Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


This is where I am right now...a place of surrender.  My face is to the wind as I trust the Lord with the direction His wind is blowing our family sails.

We will be moving to a new house...unexpectedly, but the winds blew so strong that they couldn't be ignored.

God is also changing the wind on our home schooling after 22 years.  We are looking into our fifth child attending public high school in the fall.  This will be another new experience for our family.

My husband is adventuring into new job opportunities...working two jobs now.

Me....I am standing solidly on the rock!  I am seeing how I don't enjoy change...so surrender and trust are required again.  He was faithful last time and will be this time.

My verses today were these
Psalms 37:23 -26
The steps of a righteous man are established by the Lord;
And He delights in his way.
When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong;
Because the Lord is the One who holds his hands!
I have been young; and now I am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Or his descendants begging bread.
All day long he is gracious and lends;
And his descendants are a blessing

Thanks to all of you that are praying for us during this season. Your words of encouragement and testimonies have given me wind under my tired wings.  My posts may be more spread out as I seek His face, cry some tears, pack and anticipate the goodness of My God.  This is just part of the Great Adventure.  He has something wonderful in store as I surrender.

38 Joining in with more words:

Theresa said...

Will be keeping you in my prayers, sweet friend. (((Hugs)))

Mary said...

Did I read this correctly...you found a house?? PTL!!

Farm Girl said...

I will be praying for you until you have a answer and see His leading. "In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul." Psalm 138:3
"Lord Jesus, Master of my life, my very breath is in your hands. Remind me throughout the hours of this day to depend on You for the help I need and to ask You for it. (A Lamp for My Feet, P 112)

He is faithful and He will guide and lead you.

Debbie said...

Janette, I do not change well either I will freely admit. But I always love reflecting on the fact that the Lord KNOWS every little detail of my life from my beginning and all the way to what will be my last breath here some day. There are no surprises to Him. And He has ONLY my good in mind. Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. So wherever you go your surrender to His will and His leading IS the answer. There can be actual excitement to see just what He has in mind. I will definitely join you in prayer as you go through this season in your life. HUGS AND BLESSINGS to you, Debbie

Janettessage.blogspot.com said...

Thanks everyone...NO!! Mary...not yet!!!

Vee said...

Oh I wish that I could come carrying my extra boxes...I have eight...and help you pack. Pop in and out as you have the chance and don't worry, we'll all be here waiting and praying that the way will be smoothed before you and yours.

Debbie Petras said...

Oh Janette, I know how frustrating this can be. Another change and time of uncertainty it seems. As you know ...been there and done that and I'm still there. :(

Hang in there my friend. I am praying for you.

Love you,

Skoots1moM said...

as Him to change your anxiety to eagerness...He may be getting ready to answer some dreams ;)

no spring chicken said...

This is a beautiful post Janette! And you're right, He does have something wonderful in store for you. Because it's all about Him. You've submitted to His will, and as soon as we submit we get the peace that passes understanding and we move forward. Stand on that rock! Because He's about to move you in mighty ways!! I'm praying for you.

Blessings, Debbie

Alice said...

Adventure indeed!

Mikki said...

Bless your heart.. I've been there and come out the other side.. continue to follow HIS lead and you will truly be blessed...

Karen said...

Oh Janette, hate so bad I've not visited lately to get the "changes" taking place. I am jumping off here and headed to my chair on the deck to pray! Keep me posted. Love you dear friend.

Unknown said...

Touching post, Janette! Change is difficult. So encouraging to read your words and hear the trust that resonates from them. God DOES have a great plan for you! Looking forward to hearing how He uses you in your new surroundings! God bless you!

Unknown said...

You go Girl... You and I are a lot alike..dont like change,but jobs has added adventure and change to our lives.. and we both HAVE to stand on God word ,, Jeremiah 29:11 and follow his lead.. Keep me informed and I will continue to pray for you.. Love ya my friend.. enjoy the adventure.. and changes.. though it can be hard,, it is a matter of perpestive.. I know ,, I am living it still..lol

http://bitsandpieces-sonja.blogspot.com/ said...

"Bear ye one another's burdens and thus fulfill the law of love"... we are lifting you up and walking beside you my friend! And the 'friend that is closer than a brother' is leading the way!!



Your sweet spirit of surrender is a lovely place to be. I am praying for you as you move. We moved from Seattle to Chicago, just 5 months ago. It is a lot of work, but I am enjoying being here.Happy packing.


Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Psalm 37 was instrumental in my own life challenges. I clung to it's message like a drowning victim, and of course He held me up and took me to a better place. Blessings to you and your family during this difficult time of change. I will keep you in my prayers. The other Psalm that has sustained during numerous crises: Psalm 27:13-14: I believe to see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living. Expect the Lord, do manfully, and let thy heart take courage, and wait thou for the Lord.

Sandy said...

You already know I am praying for
you and yours. I just know the Lord
has wonderful things in store for
all of you, dear Janette. Keep your
heart open to Him and watch what He
will do.

Kathleen said...

I have always had the feeling that you're an adventuring soul. Me too. It means that life is always something to be scaled, even if I have to be dragged there to do it.

All I know is that view is amazing when at last you're atop whatever it is you're scaling.

Praying for focus, resolve and incredible peace.

Christine said...

Wow, look at all these wonderful comments. Hugs, prayer, concern, sweet words of comfort!
I want to be added to the long list of prayer warriors for you.

BARBIE said...

I am not sure of the circumstances of your move, but I remember last year when we lost our home (after 16 years) it could have been devastating. But I choose to stand on the Rock. He got me through. He is with you now and will carry you through. Praying!

Debbie said...

LOVE the picture you found to illustrate what you're doing. I love the standing on the rock part.

I waiver (not in faith but in strength) during transitions in my life. I'm doing so right now.

What you have written about not fighting against the wind but surrender to the One who owns the wind was just what I needed this morning.

I will pray for you through this and wait in anxious anticipation for your good reports at every turn.

Trisha said...

Praying, praying, praying!! And hugging you across the miles.

Lorie said...

Still praying. Your strength during this time is ministering to me.

Sharon said...

Such beautiful sentiments, Janette. And the picture says it all. Stormy winds blow, but the Master can still calm the sea.

I'll be praying for you and the many transitions in your life. May you find the Rock to be ever so solid - and may you continue to stand firm.

Please stay in touch - love to you and yours!


Lea said...

Oh, bless you Jeanette! Praying the Lord will cement you to the Solid Rock where you can hang on trusting in Him all the while. Blessings my friend!

Maryann said...

Will be lifting you up in prayer. You are where you need to be surrendering to him, trusting him.
"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun sorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.' Isaiah 58:11

A multi-dimensional life said...

Janette, I hope you feel encouraged and loved by the prayers being spoken for you and your family during this transition.
I love that photo...it is such a great visual...It speaks freedom and freedom comes from surrender and none of it is possible without our solid rock!!! Your faith shines and I'll look forward to hearing more about your new discoveries within this adventure!xoxoxo

Unknown said...

Just praying dear friend! I know that you are trusting our Lord and believing that He knows the plans for not only your but your family and what is best each step of the way. His ways our higher than our ways and thankfully He knows and sees the whole picture-praying that you will rest in Him. Praying the whole house thing falls into place too. Are you moving away from the area or just to a different home?
Love you-hugs-great post.

A multi-dimensional life said...

Janette,check this out...In my little ministry for my church in which I read the weekly bulletin over a voice mail system (for the blind), I immediately thought of you and smiled: this week-end's service is entitled:
The first hymn being sung is:
“THE SOLID ROCK”, followed by:
“Everlasting God”, then,
“Psalm 62 – My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone”
“Jesus, All for Jesus”
“All Glory Be to God on High"

Scripture Reading Philippians 1:3–11 (ESV)
"I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."

I felt as though I was supposed to share this with you.

God is doing a good work in you!

Amen? :) Amen!!! :)

Crown of Beauty said...

Dear Janette,

I am praying for you in this new season of your life.

Will be reading your blog for updates.

Keeping you close,

His Song to Sing said...

Yes, He will hold your hand through it all! That is a lot of change all at once. Praying right now!

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Oh Janette, I will be praying for you. Change is so hard, but God has a NEW SONG for you and your family. "He set my feet on a rock and He gave me a new song."
He knows you and your heart and needs and fears etc.. and He the Great Maestro knows exactly how to make your new song and all of the changing notes involved, into something magnificent!

Big Hugs and I promise to pray!
♥Lee Ann

myletterstoemily said...

oh dear. i am so sorry but pray that this
new house will be a place of great blessing
and joy. your attitude is so sweet and

you will be in my prayers.

lynnmosher said...

So happy to find you. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I'll be praying for you...whatever you need! Blessings to you!

Rebecca said...

Difficult as it may have been to receive, God's direction re. a change in houses came pretty clearly....For that and the fact that your husband has jobS, I am thankful.

I'm sure enrolling your son in a public school is a HUGE step of faith. Where He guides, He will supply!

I pray for you now as I type....I will pray when God brings your name to my thoughts. ♥

Tammi said...

Just stopped by from a friend's blog, and when I saw the word "Surrender," I thought, "Uh oh.." because I've been here.. and still am, actually. We had our two children in Christian school for several years, then I had to homeschool for 2 years, then it was a HUGE adjustment for me to send them to public school this year. I too do NOT adjust well to change. UGH! and beginning in 2010, my life has been nothing but C H A N G E! Talk about wanting to start a "You can keep the change" campaign!? LOL Anyway, the verses you mentioned are very good and JUST what I needed, because the winds of change are blowin' and I actually have no idea where we'll end up. . .but thankfully I'm trusting the LORD to lead us on, day by day...as I surrender. Sending a hug and prayer for you and your family too as you are undergoing some serious change. :) I'm learning: it'll all work out... "just give it all up to God and it will all be just fine." (Job 22:21) :o)

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

I love this image. My breath is taken away by the strength our Lord has given you. Thanks so much for sharing YOU and his love here. You are such a blessing in my life and I will be a prayer warrior for you and your family.
ps - nobody hates change more than me. It always brings me to my knees!

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