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What can I learn from a Saguaro Cactus?

33 Dots: If I can do it, so can you.

I’m continuing to use those 33 dots. I find my imagination is expanding and I am painting without the use of photos as ideas. Today I wasn’t sure … was it an animal again? But no, wait I see a saguaro cactus. So that’s what I drew.

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I use 33 randomly placed dots. Then I outline without going over or crossing a line. Then I figure out what it might be. Sometimes I will erase a line. Certainly I add more lines.

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You can see the dots and then I connected them.

When I went to draw it I eliminated some of the lines. And this is what I got.

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Thoughts on a cactus and scripture:

As I thought about the cacti here in Arizona I recall that they can last a long time without water. However, when it rains they soak it up. They get really fat. This will sustain them for long periods of drought.

When we get into a dry spot (sickness, worry, fear, etc.) we will have enough of God’s water to sustain us.

This reminded me of the filling up of the stores from God’s Word. From 1 Timothy 6:19 in The Message.

“Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.” (my bolding)

Sometimes these cacti grow to be 40 feet tall. Their lifespan can exceed 150 years. Harming a saguaro in any manner is against the law in Arizona.

I want to grow tall in the Lord. I want to be filled up with all the nourishment I need for the dry spells.

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Here is my final picture of the cactus.

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What do you learn from Scripture? Do you make it a daily discipline?

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Skater: Drawing Shouldn’t Be Complicated

33 Dots: Skater

Another day for 33 Dots – from Meg Konovska’s idea. This is my second day of randomly placing 33 dots on a piece of paper – then trying to figure out what’s there. Today we get a colourful skater.

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Coloured pencil skater – 33 dots

Thoughts:

As I looked at this skater, I thought of myself on ice skates. I used to be able to skate pretty well. Not great but I could make it around the rink. Not now. Now I need help. Last year my daughters took me for a spin and they shot this picture. I stayed steady for the picture and then said – “grab me.”

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This year, everyone forgot their cameras. But I still went around the rink twice. It wasn’t as smooth this year – many holes from lots of use. But I felt a sense of accomplishment, just putting them on, getting to the rink, and going around with help on either side.

This girl remind me of how I need to be bold, whether in trying to skate, or attempting new things.

Her skates don’t look very steady and that’s how I feel sometimes, treading this Internet and connecting with others. I’m on shaky ground.

But God tells us again and again (over 400 times actually) to not fear.

Do NOT be afraid He says.

He will always be with us. It is God Who leads and guides us so we have NOTHING to fear.

Read John 14:27

“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.”

The colourful outfit that my girl is wearing is the creativity that’s in me. It’s in all of us. But we are fearful of not being able to do it. But if we let ourselves go and let God lead it is amazing what He can do.

Read Ephesians 2:10

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Here is the beginning of the picture. I had put the 33 dots. I forgot to take the picture with just the dots.

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Skater – 33 dots, Janis Cox

When I wrote Tadeo Turtle and wanted to illustrate my own children’s book, I didn’t think that was possible. But I did it. And it won an award in 2012 from The Word Awards.

What I believe, is that we can do anything when God is beside us.

We can learn to change our plans: our temperament; we can be kinder; we can learn to be inspirational; we can learn to draw, to write and even to skate. But we do need to ask Him and listen for His answers too.

Do you want to change? Are you tired of doing things on your own? There are two ways I hope I can help?

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Growing Through God’s Word is an interactive Facebook Group that is a safe place to explore your faith without judgment. Learn to read your Bible and discover God’s Word. Learn to listen and hear God speak. JOIN US.

We share. We learn. We create. We connect. We grow.

Janis is a creativity catalyst with a heart to connect people to God. She specializes in creating art based on Scripture so that the Truth penetrates hearts and not just minds.The world needs more pictures, art and colour.

She also has a gift for you called One Word at a Time, if you like to work through scripture.

Black and White – What are your truths?

Black and White – What are Your Truths?

Today’s prompt is black and white. I have been pondering about this theme. What are my black and whites? My truths. I am joining #ScribblePicnic.

I don’t believe everything is black and white.

I don’t think others should be telling people what to think and what to do.

But I do know there are certain truths that I put my faith in. And I am sure that you do too. We all have our black and whites.

These are my Black and Whites about my faith which is my life:

I believe in the Apostles’ Creed (that’s my faith statement).

Jesus is My Rock.

I believe we need to love, care and help others no matter their colour, their faith, their background – whatever.

I believe God put me here on earth for a purpose and I am trying to follow that way. I try to listen to what He is telling me.

I believe I can communicate with my God. I write about what I learn as I continue to grow in my faith. I read my Bible daily.

I believe we cannot judge one another. There is One who judges. Period.

I believe in a community – a community of believers, of like-minded individuals (like artists), of young people, of seniors, (whatever) – a group of people that help one another. (That’s why I love our church.)

So today I am going to sketch my black and white.

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But my faith needs colour.

I need joy, compassion, hope, love, excitement, energy, enthusiasm – I need life. Life to me is colour. So my black and white will be coloured with the zeal of living

 

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Who’s there? Behind the wire.

Scribble Picnic Prompt – Cross in a Square

This week on #ScribblePicnic we were given a mystery prompt. Here are the instructions: For your “Fill in the Blank” challenge next week, the shape to use is shown above in the windows. Can you see it? Please be sure to employ at least one square with an “X” in it! The possibilities are endless — anything from wallpaper to treasure maps! I’m calling it “cross in a square”.

Here is Michael’s picture:

cross in a square

So as I sat in front of my fireplace (it is not on), and I saw the grate had that pattern and thought of drawing it. But boring. No.

All of a sudden I pictured a chain link fence in a zoo. And that’s where I got my idea for this week.

My grandchildren love the zoo. They are fascinated by the animals. They love going to a farm as well. Zoos and farms allow us to be up close and personal with God’s creatures. I know there will be people who feel that it’s cruel to have the animals caged in. I understand but if they are well looked after we can really learn a lot – both in drawing and understanding the variety and beauty of creation.

Here is my rendition of this week’s prompt of a “cross in a square”.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

My Flowerbed: Scribble Picnic

This week on Scribble Picnic the prompt is “flowerbed”. We are away on holidays so I did a quick sketch and watercolour pencils painting of a few of the flowers in our flowerbed before I left.

This year our plants have suffered from so much rain. But still my garden grows. My vegetable garden isn’t doing as well. Beans and kale are great. But alas no tomatoes – way too wet.

But there’s always next year.

How does your garden grow?

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Here are the photos I used:

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A quick sketch:

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Fairies: Scribble Picnic

Once again I am joining Scribble Picnic with the word – Fairies.

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I’m thinking imagination – when I think of fairies. I loved Grimm’s Fairy Tales when I was little. I remember sitting close to my Dad while he would read the stories. Yes they were scary but there was always good that came through.

I love stories of redemption – of caring, or sharing or change.

I loved being close to my Dad listening to the stories. He kept me safe.

A great author friend of mine, Jeff Goins writes about Why We Love Fairy Tales.

Being able to fly – I used to have dreams I could fly – through the roof and up through the sky. Conquering giants. Fighting dragons. I loved the Harry Potter first books and movies – until they got too dark for me.

My story of The Kingdom of Thrim is a type of fairy tale. It’s based on a doll maker who wants more than he has – he takes off with out asking friends or God. He just goes. Hasty decisions are not ones thought through carefully.

Fairies remind me of The Wizard of Oz – one of the best movies by far. I have seen it zillions of times. My sister and I would sing the songs, act like the scarecrow, the lion and the tin man. We would be the good witch and the bad one. We would sing our way through the dark forest.

I believe in angels. I let my imagination soar so I can picture a world of love, joy, no sorrow or pain.

Maybe my next children’s book will be about a fairy who travels to a new world to learn about love, acceptance, joy and peace. (tweet this)

I like what C.S. Lewis says:  “Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

I think all the Scribble Picnic people know that their imaginations and let us see things beyond the black and white, beyond reality here. I can’t wait to see the pictures this week of Fairies. Join us.

My first sketch with micron after a few trial sketches in pencil. fairies

Coloured in with watercolour pencil.

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Finished with water.

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Who am I? – Creative Tuesdays

Who Am I? – Creative Tuesdays

The prompt this week at Creative Tuesdays is Meet Me. I will try to show you the answer to “Who Am I?”

Who Am I?

Meet Me – Watercolour Pencil – 2016

The idea here is to list a few items you like and dislike or some variation thereof (by Creative Tuesdays).

I struggled with this one for the last two weeks and finally worked on it yesterday under the title, Who Am I? I don’t like portraits and doing a self-portrait was even harder. I used a micron pen 01 and watercolour pencil and a light weight paper. Next time I would use heavier paper.

That of course reminded me of Jesus asking the disciples, “who am I?”,

“Who do people say I am?” …

[And then], “Who do you say I am (Mark 8:27-29, NIV)?”

As I have been reading through the scriptures for this time of Lent, this question keeps coming up. Who is Jesus? The religious leaders are trying to discredit Jesus. They want to keep the status quo. They want to keep their power. So they ask Jesus all sorts of questions to trap Him. Here are two cases.

Case One:

On Saturday at Word of God Speak we looked at Mark 11:27-33

The religious leaders are trying to trap Jesus. They really are asking Who He is:

“By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”

Case Two:

On Sunday at church we looked at Mark 12:13-17.

Here they are trying to trap Jesus again by asking about whether the Jewish people should pay tax to Caesar.

Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”

In the first case Jesus will not give an answer because the leaders couldn’t answer His question.

Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

In the second case Jesus gave a divinely inspired answer.

Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

I find it interesting that the leaders of the Jewish people couldn’t see Jesus as God’s Son – the Christ. They were blinded by their arrogance and their wish for power and control.

Sometimes I forget that I have let Jesus be in control of my life and I try to wrestle control back from Him. Thank goodness I study His Word every day to remind me that He is in control.

Pastor Thiemke said on Sunday:

We must give to God what is rightfully His – our entire life. (tweet this)

If you haven’t met my Jesus I would love to tell you more about Him. Email me anytime and we can talk.

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Mmm Chocolate – Creative Tuesdays

Mmm Chocolate – Creative Tuesdays

What can I say, “Mmm Chocolate. This week Michael’s prompt for Creative Tuesdays is “chocolate”. I veered a little away from the box of chocolates. I recently baked some chocolate cupcakes. I used 90% dark chocolate in my recipe for chocolate cupcakes. Yes for this “paleo” girl I do get some perks. These are delicious.

Mmm chocolate

Pencil Crayon of chocolate cupcake and blackberries.

ART for mmm Chocolate:

I drew and coloured this picture while remembering what we ate the night before for dessert. If you look below it is not quite the same as the original. My imagination made the cupcake grow.

I used pencil crayon – watercolour pencil crayon.I did not use a brown pencil crayon. Instead I used complementary colours to make brown. You can see at the top right how I decided if that would work. Red first, then green. Orange first, then blue. Yellow first, then purple. It was experimenting for me.

Then I went back and used water on it.

Mmm Chocolate watercolour pencils

Touched up the picture with water on watercolour pencils.

You can see that the red started to show through more. I like the yellow then purple to make the brown. Experimental. And I only used photocopy paper this time.

Here is a great website on using pencil crayons. Using Colored Pencils to create fine art.

BAKING for mmm chocolate:

Mmm chocolate paleo cupcake

I made the chocolate cupcakes from this recipe on Holistically Engineered. Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes. This recipe calls for honey and coconut flour.

The recipe for the icing is below or you could use their recipe with avocados (my hubby thinks he is allergic to them so I opted for my recipe for icing).

I actually cut this icing recipe in 1/2 for these cupcakes. That’s why there isn’t much icing on my little cupcake. Oh well it tasted delicious.

1/2 cup of coconut cream (I used the top of a can of coconut milk)
3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips (I used a 90% chocolate bar, chopped up).
1/4 tsp vanilla

Scald the cream.
Turn off heat and add the chips and vanilla.
Whip until fluffy.

Any questions just email me or comment below.

Since we have cut down (cut off) eating sugar in any form except fruits, maple syrup, honey and coconut sugar, my hubby has lost and kept off 40 pounds. We also don’t eat any grains. But I still love little treats. These cupcakes are so good (and good for us too).

SCRIPTURE for mmm chocolate:

But the sweetness of God’s Word is better than that.

How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103, NIV).

Honey is mentioned in God’s Word over 60 times.

Honey is even good for you.

Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
    honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
    If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
    and your hope will not be cut off (Proverbs 24:13-14, NIV).

I think Mmm the sweetness of God’s Word. (tweet this)