A poem and a painting

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Two Turtles and a Moon by Janis Cox

My children’s book Tadeo Turtle is now finished and ready to purchase on Amazon both in Kindle and paperback.

I have so many turtles in my head I had to draw them. From a prompt on Instagram of a “moon”, I painted this little piece. Then my sister texted me that she had just written a poem and it matched the painting.

The poem

Two Turtles

The little painted turtle swam up the mighty stream.⁠ …


poetry

Inspiration from Scripture

A Poem

The poem, “The Mighty Planner”, below was inspired after reading scripture.

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From Wikipedia

Lord God
Mighty Planner
Ruler of all

From Creation
through to
New Creation

You knew
everything
before it happened

The Tabernacle
built to
Your specifications

Every part of it
every detail
made for a reason

Even John the Baptist’s
death with his followers
lost and confused

But John’s legacy
and teachings
prevailed

Foreshadowing
what would happen
after Jesus’ death

His resurrection
The Holy Spirit helped
his followers prevail

Through persecutions
through the millennia
Right up to the time of His New Creation.

©Janis Cox 2020

I visited a live reenactment of the Tabernacle while visiting Arizona. You can read about the experience in The Tabernacle.


And it is all good

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A sign I purchased at a Tribe Writers Conference in Tennesse. Keep moving forward following Jesus.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1–2, NIV)

Things are changing — not just in our world but in my life.

Read my poem where this all began.

God is moving me forward but in another direction. …


Poetry

The result of reading scripture is: a poem

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Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

After reading my scriptures for the morning, God inspired me to write this abecedarian poem. Starting from the beginning with “a” and running to the end with “z”.

The scriptures were: Psalm 119:97–104, Numbers 11:1–9, Romans 16:17–20.

From the Beginning to End

After the
Beginning of
Creation
Death
Entered.

Fast forward.

God
Has a plan
In order to save us.

Jesus came to
Keep our relationship alive.

Love
Moves
Neighbours to
Open their hearts
Partnering with God.

eQuip others with life.
Rescue those who don’t know HIm.

Salvation is for anyone.

Teaching
Understanding by

Visions and by the
Word.

Excitement abounds for
Young and old

Zed — the End.


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A reflection poem

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Bible Art by Janis Cox

A poem of reflection, “Look at the Right Place”, after these morning’s scriptures — Psalm 121; Exodus 12:29–42; Romans 13:1–7

Look at the Right Place

Should it be
“To thine own self be true”
Or
“Let him deny himself”?

As we look to God
And His Word
We see how we need to act.

Seek justice
Love mercy
Walk humbly with God. (Micah 6:8)

Obey authorities when
They work for the benefit of society.

Look to God for answers.
Obey Him. (Acts 5:29)

Would the Kingdom of God
Allow inequality?

Would the Kingdom of God
Tolerate hatred and violence?

Seek the truth.


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An abecedarian poem

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Artwork — Winds of Change — by Janis Cox

A new poem about change.

The Winds of Change

Already to change
because God has
chosen this as the time to
do radical revision to
everything I do

Find my true purpose
God will show me
how to go forth

I will keep close — not
jumping ahead of Him

Keep firm in my study
love others
my family, friends and strangers

No one left out
open to new ideas

Put others first
quieten my spirit
resist the devil

Soul searching
test everything
under the sun

Value life
want only good
eXercise caution

Yearn for answers — attaching my
zipline to…


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A lesson from God

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Image by nile from Pixabay

Living in Time Today

Want, desire
The need for more and more.

Stop.

Trying to keep up and
Striving
Hurts the soul.

What is time?

This moment is
The time to live.

Look around you
Count the gifts
Record them.

God says to
Seek Him first.

Then look at the world and
Friends.

Seek caring
Companionship.
Be strengthened
In your faith.

Then you can
Go forth
And speak the
Good News to
All the world
In love,
Grace,
Mercy,
Forgiveness and
Humility.

Today is the
Day to reflect
Pray and
Be transformed.

©Janis Cox 2020

Reading Romans 12:1–8

  1. Offer yourself to God.
  2. Be a non-conformist. …


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A poem as a testament to God’s power

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Image by Elias Sch. from Pixabay

COVID Is Our 2020 Storm

When we are in a storm
Don’t look at the waves (
Mark 4:35–41)

The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. (Mark 4:39–40, MSG)

Fix your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)

Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. (MSG)

Keep your eyes
from the news
from hatred
from unfulfilling emotion
from depression

Instead

Fix your thoughts on
Jesus
Others
Caring
Sharing

God knows (1 John 3:20)

we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. …


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Inspired by the words of God

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Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

Bubble With God

In my bubble
I see You
As You look
You see me, too

Caringly You
Watch me pray
You keep me
Safe, day by day

As I search and
Learn and look
I see each
Winding path I took

Help me straighten
The road in front
To learn, to follow
O’er the bumps

To fix my eyes
Upon Your face
And live and love
Within Your grace

©Janis Cox 2020

After I read my scripture passages this morning, I wrote this poem.

In the time of COVID, we are indeed in a bubble, separated from many people. …


Poetry

An abecedarian faith poem

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Photo from Pixabay

You may listen to the poem.

Why and How Might I Believe in God?

Belief

Anyone can
Believe but the
Culprit is the world.

Don’t be swayed by others

Everything is NOT how it seems.

Find
God.

Hatred is not God’s way.

Instead, God loved us so much that He sent
Jesus to
Keep us from the
Lies of Satan.

Many lose their way because they do
Not look to God. They
Only seek concrete things and self-fulfillment.

Put your hope beyond this world.

Quieten your heart.

Rest your mind and soul.

Search.

Tackle the
Unknown.

Voice your prayers
Where there is an answer —
eXactly what
You need. God will
Zealously guard your soul.

About

Janis Cox

Creativity Spiritual Catalyst. Author/Illustrator. Christ Follower. FB group for artists and writers. Free Bible Art Course. https://www.janiscox.com

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