Confessions of a Closet Christian 26: The Starbucks Christmas Cup

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[display_podcast] Okay, so I kept seeing references to the new Starbucks Christmas cup on my newsfeed and how it made some Christians mad. I ignored the posts because I couldn’t help thinking: “Great. What did we do now?” I eventually got sick of seeing the reports because I didn’t understand how my Tall, Nonfat, 180 Degree, Extra Whip, No Foam Peppermint Hot Chocolate could have offended Christians and caused them to speak out for Jesus.A quick skim of an article told me Christians on … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 101: The Dark Hallway


[display_podcast] I'm sharing a testimony with you today that you can actually find in my first book, Climbing Out of the Box,  Entitled there as "The Long Dark Hallway". A testimony to His profound amazing grace and to what extents he will take us to find one lost soul waiting for the truth...even to the end of their life. The long dark hallway seemed to go on forever as we made our way to my Grandpa’s room at the end of the long corridor. The smells of old people and urine permeated the conv … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 100: How I Learned the Hard Way


[display_podcast]I had been doing everything required of a “good Christian,” and I was still missing out on what it means to know Him and be involved in a best friend relationship with Him. This relationship would transform me to love as He loved, because I was coming to know Him in a personal way. Even after years of “working” within the structure of the church, including women’s ministries, which I started and in which I labored, resulting in much fruit, I was still so blinded to my own … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 99: Forgiveness – Do They Deserve It?


[display_podcast] There was a time in my life that I knew I needed to forgive myself for past mistakes and choices, but I also needed to forgive all of my accusers and abusers.   I could not move any further in my freedom while trying to hold onto the resentments, anger, and bitterness I had been carrying.This is when I learned to really forgive, so that I would be free, and so that those I forgave could be free, as well. Forgiveness is an act of our will. You can’t wait until you feel li … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 98: Happy New Year from Jesus… in October


[display_podcast] I want to revisit a word the Lord gave me at the beginning of this year, 2015. In going back over it now, with just two months left of the year, I am amazed at reading it again and how it has come to pass and even now is still unfolding, not only in my life but in lives around me.This is how is started... On New Year’s Eve I felt the call to start the year with inviting Jesus into the year, and by morning I knew I had a date.  I came with a list of requests to lay down a … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 97: Storms Are Invitations To Dance With Jesus


[display_podcast] Can I consider my life pure joy?  Or have I been caught up in looking at the depth of pain and the depth of trials and sometimes pure craziness in my life, and thought, Have I not sown into your Kingdom?   When is my time coming? “Haven’t I served you all my life?  Why so much suffering.Starting from my childhood of abuse and ending up here, years later… still struggling for a reprieve.”Don’t we just get so wrapped up in ourselves sometimes? I like what … [Read more...]