Category Archives: thoughts by Caran Jantzen

Trading Happiness for Joy

“…For the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b Lord, Open my eyes to any sin that might be stopping me from experiencing Your joy. Continue reading

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Is It Worth It?

If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing… & now these three remain: faith, hope and love. Continue reading

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Fruitful Gardening

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit.” John 15:1 Continue reading

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Immeasurable Love

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear Him; ” Psalm 103:11 Continue reading

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What is Your Hope Built On?

Lyrics to the hymn “Solid Rock”: My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; Continue reading

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Why Do You Doubt?

“Why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31 Nearly three years ago, my husband became critically ill. Initially, the fear, anger, hopelessness, and exhaustion consumed us. We asked God, “Why?” for months. We were slow to hear God asking us in return, … Continue reading

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Lost but Not Forsaken

“‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?‘” Luke 15:4 I have about 100 chickens … Continue reading

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Leading by Example

“Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also … Continue reading

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God Comes Close

“Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” James 4:8 (NLT) When I was a young child, I remember standing on my tiptoes on my bed so that I could look out of my window and peer … Continue reading

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Making Sense of God’s Wisdom

“Who may worship in Your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter Your presence on Your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their … Continue reading

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Growling Like a Bear

“We all growl like bears; we moan mournfully like doves. We look for justice but find none; for deliverance, but it is far away. For our offenses are many in Your sight, and our sins testify against us.” Isaiah 59:11-12a … Continue reading

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A Most Important Work

“I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 How do you define spiritual success? Feeding the … Continue reading

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Created for Relationship

“For You created me in my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13, 14 Babies are … Continue reading

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Don’t Waste It

“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? … No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and … Continue reading

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The Anxiety That Consumes

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” … Continue reading

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