A Twist on Blog Hops Introducing Three Bloggers — 22 Comments

  1. It’s been fun to read the answers different bloggers give for these questions. Thank you for sharing more about yourself, and how the Lord has been working in your life, with us!

    Also thank you for the kind words — not just about me, but about the other bloggers you introduced as well. I look forward to checking out some new blogs! 🙂

    • I’m glad you participated in this special blog hop, Janelle. Can’t wait to see what you share next week! It is interesting how each writer has a different take on those questions.
      Blessings, Janis

  2. Janis – I so loved reading this post and learning more about you. I was drawn to your smile each time I saw your photo in linkups or in my comments. Now I know why … your smile truly reveals the joy and love and gentleness which is inside. I have connected with Wanda through her linkup and love reading her blog. The other two ladies are new for me & I will surely be stopping by there to meet them. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. You have blessed me deeply. I am grateful our paths have crossed. I pray that God would continue to lead you and use your gift of writing for His glory. May He continue to open doors in places which not only surprise you but would bring you great delight. I am so glad you skidded into my post so others can meet you and your friends!!!

    • Joanne, thank you for this fun and fruitful experience. I think I gained so much from examining myself with this questioning process and through looking at how others prepare for their blog posts. Now, I just have to put it to work.
      Thank you for your compliments. May the Lord work His joy, love, and gentleness in me. I usually see the flip side of those characteristics in myself so it’s a blessing to know that He reveals Himself to others in spite of my weaknesses.
      I am blessed to know you and witness your deep love for the Lord and His Holy Spirit at work in you. I look forward to us sharing more often on each other’s blogs.
      Blessings, Janis

  3. Janis, I love how you described getting to the blog opportunity with skid marks. It’s interesting to see how others have found their way into blogging. Thanks for featuring me and I look forward to visiting the other ladies you featured.

    • Hi Wanda~thank you for being part of this group of writers whom I have had the privilege to introduce to my readers. I’ll be looking forward to your post next week. I know a little of your story but I am eager to learn more. You have so much insight to offer other writers.
      Blessings, Janis

    • Barbie~thank you for stopping by. Your tender heart always touches me. So glad we met.
      Blessings, Janis

  4. So fun to read and learn more about you, Janis. Our writing process sounds somewhat similar. I really need some discipline and structure with my writing too. It’s always a struggle to find the time but when I think of how so many have said to have a discipline of writing for 15 minutes a day, I wonder . . . really? I can’t give it 15 minutes? I’m still searching for what works best for me. Thanks for sharing your friends with us too.

    I loved the story about the unexpected sector God led you too. He is so good!

    Blessings to you.

    • Beth~you are so faithful. I am so happy to see your sweet face smiling at me this morning! I knew I could count on you to stop in and share this morning. I’d love to learn more about your writing process because everything just seems to flow so naturally for you. I know I have to learn discipline in setting writing times and ways of recording thoughts–just so I’m not up half the night writing!!!
      Blessings to you, sweet friend.

  5. Janis, it’s always fun to get to know you better. And I loved learning more about you and your thoughts about writing. It’s so interesting to me how God leads us on paths that end up intersecting with one another. My journey into blogging was unusual, and yet, the blessings He has brought me in the last 4 years have been incredible. Not the least of which is the pleasure of meeting and getting to know you. Your testimony and words never cease to inspire, encourage, and challenge me. Thank you for that.

    And thanks for the shout-out! It was so fun meeting IRL – I hope we can do it again some day.


    (P.S. A little housekeeping – the link attached to my name didn’t work. Would you mind checking that?! 🙂

    • Hi Sharon~thank you for visiting my friend. I took care of that update on your link. Not sure what happened when I copied it but part of it was left off.
      It is always amazing at how God works and weaves wonders through our lives–even in the difficult times.
      Love you my friend,

  6. It’s always interesting, isn’t it, how God moves us in directions we would have never thought to go ourselves? Or who He uses to move us. Or actually rebelled against the moving! Like I did—vehemently—when God wanted me to home school my children. Even with a teaching credential in hand, it was the farthest thing from my mind. I was pretty content to motor my six-year-old to school and then enjoy the rest of the day nursing and napping with my baby. Maybe part of that self-indulgent streak came from having to spend three-plus agonizing months completely bedridden during that baby’s pregnancy, and I thought I was entitled to spoiling myself a bit more.

    Then, it happened again with blogging. I was the LAST person on earth to blog. I’d never read a blog, never WANTED to read a blog, and had never even peaked at Facebook.

    Then, God—of course—said otherwise. (He does have such a good sense of humor!) For months I prayed and thought and ruminated, with my knees knocking together. I knew that if I said, “Yes,” I would be committed—every week, at the same time—for as long of a journey He had in mind.

    So, here I am nearly two years later, still sitting down at my keyboard every week (sometimes several times that week) to write my post, re-read, edit, grind my teeth over a good title, and then schedule the post for release.

    Sometimes God moves us to write about joy. Sometimes He moves us to write about pain. My blog is primarily about pain, and then the joy that can follow. It isn’t always easy to write; taking me back to the death of my daughter sends my emotions spiraling right back to that time and re-opens wounds I wanted closed. I feel every bit like I’m re-living that horrendous time, as well as the time I spent being bedridden.

    But God has a purpose for all of that. And I’m good with it.

    May God continue to bless and prosper you, mightily, Janis in being obedient to what He has for you to share with others. I rejoice that you are such a willing vessel!


    Andrea Arthur Owan

    • Andrea, I am so glad you visited here today. I love the wisdom in your writing and the special friendship God has given us. He does get us where He wants us, even when we go kicking and screaming.
      Thank you for introduces us to your blog. I need to read it more often. You’ve captured the scenes and painful, puzzling emotions well.
      God bless your work as well.
      Love, Janis

  7. Janis, I’m so glad you asked me to participate! Is there a way to see earlier blog posts? I had never heard of a blog hop before–what a great idea!

    • Meg, I’m so glad you agreed to participate! It’s a great way to meet new friends and fellow writers. Looking forward to your post next week.
      Blessings, Janis

    • Thanks, Mary. I think I was a bit more jovial in this post than in some from the past. My words definitely reflect what is happening in my life.
      Will write you a note soon.
      Thank you for being so faithful to comment on my posts.
      Love you, Janis

  8. Welcome and thank you for joining with us here at “Tell Me a True Story.” Our blog party welcomes true stories at:
    I too began blogging in 2010 at the insistence of my foster daughter to tell my stories. I love your true story post and the progression of meeting and joining with other bloggers who encourage, inspire and challenge. Ann V is one of my favorite bloggers also.

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  10. I am loving discovering new writers through this blog hop – what a blessing it was to write for it and to hop through it – Thank you for sharing – we have the same approach to writing and this hopping is my new distraction!