Worship Always {Janelle’s Story and a GIVEAWAY!!}

I’ve shared her handiwork here before –the story of the one I wear proudly. But what I haven’t shared with you is how amazing the artist behind it really is. How she radiates her Savior with amazing grace.

Friends, I’d like you to meet Janelle. And hear her worship song.
PLUS, she’s offered to give away one of her pieces of art! Details will follow.

Janelle, I’m honored to have you here. Please, sing your song:

The phone rang loudly, springing me from my restful sleep, the last restful sleep I’d get for years. My husband handed me the phone with a forlorn look on his face. This can’t be good, I thought to myself. I was right. It was the absolute worst news anybody could think of; my brother was on the run for a crime that would eventually land him in prison for life.

For. Life.

Worship always.

Several months after my brother’s crime, my mother attempted suicide. I was 6 months pregnant with my second son when my step-dad called with the news. Walking into ICU I could hardly catch my breath, she looked dead. Hooked up to all kinds of tubes and machines, she could have been dead for all I knew. The doctors gave us little hope. She beat the odds.

She survived.

Worship Always.

While pregnant with my third son, I became seriously ill. I ended up in the ER a few times, and knew in my spirit that whatever was affecting me would affect my growing baby, so I prayed… a lot. He was born apparently healthy. And my own health seemed to get a little better after giving birth. One year later my doctor’s last resort was the Mayo Clinic. She’d run all the tests she could. She sent me to all the specialists she could think of. Nothing was showing up.

I remembered the tick that had bitten me during my pregnancy and asked one simple question: can you please test me for Lyme disease? The test came back positive. An active infection had been inside my body for two long years before being diagnosed. I was in very poor health. Treatment would make symptoms even worse. I would be told by my doctor that I might recover completely, and I might not.

Chronic Lyme disease is very difficult to cure.

Worship Always.

One year after my diagnosis, my youngest son, whom I was pregnant with while unknowingly infected with Lyme disease, began to get sick. His personality changed and grew fatigued. I just knew it was Lyme disease. I got him tested and braced for the results. They came back positive for an active Lyme disease infection. My sweet son had been infected while growing inside my womb, where he should have been the safest; he was actually being attacked by bacteria.

It was a very hard day.

Worship Always.

The thing about life is you never get a free pass. You aren’t exempt from bad things happening in your life just because you’re a good person, or a Christian. Trials will happen but it’s how you handle them that will determine your healing. I choose to worship always. I choose to rejoice in the storm.

I choose joy.

These are some of my favorite phrases I stamp on my jewelry because they reflect the desire in my heart. I don’t always get it right. Some days I am lost in sorrow and despair but more often than not I rejoice in the storm, knowing God didn’t bring me to it, but He will bring me through it.

My brother and I are closer than ever. We talk nearly every day. We write each other often. I see him as much as I can. He’s taught me the true meaning of grace, of unmerited favor, of how to honestly love and honestly forgive and honestly see somebody for who they are and not what they have done. I love him like Jesus loves him.

My mother is a miracle. She had no lasting damage from the suicide attempt. She is alive and breathing when she should be dead. She was there to watch my son be born. And watching my step-dad’s faith for her miraculous healing inspired my own faith for healing when my son and I would end up sick years later.

Lyme disease has taught me that sickness and disease are evil. Their sole purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus is the life-giver and He gives in abundance. And because God works everything out for the good to those who love Him, I’ve been drawn closer to the heart of God, learned more about Jesus in these few short years than my entire 34 years of life, have been given my purpose in life. I’ve have prayed for countless others and seen their healings manifest, have been gifted amazing visions, and dreams from God, and have experienced my own level of healing and miracles that I rejoice about.

I believe that, even in the worst experiences in life, beauty can be found. Not that God sent the experience so you would experience the beauty in it, but that God can turn around what was meant for our harm, and give us beauty simply because He loves that much.

In all things rejoice, for we serve a mighty God who performs mighty miracles simply because of His mighty love for us.

Janelle BioJanelle writes about grace and healing. She writes about a good God reflected beautifully in the life of Christ.

She writes about a Savior who is also a Healer and shares her own journey to supernatural healing, offering encouragement to those who believe for their healing also.

You may follow her story here:

http://hestillheals.com/
http://www.facebook.com/astoryofgrace
www.etsy.com/shop/gracetags

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And now for the giveaway!
Please note: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
BUT THE DISCOUNT CODE BELOW IS STILL AVAILABLE!

Grace Tags Janelle

Congrats, Karrilee on winning the giveaway!

Didn’t win, or want more than one?
Janelle is offering all Simplystriving readers 35% off!
For a limited time.
Simply use code “striving35” at checkout.
Seriously, friends, you won’t be sorry — I LOVE mine!

Thanks for sharing your time with us.

I hope you win…but more importantly, I pray you worship always.

Simply striving,

Nikki (and Janelle)

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100 thoughts on “Worship Always {Janelle’s Story and a GIVEAWAY!!}

  1. Janelle – You have shared such a beautiful picture of grace, love, forgiveness and joy. Thank you for teaching us how worship though all things.

    PS. All of your jewelry is beautiful. I am already thinking of Christmas presents. My favorite is the Beauty for ashes one.

  2. Beautiful! Such a good reminder to us. Thank you Janelle. I am going to head over to Janelle’s blog and soak it all in 🙂 I would chose the “he who hung the stars necklace.” Thank you for the giveaway!

    • Janet, that is my absolute favorite necklace I’ve made. The “worship always” is perfect for my life motto but the He who hung the stars has captured my heart” perfectly expresses my adoration for our Lord. So glad you love it!

      Janelle

  3. So very beautiful, this story and this jewelry! Thank you, Nikki and Janelle. I love “Blessed” with “Beauty for Ashes” as a close second:)

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this story with us and for your honesty. I lost my mother in 2006 to suicide. Your thoughts have touched my heart.
    I love the beauty from ashes necklace.
    Melissa Waters

  5. Nikki, Thank you so much for sharing your friend. I really needed this reminder today! It brought be back to when my husband was ill. We made a conscious effort to choose joy and trust Jesus. We were so blessed in that time. He is so faithful to carry us through the hard times. My heart is fuller after reading this post this morning. I needed to remember His faithfulness to me.

    Her jewelry is so beautiful, it is so hard to choose a favorite. I’d have to say my favorites are the I choose Joy, God is Bigger and Beauty for Ashes.

    • Beautiful story you’ve just shared. I’m blessed to have had this small peak into your own story of God’s faithfulness, and choosing joy. Bless you.

      • Janelle,
        Your story really stuck with me all day! It also inspired me. My husband passed away from pancreatic cancer about a year and half ago. I know God was with us throughout, but when I look back I can see Him even more. His hand was on our love story from the beginning and I believe that He brought us together so that Jerry could make it to heaven. My faith has increased through this struggle and your story has inspired me to start writing down my own in hopes that it may inspire someone else to trust that He is with us even in the hardest of times.

        Thanks again for sharing your story! So many blessings to you!

  6. I’m following on Facebook! So glad to meet Janelle and hear her heart. Lyme’s Disease is scary but what a great testimony of faith she has.

    As for favorite pieces: Grace has won 🙂 I’d love to see one that says “blessed and highly favored” since I have to constantly remind myself of that!

  7. Oh my Word… now you know how I am with picking favorites? It simply cannot be done?! I love this… the story and testimony… the richness of lessons learned and shared… the faith and honesty… (and yes – the bling… always the jewelry!)

    If I HAD to pick just one (for now!) – I would go with the Angel Wing that says “Believe” – but I favorited about 10 of them on Etsy! 😉

    ~Karrilee~

  8. Okay, I do have a favorite, Beauty for Ashes. But Nikki, how can I thank you for introducing me to this woman, with has obviously grasped the gospel in ways I am striving to reach. Her story will haunt me. And her sparse writing style. God shines through her words.

    • I reply to you through happy tears for your words have touched my heart in ways I cannot adequately express. May you know you’re highly favored. You’re blessed coming and blessed going. You’re righteous through Christ and His treasure forever.

  9. Whenever you are given a bad doctor report do not be moved…no words from a man or test should move you. Run to your bible (as quoted many times by minister Joyce Meyer “Run to the throne, not to the phone!”) people don’t have the answer you need, only God does. Pick out some healing scriptures, confess them all day, everyday forever if that is how long it takes..never give up hope, never believe God caused this or is punishing you. His plan was for us to be “perfect” until the fall of man in the Garden. He sent Jesus our redeemer and the bible reads “By His stripes we are healed”…NOT we will be healed …keep speaking words of faith & mostly when you feel you can’t. Remember the attack is not from God – he is Love and he loves you, He sent his only son so that by His stripes you would be healed and live forever with Him when we go home. I have a poster of the cross that reads, “I asked Jesus how much do you love me?” He answered, “This much” and he stretched out His arms and died. Believe, always speak words of faith, never allow doubt in and flood your world with scripture, Christian music, bible teachings, always can be found on Word network and online 24/7. You were built for this…you are more than a conquerer according to the bible. Rejoice in knowing you really have now shared in His suffering and carry His name Christ-ian. Isahia says “he bore our sicknesses and took away our diseases” – and Jesus always said to people He healed “Your faith has healed you”. Keep the faith – through it all, no matter how difficult – you will be walked out of this firey trial with God holding your hand – victorious! BELIEVE!

  10. Janelle, yours is a powerful story! Thanks for sharing it and the gift He has given you to create amazing pieces of jewelry. If I was choosing one for myself, it would be “He who hung the stars” because He has indeed captured my heart. And what better way to share that Good News than wear it around my neck. 🙂

    Nikki, thank you for introducing us to Janelle and her story.

  11. I love the “God is Bigger” necklace. When my tiny 2nd child was born at 23w6d, we were told over and over again that she was too small to thrive, too small to survive, too small, just too small. But, then and now, we’ve known our God is big enough for her and everyone. And, today, I watch a spunky 7yo dance in the sunlight. 🙂 (My oldest child was, unbeknownst to us, infected with Lyme Disease. It went to his heart, and ultimately led to lots of medication and surgery. I have mad hatred for ticks.) Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful testimony with us.

  12. Janelle: Your words are so beautiful and a reminder of how God has used my own beautiful messes to help me come closer to Him – and your work is so beautiful. My favourite piece is the “Saved by Grace” one because there is nothing… absolutely nothing that can separate me from the love of Christ – and that’s because of the grace of the cross.

  13. Janelle – your story is dripping with all of the very things stamped on your gorgeous art. I am loving the By Grace Alone necklace. And, I pray that you continue to see the beauty from the ashes in each trial set before you. Your joy is contagious and a blessing to all of us who read of your story and continued faith in The God who walks you through.

    • Missy, God bless you and your uplifting and encouraging words. The love I’m being covered in today is more than I was prepared for. It’s a blessing beyond words.

  14. Oh, and Nikki, Twitter and FB have been done and done for a while. And I’d follow you just about anywhere, unless a horse is involved. 😉

  15. Thank you Janelle for your beautiful story and beautiful work. Thank you to Nikki for reminding me to post here as well! Great is Thy Faithfulness is one of my favorite hymns, and something I AM so grateful to my heavenly Father for. That’s the one that I’d be wearing, yes I would. Although I may have to select more than one because they’re so lovely and so encouraging. I’d be proud to wear these and say, “yes, this is my motto.”

  16. The one I would choose first would be “I Choose Joy”. I love also the Worship Always-because that is what I do, and He Who Hung the Stars truly HAS captured my heart! And Love Never Fails. Too many good ones! Liking your facebook page!

  17. Janelle,
    Your story is a powerful testimony…Both you and Nikki exemplify choosing worship always…the piece that spoke to me the most…well actually two …”By Grace Alone” and “Let go Let God”…Thanks 🙂

  18. wow….I kept nodding my head. I can appreciate choosing joy because…what a blessing reading your story. What a blessing wearing one of your pieces, “I choose joy”
    Peace and good to you in Jesus’ name

  19. Powerful testimony. My favorite is the “Beauty from Ashes” one, because I feel that is what God has given me after my ex-husband chose to leave our marriage last year. He makes all things new and restores all that has been taken away. (Also followed on FB, and shared via FB and Twitter. ;))

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  21. So… they hold God at arms length, never entering into that sweet, tangible fellowship that they hear others talk about. These days, more than ever, women are in need of spiritual healing and refreshment.

  22. Just stopping back by to say that I have been featured in my necklace ever since it arrived here! I LOVE it… and had a hard time choosing – so chances are extremely good that I will be purchasing more soon… that way I can change it up a little now and then! 😉

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