The Right Question

The Right Question

The other night I had a fight with doubt.

If I were a meteorologist, I’d tell you it felt like a category 1 hurricane, with some mild flooding, and an impressive tsunami wave of emotion topping things off. The next morning the aftermath of the storm nipped at my heels, trying to pull me back down into the fears.

the struggle is real

I can say confidently . . . the struggle is real.

Maybe you are nodding with me. Yup, for reals, Janna.

But even as we say that out loud together, I have to add a thought.

The past month or two, God’s been pointing me toward something deeper — a question that keeps bubbling up. As I wrestled with shaking off the doubt that morning, this question rose to the surface of my thoughts:

Who does God want to be for you right now?

Huh. Who does He want to be for me in the middle of this doubt fest, I wondered.

So that post-storm morning I sat on my bed, journal in one hand and pen in the other and quietly asked Poppa, Who do You want to be for me today?

I sat there quietly and listened. And God? He gave me a very real, very long answer — much, much longer than I expected.

I thought maybe He’d say “Your helper” or “The One who drives your fears away.”

But He told me 24 things. Twenty-four concrete ways the God of the universe is here for Janna today, in the middle of messy, ordinary life. My favorite one? “The One who makes you laugh”

My heart settled. The waves ceased. And my eyes refocused on Him.

And even now, days later, I continue to be blown away by the new things God promises to be for me each day.

but God is more

Whatever your struggle today, whatever your storm . . . your Heavenly Poppa is more real than that storm.

In the middle of this struggle and the midst of today’s mess, when you’re buffeted by fear and doubt and seemingly impossible circumstances . . . who does God want to be right then? For you.

In all of His wisdom and grace, He stands ready to be exactly what you need in this precise moment — and more, if you will let Him.

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How to Hide Till You No Longer Recognize Yourself

How to Hide Till You No Longer Recognize Yourself

A couple months ago I picked up a new book, just one of many I borrowed for a little spring break read-a-thon.

When I look back on that sunny afternoon, I can’t remember how I happened upon this book. Was it on my Goodreads to-read list? Was it recommended by someone? Was it a random librarian pick, propped on the end of a shelf with a tantalizing cover calling out to me?

I really have no idea.

All I know is, by page thirteen, I was bawling. Continue reading →

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How to Live in Light of the Resurrection

How to Live in Light of the Resurrection

It was a gorgeous day – the kind that practically begs to be enjoyed. The sun shone brilliantly and all of the leaves in the front yard waved and beckoned in the breeze. This was the kind of perfect Saturday people pray for, and I’d been hoping for this day for a long time.

Oh, I had big plans–plans I’d been making for days. Plans to conquer and create. Plans to let the clock run unheeded. Plans to be outdoors from dawn to dusk. My eager anticipation had reached the unfathomable heights that only an 8-year-old mind can concoct.

But sadly, on this oh-so-perfect day, instead of climbing trees and conquering imaginary foes, I was curled up on my favorite blanket in the hallway by the bathroom. Continue reading →

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What We Need More of in 2018

What We Need More of in 2018

Isn’t it interesting how words come to mean something?

Like “Babe,” for instance. When I was little it meant a tiny infant. When the movie came out, it meant a pig. And when I got married and heard it from my hubby’s lips, it meant me!

Somewhere along the way “grace” has gotten a reputation for being soft and fluffy and comfy – the kind of thing that makes you feel like you just snuggled so many adorable puppies.

But grace is much more than that – especially since she often travels with her companion, Truth.

What We Need More Of This Year

This year I’m wishing — and praying — for more bravery for each of us.

Bravery that helps us hold onto Grace and look Truth square in the eye. Bravery to wrestle the tough questions, the important issues, the real-life stuff.

If we’re willing, this year can be a bold, brave year: Continue reading →

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