The Way. The Truth. The Life

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

The Way

  • To save our life we need to follow Jesus
  • He is the example of caring for others
  • He gave us directions to reach out and share His love

The Truth

  • He told the people that He was sent by God
  • He used the Torah to teach the words of the prophecy
  • He accepted the death on the cross to take away all of the sins of the world

The Life

  • With His death on the cross we can have eternal life
  • We will go to heaven with new healthy body

Most important we will be in the presence of God to worship and adore Him, if we accept what Jesus came to offer us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jn 14:6). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Taking a Break

praying-29965_640Hello friends. I’ve been praying for guidance for topics to write for my blog. I have a block and feel God is telling me to take a break. In the meantime, please pray for direction for me. Also, email me ideas at jannwmartin@gmail.com for topics you would like me to research for you.

Some possible topics: Kids activities, Burned out Moms: Ways to Relax, Let Go and Let God of Your Kids

God Bless.

Surprise Pregnancy

Last week I told you of a time when my faith had really been tested. I was facing surgery and was afraid I had cancer. God blessed us and all I had was endometriosis a scaring in the uterus, causing pain and making it difficult to get pregnant.

We felt blessed to have our daughter April. She was about two when all of this was going on. Through other appointments I had and some tests that Jim went through we found out that it was a miracle that we were able to have April. So life went on and we didn’t think about having another baby.

Jim was laid off again from Great Lakes Steel near Detroit, this time he wasn’t sure he was going to be able to go back. He had a license as a mortician, but was able to get better pay at the steel mill so he went to work there. He checked the area for a position at a funeral home but, no one was hiring locally. Through some searching he found a position in Beulah, North Dakota. We sold the house in Redford, Michigan, packed everything up and moved west.

We found an efficiency apartment to rent when we first arrived. It was very tiny, for the two of us, April, now five, and our medium sized dog. All was going smoothly so we began to look for a home. There was a new development going in and we found a lot and model home that we liked. We were talking with the builder at a party on Friday night and made plans to meet with him Monday morning to get things started.

Saturday while Jim was at work he and his boss were having coffee and talking. There is a large Black Foot Indian tribe out there. The boss was complaining about the tribe. Jim said in his usual off hand manor, “Watch it I’m part Black Foot.”

The next day, he was let go. We called the builder and told him we weren’t able to bu
y the house we wanted. In the mail that day we received a letter forwarded from Michigan for an interview for a position in a funeral home back near Detroit. He went for the interview and accepted a new job. We packed up again and moved to Jackson, Michigan. We found an apartment and once all seemed good we bought a home.

My sister came out for a visit and lunch on a Friday. While we were visiting, she looked quizzically at me and asked me if I was pregnant. I told her I was late having my period again, but that wasn’t unusual with having endometriosis. I called the doctor the following Monday morning and the nurse said to come to the office that morning and she would draw blood and run the pregnancy test. So, April and I went to the opregnant-1126635_640ffice. The nurse said to come back in a couple of hours and she would be able to give me the results.

April and I went to Meijer and just walked around killing time. We happened to go by the toy area and I saw a stuffed bunny. Just for fun I bought it. Then we went back to the office for the results. The nurse saw me and came out in the lobby to give me the results. She said, “You’re pregnant.” I began to cry and she rushed April and I into an exam room. “Are you, okay?”

I replied, “I’m just so happy. We have been wanting another child for six years.”

She gave me a hug. And sent us on our way. April and I then went to the funeral home to tell Jim. When we got there he was in a back area and the receptionist said she would call and have him come up front. We saw him coming down the hall, so we walked back to meet him. I handed him the bag from Meijer with the bunny and said it died. He gave me a funny look and opened the bag. Then he smiled and gave me a big hug.

April looked confused. “Why did you say it died?”

I laughed and said, “I was just teasing Daddy.”

She still didn’t understand, and was too young to explain that the old way many years ago to find out if a woman was pregnant was to inject a female bunny with a woman’s urine. There would be a change in the bunny’s ovaries if the woman was pregnant. It was a misconception that was believed that the bunny died if the woman was pregnant.

So God, blessed us with a surprise pregnancy, and another daughter, Nickie. They are seven years apart. We are truly blessed to have two beautiful daughters.

How has God surprised you. Share it on the blog at www.jannwmartin.com or email me at jannwmartin@gmail.com

How Strong is Your Faith?

I found this quote from, C.H. Spurgeon: To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust Him in the dark that is faith.

 

When you feel good, your relationship is going well with your husband and kids, the grandkids are cute and adorable it’s easy to have faith in God. You wake up, have breakfast, and then go do your workout, it’s a great start to the day. Then you begin with the chores and meal planning. You can have days, weeks, even months go by and everything goes smoothly. God is Good, and your faith is strong.

 

Then life hits you smack in the face. One of those moments for me was in the late 1970’s. I had been having a lot of abdomen pain and irregular periods. This had gone on for a couple of years. I had seen the doctor about it, and we were also trying to have a second child, that wasn’t working either. My doctor told me he would have to do exploratory surgery to see if he could help relieve the pain and help me to be able to get pregnant.

At first I was okay with this. Then fear started to encroach on my thoughts and feelings. I was becoming more and more nervous as the surgery date got closer. I talked with my husband, family and friends, but no one was able to ease my frazzled nerves.

Then one day I saw that our pastor was at the backyard neighbors home. I called her and asked her to see if he could come over and talk with me when he was done visiting with her. A while later he was at my front door. I welcomed him in, we sat in the living room and began to talk. I told him about my upcoming surgery and that I was afraid.

He asked me what was making me so nervous. I told him that I was afraid that the doctor would find cancer. My mother had died from cancer only three years earlier when I was pregnant with our first daughter. I was afraid of dying and not be able to raise our beautiful daughter, April.

His response was that that was silly. Just because my mom had cancer, didn’t mean that I would also have it. He took down my surgery date and said he’d pray for me. I still didn’t feel at ease with my upcoming surgery and struggled regularly with my nerves.

The day before I woman-1006100_640 (1)was to go to the hospital I called the church to ask if the pastor could come to the hospital. I was told that he was away on vacation and wouldn’t be able to come. That night unable to concentrate on TV I went up to take a hot bath. That didn’t help either. They laying on my bed I opened my heart to God and cried in agony. Please help me, I can’t do this alone. Instantly I felt a literal heavy weight being lifted off of me. I felt the peace that passes all understanding. I knew that God was with me and would help me through whatever was ahead.

The next morning, I went to the hospital and was happy and joking around with all of the staff. They told me I would have a Band-Aid if all was well. If there was a problem I would have a lot of gauze and tape on my stomach. Then they gave me a shot and I immediately went to sleep. It seemed like only moments later that I was trying to wake up. Everything was fuzzy. I remember asking several times how big my bandage was. Finally, I was awake enough to know that I just had a Band-Aid.

Praise God. I found out that I didn’t have cancer, but endometriosis. It’s scar tissue near and around the ovaries. This was what was causing my pain and inability to become pregnant. I was very relieved with this news. My prayer was then to thank God for being able to have one child. I was able to relax and enjoy the life we had. Then God surprised us with our daughter, Nickie, when April was seven years old.

When I was struggling the most, I forgot to pray and ask God what I should do. My faith was weak; I was trying to do it on my own. When I finally laid down on my bed and cried out to Him, He lifted my anxiety and fear, and gave me His peace. We all need to remember that no matter what our situation He is there to help and guide us.

I found this website with quotes that can help you in your daily walk.  Daily Inspirational Quotes

How can I pray for you? What are you struggling with? You can email me at Jann’s email

or add a comment to the post. God bless you.

National Vietnam Veterans Day

Today is National VietVietnam Veterans Daynam Veterans Day. I would like to thank all of those who served in Vietnam and others wars too. But, especially the Vietnam Vets that were treated so badly when they came home. They didn’t choose to go to war, they were going where their leaders told them to go.

 

They faced the possibility that a woman or child could be hiding a bomb. They never knew what could be around the next corner. They served bravely, but were shunned when they came home. They should have been welcomed home with thanks and praise. It’s to you I say Thank You for your service.

 

I found the following poem on line and wanted to share it with you. Please thank a veteran for their service.

 

May God Bless all of our Veterans and service personnel.

 

 

A Tribute To Veterans

 

In Vietnam,
Korea and World Wars Past

Our Men Fought Bravely so Freedom Would Last

Conditions Where Not Always Best They Could Be

Fighting a Foe You Could Not Always See:

 

From Mountain Highs to Valley Lows

From Jungle Drops to Desert Patrols

 

Our Sinewy Sons Were Sent Over Seas

Far From Their Families And Far From Their Dreams

They Never Wrote Letters Of Hardships Despair

Only Of Love, Yearning That One Day Soon:

 

They Would Come Home, They Would Resume

And Carry O
n With The Rest of Their Lives

 

The P.O.W.’S Stood Steadfast

Against the Indignities And Cruelties Of War

They Could Not Have Lasted as Long as They Did

If They Had Relinquished Their Hope That Some Day:

 

They Would Come Home, They Would Resume

And Carry On the
Rest Of Their Lives
Medics, Nurses, and Chaplains Alike

Did What They Needed To Bring Back Life

They Served Our Forces From Day Into Night

Not Questioning If They Would Survive:

 

They Men
ded Bones And Bodies Too,

They Soothed the Spirits of Dying Souls

 

And for Those M.I.A’S, Who Were Left Behind

We Echo This Message Across the Seas

We Will search For as Long As It Takes

You’re Not Forgotten And Will Always Be:

 

In Our Hearts, In Our Prayers,

In Our Minds For All Time

 

A Moment of Silence, a Moment of Summons

Is Their Deliverance of Body And Soul

To a Sacred Place
That We All Know

Deep In the Shrines of Our Soul:

 

In Our Hearts, In Our Prayers

In Our Minds For All Time

 

INTERLU
DE:

GOLD STAR MOTHERS GRIEVE: ENDLESSLY,

ENDLESSLY, ENDLESSLY…….

 

These Immortalized Soldiers Whose Bravery Abounds

They’re Our Husbands, Fathers, and Sons

They Enliste
d For the Duty at Hand

To Serve the Cause of Country and Land:

 

They Had Honor, They Had Valor,

They Found Glory That Change Them Forever

 

Men Standing Tall and Proud They be

A Country Behind Them in a Solemn Sea

So Let the Flags of Freedom Fly

Unfurled in Their Majesty High:

 

In the Sun, In the Rain

In the Winds Across This Land

 

Years of Tears Has Brought Us Here

Gathering Around to Hear This Sound

So Let the Flags of Freedom Fly

Unfurled in Their Majesty High:

 

In the Sun, In the Rain,

In the Winds Across This Land

 

REPEAT:

 

In the Sun, In the Rain,

In the Winds For All Time

 

Jerry Calow (copyright 2003 )

National as Young as You Feel Day

young-510442_640 (2)How young do you f Someday’s I feel older than I am, some my age, and thank goodness most of the time I still feel young. The Pew Research Center asked young and middle a
ge people what they t
hought old was. The young said that they thought 60 was old and the middle aged thought 70 was old. Then those that are older thought that 74 was old.

Having our grandchildren, a little later in life helps keep me moving. My husband, Jim, says that I am the kids play toy. They take me all over the house and playing all kinds of things. Sometimes they are the parents and call me the baby. There are times when we pretend to be on trains or planes, going to visit family up in Michigan. It’s all fun, but can be exhausting too.

Once they go home, I collapse in the chair, and don’t move until bedtime. The memories we’ve made together will last a lifetime. Such as baking chocolate chip cookies, Mexican rice, macaroni and cheese, or spaghetti. I love teaching them how to cook. They just think it’s fun, but they are learning things that will help them as they grow.

We still have the games our kids played when they were little, Candy Land, Twister, and many more. It’s fun to play them again. It’s a little hard to teach them that they can’t win all of the time.

I usually go for walks, or go swimming. This helps me to keep moving and in better shape. I walk three miles three days a week. Then two days a week I use our workout equipment. This helps to keep my joints moving better.

When we exercise and eat right we have a better quality of life, then we can feel younger than we are. I’m part of the Baby Boomer generation. Most of us really don’t want to grow up. As I tell my husband, he’s just a big kid, but acts like an adult when he has to. I believe if we live healthier we can stay younger longer.

Keeping our minds active, by learning new things, can keep us mentally younger. Starting a writing career at 56 has helped me. The last few years with learning all of the new social media material has really pushed me. I still have a lot to learn, but it’s fun at 65 to try new and exciting things.

Write me back on my website under the blog and tell me what you are doing to stay young.

Incredible Kids Day March 15th

This one is new to me, have you heard of it? I looked it up and it’s a day to celebrate, support, and acknowledge kids. I do believe every day should be kids day. We always need children-14067_640to be looking for opportunities to support them. There is so much new every day to learn. As parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends we all need to look for ways to help the kids as they grow.

When they get home at the end of a long day, ask how their day went. Don’t just accept the normal, nothing. You know very well that a lot went on that day for your child. Ask direct questions, so they have to give you a more detailed answer. Also share your day with them. They need to know the ups and downs of your day too. This will help them to learn more about you too. When they see you aren’t perfect, it gives them the ability to learn how to deal with disappointment and make things better. In doing this you are giving them a stronger base on which to live their lives as adults.

We have two wonderful daughters, they turned into great adults with good morals and are terrific mom’s, and wives. We couldn’t be prouder of the paths they have chosen and the jobs they have landed.

There are also four pretty great and fun grandkids in the family. Each has their own personality, likes and dislikes. It’s fun to watch them grown and learn at each stage of their lives. Watching them experience new things every day. I am able to watch in awe as they try, sometimes failing, then try again until they succeed at something new. This makes me appreciate my daily challenges as well.

So, let’s get out there and text, Facebook, email, or even write a letter to a child, or several children.

We will be giving them the support and encouragement they will need to become contributing adults to us and our communities.

 

Tell Me What You Think

This week I am asking for you to help me with my blog. My publisher Elk Lake Publishing, looks at the responses I get to my blog. If people, make comments and share them on my blog my numbers of interest go up. They also look at Facebook, for comments, likes, and how many times someone shares my posts. Especially ones about my books.

I am also trying to build up my presence on LinkedIn and GoodReads. There is still so much for me to learn about this business. The social media portion is the hardest to keep up with. There are parts to each media that I still am not sure how to work with. At this age it’s harder to learn and understand how it all works. If you can help me, please contact me via my blog, to set up a meeting.

I know a lot of you aren’t used to answering blogs. I never did until I became a published author. Now it’s part of my job to do all of this. Really, writing my books is much easier for me, than all of this. Your responses to my blog only have to be a few words. Tell me if I’m doing okay or if you see something I should do differently. You can also ask for me to write about something you would like to learn more about.

I thank you for your responses, and help in this endeavor of mine.

God bless you.

A Look at a Writer’s Conference

FCWC2016 stands for Florida Christian Writer’s Conference 2016. We meet at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center in Leesburg Florida. On Wednesday February 24, it all began with registration at 1:30 pm. Two workshops were offered in the afternoon. Then it was on to dinner, and a meet and greet with a Sock Hop as our theme.

The rest of our days begin at breakfast with a guest speaker at 7:30 am, if we bought that package for the conference. Then we have worship, a speaker, workshops, and meetings with publishers, editors, and agents. There are several workshops to choose from. I chose as my continuing, or daily workshop, “The Continuing Critique Track.” We each were allowed to bring up to 7,500 words to be critiqued over the course of the conference. In these classes we receive good comments, and suggestions as to what might be a better way to say something, or this is confusing. It is very helpful to get feedback from others. It all helps to make our manuscripts better before we try to get them published.

These are some of the other workshops that I chose to attend. “Writing for the Guideposts Contest” with B. J. Taylor. “What Do You Meme? Working With Images to Enhance & Grow Your Social Presence” with Edie Melson. Friday late night I went to a fun workshop called “Bring on the Bling: Discovering Your Inner and Outer Beauty” with Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett. We had a fun time talking about how makeup can enhance your looks and make you feel better on the inside. I had another workshop “Beginner Blogging: Do’s and Don’ts” with Kristen Hogrefe and Ashley Kirby Jones. This class gave me some good pointers on easier ways to do a blog.

The first three years I went to the conference I took material to show and talk to agents, publisher, and editors. When meeting with them you give them a “pitch,” or quickly tell them about what you wrote. It has to be short, but exciting. I would take my manuscript to as many as six of the professionals. This is fun, yet exhausting. It felt like being on stage all of the time, continually trying to improve how you pitch your writing.

This year wasn’t as stressful as in the past. I already had my contract, as well as the next three manuscripts almost ready to send with a proposal to my acquisition editor, Deb Haggerty. She was at the conference and we finally were able to meet each other. While speaking at lunch one day I told her about a picture book manuscript that I have. It tells the Easter story through the eyes of a child.  I told her I was advised to write for older children, that it is hard to get a publisher to take on picture books because of the expense.  Deb asked me to send her my manuscript, that she would like to read it. After some more editing, I will send it off. It has been a dream of mine to get this published. It is the follow-up book to “This Babe So Small,” the nativity told through the eyes of the inn keepers daughter.

What types of conferences or workshops to you attend? Answer me back on the blog to share with us.

Florida Christian Writer’s Conference 2016

FLChristianWritersConferenceFeb. 24 – 28. 2016
I’m taking a week off to prepare for an awesome conference.

This is a conference of mostly Christian writers, agents, editors and publishers. We come together to share what god has put on our hearts and help each other in our careers.

I’ll let you know next week what I learned. Have a blessed week!