Monday, November 10, 2008


when the world has fallen out
from under me
I'll be found in You,
still standing
when the sky rolls up
and mountains fall on their knees
when time and space are through
I'll be found in You
brooke fraser

All that matters is Jesus. Jesus is all that matters. The One Who Matters. The more I know Him, the more I want to know Him more. I want my life to count for His glory. That's all. That's all that matters to me.

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So, what does a weekend look like in the life of Jana? Well, this past one was particularly busy, and yet relaxing at the same time. I spent Friday evening with my brothers. I sure felt proud sitting at Huntington University between Jordan and Jason. Lots of laughing. We watched HU's production of The Music Man and then went to Applebees afterwards with Justin. And Jordan and I talked the whole way home.

On Saturday morning I tried to get ready fast. But, it's just so hard to make myself do it on a day when I don't have to rush in the morning. (I usually only give myself about 20 minutes to get ready for work during the week.) I headed down to Indy (home #2) around 9am and met Liz for coffee + much-needed chat time.

The rest of the weekend was spent with Bryce and also his family. We visited his grandparents Saturday night and then spent Sunday at his parent's home. Chris Schenke even joined us for lunch and relaxing around the table after church. It was so nice not to have anything planned.

Back to church Sunday morning. Pastor Eric challenged me to consider what is on the inside, instead of the outside - like the story of David and his brothers in 1 Samuel. Especially for leaders, it's important to have a strong, sure foundation and a solid scaffolding of truth on the inside. Even strong leaders will fail - like David. Yet, these leaders will come back to Jesus because their hope is sure and they've allowed God to build within them and are not simply concerned about the appearance of the outside. I'm not conveying that very well, but it sure was good for me to hear.

Then I jumped into a Monday at work. And not a very fun Monday. Just a little overwhelming and frustrating. I almost burst into tears at one point this morning. Instead, I pushed my desk chair back a bit from the computer, calmly put my hands in my lap, and started praying. "Help!" It was one of those drowning feelings. Thank God - I made it through the day. Tomorrow is a new day and His mercies are new and I'll keep doing one thing at a time as He enables me.

Here's a "hello" to all of my blog readers. I'm not sure who you are, but I pray you are encouraged to keep following Jesus, if nothing else from my ramblings.
In Him.


  1. Hello to you too! I enjoy reading your blog:) Especially thanks for this reminder today..."Tomorrow is a new day and His mercies are new and I'll keep doing one thing at a time as He enables me." Yeah, thanks for that.

  2. Hey, just giving a shout back at ya to let you know that I'm still reading :) It's been crazy here lately too, and it's going to get even crazier. I'm praying for you.


  3. Hey Jans! I love that you signed it Jans. We will have to talk soon. Love ya! Thanks for the encouragement... don't you love how you can look back on those times when Christ is only our strength... I don't know what I would do without His hand holding me.

  4. Oh JA, Thanks for your blog post - definitely an encouragement! I love you, fyi...

    and I'm sorry I didn't post any haircut pictures - not much of a difference, really. Just healthier, bouncier, and curlier... she did straighten my hair though. Since I don't have a blow dryer or a straightener, I don't think that will be happening again for a long time, though... sorry to disappoint you! lol. :)

  5. hello to you too, Jana....i just wanted to say that i miss you.