tears for Jesus

Creative Tuesdays – Wet Tears for Jesus

Once again I am joining the prompt from Creative Tuesdays. The theme this week is WET.

I pondered on this for a long time. I thought of all my plants – I am trying to grow some vegetables from seeds. I need to water them, keep the light on them. And I bought an hibiscus – which of course needs watering and watching. I thought about ducks getting all wet. I love water – splashing and exhilarating.

But this Scripture kept coming back to me –

 One of the Pharisees asked him over for a meal. He went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down at the dinner table. Just then a woman of the village, the town harlot, having learned that Jesus was a guest in the home of the Pharisee, came with a bottle of very expensive perfume and stood at his feet, weeping, raining tears on his feet. Letting down her hair, she dried his feet, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfume. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man was the prophet I thought he was, he would have known what kind of woman this is who is falling all over him (Luke 7:38, MSG).”

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This woman was so overcome that she rained tears, enough to wash Jesus’ feet. The Pharisees had no idea what this was all about. They didn’t understand that Jesus has the power to release us from our sins. That woman did and was so sorrowful that she rained tears. But there is good news.

Then turning to the woman, but speaking to Simon, he said, “Do you see this woman? I came to your home; you provided no water for my feet, but she rained tears on my feet and dried them with her hair. You gave me no greeting, but from the time I arrived she hasn’t quit kissing my feet. You provided nothing for freshening up, but she has soothed my feet with perfume. Impressive, isn’t it? She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.”

Then he spoke to her: “I forgive your sins.”

That set the dinner guests talking behind his back: “Who does he think he is, forgiving sins!”

He ignored them and said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace (Luke 7:43-50, MSG).”

Her faith gave her the freedom she needed to live.

This is a beautiful reminder to us that Jesus forgives all. Every time I think of this story I remember that Jesus washes away our sins. We are new again.

Explanation of the Watercolour

This watercolour is totally different than what I usually paint. I haven’t painted too many portraits – and none without a photo as reference. So this woman is totally from my head. It is darker than I usually paint but really she is full of sorrow. And I painted her quickly. In about an hour.

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The woman rained wet tears on Jesus’ feet. “Your faith has saved you.” (click to tweet)

Thoughtful Tuesdays – 4 Ways I have become more aware

Thoughtful Tuesdays – 4 Ways I have become more aware

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After writing my post on Sunday Stillness about being easily deceived, I have been given even more awareness into things I just didn’t know. This all started from reading Titus 1:10

For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group (Titus 1:10, NIVUK).

1. In Beth Moore’s study I have learned that I not only have to see – I have to attend to what I have seen. Her example is Moses and the burning bush. The study is called Children of the Day based on 1 and 2 Thessalonians. We have to watch out for false gods.

Idolatry is a python of misfit parts, squeezing the life out of us (page 35, Children of the Day).

Isn’t that a picture?

2. One of the comments on my post for Sunday gave a wonderful link to why Yoga is “Unfortunately, … more … than meets the eye.” Check out Stretching the Truth about Yoga for an extremely informative article.

3. I am teaching the Bible study The Workbook of Living Prayer. We were learning this week to be aware and pay attention to. (a repeating theme for me this week). Watch using interruptions, people, and situations. See and pray through all of these.

4. This morning in our Arizona newspaper there was an interesting, enlightening article on BPA. I couldn’t believe all the places that BPA can be found. Watch for plastics labelled 3 and 7. Watch for those receipts we get at stores. (Yes BPA is in them too) I couldn’t find the Arizona Republic article but here is one that is similar BPA and your health.

4. And just one more awareness. We are working on eating real foods – and this article has one good explanation. It is from 2011 but it certainly is eye opening. Our pantry has no packaged goods anymore. I hope to write more about eating real foods.

“This is the first study to provide clear evidence that food packaging is a major source of BPA and DEHP exposure in children and adults,” (AZ Central.com)

So let’s keep our eyes open – let’s see where God is leading us. Read His Word.

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This week I have found 4 ways that I became more aware. (click to tweet)

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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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Thoughtful Tuesdays – How we can make joy bubble over

Thoughtful Tuesdays – How we can make joy bubble over

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My thoughts during the bout of flu were “how can I make this joyful”? During that time I tried to pray but really felt so bad I couldn’t do it. But I did read my Scriptures, and some blog posts. I did sing praise songs while soaking in the tub. I found I could accept what was happening if I just rested in God and thanked Him for little things.

It reminded me of the years that I would count the gifts. Ann Voskamp has a wonderful site where she encourages us to count the gifts, daily. I did that and now have many posts to show those weeks. Check out Counting Gifts.

And Margaret Feinberg has written a book and Bible study to show us how to Fight Back with Joy.

So my little picture came to me as I thought of joy. Joy that bubbles over. If we can have that joy – then others will see it. And they will be led to wanting to know more about Jesus.

I am creating something new in you: a bubbling spring of Joy that spills over into other’s lives. Do not mistake this Joy for you own or try to take credit for it in any way. Instead, watch in delight as My Spirit flows through you to bless others (Sarah Young, Jesus Calling, June 13).

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness (Galatians 5:22, NIV, my emphasis).

 

I learned a song while in Poland. The English words are:

Jesus’ love is bubbling over.
Jesus’ love is bubbling over.
Jesus’ love is bubbling over.
Hallelujah!

Have a great week.

Blessings,

Janis

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Be thankful so the JOY of Christ can bubble over in you. (click to tweet)

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Thoughtful Tuesdays – Creative Tuesdays – My Word for 2015

Thoughtful Tuesdays – Creative Tuesdays – My Word for 2015

One of my goals this year was to be intentional – so one way was to join Creative Tuesdays. Every couple of weeks we are given an art challenge.

These were the instructions for this time:

You may have heard of the one little word movement but if you’re still stuck, not to worry! Here’s just one woman’s example.

 

However you choose to focus on your word, the idea is that it’s one that thrills you to action and contemplation.

 

It’s more about using intention for the year which is far more inspiring than making a new year’s resolution that invariably fails with its rather rather energy-sapping tasks.

(Creative Tuesdays).

 

For the last part of 2014 I struggled finding my WORD for this year. I settled on Intentional (which took 2 more posts, an addendum and God Changed my mind). After 16 days of rest, due to a bad bout of flu, I can say that I have been listening to Him.

Here is my artwork that describes my WORD for 2015.

 Word-for-2015webI think my Word for 2015 is RESTORE.

Restore – to grow in each area of my life and produce a crop for Jesus.

I have been reading Titus and also Ed Hird’s book, Restoring Health, Body, Mind and Spirit. Then the Scripture I read next made so much sense.

My life verse is John 21:15, “Feed my lambs”.

So looking at Mark 4:20, I read:

Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop – some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown (Mark 4:20, NIV).

The landscape in the background Is my life here on earth – the places I have been, the places I will go to.

The butterfly is to remind me of my freedom in Christ. I was in a cocoon and now I am free – no longer caught in sin but saved by grace.

It is good to look back over 2014, to reflect on accomplishments and to see where God led me.

And I think that it is good to look ahead, but not so focused that I plow before seeding and planting and check the soil conditions too.

Food has been on my mind. I wrote at Family and Faith Matters how we have changed our diet to eat all healthy, natural foods. I want to nourish my body. I hope to write about this again as we closed Family and Faith Matters.

I even went further to look at each area and what I might want to focus on:

MIND – get rid of excess clutter, focus on one thing at a time

BODY – eat good healthy food, lots of fruit, vegetables, grain fed meats, chicken, fish, no GMO if I can help it, no sugars, no grains. I also need daily exercise and fresh air.

SPIRIT – to spend more time in prayer and studying the Bible.

Prayer: Lord, help me to focus on these areas in my life. Be in each area as I make changes and learn more. Help me in my prayer life – teach me to pray. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Thanks to Michael for his Creative Tuesdays linkup.

I will be pinning my artwork on my wall to remind me of my WORD – RESTORE.

What’s your WORD for 2015. I would love to hear from you.

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Thoughtful Tuesdays: How to Live in Defiant Joy

Thoughtful Tuesdays: How to Live in Defiant Joy

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While reading the first few chapters of Margaret Feinberg’s book, Fight Back with Joy, I was suffering from one of the worst bouts of flu I have had in a long time.

 I decided to follow her advice and I fought back with JOY.

I thought of thanking God for the timing of this illness – we had had a wonderful Christmas break with family, we flew back to Arizona with a reasonable flight, we went out for a great New Year’s Eve Party with friends – before the flu hit. I thanked God for a patient and loving husband – so tolerant of my moans and pleas. I thanked God for friends who were praying for my recovery.

Yes I could feel JOY during this time.

Margaret writes from her whole heart and her experiences as she tells about her brutal fight with cancer. She explains lessons she learns along the way.

She says:

More than whimsy, joy is a weapon we use to fight life’s battles… You are founded in joy, created for joy, and destined for joy. Joy is where you come from. Joy is what you are created to experience. Joy is where you are headed.

I asked Margaret how hard it was to write this book on a scale from 1-10.

An eleven! This journey has been the most painful experience of my life. And, to share about it requires some vulnerability. Okay, a lot of vulnerability. And, that’s really, really hard. But I feel like I’m finally ready to share what God has stirred in my heart along the way because although cancer has been the most painful journey—it has also been the most joyful. And no one is more surprised than I am.

Pick up a copy of Fight Back With Joy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble today.

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Joy is where you come from. … Joy is where you are headed. @mafeinberg #fightbackwith joy. (click to tweet)

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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.

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

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Thoughtful Tuesdays – How to change my plan to His plan

Thoughtful Tuesdays – How to change my plan to His plan

I have been mulling over my Word for 2015 – Intentional. I know I have to get over the procrastination part of me and the scattered plans and change. However, there is one thing that remains the focus of all that I will not give up – that’s:

to be Intentional to listen to God.

change And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28, NIV).

And as I listen my plans may change – because I must be ready to change:

my plan and follow His plan.

Readings from Oswald Chambers on December 18th:

It is only a faithful person who believes that God sovereignly controls his circumstances.

Being faithful to Jesus Christ is the most difficult thing we try to do today.

The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do the work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Dec 18).

The working words here are “free to do His work”.

And from Romans 8:31:

If our God is for us who can be against us.

I know that everyone at this time of year is not ready to be merry and bright and I want to be sensitive to that issue.

But I do believe we all can have a Blessed Christmas if we focus on the One who saved us. Let’s focus on the JOY of the LORD.

So to all my friends, have a Blessed Christmas.

Janis

Here is I’m Trading my Sorrows (for the joy of the Lord) by Darrell Evans.

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Although I plan to be intentional I must remember that I must keep myself free to follow Jesus. (click to tweet)

A short addendum post to Thoughtful Tuesdays

A short addendum post to Thoughtful Tuesdays

Lately I seem to hear God saying – paint more. So I have started to finish – I like that. I have started to finish my book called Yoj and the Land of Thrim. So my favourite picture so far is The Girl.

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And my favourite picture of this year for this blog is Are you unleashing the power of the Holy Spirit?

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Joining Creative Tuesdays today. – Intentionally working at being intentional.

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Being intentional – started to paint again. Are you being #intentional. (click to Tweet)

Thoughtful Tuesdays – What are my Goals for 2015?

Thoughtful Tuesdays –  What are my Goals for 2015?

I watched 3 videos produced by Michael Hyatt. I think they are worth watching for writers and non-writers.

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What did I learn?

First of all I know that I procrastinate  – a lot.
I know that I am led astray very easily.
I have lots of interesting ideas and thoughts – too many for one person to accomplish.

So I decided to write down exactly how and what I am feeling at this point. (That way I can review this next year.)

  1. I will look back over 2014 and see what I accomplished.
  2. I will allow myself to dream – and dream big.
  3. I will write down my goals.
  4. I will be specific in my goal setting.
  5. I will look at where I am most motivated and go in that direction.
  6. I will start – even if it is small bites – because starting is important.

I didn’t join the 5 day course Michael was advertising but I learned a lot in the first two videos to know where to start.

Here is my full sentence using the red words.

After I look back over the last year, I will dream; then write down specific goals in the areas where I am most motivated and I will start.

 

I know that I always start with God. Here is a Scripture He brought to my mind.

So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place (1 Samuel 3:9, NIV)

As you can see my goals differ from my personality. I remember attending a workshop called – How to be Intentional. I think that is exactly what I need to do – be Intentional for 2015. Not only intentional on listening to God – but intentional on writing down what I feel and hear in my heart.

I guess that will be my working word for 2015 – Intentional.

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Janis Cox is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, and paperback in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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Tuesday Thoughts – Christmas Cards?

Tuesday Thoughts – Christmas Cards?

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I have been working on our annual Christmas letter – a little update on our family and a few pictures. It doesn’t take long and many of our friends and family have expressed delight in watching our family grow.

We take the Word file over to Staples and have them print out the copies, then stuff them in envelopes – and print the address labels (after updating of course).

As I attach each label to the envelope I say a prayer for that family.

What do you do to keep in touch with your family and friends at Christmas?

For to us a Child will be born. To us a Son will be given. And the rule of the nations will be on His shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful, Teacher, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6 NLV).

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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.

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

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