Monday, August 15, 2011

Lessons learned in 2+ years of living in Transition

If you've not heard or read our story you can find part one HERE.

Here we go, 
Lessons Learned in 2+ Years of Living in Transition:
These are in no particular order.  Most of these things I would say I "knew" prior to these past two years because I read them in the Bible but I can now say that I "experientially" know them.  There is a BIG difference.  Be encouraged today.
  • God is good and has a good plan for you.
  • Stretching hurts... but is good for your mind, body and soul.
  • Everything God does is PURPOSEFUL.  He does NOTHING haphazardly. 
  • Weeping may last for the night (or two or three or four!) but joy DOES come--even if it is not as soon as you might want.
  • If you truly give your whole self to Jesus, He will lead you into places you had never imagined possible.
  • The Lord will never give you any more than you can handle (even if you feel differently).
  • If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS.
  • You want adventure?  Jesus has one for you.
  • When you step out in faith, onto what seems like thin air, God comes in all His fullness and provides a firm place to walk on.
  • Jesus TRULY IS close to the brokenhearted.
  • It is ok to cry.  A lot even.  :)
  • God DOES hear our cries.
  • God makes ALL things work together for my good.
  • Staying in the presence of God as much as possible is KEY.  Otherwise, fear, doubt, and unbelief can easily creep in (not to mention all sorts of other ugly sin!).
  • Our Lord is kind and tender and he deals with us COMPASSIONATELY.
  • When God's timing is right, His provision comes.  Not any sooner or later.
  • If God has given you a promise, pray for it and keep praying.  Knock and keep knocking, He WILL answer and bring that promise to fruition in His time--so don't give up!
  • If you lack wisdom or faith, ask God to give you all you need.  He will.
  • If you struggle with unbelief, ask God to help you in your unbelief.  He will.  
  • God is more faithful to us than we can imagine.
  • God knows us better than we know ourselves.  Spend some good quality time with Him, He always has good & encouraging things to say to you.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you were encouraged today.
Janice :)


  1. Such wonderful words of encouragement today. Thanks, Janice, for sharing them. HUGS!

  2. Oh Janice - this speaks volumes about your faith journey. Thank you for the encouragement.

  3. It's beautiful to see you blooming after the pruning! Be encouraged to know that you are heavily bathed in prayer!
    Hugs and blessings!

  4. Just beautiful Janice!! He teaches us so much and know that we are praying for you and your entire family as you prepare for His work for you in Portugal!

  5. Dear Janice. We have just finished a series on missions and evangelism at our church and it was not just encouraging but also something to seriously think about! In South Africa we live right in the middle of a huge mission field. I am quite sheltered being a SAHM because most of my friends are Christian and with homeschooling we move in mostly Christian circles too. So I have to go and find my mission :D It's something I will have to pray about. Thank you for your very encouraging, open and HONEST posts. I look forward to following your great adventure.
    Riette (Red) Gasser
    Johannesburg, South Africa

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  7. Wow, Janice! Thank you so much for providing the link from the STV blog hop to your personal blog. I'd have been praying for you all along if I'd known what was happening in your personal life. But be assured that you're very much on my prayer list now. I'm called as an Intercessor, so I'm always interested in building up God's people through prayer. You're new ministry sounds amazing. May God bless you abundantly as you minister to His Reapers.

    Lynn Brookside