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Why We Started a Publication on Medium

Photo by Raphael Rychetsky on Unsplash

How Medium can help us grow personally and in our faith

And how you can be a part of spreading God’s Word around the world by using Medium.

What is Medium?

When I started writing on Medium in 2015, I had no idea how to do it. I would post something and that would be it. No interaction. No claps (we had likes back then). Not until I took a course by Tom Kuegler did I see the possibilities.

Now I see how God can use this platform

I see how we can reach others and learn from one another.

When I ran my personal blog I had interaction. But my blog didn’t seem to want to grow. It was stuck at 300 followers. That’s when I decided to make Medium my main writing platform.

Then I joined other publications as a writer. That was exciting.

But I kept hearing God say: “There is more to this Janis.”

I waited. I heard about setting up my own publication. That task seemed bigger than I wanted.

Enter Kimberley Payne

We have been friends for years since God brought us together at a writers’ conference. Both of us have dabbled in writing. Sometimes more industriously than others. But Kimberley is administratively gifted. I am not. I like connecting, and praying, writing and art.

We talked.

All of a sudden we were setting up a Publication. We were finding our first writers. Now we have 53 writers.

And we found followers. Now we have 178 of them.

It’s all God

Today I read two passages that helped me see about growth.

“Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest.

The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others — ignoring God! — harvests a crop of weeds.

All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds!

“But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life (Galatians 6:7–8, The Message.”

I pictured a harvest. But then I saw that to have a harvest we have to plant seeds.

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Yes, from this platform we can reach the world. We can learn about new things. We can teach what God teaches us.

Another scripture came this morning.

“For the seed shall be prosperous” (Zechariah 8:12, KJV);

“For there the seed will produce peace and prosperity” (Zechariah 8:12, Amplified).

We need to plant the seeds.

Why we decided to run Koinonia, a publication on Medium

I think there are three very basic important reasons.

  1. We want to have a gathering place for Believers to read and to write. We want a safe haven to flush out ideas, to read God’s Word and study what we are hearing and learning.
  2. We want a place to pray for one another. That is accomplished for our writers in our FB group. For others who read our posts, we are most willing to pray for you too. Just contact us. We want to be there for you.
  3. We want to spread the love of Jesus around the globe.

Where is God leading us?

I ask Him this every day.

Lord, is there something else we can do to entice more writers to join us.

He has shown me a few ways

  1. Ask your friends and social media to follow us here on our Koinonia page. And also to follow us on our Koinonia Publication page.
  2. Share your work and others’ work on social media. Spread it around across all media.
  3. Connect with other members in the group — by clapping and commenting on their posts.
  4. Networking is so important. Let’s build a strong network by growing together in our faith and our writing and by praying together.

Contact me with any questions. You don’t have to become a member to write on Medium or even to become a partner and make money.

I also offer a basic course on Medium for $20  – that’s it $20 lifetime. It’s on Facebook. PM me on Facebook or email Janis.

Sunday Stillness – How to hear God’s gentle whisper

Sunday Stillness – How to hear God’s gentle whisper


From freedigitalphotos.net

I had a hearing test a few weeks ago. Bottom line –  I can’t hear very well. There seems to be a problem with my ear drums not vibrating – so maybe fluid behind my ear drum.

My hearing is the worst when there is other noise around.

I thought about our lives – and all the stimuli that we deal with on a day to day basis. Are we so overloaded with noise that we can’t even hear God speak?

Thinking again about my life – what can cause me to stop listening to God?

I came up with these but I am sure you have different ones:

  • working on the computer (my mind focused on the task at hand)
  • making meals
  • cleaning
  • listening to music
  • watching a movie
  • talking with friends
  • errands
  • reading a good book
  • relating to friends and family

Then I came up with times that I could listen to God:

  • driving by myself in my car
  • lying in bed in the morning and at night
  • on a walk by myself
  • waiting for an appointment
  • working on a watercolour picture
  • during my morning study and prayer time
  • stoplights
  • grocery lineups

So although we lead busy, active lives we can find the time to listen to God, don’t you think?

We know that God is in all things
but it is much easier to hear Him when we are silent.

Remember Elijah. He didn’t hear God in the wind, or earthquake or fire – but in the gentle whisper.

A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper (1 Kings 19:11-12, The Message).



Lord, we need to be quiet to really listen to You. Help us find the minutes to slow down and hear Your voice. Show us those moments that will help us relate fully to You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

For you this Sunday – In the Secret, In the Quiet Place by Andy Park


How to hear God’s gentle whisper. (tweet this)

We know that God is in all things but it is much easier to hear Him when we are silent. (tweet this)

Lord, in the secret in the quiet place I want to know You more. Andy Park. (tweet this)

Today is Sunday Stillness – others join me to link their posts about what God is teaching them. Enjoy.