JANNA VANDERVEEN

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Last night, I became God’s greatest cheerleader. I know that sounds cheesy, but if you’d been watching me in my backyard, you’d understand the statement, and probably have a good laugh at my expense. Clouds hung heavy in the sky. snuffing out the stars and moon in a blanket of greyness.  Two of my children bounced on our trampoline, their eyes glued to the East as if their attention would convince the moon to show. Another one of my children… Read More

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)

Proverbs 27:9

I am thankful for all of my wonderful friends. They are genuine, honest, intelligent, and gracious… Sweet incense indeed! (Click on thumbnail to see a high-resolution photo)

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)

John 4:14

This weekend Bruce and I took a scenic drive around Niagara Falls. It was dusk, fog obscured the setting sun, clouds of mist spiraled out of the depths of falling water, and rain drizzled from the sky upon the multitudes of people who refused to be deterred from viewing this magnificent force of nature. I stood in awe of the One who created it all and this verse came to mind…

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

My friend Sandy had a dream last night… I had the coolest dream last night. I was standing in the middle of chaos, trying to decide what to do about it. I heard God speak. He said, “Come & look at it from this standpoint.” I turned toward Him, stepped into a bubble of pure love & looked through the bubble; it became like a contact lense to my vision. Looking through love everything looked different. I… Read More

Deep within your hallowed heart Beats blood of truest red. Poured out for me, you gave your life Whispering words of love instead. You won my heart with great aplomb Ransomed my very soul. Repaired the very heart of me Jesus you made me whole. ~ Janna Vanderveen (Photo Credit: http://www.pbase.com)

Every once in a while I hear a song that resonates deep within my heart, within the very depths of my spirit.  This song did just that – and it stayed with me all day urging me to contemplate, once again, God’s amazing goodness and compassion.  In an interview regarding this song, Jenn Johnson shared that she wrote this song when reflecting upon the many tragedies that plagued our world over the last year.  Where fear abounded within the… Read More