Janel Breitenstein

Janel Breitenstein

Janel Breitenstein graduated summa cum laude from John Brown University and began her career with NavPress, where she worked on The Message Bible. She is a mother of four and she and her family served as missionaries to Uganda for five years.  Janel has continued using her gift of writing by serving as a writer and editor and you can read more from her at A Generous Grace.


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Baby Love

My youngest son, now 10 months, was stripped to his diaper in the half-dark the other night, perched on his changing table. It was one of those moments where I…

Prayer Post-Its

I think one of the most eternal things I do every day happens when I lay my little guy in his crib. At some point with my kids, I began praying for them…

Nine Ideas for Coping When Dad Travels

My husband’s gone this week. Thankfully, it doesn’t happen often. With the morning I was having when he left, I was in tears by the time he hit the interstate. I can tend to get a little…

Motherhood is a Contact Sport

I went to a girls’ night out the other night, and I had to laugh inside, as I often do. Remember the time of your life when talking about poop…

Code M

“May I please get out?” At my request, my two-and-a-half-year-old had rephrased “I want to get out,” as in, of the shopping cart. I hefted him to the floor as…

Black History Month — and Me

Posters pressed to the large windows at Barnes & Noble reminded me that it is Black History Month. Now that I have a kindergartner for whom I’m responsible, what has…

Give like You Mean It

Sometimes I give but I really don’t. Scenario #1: I’ll tell my husband, for example, to go enjoy a night out on his own — no kids or work to…

Your Kid Can Do What?

There I was, sitting on the carpet with another mom, and it snuck up on me again: The Comparison Game. She was talking about some new program she’d bought for…

Little Kids and a Lonely Mom

Want to know something that’s surprised me about motherhood? Isolation. I used to arrive home from my 40-hours-a-week in the workplace to welcomed silence. Now, in my new 168-hours-a-week job…

Gifts: This Way Up

My five-year-old raced into the kitchen today after an outing with his dad, new toy car in hand — a bright red Dodge Charger. Red is my son’s favorite color; he…

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