March 03, 2012
A Writer? - Janis Cox
You would not have called me a prolific writer. Until 2000 when I became a Jesus believer I had only written lists, plans and letters even though I held a BA in English.
From that time on I started to write poems, as I read the Bible and studied His Word. I believe these poems helped to clarify God's Word for me.
Wondering what to do with these poems, God led me to a writers' conference. From there a whole new world opened - a world of believers and those who had a passion to write. I now have a bond with writers across Canada. I belong to both Inscribe and The Word Guild - great groups for people who love God and enjoy writing.
I am still not a prolific writer. There are too many other pursuits that I love to allow me to solely focus on writing. But I have had a few articles published. And that felt wonderful.
I can't start my day without praying, reading and studying His Word. My journaling about what I read and about my life is very precious to me.
When I journal I use a pen - yes a P-E-N and a notebook. I love the feel of a pen in my hand.
In the past two years I have combined my love of writing with my love of watercolour. I started to work on combining these loves into children's books, both as author and illustrator. Neither of my two books are ready to publish but I enjoy the "work".
I have two blogs A Better Way. and Under the Cover of Prayer. As I write for these blogs I believe my writing improves and God inspires me as well.
I could not think of a time when I don't want to write - or paint. So I continue to create.
I also have a burden to pray for other writers and to give God glory in all He does through my feeble writing efforts. I thank God for the writing groups to which I belong as it has strengthened my writing and my faith.
Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. To connect - email Jan.