Who I Am

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Hi! I’m Jana.  I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart, Mark, for 31 years. I’ve got four ridiculously cool adult kids ranging in age from 22 to 30.  Family means absolutely everything to me.

Loving on people ignites me every day.  Deep, meaningful conversations give my soul butterflies. Hearing people’s stories and watching their faces light up as they share their passions gives me an energy I can’t describe.

I laugh easily and hug earnestly.

If I could create all day long with music playing in my ears, I would. (And sometimes do:-) )

I can’t cook, but bake and can’t run, but walk.

And more than anything, I adore Jesus.  I mean really, truly, passionately, desperately love Jesus.  You wouldn’t always know it by my actions.  But I’m learning to allow my mistakes, my flaws and even my moral failings of the past to draw me closer to His heart.

Some people wear their heart on their sleeve.  I wear my soul on my skin.  I feel things deeply. I love life fully. Sometimes that’s beyond wonderful and sometimes it’s nothing short of agonizing. The same soul that’s led me to heights I never could have dreamed has also taken me to depths I never could have imagined.

My soul has survived a long journey of loss, pain, shame and  brokenness.

And somewhere along the way, my soul has found forgiveness, healing and restoration in it’s rightful home.  The heart of God.

I’m Jana.  A simple, flawed girl that wants more than anything for others, like you and me, to know the forgiveness, healing and restoration that all of our souls are longing for.

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138 thoughts on “Who I Am

  1. Hi Jana,

    You likely wouldn’t remember me but you’re parents will. I used to be Tracy Libby and last met you in Olympia around 1985 (time flies!) at your Dad’s church. Dave and I just had the one child then, our three year old firecracker, Whitney. Dave knew Mark at Biola.

    I’m gradually inproving my “tekkie” skills and was hunting for remembered people on Facebook and found your dad and then you. Thank you, your blog really encouraged me tonight. You certainly matured into a gifted and talented woman and your family is lovely.

    That is what I most wanted to tell you but I need to tell you just a bit of why I needed the encouragement. My life didn’t take the path I envisioned and there has been much pain and disappointment in recent years. Dave wanted to know God but really struggled with submitting his life to Him, with changing and maturing. He refused to give up pain and hurt from his childhood and blamed God and/or wouldn’t trust Him. So bitterness and anger grew in him and damaged our marriage and family. After several years of separation our divorce will be final next month. His anger has impacted my relationships with my kids, all five of them, because Dave so demeaned me in their eyes. After twenty seven years of marriage I’m pretty much alone and starting my life over.

    I’m learning and growing stronger in these trials and I’m daily grateful for God’s faithfulness but you know, sometimes…..just sometimes…it all seems too much to take. Today was one of those days. Just wanted you to know that God used you today to encourage me. You are a gifted writer, you remind me of Ann Kimmel Anderson updated! There’s a book in you’re future I’ll bet.

    Blessings,

    Tracy

    • Of course I remember you, Tracy! Thank you so much for your kind words. It is my prayer every time I write that it will some kind of encouragement to someone who reads it. I’m glad you were that someone today…

      I am so sorry to hear of the pain you are going through. I just met with a gal whose situation sounds nearly identical to yours. Right down to the timing and the details that you gave me. She also understands that God will bring her through this time of ugliness into a time of beauty, but that doesn’t negate the pain that she, like you, is feeling today. If you would like to talk more either with me or with her, that would be wonderful. Let me know and I will give you my info.

      So good to hear from you. Know that you are not alone. Ever. And you are being prayed for, not just by me, but by Jesus himself, right this very minute.

      Huge hugs to you, Tracy. Let’s please keep in touch!

  2. oh my! I lOVE this!!! I didn’t get to read it until I got home and just now…I LOVE this…and I love that you are HERE, in Parker, to make a difference and be a friend to many women. Please call me…we will meet weekly…we just MUST!!
    THANK YOU!!!
    GOD IS DOING BIG, AMAZING THINGS ON OUR BEHALF!
    T

    • You are way too sweet, Tamera girl! I would love to get together every week! Love, love, love it! Hope you had a wonderful trip. And you are right…GOD IS DOING BIG, AMAZING THINGS ON OUR BEHALF! So glad we get to watch together 🙂
      Hugs,
      me

  3. Hey Jana-

    I was just playing around on the computer tonight and got to thinking about you and wondered if I could find you and what you might be up to. I was about to close it down for the night when I ran across your blog…no way!! But there you were still larger than life and loving Jesus. Your family is beautiful. Please email me so we can catch up. I am hoping that you remember me from Biola… 🙂

    Laura Anne

    • Oh my gosh, girl! What a fun surprise! I would love to catch up! Where are you now??? Kim and I were talking about getting together after the first of the year in some central spot. Wanna join us? Would that be fun or what????? Oh wow! We just have to catch up. My email is francisjmamma@aol.com. Thanks for saying hey and I cannot wait to hear about you and your family!!!!

  4. Yes Jana, this IS who you are and that’s why we love you SO MUCH! You described yourself wonderfully. God’s radiance shines brightly through you from the depths of your soul. Miss you!

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    Chrissy

    • Thanks girl! It was awesome to meet you, too! What a great surprise to meet two new friends today 🙂 Thanks for checking out my blog. Any honest feedback is welcome! And call me when you’re ready to hang pics!

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  107. jana -had the great pleasure of meeting you, and your new church friend today @ ricks picks in downtown pleasanton. what a beautiful energy & spirit you radiate.
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    • Oh, Sandra, it was great meeting you today, too! Love your store and all the treasures I’ve been able to find there :-). Plan on getting on your blog tonight and seeing the things that God has put on your heart 🙂 Look forward to reading your work and finding out more about your poetry/writing classes at the arts center! Hugs to you, new friend!

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