JANNA VANDERVEEN

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This is the good news… Christ died once and for ALL because of his great love. “It is finished!” (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image)

You are Beloved You are loved You are a flower among thorns A precious blossom Cradled in the hands of a God who cares. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Where pictures stir the imagination, music tugs on heartstrings. This song is Monday’s Muse.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Have you given the mirror power to determine your self-worth? Who or what is your mirror? Who or what holds the measuring stick that determines your self-worth? Is it a person? Or do you measure your worth based on your wealth, beauty, fame, body image, prestige, influence, service, works, success, friends, family, or accolades? Fear hides authenticity.  It creates a very convincing lie which says we must appear or… Read More

Things that interfere with writing the next great American novel: #1. FLIES! I’m not kidding. My daughter Chloe (who just turned four) is terrified of flies. She doesn’t understand the correlation between leaving the screen on our deck door open and our having flies in the house.  I have spent a great deal of my time trying to explain this concept and have attempted to combat her hysteria by racing around my house like a crazy… Read More

“What if when we see someone caught in their old patterns, instead of judging them, we judge how much grace and mercy they are going to need in order to find God. What if instead we think “how much of the righteousness of God do they need to receive in order to get free of that sin?” What if instead of damning them and calling down judgment for their sin, we stand before the… Read More

I love what-ifs. What-if’s drive my creative thinking and fuel my love for writing. They push me past the mundane “box” of my thinking and force me to consider things I wouldn’t, under normal circumstances.  What-if’s stretch my mind, test my faith, enlarge my imagination, and grow my understanding of God. This morning, after my children left for school, a “what-if“ popped into my mind. I’d been thinking about why I’m so drawn to … Read More

Judas. Villain. Traitor. Murderer. Isn’t this how we view the disciple who sealed Jesus’ fate with his infamous kiss. But what if in our vilification of Judas we miss the point of Christ’s sacrifice. What if there is a greater story of grace and love within Judas’ life that supersedes the story of his betrayal. That’s certainly what I discovered when I read Tosca Lee’s book, Iscariot. I was profoundly moved. Tears dripped down my cheeks… Read More