In the Midst of Trouble – My Heart Will Rejoice!

What is the most difficult thing you’re facing in your life right now? Are you facing:

  • Career disappointment?
  • Not reaching some goal?
  • Criticism from someone?
  • Debt?
  • Credit Score?
  • Lack of Money?
  • Health Issue?
  • Troubled Romantic Relationship?
  • Troubled Friendship?
  • Not Understanding Your Purpose? Your Calling?
  • Stress?
  • Fear?

In this life there are so many things that can make us feel covered and weighed down! It’s true for every one of us. There are times that we can feel burdened in such a way that in our prayers to God, we really are not sure that He will work it out. This is true for every one of us.

I want to encourage you to remember that His love for us is real. There are times when the solving of a problem take so long that we just don’t know what is going on! There are difficulties that make us believe that Our God has just walked away from us – even if just for a moment. But He Never Leaves Nor Forsakes Us!

We are human. We will sometimes feel uneasy. We will sometimes have fear. We might be stressed out. We might be sorrowful. The problems can bring us to fatigue, irritation and even distress. It is normalthere is nothing about you that makes you crazy!

The wonderful thing is that Our God is there and He would rather us lay our fear on Him no matter how you need to say it. I’m telling you that when you just say to God, “Father, I feel like you’ve left me?” or “Father, I am afraid of this issue and don’t see a solution!” He will speak to your heart. All you have to do is go to him honestly and lay it all at His feet. When you do this, your heart will remember the relationship that you have with Him as His child; as His workmanship; as His masterpiece! And your mind will calm down and return to trust.

There is an amazing power in your faith, in the power of your prayer! There is a joy and peace in drawing nearer to God in times like these that you would not find in any other way. I’m telling you, when you bring these issues to the throne of Our Father, where grace is constantly and leave them there, your heart will not continue in sadness and despair. No! You will have joy and comfort .. pleasure and peace!

His mercies are new every morning and those mercies hold your face in a place of reality. Faith in His mercy makes you remember your salvation from darkness and from difficulties. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. Just think about it for a moment … When you think about the amazing things that God has done for you in the past, you will begin to praise Him and rejoice – and suddenly the fear and doubt will die. He has done great things, bless His holy name!

Don’t feel like a weak believer when you have to face such feelings. Just remember, those who love and trust Him always – those who He has called into His service, are human. The only way to fight your fear is to cry out in a real way to The One who can do something about it all. Hallelujah!!

Calling Out To Him .. In Times Of Trouble

I was reading Genesis 32 this morning and was just rejoicing over the wonderful truth that He is deliverer to His children! (read Genesis 32:9-12 to get an image)

Have you ever felt like the Lord made a promise to you? I mean specific promises at some time in your life? Every promise from the Lord in the Bible is true, He never fails and His Word is Truth. But what about a prayer that you have lifted to Him and heard His voice, knowing what He has for you …

OK, I know that this is difficult to hear well. Here’s my deal … in my other life the difficulty was just tremendous, beyond anything I’d understand or was able to bear. There were people led by the enemy that were determined to destroy me, not just physically/mentally; but they wanted to confuse my faith. Can you imagine that? I was in despair BUT I was so clear about God’s guidance and promises to me and, praise God, I was living in obedience and submission to Him – don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t in perfection but I knew who My Father was and had a desire to serve Him well. I had been shown by The Lord that my life would bring Him glory, so I had the good sense to ask God for peace in a certain type of way. I asked Him to protect me from the enemy and put me in a path that would make everyone around me so aware of His power and faithfulness. I really did tell Him what I hoped for. About 2 months later it came out of nowhere! I knew for sure that the only way it could have come is that He sent it. In my case the enemy was doing what he is good at, he was causing me to feel weak, afraid, and lost. When I went to the Word of God and saw a particular promise –

Pray to the Lord, and he will hear you. He will save you from all your troubles.

Psalm 34:17

I cried out to my Father believing with no doubt at all that He heard me. I knew what I needed and asked him from deliverance from what I specifically was facing and I’m telling you that His deliverance came and He spoke to me when I was thanking Him, letting me know that what He promises His children is always true!

I have friends dealing with marital abuse, job issues, health issues, mental issues and more … and I know that the despair has made many just want to give up, but I’m telling you from my own experience that the promises in God’s Word are true. When life issues come, it can feel like nothing will go well. Do you know what I mean? When we are living a life of obedience and call upon the Lord, all that is difficult will work out for our good … He will save us from out troubles. Now … you saw that it took 2 months for my deliverance, your wait might be shorter or longer, but I’m telling you He will save you!

There are issues that can frighten us completely, but, as children of the Most High God we have guidance from Him to cry out to Him! He does not fail! His promises are true!

Father, my thanks to You cannot be nearly enough for how you’ve kept me! I am completely undeserving of Your faithfulness, Your mercy and Your grace; but You just keep showing it to me in amazing ways! I believe what You’ve told me about what my life will be for the sake of Your glory; and, when the enemy speaks to me I will tell him to get behind me because I know that he cannot and will not prevail. Thank You Lord! I won’t be afraid because I know that Your lovingkindness and faithfulness will come my way!

Resolutions for 2019 based in Memories from 2018

These lessons from 2018 are some that I learned; was reminded of; consulted others to do; or, keep on my living list. I pray that the list is a blessing to you!   

  1. Read the entire Bible through the year. There are many plans to guide you, but just walk through the Word so that you can know Our God deeply. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; … and so many more!**A great reading plan  is https://my.bible.com/reading-plans/2053-as-it-happened
  2. Know God deeply so that you can share who He is with everybody! (1 Peter 3:15 … and so many more!)
  3. Trust His Faithfulness. This is the only way to testify about it! (Proverbs 3: 5-6 … and so many more!)
  4. Live in Joy! Happiness is based upon an event; chemicals; muscles; nerves in our lives … but not joy! Joy has nothing to do with happiness, joy is a feeling produced by the Holy Spirit! In other words joy is from seeing the beauty of our Savior, Jesus Christ as we pay attention to His Word and His Work. (James 1:2 … and so many more!)
  5. Family: Appreciate and Love them. Yes, I know that you can get disappointed but always know that you cannot have positive effect on people you separate from or hate. (Proverbs 22:6; Genesis 2:24; Psalm 128: 3; Joshua 24: 15; 1 Timothy 3: 14; Ephesians 3: 14-15; … and so many more!)
  6. Do What He’s Called You To Do! It’ll be greatly above your personal skills and knowledge, but He will use you to do it if you submit to His power. (Colossians 4:17 … and so many more!)
  7. Enjoy your opportunities. Sometimes weird events or unknown folk will make you want to run! Don’t run! Step in and be amazed by what God will do in and for you! (Romans 8: 28 … and so many more!)
  8. Be healed. Healing from illness and also healing from being hurt. Hurt happens – don’t wallow in it. Give the hurts to God and allow Him to work in you. A healed you will bless others – a hurting you will hurt others. (Psalm 147: 3; Psalm 6: 2; 1 Peter 2: 24; Isaiah 53: 5; … and so many more! … study the Word of God, you’ll be encouraged!)
  9. Be life. Speak in a way that a gives life to people. Act in ways that bring life to people’s situations. (John 15: 12, 13; Matthew 5: 16; Romans 12: 13; … and so many more!
  10. Be love. In situations where you might be tempted to lash out; to get vengeance; etc – choose to be love. Care – really care – for other people. (1 John 4: 7-8 … and so many more!)
  11. Feed your soul. Study the Word of God, talk to the Lord, Listen to the Lord, Fellowship with other believers. (1 Peter 2: 1, 2… and so many more!)
  12. Don’t think more of yourself than you ought. At the end of the day it is His mercy; His grace; and His gifting – humility is necessary and healthy. (Philippians 2: 3-4; 1 Peter 5: 5-6; Micah 6: 8 … and so many more!)
  13. Discover why God created you and walk in it. No other human can do what God has created you to do – so do it! (Psalm 8: 4-6; Ephesians 1: 11-12; 1 Peter 2: 9 … and so many more!
  14. Celebrate other people’s Christ lives. When the faith of your friends increase; when a person accepts Christ as Savior; when a person experiences God’s faithfulness in difficulty; and many more examples! (Colossians 3: 12-14; John 15: 12-15; … and so many more!)
  15. Understand what a big payoff is. A few examples: His favor; His grace; His mercy; etc. Money and promotion are good … buy they don’t even lightly compare to His hand on your life! (Joshua 1: 9; Lamentations 3: 22 – 23; Matthew 11: 28; … and so many more!)
  16. Ask for more grace. Extend more grace. Grow in His grace. (2 Corinthians 12:8-9; Ephesians 6:7; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 4:10; … and so many more!)
  17. Live in His image. When others see you, they should know you live for Him. (Genesis 1: 26-27; 1 Corinthians 11:7; … and so many more!)
  18. Speak in His image. Speak truth. When others hear you speak, they should know you live for Him. Be honest. Speak the Truth – the Word of God.  (1 John 3:18, 4:6; John 4:24; … and so many more!)
  19. Study The Word Of God. Spend Time With The Almighty God. Live A Life That Brings Worship To Our Savior, Jesus Christ. Rely Upon The Strength And Power Of The Holy Spirit.   

**The Scriptures listed above are quite minimal … but a good start for you! 

Happy New Year!!!!

Victory in My Father, My Lord, My King

One more week since the last update and I’ll say again that I Did Not Have One Seizure!

We left Strasbourg and proceeded to Albertville via automobile to visit two more families. A favorite experience was with one of our MKs (missionary kids) who approached me and asked “OK, Aunt Jan … what is my name?” She was honored and happy when I answered Isabella. She had no complaint when I couldn’t remember her siblings name without a little help. LOL! Something to shout about!!

We were with a total of 4 couples (some with children) to carry out the roles of our job and I found great joy in all of it. I was happy to know them when I saw them; and not to be lost in my memory most of the time.

Headed back to the USA! We will fly out from Geneva, Switzerland where it is 38 degrees as I write this from inside!! I’m a Texan! Anything under the 50s is just too cold! LOL! 

Two doctors visits as soon as I return; one with the neurologist and another with the neurosurgeon. The visits with The Lord have been impactful and truly health changing. I believe with no doubt at all that all is well … in fact, this Jan is even more amazing than that first one!


I started this particular surgical journey with a deep fear of the medicine that puts you to sleep for surgery … what do you call that? I just cannot remember it! I thought that I wouldn’t make it under just that medication. The Lord sent a woman, Etta, to walk and sing with me all the way into the surgery room and as we sang a song of praise I calmed myself. I woke up many hours later after a completed surgery in my right mind – may the Lord bless you Etta!! Etta found me when I went through the first surgery! As God works in our lives … it turns out that Etta and I are members of the same church family AND that Etta happens to know the surgeon AND that Etta is in management at the hospital where I’ve had to be. And neither of us knew one another until this journey started!

Another thing that happened as I was preparing me for this trip.  I mentioned to a friend, Wessilee, that I was concerned about taking this bald head to Europe because I was updated that it was so cold. Just a few days before I got on that airplane Wessilee crocheted for me that orange hat that is on my head! I was warm … and quite cute too! LOL!  Did I mention that I did not even know that she crocheted professionally until after I shared with her that I’d be cold! She asked me my favorite color and blessed me greatly!

My friends, this has happened quite a bit all the way through all of this. I pray that my words are so very clear … God has sent His love to me through every one of you!! You’re a gift from God to me … so, pour this love gift you have out everywhere you go! And for those of you who are having issues, share your hearts with others in the Body of Christ because Our Father will use them to bless you!


I have a wonderful husband, two loving (though bossy!) sons, a wise mom, a Godly sister, supporting cousins, etc. etc. and they have all just made their time available to care for me; they weren’t surprising, because I know they love me. But that wasn’t ALL!!! My church family blew my mind in their love and care – especially at moments that weren’t expected! My alto sisters from the worship ministry have been just wonderful! My friends that have known me a long time … they just left me speechless as they came to babysit me and did so much more! AND in amazing love The Lord sent me EVERY ONE OF YOU!! Each of you have sent me words of encouragement and responded to the blogs in a way that let me know I was not alone in the human life! Thank You! 
 Y’all we are children of God – those of us who are believers. We need to remember and accept that there will sometimes be difficulties for sure. But I’m telling you that even when trials that we face seem like they just might bring complete destruction, He promises that because we are His children – He will Be our covering! If you are His, He’s got you!! Y’all, he loves us and we are precious to Him. I’m believing Him, and claiming victory through Him in all of this.

Father, I have no doubt that these seizure issues never removed me from Your presence. In fact I have known at all times that I was with You! I knew that as I walked through all of the issues that followed the seizures they would not destroy my brain. The seizures would not remove my ability to do my job. The seizures would not remove my faith in You!  I’ve known from the beginning of all of this, that every time that I had sense enough to cry out to You – You would hear me and with Your Greatness, You would do things that this human mind of mine could just never imagine!! You, only You, are my God!  I love you, Lord! My love for You keeps me from ever doubting that You will protect me! I acknowledge You, Almighty God, at all times.  I will call upon You no matter what I am facing because there is no doubt all that you will answer me. I know you are with me in this and in all things and I know that you will deliver me and that You will ensure that I know how to share this testimony for the rest of my life.  Hallelujah!! I worship You and I love you beyond what I am able to express fully!! (Isaiah‬ ‭43:2; Psalm 86: 7-10, 91: 14-15

Jan with flowers in cold weather