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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Paperwork Pregnant

I am, as they say, “paperwork pregnant.” It wasn’t coursing hormones or a full bladder that stirred me this morning at 5:06, but a chirpy text alert from my cell…

A Month of Easy Family Night Ideas

If family nights have you slumping a little lower in your seat from guilt and that mental screen shot of your calendar, never fear. If they make you want to inspect…

8 Practical Ways to Parent with Grace

“You look festive!” My friend looked over my golf-ball-sized silver hoops, turquoise tank, knit plum skirt. It was one of my more art teacher-ish outfits. She was right: I love…

How to Raise Good Conversationalists

It was the dress rehearsal for “The Pirates of Penzance” at a local Christian school. A friend had asked me to pitch in on the stage makeup and I was…

Is Your To-Do List a Monster?

Something tells me I’m not the only one with a to-do list that’s got a lot more mileage than my day. You’ve been there. When my feet hit the un-vacuumed…

62 Things to Say to Make Your Husband Feel Great

Do you want to make your husband feel great? From sincere compliments to questions to help you understand your man better this list has 62 ways to do just that….

Chillin’ with My Husband: Time for a Plan

It was time: My husband and I took a night away just before the new year. We needed to pray, to plan, to think—both alone and together. We needed to…

Relationships That Tell the Truth

“How are you?” I tilted my head and looked in her eyes. “Fine,” she nodded. But then the up-and-down of her head shifted to side-to-side. “Actually, I’m not.” My friend…

Art Lessons … From My Daughter and Her Father

Sunday afternoons at my house have had some perks lately. They have found me on my back porch with a little 5-year-old who looks a lot like Shirley Temple at…

Christmas in Uganda

It needs to be said. For a mzungu (a foreigner), Christmas on the Equator is a little … weird. You’ve got the sun shining away at a pleasant 80 or…

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