During my daily journaling , I wrote a children’s rhyme about the Good Samaritan which was very random and popped up amongst the poems sent by the Holy Spirit.
When the children's teacher at our church was off sick, I loaned it to the lady who was replacing her for the day, as there was no lesson prepared.
The Good Samaritan was a hit, I was asked to read it to them, and the children discussed what it would be like to be like him today, and then they acted it out in small groups.
The suggestion after that was why not get it published and then once I had decided to do it, I had to find an illustrator.
Somehow, the illustrator that was found was me. I had done a year in Art College 40 years previously but had decided it wasn't for me as a career, and even though I could draw passably I had no secret desire to paint or illustrate professionally.
A friend gave me some watercolour paints and brushes and said she believed I was supposed to do it, she was very tuned in to the Holy Spirit and so I did.
The Good Samaritan was published on January 22nd 2018, my 60th birthday and The Good Samaritan Companion - puzzle and colouring book, was written in March 2018 to accompany the story.
I have finished the Prodigal Son and there will also be 2 more in the parable series.
As this became a part of my plan going forward I really felt during my quiet times that God was encouraging me to write about 4 things which He feels are important to today's modern technology swamped children.
These are being kind to others, acknowledging inner gifts and talents, forgiving others as well as themselves, and of course love. Specifically love of themselves, as well as love of others. The overriding message from God was that they should always believe, no matter their circumstances, that they are loved. Whether they might be in a situation where there is not much love in the family or somewhere that love had seemed to have disappeared, or died or taken from them, that it is still all around them and that they are always loved.
I want these books to be accepted in non Christian schools as well, because the messages behind them are timeless.
The Prodigal Son was released via a Kickstarter in March 2019 and is now in print
There are many more ideas in my ever-so crowded head and I am excited to see them all come to fruition and do a work in our gorgeous children, to give them a place to sit and read the rhymes and get a touch of God in their day.
When I became a Christian 8 years ago at the age of 52, I was encouraged to journal every morning. I thought this was a bit wierd because I was supposed to be talking to God and I couldn't imagine what I could possibly ask Him and didnt know how I would know if He had actually answered
However I started to notice that as I got into His presence the answers came and I was surprised to find that when I got the answers, it wasn't actually me that came up with them, although it was definitely me who was writing them.
The replies, suggestions and responses came as rhyming poetry, and these poems became a regular occurrence. They were words from God that would speak about what was going on in my life, and answered my questions and encourage me in my day. They also spoke of my deepest feeling's, my hurts, my disappointments as well as this overwhelming love for God that I hadn't acknowledged before.
These words have an effect on anyone who read them too, and I would pass them to friends when I knew the word was for them.
I had no idea that God sometimes talks to us in these amazing ways and I’m always excited when others get such pleasure from them.
My book of poems is called Heaven Is All About Him. I believe that one of these poems is specifically for you and I give a poem to everyone who buys the book.
I am known as Jan to most people but I write under my Christian names Janet Elizabeth.