Janet Roller - Living Oak Ministries

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Hi. I'm Janet Roller: wife of one, mother of two, lover of coffee and writer of songs. I have just finished my first fiction novel and I'm looking forward to watching how God uses the simple story to minister to others. God is a big deal to me. My goal each day is to wake up and declare, "This day is Yours, Lord. Show me what to do with it."

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Shalom = Peace

This weekend I had the privilege of being a part of the Shalom Women's Conference with Fairview Mountain Ministries. A precious group of women gathered on the top of Cherry Mountain in North Carolina for a time of encouragement and Bible study.

The picture above is just one of the beautiful scenes along the road to the top of the steep, rain-slick path. This was not terrain that I'm used to driving. (I'm normally clinging to the passenger-side door while Matt handles the road.)

Even on the rainy day, the atmosphere was peaceful and God-filled. We all came together for one purpose...to encounter Shalom Jehovah - The God of Peace.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider:
God has made the one as well as the other.

Ecclesiastes 7:14 NIV

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Every Hair

But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Luke 12:7

Friday, February 20, 2009

TSMS- The Kingdom Heirs - He Had to Rise

I just saw The Kingdom Heirs in person for the first time this week. They were wonderful! I grew up listening to southern gospel and had forgotten how much I love it. Hope you enjoy this song!

For more Then Sings My Soul selections...check out Amy at Signs, Miracles and Wonders!

Heart of Stone

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 36:26NIV

Monday, February 16, 2009

Picture Perfect

I love sending pictures with my Christmas cards. For some of my family, it's the only time they "see" my children! It never fails. Each year, beginning at Thanksgiving, we attempt to get the "perfect family picture" for the annual send out. Before the days of digital...it was a bit more frustrating.

One year stands out in my mind. My children were 1 and 2. Our film camera had a great timer (or so we thought at the time). With the piano bench perfectly placed in front of the perfectly decorated Christmas tree...we "cheesed" through a roll of film. "One hour" later we realized that although my husband and I looked exactly the same in all 24 takes, our two children took turns smiling. Another whole roll of imbalance later, I was fed up. It was time to take matters into my own hands.

Clip. Paste. Scan. Print. Just like that our family was "perfect". Thanks to a minor edit and old fashioned "cut and splice", both children were smiling perfectly while perfectly seated in front of our perfectly decorated tree.

We do that in our ordinary, everyday lives, don't we? Instead of just being real with one another, we edit ourselves and situations to appear perfect. AND we do it in our marriages! It's time to "Get Real".

Florence Baptist Church in Forest City, NC will be hosting a "Let's Get Real" Marriage Enrichment Conference on March 20-21 with Dale & Jena Forehand. The Forehand's have been featured speakers at LifeWay's Festival of Marriage and the 700 Club, among many others.

If you're within driving distance, consider coming. It's only $40 a couple...and that includes lunch on Saturday! For more information: www.daleandjena.com or www.florencechurch.net