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.

Please, Don’t Let Them Ask Me That!

“Mom, what’s pornography?” The question was posed frankly by my 10-year-old while my kids and I were about the business of dinner clean-up—rinsing dishes, popping plastic containers of leftovers closed….

Is It Ever Okay to Tell Him He’s Not Good at Something?

“I hate spelling. I’m a bad speller.” That’s what eeked out from my son’s down-turned, sun-bleached head this week as he and I labored through the words on his spelling…

7 Habits of Parents Whose Kids Solve Problems

It was a moment that changed my parenting. “Whenever we asked my dad what a word meant,” my husband explained, “we got the dictionary and looked it up together.” Yep,…

Avoiding Burnout: 31 Tips for Entering the No-Fry Zone

Author’s note: Some of you know that I struggle painfully with overcommitting, overworking, and a number of other (uh, prideful, fearful, faithless …) related issues that cost me and the…

8 Ideas to Teach Our Kids to Say “Yes” to Discernment … and “No” to Judging Others: Part II

Last week, I wrote about practical ways we can teach our children to be discerning without being judgmental. If you missed Part I, you can find it here. Now on with…

8 Ideas to Teach Our Kids to Say “Yes” to Discernment … and “No” to Judging Others: Part I

Let’s say you’re on a playdate, and another child offers a colorful presentation of precisely how not to behave. The parent is busy in conversation. Do you: A. Make sure,…

When God Packs Your Lunch

My mom packed a sack lunch for me daily for nearly my entire school career. (Thirteen years, three sisters, and my father… that’s a lot of lunches.) I believe the…

Step Six Out of Angry: Target Problem Areas

It’s been a good year on the anger front. On speculation, I’d say it has to do with: a) The Holy Spirit. b) Having made it through more stressful times…

The 2014 Question

Looking around my table this past Thanksgiving, I took a long drink of that goodness that feels so deeply good. For me, it was the Thanksgiving of dreams: We were…

Ideas for Easier, Cheaper, More Generous Holidays

You probably already do this as a mom, but during the holiday season our evaluation becomes even more important: “Which is more valuable here–my money, or my time? My time…

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