2015-12-25-14-57-39-3About me

I am privileged to live in the beautiful pine-covered mountains of Eastern Oklahoma with my husband, Owen. We have a blended family—four sons, three daughter-in-laws, and six adored grandchildren. We are all about family values, rural living, and a rich faith in God. These things define who I am.

Much of my life was spent in the fast-paced business world, but I recently returned to live in the rural community where I grew up. Thanks to modern technology, I continue to work as an accountant, yet in a much slower-paced environment. Hoping to fulfill my lifelong desire to write, I completed a two-year writing course through the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. My current peaceful surroundings, populated by the natural wildlife of the area—deer, wild turkey, fox, raccoons, squirrels and birds—provide the perfect place to pursue my love for writing. It is so easy to find God here—I hear Him and see Him everywhere. This is simply my little piece of heaven before I get to heaven.

My love for music also found a place of expression as I was privileged to direct a Praise and Worship Choir for the past ten years in the church where my Christian faith took root. I speak/teach at Ladies’ retreats and seminars, and always welcome the opportunity to share my journey of faith with other women. To learn what “Treasure in Earthen Vessels” has to do with my writing/speaking ministry, please click on the Welcome tab.

I have written one statement in my entire life that I consider worthy of mention, and today it is my motto and guide for the way I write, sing, and live life:

“May I never be proud that I can hear the still small voice of God, but rather may I be humbled that He would choose to speak to me.” (2001)  ~ Sarah Jane Kellogg

5 thoughts on “About”

  1. I’m so excited about what the Lord is giving you to share with us. Bless you, my dear friend. I’m looking forward to hearing more.

  2. One thing I can say for sure I am not a writer, but glad God gave that gift to you. I enjoyed reading your blog. It was so good to see you this week, brought back so many memories, great memories all the fun times we had together.

  3. Janie, I am so excited to see how God has opened up this modern means of technology as a way for you to post your inspirational insights! May God continue to bless you as you share your heart ~ Becky

  4. Dear Janie, I know that we are not “technically” related but I am so blessed to have you as part of my family. I have read through your blogs and am excited to see what God will continue to put upon your heart to share.

    Each of your entries spoke to me in so many ways. I just had to reply to your comments in your “About” section regarding the Kiamichi Mountains. I, too consider it a little piece of heaven on earth. I recently made a comment on facebook to that effect and a relative replied that I’d obviously not visited ____, mentioning a favorite tropical tourist attraction. Even if I ever do visit this locale, I believe I will still consider Southeastern Oklahoma a beautiful painting created by our wonderous Lord. I feel a sense of homecoming everytime I travel south and the plains begin filling with pine trees and the earth begins to rise into the glorious mountains.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. They will truly inspire us, including you, to be receptive to God’s will for our lives.

    ~Mary Carrol

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