Teresa Janzen

African Explorer and Wordsmith

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Practical Math

Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?  Isaiah 40:12 NLT Sometimes, we need a ruler or a tape measure, but have neither at hand. My elementary math…
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Lifting All the Weights

And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.  John 21:25 NKJV My co-worker is an avid fitness buff who likes to go to the gym after work. Her departing phrase…
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How’s My Driving?

For the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. John 5:36b NKJV Four lanes of highway, but that wasn’t enough. The semi-truck came alarmingly close to me as we both navigated a curve. Then, he crossed into my lane…
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Halfway There

I woke up with a song in my head this morning—Bon Jovi’s, Living on a Prayer. Not my usual genre of music, but then I remembered I had watched a video clip last night with a man  singing that song. It must have gotten stuck in my brain. As I continued getting ready for the…
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What a Drag!

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.  Hebrews 12:1 NKJV Swimming laps in pantyhose was a real drag. According to my swim coach that was…
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Book Review: Letters to an Apprentice

Correspondence from one person to another can be a unique literary device for communicating a message. We see a fictitious example in the classic work of C.S. Lewis’ “Screwtape Letters” and historical records such as “The Diary of Ann Frank”. Even the Bible uses letters as a means of communicating the inspired Word of God.…
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Party Mode

Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.  Luke 10:41-42 NKJV The first time my husband tried hearing aids was a disaster. “I can hear people on the other side of the room, but…
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Book Review: Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies

Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre Marilyn Chandler McEntyre engages readers to value written and spoken words for their influence on culture, relationships, work and entertainment. In a day when a carefully turned phrase has been replaced with a clarifying emoji, McEntyre challenges readers to once again embrace thoughtful…
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The Exclamation Point

A recent writing assignment led me to this scripture. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”     II Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) I noticed something about this well-known verse that I had never noticed before.  It ends with an exclamation point.  Knowing that the original scripture…
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A Woman Just Like Me

While Mary and I were sharing Bible stories in the village this past year, one woman said to me, “I am just like that woman in the story.” I had just shared the story of Elisha and the widow with the jars of oil from 2 Kings 4. There are many widows in the area…
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