A look at the renovation God has made in my life

This has been such a journey since 2001 when I said yes to Jesus. Did I have a lot to learn! The truth is: We all have a lot to learn and all of us can Grow Through God’s Word.

Look what I didn’t know:

The Bible:

That book had sat on my shelf since confirmation — aeons ago. I took it out for crossword answers. I might have read it at Christmas. Or when I joined Bible studies. But I didn’t understand it at all. Not at all. Now it is chock full of power to teach and convict.

When you’re done here, find out Why You Should Keep Writing When You Just Want to Quit (link opens in a separate tab).

Bible Art by Janis Cox


I really didn’t know me. I was just living, one day to the next. With no set purpose. We had a lovely family and I enjoyed each and every one of them. But God wanted me to know me. I took a study call by Bill Hybels. Oh did that open my eyes. Who I am as God sees me? Yuck. I didn’t like the view. I like me better now.

Winning the Word Awards for Tadeo Turtle in 2013


I had acquaintances but no real friends until I said “yes” to Jesus. Then I found a group of friends who could accept me who I was at that moment and cheer me on to become whom God wanted me to be.


Everything used to be a big deal. Yes, you have that right. When anything went wrong I overreacted instead of pausing, praying and listening to God. “Is it a big deal? Or a little one?” “What can I do to breathe in His spirit and figure where He wants me to go with this?”

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash


I did have many conflicts. Mostly with myself and my desire for control. That is still a big deal with me and I work on it every day. My anger threatened my marriage and relationships. But I see it now — control and anger are — self-centred.

Do you want this to be you? Photo by Alex Harvey 🤙🏻 on Unsplash


Yes, what am I here for? Why am I here? Other than having a loving family — which I adore — did God have a bigger purpose for my life? How could He use me, weak as I was? I read The Purpose Driven Life — that helped. I read the Power of a Praying Wife — that really helped.


I did not know how to paint. Really I didn’t. But God showed me how. I didn’t know much about writing. God showed me how.

The cover of my book — Tadeo Turtle. First painting that made me think “I am an artist”.

So here we are in 2018. A whole new world is opening up. I feel very strongly that we are ready to be open to seeing the POWER of the Holy Spirit come upon the earth again. I want to be ready. Do you?


Join me at Artists and Writers Grow Through God’s Word — a Facebook group where we will be exploring how to pray for revival.

Where do I go from here?

When I started Artists and Writers Grow Through God’s Word it was called “Growing Through God’s Word” but God made it clear that the title was too broad. I needed to narrow my focus.

Just like deciding on which track and field events to try, athletes choose the events that they are best at. And then they work at it.

I chose artists and writers because that’s my skill set.
I chose believers because God is calling me to write to them. To encourage them. To stimulate them to trust in Him and not themselves.

I don’t need accolades or money. I am retired. There is no hidden agenda. I only want to listen to God and go where He tells me.

Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.
Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.

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