My Story - Jana
by Jana Kennedy-Spicer on January 4th, 2016


This is My Story.....

​Several years ago my family and I went through a particularly difficult time that created great conflict, division and unrest for all of us.  During this time I really began to seek God’s direction for dealing with the circumstances and the trauma, as well as be an influencer to my children and help them survive the situation.
   
I purchased a brand new Bible and I asked God to lead me through these crisp new pages and take me to the words my soul needed to hear, and oh how I needed to hear God’s voice! -- just as much as I needed the air to breathe.
  
Over the next few years God lead me on a journey through His word and revealed things to me I had never seen or heard or understood before!  Even listening to sermons and reading devotionals and doing Bible Studies was different, everything held new meaning.

In every message, whether read or heard, God sent the exact words that my soul seem to be craving!  I had no idea what my soul needed to hear but He did.  And oh the sweetness and satisfaction of His words!  
 
I wanted to keep those words forever, so I wrote them down, I made notes, I kept journals.

I highlighted and underlined and circled and scribbled in the margins of my new Bible.

I typed them up, I drew them out and I even taped them to the walls and mirrors in our home.

All those precious words, God’s words; I would read and re-read to just love on the messages He had given me!  
​“Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.  And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates”   Deuteronomy 11:18-20

​Then I realized one day that God was not only revealing Himself to me through His words, but He was also healing me through His words.  And not just me, He was healing my family as well!  

At one time all I could hope and pray was that we would survive, but God had enabled us to thrive!
 
​My Bible doesn’t look new any longer, the pages aren’t crisp and white.  The leather is worn, the binding has torn through and been taped back together, the gold leafing has faded from the edges and the pages are wrinkled, written on and tear stained. I can re-read a passage and be taken back to the very moment when God spoke to me through those very words.  Oh His word is so precious to me now.
 

​But like the great book that our life is, where one chapter ends, another begins.


​A few of years ago now, God told me to share all of these words – His words, with others; to share my story with others.  And He gave me His words, a specific scripture for this purpose.
 
​Proverbs 16:24
“Gracious words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

God wanted me to share His words with others so that, like me, they could experience the soul sweetening and bone healing that can only be delivered through the Word of God.  Thus, the birth of Sweet to the Soul Ministries.
   
Now I’m not talking about just handpicking those cheerful passages where God promises us blessings.  Oh we need to hear those; we need to hear Him reassure us of His strength and provision.

But many, many times the words we need to hear are convicting and life changing.  In truth, God wants to speak His words over us every day, in every situation, and for every reason – encouragement, empowerment, *salvation & deliverance*, redemption, forgiveness, restoration; for all of those reasons, and for every other. God shared His words with me and now, through the ministry of Sweet to the Soul, I want to share them with you.
    

You may have noticed that the beginning of this little story was a bit vague.  No details about what happened or the situation.   And that’s on purpose.  What happened isn’t important, it’s not the message… what God did is the message, what God did is what is important.  You see, I could fill a book with the details of what happened, but it wouldn’t be important because those would just be my words, and there is no power in my words.  But there is power in God’s words, awesome extraordinary world creating, life giving, miracle performing, soul saving power! … Soul sweetening and bone healing power!
   
Blessings Soul Friends 
Today's blog post is the first in our "My Story" series. 
Join us all year as our Sweet To The Soul Team Members, Contributors and Ministry Partners share their stories.

And watch for opportunities to share your story as well!
Not sure you have a story - oh yes, friend, you have a story! We all do.
Not sure how to tell or write your story. We'd love to help you do just that.
 
        
​Jana Kennedy-Spicer is a wife, mom and Nana who is passionate about inspiring and encouraging women on their daily walk with Christ. A woman rescued and repaired by the grace of God, she loves to share about the realness of God's love, redemption and faithfulness. Embarking on a new life journey, she is dedicated to using her blogging, Bible teaching, writing, photography, drawing, painting and graphic designs to bring glory to the Lord. 


Posted in My Story    Tagged with testimony, proverbs, Deuteronomy


12 Comments

Bevy - January 4th, 2016 at 9:30 AM
This is beautiful.

I so want to thank you for your faithful, heart-felt messages that daily fill the inbox. Reading your story only solidifies the messages all the more. God is the message - you are just the messenger. The vessel of honor.

Thank you for being a wiling servant of our Saviour!
jana - January 4th, 2016 at 8:55 PM
Thank you Bevy. I am so blessed that you join us, thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. Many Blessings, jana
Michele Morin - January 5th, 2016 at 7:21 AM
Thank you for sharing from your heart, and you are so right -- the details are not nearly as important as the faith-filled outcome!
Jana - January 16th, 2016 at 3:43 PM
Amen, God is so good to take our messes and turn them into a message from Him.
Blessings, Jana
Bonny Logsdon Burns - January 5th, 2016 at 10:27 AM
Jana, you have been encouraging me with God's Word through your lovely artwork for about a year now. I am so touched by your story. I have experienced this truth, as well. Revealing and healing he does through his living, active scripture. I look forward to what your year of stories hold.
Jana - January 16th, 2016 at 3:44 PM
Bonny, thank you so much for your encouragement. I look forward to what God holds for this year also. Blessings, Jana
Christy - January 5th, 2016 at 11:28 AM
Isn't this so true! We find healing in God's words. Our family too went through some struggles several years ago, there were days I wasn't sure we'd make it through without long term damage. God did heal. He redeemed the years the locusts ate and I have an amazing family! Popped over today from Testimony Tuesday.
Jana - January 16th, 2016 at 3:47 PM
Thank you for stopping by Christy! Blessings to you and your family, Jana
Christina - January 5th, 2016 at 10:13 PM
I love everything you say here and yes, God's word heals! Praise Him!! I'm so glad He did that for you and created your ministry. The details of your story do matter too: God speaks through the specifics of our life stories so others find themselves and God in the light. I'd love to hear more of your story someday, Jana. Thanks for sharing!
Jana - January 16th, 2016 at 3:46 PM
Thank you Christina! I am so blessed by the women God is weaving into my life, you are always such an encouragement! Blessings sweet friend, Jana
Angie - January 13th, 2016 at 9:46 AM
Lovely words of hope and encouragement here. I am glad to have connected with you.
Jana - January 16th, 2016 at 3:45 PM
Thank you Angie! me too! Blessings,
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