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I’m Jane Johnson, and I’m so glad you stopped by. This little writing haven began very quietly in the summer of 2013. There was no pomp and circumstance with its launch. No special design. No custom fonts. My first post was written eight months after my best friend died from stage four colon cancer, and just over seven years into our wait for a family (I never liked the word infertility - I preferred to call it delayed fertility.) I needed a public writing outlet. A purpose to the pain. An understanding that someone out there would read my words and they would resonate. To know that I wasn’t alone in my grief.

 

A year later, we left Central Oregon behind, checking five suitcases onto a one-way flight to Maui. I needed to breathe, and heal, and pack up the heavy winter clothes and the proverbial grief-heaviness (and my sweet husband indulged me). Two years after that, we found out about our tiny miracle babe on the ten-year anniversary of the month we began trying for him. These writings are excerpts from my prayer journals.

I am a wife, a twin, and a miracle-mama.

By trade, I am a children’s photographer and graphic designer.

I have been married to an overly handsome man for over a decade.

My Soul-Prayer: to leave a powerful
legacy of written manifold mercy for
the generations to follow
My Soul-Prayer: to leave a
powerful legacy of written
manifold mercy for the
generations to follow

A few random things about me to kick-start any conversation.

take a cooking class in TuscanySomeday I Want Tosalted pretzel Milano cookies (can’t stop won’t stop)
My Guilty Pleasurethe Volcano candle from AnthropologieNecessary Indulgencewhistle (seriously, my lips are incapable)I Don't Know How ToI once photographed a Zac Brown Band weddingMy Claim to FameI get the hiccups if I laugh too hardA Silly Little Quirkdouble espressos with a splash of hazlenut creamerI'm Daily Fueled On
take a cooking class
in Tuscany
Someday I
Want To
salted pretzel Milano cookies
(can’t stop won’t stop)
My Guilty
Pleasure
the Volcano candle
from Anthropologie
Necessary
Indulgence
whistle (seriously, my
lips are incapable)
I Don't Know
How To
I once photographed a
Zac Brown Band wedding
My Claim
to Fame
I get the hiccups if
I laugh too hard
A Silly
Little Quirk
double espressos with a
splash of hazlenut creamer
I'm Daily
Fueled On

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statement of faith

FIRST AND FOREMOST, i BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.

I believe in God (Genesis 1:1). I believe we are sinners in need of a Savior (Romans 3:23). I believe Jesus Christ came to save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21, 1 John 4:9-10), fully and forever accomplishing that work on the cross (1 Peter 2:24).

I BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS GOD’S WORD.

I believe every word of Scripture is living and active, breathed out by God, written and preserved by human writers, and inspired by the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21).

I believe THE BIBLE IS A HISTORICAL RECORD.

I believe the Old Testament records the creation of the world, the fall of man, the establishment of God’s covenant with Israel, and the promise and anticipation of a Savior (Genesis 2:4). The New Testament tells the true story of the life, death, and resurrection of that Savior, Jesus Christ, the birth of the Church, and the promise of Christ’s return (Matthew 1:1).

I believe THE BIBLE IS meant to be read.

Because God’s Word is true, I believe that even the parts that are sad, scary, or difficult to understand are good news. Every page, from cover to cover, is given that we might know God (Matthew 4:4).

i believe THE BIBLE IS FOR YOU.

No amount of knowledge or wisdom makes you more or less qualified to meet God in His Word. Nothing you are doing, have done, or will do renders you ineligible for the good news of the gospel (1 Timothy 2:3-4).

i believe THE BIBLE IS FOR right now.

You can read the Bible right where you are, just as you are. It is the only living and active book in the world (Hebrews 4:12), and we can trust the Holy Spirit to illuminate the words He has already inspired (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible exists for moments like this—the moment you lay it open and look for Jesus (John 20:31).

i BELIEVE IN THE TENETS OF THE APOSTLE’S CREED, A STATEMENT OF FAITH USED BY CHRISTIANS SINCE THE FOURTH CENTURY:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into Heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
from whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church,
The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

* “Catholic” refers to the universal church of God’s people throughout all time and from all places.