It was June of 2003 when I first heard the words.  A whispered statement of fact that was so distinct.  And delivered with Spirit-spoken authority. you’re going to write a book I was floored.  My prayer journal pages had been filling to the brim with nuggets and revelations and blow-my-mind-connections.  So full, in fact, that I […]

  • March 16, 2017 - 11:30 am

    Simi - Yes, yes, this is so awesome! I love how God works and what He has taught me with the words He has given you! I am sooo beyond excited for you sister. I am looking forward to getting that book because He has done amazing things with Treasures of Darkness in my life and I cannot wait to see what He does with your new book.

    By the way, I start working through Search the Scripture this year with some sisters. I am so grateful for the blessing of meeting you and your obedience to Him in all of it. I pray He continues to bless you and use your life for His glory!!! <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2017 - 12:18 pm

    Angelsea Urban - Of COURSE you are! Finally! I have seen your name in print on a book cover forever engrained in my mind. I once said I wanted to be first in line at your book signing! Maybe it can be in NYC?! lol I will camp out if I have to. I can’t wait to read your Holy Spirit dripping book. So much congratulations Jane! XoxoxReplyCancel

  • March 17, 2017 - 4:14 am

    Tasha - I’m so excited about this!!! I want you to know that because of a free 30 day Bible study that you offered a summer ago I found a deep desire to study God’s Word in a way that I never had before. I’m very grateful to God that He gave you this desire for this ministry and I pray that you are blessed and God is glorified through it!
    Tasha (a woman who’s live was changed forever because of your faithfulness to God).ReplyCancel

  • March 17, 2017 - 7:36 am

    Sara - I love that this opportunity has found you, as it sees to find so many bloggers these days. But I really have a heart for reminding people that if they feel called to write books, they do not need to wait for a book proposal from a major publishing house to do so. I myself feel passionate about self-publishing and am excited to do that, while still holding a wish and a promise to be published by a house someday as well. I suppose the same way you created bible studies and e-books before you ever had an offer from a publisher. If someone feels called to write, they should write and not let the idea of needing an offer from a publisher hold them back, because the reality is that in today’s world, they wouldn’t get an offer without self-publishing their writing first, whether that’s on a blog or in e-books. Often, God’s promises aren’t fulfilled until we start actively walking in our calling before it is fulfilled, in faith.ReplyCancel

“Behold, I will do a new thing.” It seems to be the catch-phrase verse that is most often quoted at the start of a brand new year.  And with it comes to the hope of new beginnings.  New resolutions.  New dreams.  New seasons. The words of Isaiah first caught my attention in the fall of […]

  • February 9, 2017 - 4:18 am

    Celina Vargas - I need this and am thankful for His perfect timingReplyCancel

  • February 9, 2017 - 12:11 pm

    Ellie - This was so so timely. “Oh, sweet friends, our God is so faithful. And so vocal. If only we would be brave enough to believe that we do, in fact, recognize His voice.” That sentence moved my heart, thank you for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2017 - 4:28 am

    Heather - I have had this email in my box to read for weeks now and never had the chance. This week God has put on my heart (several times now) a verse from Hebrews 3 – and the part that continues to stand out to me is “If you hear God’s voice today, do not be stubborn”. I have deceived to focus on these words for for one month- just to see what happens when I deliberately and intentionally set out not only to hear God, but to listen. And obey. Even when I want to be stubborn and disagree. Or worse, ignore what He is speaking to me.
    I love that having just finished my morning time with God, I decided to finally open this email and read it and it is filled with God (I honestly shouldn’t be surprised) speaking to me again…confirming to just listen for His voice. He is here. He is speaking to us in so many ways. All we have to do is listen.
    Thank you for this beautiful and amazing message. I am positive it touched many more lives than just mine, But it was a beautiful blessing to me this morning and I wanted you to know!ReplyCancel

The glory-laden details of our tiny babe’s story isn’t limited to the fact that he was conceived after ten years of waiting.  (Although the glory-weight of that one detail is enough all on its own.)  The timing of his arrival is an example of those immeasurably-more-than-we-can-imagine things that Paul talks about in Ephesians 3. In order to really […]

  • January 28, 2017 - 4:31 am

    Austie - Man….I lay here with tears in my eyes as I read these words. God really is so good that he would include all of these perfect little details. That he would bless the delivery and even give you 10•10•10
    My favorite part of course!ReplyCancel

  • January 28, 2017 - 6:14 am

    Veronica - Oh how I love your life story so much ❤ReplyCancel

  • January 28, 2017 - 6:30 am

    Alexis W - So beautiful. I love that our God is a God of redemption and He gives gifts perfectly. I’ve been following your story not long — just since you shared that you were pregnant. I wept reading it bc I have a similar story. Four years of waiting, of praying and believing, of tears and heartache and then joy and now a perfect baby boy naps in the other room. His name is Ethan which means strong but sometimes I think it should mean joy because that is what he is. Pure joy. And so much more. Thanks for sharing your birth story and your journey with the world and for reminding all of the women still in the wait that God still answers prayers…and gives the best gifts at the perfect time. Ps we know the youngrens too! My hubby is also a SD photographer and he sometimes works with them. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 28, 2017 - 8:39 am

    Kay - This is a charming loving sweet tear jerker! May your years ahead with Jordan be blessed abundantly with God’s continued love and guidance! Thank you God for gifting Jane with a fantastic ability to share with all of us life incased in your love.ReplyCancel

  • January 30, 2017 - 10:51 am

    Josh - My favorite.ReplyCancel

I stood in my best friend’s kitchen on a Friday evening with tears slipping down my face.  Shawna had just been discharged from the hospital a couple of hours earlier.  Her husband had just finished telling me what the doctors had said when they discharged her, but I only heard one word. Hospice. We cancelled everything […]

  • January 25, 2017 - 11:22 am

    Tina V. - These are precious, sacred moments – such beauty within the pain. My heart is tender for you and the journey you shared with your best friend. Seeing God in the midst of the darkest places stirs up so much hope; praying He will continue to use your words and stories to touch others. Thank you for sharing your heart.ReplyCancel

  • January 25, 2017 - 11:36 am

    Jasmine Ryan - Oh Jane, what an honor to be invited into such an intimate story. Thank you for the tears that are streaming down my cheeks. Thank you for being a quiet source of hope to me over the past few months of grappling with my own illness. Thank you for saying yes when God asked you to live, witness, and tell this story. I can’t be so moved by this and not leave a comment.

    I stand in utter awe in the sacred times that God gives real, concrete English words to us. Even when they carry great pain. Perhaps especially when. These words force us to “get lower,” just as you say.

    And the gift of our own private words, tossed into a journal like rocks in the river of life. Sometimes the water flows right over them and eventually they fade into it, but sometimes they are divinely preserved and washed upstream to be revisited days, months, years down the road. The words that fall from our hearts can later be the stepping stones that guide our hesitant steps.

    Words are inadequate to thank you and God for this story. When you mention your vision of Glory, immediately these words filled my mind:

    “Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” – Romans 8:18

    Grateful for the tastes of both today.ReplyCancel

  • January 25, 2017 - 11:45 am

    Krista - It’s hard to put into words what I am feeling. The pain of losing a beloved friend, the obedience to God’s prompting. How blessed Shawna was to have you for her best friend. Now you give us the background to God’s beautiful revealing & faithfulness even during the struggle of it all. Praising & giving Him glory even when it doesn’t make sense & hurts beyond words.
    Looking forward to what He continues to do in your life & in precious Jordan’s.ReplyCancel

  • January 25, 2017 - 12:48 pm

    Josh - Love youReplyCancel

  • January 25, 2017 - 12:49 pm

    Mel - Dear Jane, thank you for sharing this sacred time with us. As Krista said, how blessed Shawna was to have you as a best friend. And indeed Shawna’s legacy, rich and full of life-giving truth, lives on through you. Bless you xxReplyCancel

  • January 25, 2017 - 4:53 pm

    Shannon - Wow JANE. That was beautiful and beyond touching. I wish I could share the way you do. She deserves it and it means so much to me to hear someone who really loved her, who she loved tremendously, keep her story alive in such a beautiful way. You meant the world to her and I am so glad she had you for a best friend. Don’t think for a second she isnt celebrating with you, allbeit from heaven. We will see her again and have more time there than we did here! I love you so much. To janeykinns from sissykinsReplyCancel

  • January 26, 2017 - 5:07 am

    Ashlee Proffitt - So grateful for you Jane and these words and a Father who speaks so loudly to you. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • January 26, 2017 - 11:30 am

    Abby - Jane – this is beautiful & sacred. Thank you for sharing this testimony in a vulnerable way. I love how tenderly & intimately God walked with you, Shawna & your families amidst barley bearable heartbreak & profound grief. I’m excited to meet & talk to Shawna in heaven. Much love to you.ReplyCancel

  • January 26, 2017 - 1:12 pm

    Colsey - I sit here with tears rolling down my face. I wish I had something to say. Your story touches my heart. We lost our son a couple of years ago. I have slowly drifted away from the Lord. Many of your posts have been too painful for me to read because of my jadedness. I want to love the Lord and be obedient to Him as you are. It wasn’t until this week I started desiring that again. Thank you for your honesty and vulnerability. Your story has given me a small part of my passion back.ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2017 - 3:05 pm

    That Other November » Jane Johnson – Teacher and Author of Women's Bible Studies - […] order to really understand the power of Jordan’s birth story, you have to know the end of my best friend’s story.  And you also have to know the details leading up to our discovery that he was even being woven […]ReplyCancel

  • January 28, 2017 - 5:08 am

    Katie - You have an amazing way of weaving words together and sharing honestly and with truth. The richest of blessings over your family and Shawna’s family. May God continue to use you for His kingdom. Your faithfulness has impacted many.ReplyCancel

  • February 4, 2017 - 7:51 am

    Lindsey - Tears tears tears. How sad and yet how beautiful. So happy for your new baby. From one waiter to another, so glad you have your baby to hold.ReplyCancel

  • February 8, 2017 - 2:14 pm

    Dear Monday, (and Isaiah 43:19) » Jane Johnson – Teacher and Author of Women's Bible Studies - […]  And I shared my heartbreaking and incredibly holy experience with prayer and the privilege of praying her into heaven.  The next morning, I received a text message from the same girlfriend I spent that evening […]ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2017 - 10:28 pm

    Cath - Jane your words are so heartbreakingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing and allowing us to see God’s glory through yours and Shawna’s story.ReplyCancel

Let’s be gracious to ourselves this weekend. Let’s embrace messy hair buns and pajamas all day and lingering long in bed. Let’s let our kids watch one more cartoon and our husbands have some reprieve from the honey-do list. Let’s chase rest instead of hustle. Happy Weekend. Photo from The Mornings I Love board on […]